Government & School Board


Commissioner race pits current firefighter vs. retired firefighter

A retired firefighter and a current member of the Huntington Fire Department are both seeking to become the Republican nominee for the first district seat on the Huntington County Board of Commissioners.

The primary election will be held on May 6.

Leon Hurlburt, currently an assistant chief with the HFD, is the incumbent, having served as a county commissioner since 2011. He also served as Huntington County coroner from 2004 to 2010.

Harris and Eller vying for spot as third district rep for county

Joel A. Harris, completing his first term as third district representative on the Huntington County Council, faces a challenge from Raymond Keith Eller in the Republican primary on May 6.

Harris, however, says that even though he filed as a candidate for a second term, he won't be able to serve if elected to council - he plans to move this fall to the Dominican Republic, where he will serve as a missionary.

Wind ordinance comment session set for May 14

A public meeting for comment on the Huntington County ordinance regulating wind farms, which was postponed last month because of inclement weather, has been rescheduled for May 14.

The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Huntington North High School, 450 MacGahan St., Huntington, beginning at 7 p.m. It is part of a Huntington County Plan Commission meeting.

Apex Clean Energy, based in Charlottesville, VA, is in the preliminary stages of work that could lead to the establishment of a wind energy project in the southeast corner of Huntington County.

Two Warren groups get CEDIT grants

Two non-profit organizations, Historic Warren and the Warren Sportsman's Club, will receive some financial support from the town of Warren.

The Warren Town Council, during its meeting on Monday, April 21, agreed to allocate $2,000 to Historic Warren and $500 to the sportsman's Club. Both allocations will come from the town's CEDIT fund.

Historic Warren, an organization working toward downtown preservation and revitalization, will use its grant for promotional materials and other expenses.

Yeiter faces challenge from Updike for auditor

Incumbent County Auditor Cindy Yeiter faces a challenge from fellow Republican Pam Updike in that party's May 6 primary election.

Both candidates are experienced county office holders.
Yeiter, 61, of rural Huntington, was elected to two terms as county treasurer, in 2000 and 2004, after working in the treasurer's office for five years. She was elected auditor in 2010.

Pair set to do GOP primary battle for SC judge

A local attorney will face off against a veteran judge for the Republican nomination as judge of the Huntington Superior Court in the May 6 primary.

Jeffrey R. Heffelfinger has served as Superior Court judge since 1988 and served as judge of that court's predecessor, the Huntington County Court, from 1985 to 1988.

His challenger, Justin R. Wall, is an attorney with law offices in Huntington, Bluffton and Wabash.

Both Heffelfinger and Wall are long-time Huntington County residents.

Zanesville road repairs are on hold

The Zanesville Town Council discussed town road conditions during its meeting on Thursday, April 17.

At a previous meeting, Council President Patsy Brock had expressed a desire to contact a paving company and have them come through town and assess the roads.

With Brock absent from the meeting, council members John Schuhmacher and Danny Miller were unsure of Brock's progress on that front, but agreed that assessing the roads was a priority.

GOP surveyor race has familiar candidates

If the candidates for county surveyor on the Republican primary ticket look familiar, that's because they are.

The Jay Poe-Marlin "Monty" Doctor matchup is a repeat from 2010, which ended with incumbent Poe returning to the surveyor's office.

Just a test

Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer (left) and Dan Haas, a representative of voting machine supplier MicroVote, check the results of a test of voting machines on Wednesday, April 16, in the county clerk's office. The test, conducted by the Huntington County Election Board prior to each election, was done in preparation for the May 6 primary and included three randomly selected voting machines. Election board member Lori Guy and Judy Ruble, standing in for board member Ken Zuk, also participated in the test. The board found no malfunctions in the machines.

Roanoke council discusses Oak Park Drive main replacement

The Roanoke Town Council discussed replacing the Oak Park Drive water main during its meeting on Tuesday, April 15.

One of the main issues is that the pipe, which Council President Dave Tucker estimates to be 30 years old, is an odd size, which makes finding new components for it, such as a valve, a challenge.

