Government & School Board

Markle going with ‘Plan C’ on tower maintenance

After scrutinizing two bids from contractors to maintain and paint Markle’s two water towers, the town council announced it was going in a different direction, in its meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 21.

The town held a special meeting on Jan. 13 to discuss and potentially act on the two quotes from Leary Construction and Utility Services Group.

Blomeke to seek fourth term as 5th district city council representative

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Joe Blomeke.

Joe Blomeke has announced plans to seek a fourth term as fifth district representative on the Huntington Common Council.

Blomeke, a Republican, currently serves as the council’s president and is a member of the city’s Redevelopment Commission.

Blomeke says that during his time on the council, he has worked to encourage growth of the city by maintaining sound financial policies for the best use of tax dollars, as well as retaining existing businesses and attracting new businesses through economic development activities.

School board to meet in exec session Jan. 30

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees will meet in executive sessions on Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center, 2485 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.

The purpose of both meetings is “to receive information about and interview prospective em- ployees.”

Roanoke council looks ahead to spring road work

The Roanoke Town Council began discussing spring construction projects on Seminary Street during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

“It’s going to be on Seminary Street from the park to Fourth Street,” said Roanoke Town Council President Dave Tucker. “From Fourth Street on, they will just mill the road down and repair it.”

The construction should begin in May or April, Tucker said, and the cost is currently estimated at $400,000. However, this number will be modified as work that needs to be done to the sewer and water lines is considered.

Zanesville Town Council discusses replacing marshal’s patrol vehicle

The Zanesville Town Council discussed replacing the town marshal’s patrol car during its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Town Marshal Carl Collins informed council that the car is in need of repairs totaling $4,000. As council purchased the car used for $3,000, it was not interested in spending more to repair the vehicle than it did to purchase it. While the car is still drivable, Collins noted that inclement winter weather could shorten its lifespan and that if its current rust pattern continues, it will eventually compromise the car’s structural integrity.

Huntington County Soil and Water District to hold monthly meet Jan. 20

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in the district office at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

HCCSC board of trustees selects Gary McClellan to fill vacant seat

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Gary McClellan.

Gary McClellan has been tapped to become the new District 5 trustee on the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees.

The six already-seated school board members chose McClellan at their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 12, from a list of four candidates who had expressed interest in the seat vacated by Tom King, who did not seek re-election. Since no one else filed to seek election to the non-partisan seat, it was up to the remaining school board members to select a seventh member.

Construction complete at Andrews town garage; utilities are next step

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Mike Rohler.

Construction of the new Andrews town garage has been completed, the Andrews Town Council learned at its Monday, Jan. 12, meeting.

Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock informed the board that the company building the garage, L.B. Schwartz Brothers Construction, had finished, and that finalization of utility services was the last hurdle to clear before the garage, located at the end of Wabash Street, could be used.

Chapman announces candidacy for 2nd term on common council

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Charles Chapman.

Charles Chapman has announced his candidacy for a second term in the first district seat on the Huntington Common Council.

Chapman, a Republican, currently serves as the council’s first district representative and says he looks forward to continuing the work that has put the city on a solid financial footing while making numerous community improvements.

Commissioners table wind farm ordinance action

Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall was voted 2015 president of the commissioners at their Monday, Jan. 12, meeting.
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Huntington County Commissioners tabled any action on the proposed wind farm amended ordinance at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 12, pending a review by the county’s attorney.

Mark Mussman, executive director of Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, presented the ordinance, as amended by the Huntington County Plan Commission on Dec. 10,  to the commissioners.