Government & School Board

Quint truck to be in service soon for Roanoke VFD

The Roanoke Town Council learned that the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department’s recently acquired quint truck would soon be in service during its meeting on Tuesday, April 16.

The truck, a combination between a fire engine and a ladder truck, was purchased by the town in January from the St. Joseph Township Volunteer Fire Department, in Fort Wayne. Brandon Taylor, chief of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, stated that the department’s personnel would be training on the truck for the next two to three weeks. After that, the truck would be in service, he said.

Huntington County property tax statements in mail on April 11

Huntington County Treasurer Paula Farley recently announced that Huntington County property tax statements were mailed on April 11.

Property owners who do not receive a statement by the end of April should call the treasurer’s office at 358-4860. Failure to receive a statement does not relieve the taxpayer of the responsibility to pay the bill.

The amount of taxes due for each property can also be accessed online at by choosing GIS mapping and searching by name, address or parcel number.

Health board sets meet for April 22

The Huntington County Health Department has called a health board meeting set for Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Huntington County Annex building, 1330 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

Commish cancel today’s meeting, but schedule next for Thursday

The Huntington County Board of Commissioners’ meeting for today, Monday, April 15, has been canceled and will be rescheduled to Thursday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m.

The meeting will take place in the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Room 103A, Huntington.

During that meeting the commissioners will meet in an executive session beginning at 9:45 a.m. with respect to discuss job performance evaluations of individual employees.

Zay bill a unanimous pass in house

A bipartisan bill authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington), Senate Bill 365, that would address the Indiana Department of Child Services’ (DCS) skyrocketing caseload and escalating costs to maintain the agency, recently passed the Indiana House of Representatives unanimously.

Andrews council frustrated with pets not being secured by owners

The Andrews Town Council expressed frustration at its meeting on Monday, April 8, over dog owners’ inability to keep their animals secured.

Concerned parent says HCCSC bullying policy doesn’t address self-defense situation

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees took care of some housekeeping items in an abbreviated meeting Monday, April 8.

But it was a comment from a concerned parent that left members taking thought.

Christina Hosler, whose son had previously attended Huntington North High School, recently withdrew him after he was involved in an altercation she says was the result of him being bullied.

Zay-sponsored bill to help curb overcrowding in jails passes Senate

A bill sponsored by Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that would help curb the overcrowding issues facing many county jails in Indiana recently passed the full Senate by a vote of 46 to 2.

House Bill 1078 would allow a court to relocate a Level 6 felony offender from a county jail to the Indiana Department of Correction if the person is a violent offender or has two prior unrelated felony convictions.

Announce governmental meetings for period of April 15 to April 26

Following is a list of governmental meetings  to be held from April 15 to April 26:

Monday, April 15
8:30 a.m. - Huntington County Board of Commissioners, Commissioners Room.

Tuesday, April 16
6:30 p.m. - Zanesville Town Council, Zanesville Town Hall.

7 p.m. - Roanoke Town Council, Roanoke Town Hall.

Wednesday, April 17
6:30 p.m. - Warren Board of Zoning Appeals, Warren Town Hall Annex.

7:30 p.m. - Markle Town Council, Markle Fire Station.

Ready to go

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Republican Party Chair Rise Buzzard gives the “thumbs up” as she addresses those who attended the party’s “Breakfast with the Candidates” event on Saturday, April 6, at the Huntington VFW Post 2689. Several candidates spoke to the group during the final breakfast heading into the municipal primary election on May 7.

Common council learns about roadway improvements planned for year

The Huntington Common Council learned about roadway improvements planned for the year during its meeting on Tuesday, April 9.

Anthony Goodnight, the city’s director of public works and engineering services, gave the board an overview of those improvements, which will consist of paving, crack sealing and pavement marking application. Additionally, one street, St. Emily Drive, will be reconstructed, and the historic Works Progress Administration culvert under West Park Drive, near Bartlett Street, will receive improvements.

Early voting in county primary election starts Monday, April 22

Early voting in the municipal primary election begins Monday, April 22.

Any registered voter in the county may cast their ballot in advance of Election Day on Tuesday, May 7.

The deadline to register to vote in the election is today, Monday, April 8. To register, visit

Updating registration is required if a voter has moved, changed their name or previously been taken off the poll list. This can also be done by visiting

Huntington Township Advisory Board sets meeting

The Huntington Township Advisory Board will meet on Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Huntington Township Trustee Office, 1005 N. Broadway, Huntington.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

List governmental meetings coming up

The following are the scheduled governmental meetings for the period of Monday, April 8, to Friday, April 19.

Monday, April 8
5 p.m. - Warren Town Council, Assembly Hall.
6 p.m. - Andrews Town Council, Andrews Municipal Building.
7 p.m. - Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals, Roanoke Town Court Building.

Tuesday, April 9
5:30 p.m. - Andrews Board of Zoning Appeals, Andrews Town Hall.
7 p.m. - Huntington Common Council, City Building, Second Floor.

Roanoke's Fourth of July fireworks funds to be kept separate from town funds

The committee that raises funds for the Fourth of July fireworks display in Roanoke will stockpile those funds differently than it has in years past, the Roanoke Town Council learned at its meeting on Tuesday, April 2.

Councilman Ryan Carroll reported that the committee expressed a desire to amass the funds it raises on its own, rather than go through the town.

Since the committee’s formation in 2015, it has brought the donations it receives to the town, which then deposits them into a dedicated bank account.