"And for some reason, just this last year or so, things have started to happen on that entire loop - the valve leaking, the main breaking, valves going into the home rotting off and having to be repaired," Tucker adds.

Markle sees increase in insurance premiums

The town of Markle's insurance cost is on the rise, increasing by about $3,500 in both property and workers' compensation premiums.

The town council members learned of the hike at their regular meeting Wednesday, April 14. Richard Randol of General Insurance, in Bluffton, provided the update, saying part of the why the insurance companies raised rates is what he termed "experienced rated."

3 Democrats also seek spot from Third District

Three Democrats are seeking to become their party's candidate for the third district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Justin Kuhnle, of Kendallville; Jim Redmond, of Auburn; and Tommy A. Schrader, of Fort Wayne, all want the chance to run for the seat currently held by Marlin Stutzman in the November general election.

The third district includes Huntington County as well as all or parts of LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Kosciusko, Whitley, Allen, Wells, Adams, Blackford and Jay counties.

Warren Council reschedules meeting

The Warren Town Council meeting scheduled for Monday, April 14, was postponed.

The council will instead meet next Monday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. in Warren atAssembly Hall.

A public hearing on the vacation of an unimproved portion of Hendricks Street, which was to have been held on April 14, will instead be held on May 12.


Wage committee will meet April 24

A public meeting of the City of Huntington Indiana Common Construction Wage Determination Committee will be held on Thursday, April 24, at 10 a.m.

The meeting will be held in the mayor's conference room on the third floor of the city building, located at 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The committtee will determine the Huntington County common construction wage scale for city construction projects.


Andrews TC considers engineering firms

The Andrews Town Council reviewed interview questions during its meeting on Monday, April 14, that it would be posing to a pair of structural engineering firms vying for a planning grant from the town.

The firm that is awarded the grant will be tasked with assessing the town's utilities and plotting the best course of action for fixing them.

The two firms in question, Strand Associates and GIA Consultants, were to meet with council to be interviewed in a special meeting on Wednesday, April 16.

City street department to be closed on Friday

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday.

Residents whose normal trash day is Friday will have their trash picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 21.

All other trash pickup days will remain the same.


Coalition providing fire protection for township’s unincorporated areas

Fire protection for unincorporated areas of Huntington Township is now being provided by a coalition of four volunteer fire departments.

The new arrangement, which went into effect on April 14, replaces a decades-long fire protection agreement between Huntington Township and the city of Huntington.
The fire protection contracts with the four volunteer departments - Mt. Etna, Andrews, Bippus and Markle - will continue until Huntington Township can organize its own volunteer fire department, Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy says.

Troublesome water main in Roanoke to be replaced

The Roanoke Town Council discussed replacing the Oak Park Drive water main during its meeting on Tuesday, April 15.

One of the main issues is that the pipe, which Council President Dave Tucker estimates to be 30 years old, is an odd size, which makes finding new components for it, such as a valve, a challenge.

"And for some reason, just this last year or so, things have started to happen on that entire loop - the valve leaking, the main breaking, valves going into the home rotting off and having to be repaired," Tucker adds.

Schools sign fire protection agreement with city

The Huntington County Community School Corporation has signed a fire protection agreement with the city of Huntington that will provide city fire protection services to the corporation's buildings through 2017.

The plan, which was originally proposed at the March 24 HCCSC board of trustees meeting, was approved Monday evening, April 14, with a 6-0 vote.

The agreement between the schools and the city follows a decision by Huntington Township to cancel its fire protection contract with the city, effective April 15.

County recognizes soil and water stewardship

The Huntington County Commissioners have declared the week of April 27 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week.

This is the 59th year for Stewardship Week, sponsored by the National Associaiton of Conservation Districts.

Locally, the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has distributed educational materials to schools and set up an informational display in the Duke Energy window in keeping with the week's theme, "Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil."

County getting new aerials taken for GIS website

If it's not up already, it won't be long before an airplane takes to the Huntington County skies, taking pictures of the properties below.

It's part of the county's effort to take better, higher resolution photos to replace ones currently on its Beacon GIS website.

