Government & School Board

School re-entry plan is amended

 The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees met on Monday, Nov. 23, hearing a special presentation from Andrews Elementary School, as well as discussing virtual learning options, re-entry plans for COVID-19 and core values.

A recommendation to amend the corporation’s re-entry plan was made by Superintendent Chad Daugherty. The changes would allow for staff members to have a little flexibility within their schools in terms of contact tracing, should the following guidelines be met:

• Students are seated in rows.

Andrews TC talks ordinance issues

The Andrews Town Council met on Monday, Nov. 23, to discuss several property ordinance issues, decisions pertaining to town hall, issues with paving projects after completion and several department reports.

Access to the Andrews Town Hall will be limited until further notice. Those needing to conduct business inside may do so by appointment. “We are going to see how things go,” Council President John Harshbarger said.

More issues with paving projects around the town have been found, even after the work has been completed.

Markle gets 2 bids for trash removal

Markle Town Council met on Wednesday, Nov. 18, discussing several items such as bids for garbage service, a presentation made by Collin Maki for TextMyGov, town correspondence from the Youth Services Bureau and department reports.

The majority of speakers at the meeting were brought in via Zoom, including Council President Aaron McClary. Vice-President Matthew Doss and Council member Nicolas Lund, as well as Clerk-Treasurer Stephenie Hensley, met in person.

Mayor Strick discusses new COVID-19 safety measures

Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Mayor Richard Strick has signed an executive order, putting new measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the city of Huntington.

This comes as Huntington has moved from the yellow status to the orange status of the Indiana State Department of Health’s color-coded metrics map.

Included in the order is the enforcement of mask mandates, which will fall into the hands of local law enforcement.

State Senator Zay takes part in Organization Day Nov. 17

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) gathered Tuesday, Nov. 17, with fellow legislators at the Statehouse for

Organization Day — the ceremonial start of the 122nd Indiana General Assembly. Organization Day includes the swearing in of new and returning members of the General Assembly. This day also marks the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers and gives each Senate and House of Representatives caucus the opportunity to organize in preparation for the 2021 legislative session.

BMV to close Nov. 26 and 27

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) branches will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday, Nov. 28.

City building offices and lobbies to close

For the safety of Huntington residents and City employees, all city building offices and lobbies will close to the public on Monday, Nov. 23, at 8 a.m.

All city government services will continue to be provided.

The closures will remain in effect until further notice. Any visitors must schedule an appointment and wear a mask covering their mouth and nose while in a city government building. For assistance, call 356-1400 and use the prompts to select the appropriate department.

Supporting a Roanoke teacher

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A teacher at Roanoke Elementary School has recently been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. To show their support of this teacher, Roanoke students and staff members dressed in purple on Thursday, Nov. 12. Featured are students (top row, from left) Brody Bolen, Logan Wigmore, Landry Anderson, Ambrea Milton and Bristyn Bonewitz, as well as (bottom row, from left) Layla Wigmore, Elle Campbell, Haley Hertel and Emily Fritz, showing off their purple styles.

Warren Council discusses matters

The Warren Town Council met on Monday, Nov. 9, discussing several items, such as three property reports, a payment proposal regarding the Golfo di Napoli dairy, protocols for handling COVID-19 and several department reports.

Jessica Beal, of the Huntington County Department of Community Development, as well as Brant Ricker, of the Board of Health, relayed information about 313 Matilda St., 319 Matilda St., and 218 W. 3rd St. It was reported that the porch structure at 319 Matilda St. was in need of work.

Huntington City Council approves sewer plans preliminarily

A sketch of improvements that will be made to Tipton Street after new sewer pipes are installed under the street in 2022 and 2023.
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The Huntington City Council approved on first reading, on Monday, Nov. 9, an ordinance that will allow the city to construct and install improvements to the city’s sewer.

According to a document submitted to council by city attorney Michael Hartburg, the city of Huntington must eliminate its combined sewer systems from allowing untreated water back into the city’s waterways.

Apparently, with heavy rainfall, (more than 1 inch per day), the city of Huntington sees untreated water heading directly back into its waterways.

Andrews TC receives several updates

The Andrews Town Council heard several updates in its Tuesday, Nov. 10, meeting, including seeing a rise on COVID-19 cases in the community, progress on ordinance violation for 63 E. McKeever St., the Stellar Communities program and Community Crossings Matching Grant (CCMG) 2020-2 construction projects.

Council President John Harshbarger brought up the fact that COVID-19 cases are on the rise within Huntington, sparking discussion amongst councilmembers on how to best deal with limiting exposure within Andrews.

Mickley, Wiegmann receive recognition

Pictured (from left) Elin Mickley and Aubrey Wiegmann.
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Two Huntington Catholic School students, Elin Mickley and Aubrey Wiegmann, have been nominated for recognition and a plaque from Edward Jones.

Mickley was nominated for her responsibility, hard-working and passionate attitude. According to Mrs. Jackie Thomas, Mickley demonstrates a character that is always ready to learn and embrace any challenges put in front of her.

“Her work ethic and focus on doing well is an inspiration to her classmates. Elin always works diligently and takes great pride in all she does,” Thomas said.

Andrews takes on Raytheon

Representatives from the Town of Andrews, along with Raytheon Technologies, appeared in court on Monday, Nov. 9, over a lawsuit regarding contamination found within the town’s drinking water. The suit was heard by Adams Superior Court Judge Chad Kukelhan.

Approximately a dozen Andrews residents were present, including townspeople and witnesses. This June, the town of Andrews informed their residents that their water should not be used because of contamination found inside of the town’s wells, specifically finding high amounts of vinyl chloride inside of Well 1.

OCRA improves project

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced on Monday, Nov. 9, improvements to the Indiana Main Street program and will begin accepting applications for new organizations to join the program.

School board approves HNHS stadium project

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees have granted Scott Bumgardner, business manager for Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC), permission to request proposals on the Huntington North High School Stadium project.

Bumgardner said during the board’s regular meeting on Monday evening, Nov. 9, that he would begin the project by first finding an architect for the project.