Government & School Board

Buzzard makes it three on GOP side competing for mayoral nomination

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Larry Buzzard.

Huntington businessman Larry Buzzard has announced plans to run for mayor in 2015.

Buzzard is the third announced candidate for the Republican primary, joining incumbent Mayor Brooks Fetters and Greg Sprinkle, the county’s chief deputy coroner.

Buzzard says his campaign will focus on building stronger relations between city government and the rest of the community.

County’s SWMD to close Dec. 24; to hold drop-off hours on Dec. 23

The Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Household Hazardous Waste Facility will not be open for hazardous waste collection on Wednesday, Dec. 24, due to the Christmas Eve holiday.

Instead, the district will hold household hazardous waste collection drop-off hours on Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information contact Jonathan Leist, district director, at 358-4886.

Roanoke council approves trash collection switch

The Roanoke Town Council voted Tuesday, Dec. 16, to approve a solid waste removal contract with Republic Services, Inc.

Starting in January, the regular trash fee for Republic Services, Inc. will be $9.34. With the five-cent administrative charge from the town, Roanoke residents can expect a final bill of $9.39 per month for their solid waste removal.

The first trash collection day for the new service provider will be Monday, Jan. 5. Solid waste will then be picked up on Mondays from that point on.

Council backs transfer of Hier's Park to 4-H Fair Association

Ownership of Hier’s Park was transferred from the city to the Huntington County 4-H Fair Association during the Huntington Common Council’s meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Though the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety had approved a resolution authorizing the transfer on Nov. 17, Mayor Brooks Fetters wanted to give city council an opportunity to endorse the move as well.

Shafer leaving superintendent’s post at end of 2014, board learns

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Tracy Shafer.

Tracey Shafer plans to leave the Huntington County Community Schools at the end of the year.

Shafer, who has served as superintendent of the Huntington County Community Schools for more than a decade, announced his resignation to the HCCSC board of trustees on Monday, Dec. 15.

Shafer will become the superintendent of the Danville Community School Corporation in Hendricks County.

Former Huntington North High School Principal Kenneth R. Kline will serve as interim superintendent beginning Jan. 1.

County programs to share anti-drug, alcohol grants

Twelve programs throughout Huntington County will share more than $20,000 in grants as they fight against the abuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

The grants were awarded by the Local Anti-Drug Coalition Efforts (LACE) of Huntington County and approved Monday, Dec. 15, by the Huntington County Council.

LACE board member Jan Williams, who presented the grant proposal to the council, said each of the programs awarded funding fits into one of three categories — prevention and education, treatment and intervention and criminal justice services.

Indiana BMV branches to be closed Dec. 25-26

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle license branches will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Branches will resume normal business hours on Dec. 27.

Branches will also be closed on Jan.1 for New Year’s Day, and will resume normal hours of operation on Jan. 2.

Council to hear ‘smart’ city program

Representatives of Scheiber Electric will attend the Dec. 16 meeting of the Huntington Common Council to explain how Huntington can become a “smart” city.

The transition to a “smart” city begins with the improvement and integration of critical city systems including electric grids, gas and water distribution systems, waste removal and transportation systems.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington. It is open to the public.

Amended ‘wind ordinance’ now on way to desk of commissioners

An amended Huntington County “wind ordinance” is now on its way to the Huntington County commissioners with a favorable recommendation from the county plan commission, following months of discussion and public input, sometimes heated.

During its meeting on Wednesday, Dec.10, the plan commission voted 7-0 to approve the amended 23-page Section 720: Wind Energy Conversion System Ordinance. Members Alan Updike and Randy Bellamy were absent from the meeting.

Sprinkle throws his hat in ring for Republican mayoral nomination

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Greg Sprinkle.

Greg Sprinkle, a lifelong Huntington County resident who is currently serving as the county’s chief deputy coroner, has announced plans to seek the Republican nomination for mayor in next May’s primary election.

Sprinkle will have company in that race — incumbent Mayor Brooks Fetters, also a Republican, has already announced his intention to seek a second term.