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Adams, Harrison address Warren TC on projects

Ben Adams and Chris Harrison, of Commonwealth Engineering, attended the Monday, Nov. 22, Warren Town Council meeting to discuss updates on current Town of Warren projects.

Adams explained that Harrison will be overseeing the remainder of the Water Upgrade Project and will continue to provide water and wastewater assistance as needed.

Adams explained the status of the Upgrade Project noting that the construction of the Water Tower should be completed this year. The exterior painting and some additional work will be delayed until spring of 2022.

HCCSC discusses local trail expansion

Huntington Mayor Richard Strick (left) attended the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Nov. 22, to discuss the Erie Rail Trail Expansion project. Featured is Board Member Brian Warpup (right) asking questions about the project.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

Mayor Richard Strick and City of Huntington Director of Public Works Adam Cuttriss attended the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Nov. 22, to discuss receiving easement rights for the Erie Rail Trail Expansion Project.

HCCSC Superintendent Chad Daugherty explained that this is a $1.9 million project that includes expansion of the existing Erie Rail Trail near the Huntington University (HU) campus. The expansion would end at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. The project would also include road improvements.

Huntington County Council has several open appointments

The Huntington County Council has multiple Board Appointments available for interested citizens to serve on starting in 2022.

Appointments include a seat on the Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) Board, which is a 1-year term starting in January 2022 and expiring on Dec. 31, 2022. Candidates must be 21 years of age and must have lived in the county for the past five years. Applicants cannot be a full or part-time public employee or hold a lucrative government office.

Roanoke seeing some delays in construction

Road construction delays in Roanoke were addressed during the Tuesday, Nov. 16, Roanoke Town Council meeting.

A citizen asked the council why there hadn’t been progress at the construction sites of Main and Vine streets and at Nancyk Crossing and Branson Blvd. He also expressed concern about cars and bigger vehicles like buses not following the posted detours that allow only one-way traffic on a small section of Vine Street.

Warren TC seeks applicants for open council position

Due to a resignation effective Friday, Dec. 31, a vacancy will exist on the Warren Town Council as of Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.

As per Indiana State Statute, the Town Council will fill the vacancy by act of the Council.  

Written notice of interest in the position along with a short resume will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 13,  at 4:30 p.m.  To be considered, a person must be a resident of Warren and a registered voter and at least 18 years of age.

Project updates shared at Andrews TC Nov. 8

The Andrews Town Council discussed updates on a few town projects during its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 8, including the town sidewalk project and the FEMA buyout.

According to council member Roger Newsome, the sidewalk projects are coming along, but are going slow.

“The sidewalk looks good, he’s just really slow,” Newsome said.
Multiple portions of Main Street sidewalks were torn up and re-done for this project. At the time of the meeting, most of the portions planned for the project, including the portion in front of Andrews Town Hall, had been completed.

Warren TC discusses the Holiday Walk

Becky and Jeff Souder, of Historic Warren, gave a report on the 10th annual Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees during the Warren Town Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 8.

The festival for this year is slated for Friday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m.
“This event was started 10 years ago to showcase our historic downtown and to bring awareness and help our businesses downtown… I think we are successful every year,” Becky said.

Roanoke plans to recodify ordinances

During the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 2, President Dave Meitzler introduced Resolution 2021-04 regarding Disposition of Real Estate.

This resolution would allow the town council to move forward with disposing of 755 Seminary St., Roanoke, to one of the abutting landowners. Meitzler stated that the sale price would be $18,300. The motion passed unanimously.

Project issues continue for Andrews TC

Updates regarding several ongoing matters were the main focus of the Monday, Oct. 25, Andrews Town Council meeting, including the problem of funding the town’s water project, as well as the contamination caused by the former United Technologies factory.

First, Eric Woodmansee, of AME Consulting, explained that State Revolving Fund (SRF) representatives wanted “more information from (the) town” and that SRF was looking to fund regional water infrastructure projects rather than individual projects.

Stivers resigning from Warren Town Council

During the Warren Town Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 25, President Ethan Stivers announced his resignation from the council.

In his letter of resignation, Stivers said, “It has been a joy serving this town. There are so many gracious people who show love and generosity to their fellow man. This leadership opportunity has been an amazing ride that has lasted 10 and a half years and three elections.”

Roanoke hears proposal

During the Tuesday, Oct. 19, Roanoke Town Council meeting, Fire Chief Brandon Taylor presented a proposal for a fire station for Roanoke.

Taylor started by giving the council some history on the building they currently use to house the fire department.

The town purchased the building in the early 1980s and it was a car dealership at the time.

“The fire department was given the back garage to use as a fire station,” Taylor explained.

Taylor says that when the fire department started using that building, the fire trucks were 20-foot long.

Property tax deadline coming up

The last day to pay property taxes on time without a penalty is Wednesday, Nov. 10. Failure to receive a tax statement by mail does not relieve the taxpayer of the responsibility for payment and penalties when delinquent.

For the convenience of Huntington County tax payers, payments can be made with a tax bill at local banks: Bippus State Bank, First Farmers Bank & Trust, First Federal Savings Bank, First Source Bank, First Merchants Bank and Lake City Bank.