Government & School Board

Zanesville council turns down tower petition

Zanesville residents won’t be seeing a communications tower pop up behind the Lions Club after the town council denied a rezoning petition at its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 20.

The Lions Club sought to have an 80-foot by 80-foot area on its property rezoned so that Verizon Wireless could erect a tower. Once construction was complete, the wireless telecommunications provider would have paid the club rent.

The rezoning petition, presented to council by a representative from Skyway Towers and Verizon Wireless, was voted down 2-0.

Fetters announces plans for four more years

Brooks Fetters.
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Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters has announced that he plans to seek a second term in office.

An additional term would be spent in continuing to implement the city’s comprehensive plan,  a guideline developed by a group of Huntington residents that has served as the framework for his first three years in office, Fetters says.

City to transfer Hier’s Park ownership to fair assn.

im Sprowl is one happy guy – “awesome,” in his words – after learning that the City of Huntington plans to transfer the ownership of Hier’s Park to the Huntington County 4-H Fair Association.

Sprowl, who is serving as this year’s 4-H Fair Board president, says the resolution adopted at the city’s Nov. 17 Board of Public Works and Safety meeting to transfer the land to the association will spark some fresh use of the property, which is home to the county’s 4-H Fair and a plethora of other community events.

Roanoke council moves funds around; donates funds toward firearms simulator

The Roanoke Town Council approved the reallocation of budgeted funds within the Roanoke Police Department at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18, making it possible for the town department to donate funds to the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department for the procurement of a Firearms Training Simulator (FATS).

“It’s $26,000 to $27,000 for this,” said Roanoke Town Marshal Jim Wood. “They went to all the towns and all the departments and asked us each to put $2,000 in.”

Markle Town Council discusses Markle Library transfer deal

The Markle Town Council worked on wrapping up some end-of-the-year housekeeping at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, including more discussion on the new Markle Library land transfer deal.

After the Huntington City-Township Library Board decided to move forward with purchasing the lot at 155 W. Sparks St. from the town for $15,000, town council members unanimously approved a resolution to transfer the property to the library.

Commissioners to meet in exec session

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in executive session on Dec. 1 and Dec. 15.

During both sessions, the commissioners will discuss records classified as confidential by state or federal statute.

Both sessions will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the commissioners’ room on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Banks takes oath via Skype

State Sen. Jim Banks (on video screen), who is serving in Afghanistan with the United States Navy, is sworn in as a state senator by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker (left).
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State Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, took the oath of office via Skype from Afghanistan on Nov. 18, officially becoming the state senator representing Senate District 17 for the next four years.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Banks – who is on active duty with the U.S. Navy until May 2015 – submitted his formal leave of absence to Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne.

Roanoke TC to meet in exec session

The Roanoke Town Council will meet in executive session on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. in the town hall, located at 141 W. Third St., Roanoke.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the purchase or lease of real property by the governing body up to the time a contract or option to purchase or lease is executed by the parties.

DNR seeks volunteers to serve on Indiana Trails Advisory Board

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources  is seeking nominations for five openings on the state’s Indiana Trails Advisory Board (TAB) for 2015.

Nominees must be involved with a trails-oriented organization that represents one of the following user groups: bicyclists, higher education/health, off-road motorcyclists, parks and recreation agencies, and water trail users.

Board members are expected to serve a three-year term starting March 1, 2015, and attend quarterly meetings.

Local BMV branch to be closed on Nov. 27-28

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

All license branches with Saturday hours will resume with their regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday, Nov. 29, including the Huntington County branch, located at 2982 W. Park Drive, Huntington.