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Warren discusses ordinance

During its special meeting that took place on Monday, March 29, the Warren Town Council held a public hearing regarding Ordinance 2021-4, an ordinance that would establish rates and charges within the waterworks of the town.

According to minutes of the special meeting, Ben Adams, of Commonwealth Engineering, reviewed the scope of the project and the necessitites of the project. Adams was followed by Greg Guerrettaz, of Financial Solutions Group, who summarized a rate report from Tuesday, Feb. 16, that acted as the foundation for the new ordinance.

City shares capacity and mask updates

On Tuesday, March 30, the City of Huntington announced two coming revisions to its COVID-19 mitigation policies. These revisions include an early April return to full capacity for local businesses, followed by a locally enforced mask requirement becoming an advisory on May 31.

On Tuesday, April 6, the city anticipates lifting all venue capacity restrictions at businesses and other entities within city limits when the county’s COVID-19 advisory level is orange, yellow or blue.

City buildings are now open for meetings

In-person public meetings will now resume at the Huntington city building. Doors will unlock 30 minutes prior to a scheduled meeting and each meeting’s agenda will be posted in advance with both the physical location and remote access instructions included.

For all other business, city offices will remain open to the public by appointment. Call ahead at 356-1400.

Fire Department reports on radios

The Huntington Fire Department (HFD) reports that things are running smoothly with their new handheld radios that were distributed in late February.

Over 200 handheld radio units were purchased with a $1.2 million “Assistance to Firefighters Grant” that the department received in September from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Having the new handheld radios have already benefited the department during a structure fire that occurred recently. Fire Chief Tony Johnson explained a few of the differences that the new radios have that were helpful that night.

Holcomb gives address

Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address on Tuesday, March 23, to lay out the road ahead for Hoosiers in the fight against COVID-19.

“As we continue to isolate if you test positive, quarantine if you’re a close contact, and get vaccinated when you’re eligible, the light at the end of the tunnel becomes brighter and brighter,” Gov. Holcomb said. “It’s up to each and every one of us to do our part to stay on our course.”

Fort Wayne firm receives contract for Roche St. work

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety approved a street reconstruction project bid during its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 16.

Fort Wayne-based Brooks Construction was awarded a $148,064 contract to reconstruct Roche Street, with plans to replace its brick surface with asphalt. The City of Huntington is funding the project with an Indiana Department of Transportation Community Crossings matching grant.

The board also approved plans for several upcoming events to take place in Huntington, including:

Warren consultant discusses projects

Financial Consultant Greg Guerrettaz, of Financial Solutions Group, Inc., returned for the regular Warren Town Council meeting on Monday, March 22, to discuss several project updates.

Guerrettaz first brought forward Ordinance 2021-3, which was a Bond Ordinance for the water project. The motion passed unanimously.

Second, the council approved using a State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan to cover what the grant does not for the water project.

HCCSC will seek bids for stadium

Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Superintendent Chad Daugherty presented the layout and design of a new, $7.5 million multi-purpose facility for Huntington North High School (HNHS) during the HCCSC board of trustees’ regular meeting on Monday night, March 22.

Daugherty sought permission from the board to seek bids on the project. He was unanimously granted permission.

Andrews Town Council talks FEMA, spring clean up

The Andrews Town Council discussed several ordinance amendment proposals, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) buyout progress and H & H Spring clean-up matters during its Monday, March 22, meeting.

Kim Hostetler, of the Huntington Department of Community Development (DCD), presented council with a proposal detailing changes to seven town ordinances. Each change merely added language to further clarify the meaning of each ordinance. For instance, one proposal offered a clearer definition for different kinds of fences.

COVID vaccine side effects

On Friday, March 12, Dr. Matt Pflieger, Huntington’s interim public health officer, shared a video explaining side effects and what to expect with COVID-19 vaccinations.

Pflieger offered three time frames to use during his model example of “Person A” and their vaccination side effects. The three time frames were one day after the vaccine had been administered (“X”), one month after the vaccine had been administered (“Y”) and one year after the vaccine had been administered (“Z”).

Republicans need to fill 2 positions

The Huntington County Republican Party will be holding a Caucus to fill two positions. The two positions are Union Township Trustee and Polk Township Advisory Board Member.

The position for Union Township Trustee is vacant due to the resignation of the current Trustee. The Polk Township position is open due to the passing of the member.

Any interested candidate must reside in Union for the Trustee position and in Polk Township for the Advisory Board position.

IPEP awards safety grant

The Town of Roanoke has been awarded an IPEP Safety Grant. Featured (from left) are Town Clerk Treasurer Sarah Milton, Dave Mettler of Mettler Agency Inc. and Roanoke Supervisor of Operations Phil Hibbert.
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The Indiana Public Employers’ Plan, Inc. (IPEP) announced the Town of Roanoke as a recipient of its 2021 safety grant award.  

IPEP will partner with Clerk-Treasurer Sarah Milton among others, along with David Mettler, of Mettler Agency Inc., to promote a safe work environment and assist with stretching their risk management resources.  

The grant funds will be used to purchase safety equipment or safety training programs that will reduce or limit workers compensation exposure.