On Monday, April 7, the Huntington County Commissioners approved the contract with Mapping Technologies, Inc. (MTI) of Cambridge, MD, at an initial cost of $14,000. The aerial mapping is to begin on or around Tuesday, April 15, weather permitting.

Street department to close for Good Friday

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday.

Residents whose normal trash day is Friday will have their trash picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 21.

All other trash pickup days will remain the same.


Fetters to hold ‘Mayor’s Night In’ session tonight, Monday, April 14

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters will hold a Mayor's Night In session tonight, Monday, April 14.

Fetters will schedule individual meetings with citizens in his office from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meetings will be set for 10 minutes each and will be scheduled on a first call, first scheduled basis, until the time slots are filled.

Sessions are held in the mayor's office on the third floor of the City Building.

Preparing ballots

Judy Ruble (left) and Joanna Grassl, of the absentee voting board, prepare voting packets for early voters at the voting booth outside the county clerk's office at the Huntington County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 9. Eary voting began 29 days before the election and will run until noon the day before Election Day.

Enforcement blitz results in 11 arrests around county

The Huntington County Sheriff's Department, Huntington Police Department and Warren Police Department have announced that officers recently wrapped up enforcement efforts for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

Sutter graduates Navy basic training in Illinois

Fireman Nathan Sutter, of Huntington, graduated from basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL, on March 21.

Sutter was part of a push division, signifying that he completed his training earlier than expected.
While in basic training, Sutter was a flag carrier during three graduations, including his own.

Sutter is now stationed in Goose Creek, SC, where he is attending the Navy Nuclear Power School, studying nuclear engineering.

Sutter is the son of Matt and Ashley Sutter, also of Huntington.


Making it official

Huntington County Surveyor Jay Poe (far left) addresses commissioners (from left) Tom Wall, Larry Buzzard and Leon Hurlburt on Monday, April 7, about the details of the project to connect Interstate-469 to U.S.-24 via improvements on CR900N. The commissioners unanimously agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding between Huntington County, Allen County and the Indiana Department of Transportation, in which INDOT agreed to provide up to $30 million in state funding for the project. Allen County officials are expected to sign the memorandum on Friday, April 11.

City takes first steps to break from county DCD

A city plan to break away from the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development moved forward on Tuesday, April 8, despite concerns voiced by the president of the Huntington County Commissioners.

Members of the Huntington Common Council gave final approval to a pair of ordinances that appropriate funds and set employee salaries for a new Department of Community Development and Redevelopment that would serve only the city of Huntington.

Local SWCD meeting set for Tuesday, April 15

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District's monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Dr., Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.


Ceremony to mark child abuse prevention efforts in county

On Tuesday, April 8, a special "Pinwheels for Prevention" ceremony will be held on the front north lawn of the Huntington County Courthouse at 7:30 p.m.

A short ceremony will highlight the importance of child abuse prevention efforts in the county.

Huntington County officials, advocates and department of child services (DCS) officials will make short remarks.

At the same time, communities across the state will gather together simultaneously for "Pinwheels for Prevention" ceremonies, marking the need to prevent child abuse in Indiana.

Andrews Town Council sets special meet April 16

The Andrews Town Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 16, at noon.

The council will receive information, consider and perhaps act on matters brought before the council.

The meeting will be held in the Andrews Town Hall, in the meeting room, at 66 N. Main St., Andrews.


Roanoke Town Council passes CEDIT plan

The Roanoke Town Council passed a CEDIT plan during its meeting on Tuesday, April 1.

The plan, which was prepared by Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner, will be submitted to the Huntington County Commissioners, who require that every town council file a plan detailing how it intends to use CEDIT monies during the year.

Roanoke's plan totals $115,297.

Absentee voting for 2014 primary election to begin on Tuesday, April 8, on second floor of courthouse

Absentee voting for the 2014 primary election will begin on Tuesday, April 8.

Voters may cast their ballots in the hallway outside the Huntington County clerk's office, located on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, weekdays beginning April 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The courthouse will be closed on April 18 for Good Friday, so voting will not take place on that day.

However, the courthouse will be open to voters on two Saturdays, April 26 and May 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Early voting at the courthouse will end on Monday, May 5, at noon.