Government & School Board


Roanoke adopts rules for dealing with unsafe buildings

The Roanoke Town Council has adopted measures to regulate unsafe buildings in the community.

During their Oct. 21 meeting, council members approved Ordinance 2014-10, which adopts the Indiana Unsafe Building law and creates an Unsafe Building Fund in the town's budget.

"Indiana law attempts to strike a balance between property owners' rights to do what they wish with their property and the effect that has on the neighboring property owners' rights," says Attorney Michael Hartburg.


Four men in the running for one school board seat in fall election

Four candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for the second district seat on the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees.

The seat is currently held by current School Board President Kevin Patrick, who will not seek another term.

The four contenders are Stephen Geders, Chad Lippe, Matt Roth and Gary Snyder. The district they seek to represent is located in the northwest corner of the county, mainly within unincorporated areas, and a portion just west and just east of Huntington.


Council approves funds for more sewer and water work in city

The city's water and sewer systems will get some fine tuning with the help of some extra funding approved Tuesday, Oct. 14, by the Huntington Common Council.

The additional appropriation of $175,000 will pay for three separate projects, explained Anthony Goodnight, the city's director of public works and engineering services.

The largest share of the money, $125,000, will be used to install three valves throughout the water distribution system to allow water from the north water tank to flow to the south side of the city.


Dual-county status causes 911 snafus in Zanesville

Julie Christian, clerk-treasurer of the Zanesville Town Council, discussed protocol for calling 911 at council's meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16.

Christian noted that residents living on the Allen County side of Zanesville have had 911 calls go to the Wells County dispatcher and that the reverse has occurred for the town's Wells County residents.

In order to avoid this mix-up, Christian suggests that Zanesville residents mention their county and address when calling 911 and if their call is received by the wrong county, it will be transferred to the appropriate one.


City Plan Commission to consider zoning request

The City of Huntington Plan Commission will meet Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The commission will consider a request from Francis Shaw to rezone two properties, at 1222 First St. and 937 E. Tipton St., from R-2, a residential zoning, to B-2, a business zoning.

The commission will also discuss alternate members for the development plan/plat committee.

The meeting is open to the public.



Markle sets salaries for 2015

The Markle Town Council unanimously approved the 2015 salary ordinance for employees and council members on its first reading Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Town Clerk-Treasurer Shelley Monticue says the ordinance includes the 2 percent increase that was built into Markle's 2015 budget that the council has already approved.

Wages for part-time employees of $8 to $14 per hour were also added into the ordinance, and Monticue says individual department heads have the authority to grant raises to those employees.


Andrews assembles funds for new garage

The Andrews Town Council established a new fund during its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14, that it will use to finance the town garage construction project.

Ordinance 2014-14 creates a construction fund in the general ledger and appropriates $100,000 for it. Half of that sum will come from the motor vehicle highway fund while the riverboat fund and CEDIT monies will each contribute $25,000 to round it out.

The transfer of those funds was provided for with Ordinance 2014-13, after $50,000 was transferred into the motor vehicle highway fund via Ordinance 2014-12.


3-man race for U.S. representative tops legislative races on Nov. 4 ballot

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A three-man race for United States Representative tops the legislative races on the ballot in Huntington County for the Nov. 4 general election.

Incumbent Third District Rep. Marlin Stutzman, a Republican, faces challenges from Democrat Justin Kuhnle and Libertarian Scott Wise.

There are no contests for state legislative posts.
Indiana State Senators Jim Banks, District 17, and Travis Holdman, District 19, are both unopposed. Also unopposed is 50th District Indiana State Rep. Dan Leonard. All three are Republicans.


Council approves home destruction; two more are likely to follow soon

One dilapidated home in Warren will soon be demolished, and two more are likely to follow.

The Warren Town Council voted Monday, Oct. 13, to proceed with the demolition of a house at 417 Grover St.

Mark Mussman, executive director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, and Marla Stambazze, DCD staff member, asked council members on Monday to uphold the department's order of enforcement and order the demolition of the house.

The council did so on a 3-0 vote, with member Barb Trosper absent.


Voters to decide if four state-level judges should be retained in office

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Voters in the Nov. 4 election will be asked to decide whether or not four state-level judges should be retained in office.

Judges on the ballot are Loretta H. Rush and Mark S. Massa, of the Indiana Supreme Court; Rudolph Reginald Pyle III, of the Indiana Court of Appeals Fourth District; and Martha Wentworth, of the Indiana Tax Court.
In Indiana, judges are nominated for positions in state courts by a seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission.
The final appointment is made by the governor.


Changes coming to way state tests students, HCCSC board learns

Change is coming in the way the state's elementary and high school students will be tested, the Huntington County Community School Corporation's Board of School Trustees learned at its meeting Monday, Oct. 13.

The changes will include a transition to college and career readiness.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Chuck Grable outlined some of those changes in a presentation that sought to define, enumerate and separate the different standards and assessments the state's Department of Education is requiring for public school students.


Street dept. closed for Columbus Day

The Huntington Street Department is closed today, Oct. 13, in observance of Columbus Day.

Residents whose normal trash pickup day is Monday will have their trash picked up on Tuesday, Oct. 14, starting at 7 a.m.

All other trash pickup days will remain the same.



Local SWCD changes meet date to Oct. 14

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District monthly meeting date has changed to Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m, at the District Office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.



BMV to close Oct. 11-13 for Columbus Day

All Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will be closed Saturday, Oct. 11, through Monday, Oct. 13, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

All license branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

For a complete list of branch locations and hours, visit



Huntington County SWCD to host monthly meeting Oct. 21 at office

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the District Office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington. The meeting is open to the public.

Due to farming season, anyone planning to attend the meeting should contact the District Office at 356-6816 ext. 3 to confirm there will be a quorum to hold the meeting.



HCCSC board to hold executive session Friday

The Huntington County Community School Corporation's Board of Trustees will meet in executive session on Friday, Oct. 10, beginning at noon at the LaFontaine Golf Club, 6129 N. Goshen Rd., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting, as stated on the HCCSC web page, is for discussion of the assessment, design and implementation of school safety and security measures, plans and systems.

Executive sessions are not open to the public.



Republic Services to pick up trash in Roanoke

The future of trash collection in the Town of Roanoke was decided at the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Oct. 7.

The contract was awarded to Republic Services and will take effect on Jan 1. The contract will be held for the coming three years and promises a consistent fee of $9.34 per month for curbside trash pickup with a provided 96-gallon container.

Ordinance 2014-9 restricting parking on the south side of Posey Hill Street from North 950E to Seminary Street was also discussed and adopted by the council.


Early voting for fall election to start tomorrow, Oct. 7

Early voting for this fall's election will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Anyone can take advantage of early voting in the clerk's office. Early voters do not have to provide a reason for casting their ballot prior to Election Day.

Votes may be cast in person in the hall outside the Huntington County clerk's office on the second floor of the courthouse. The polling location will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on two Saturdays - Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 - from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Hacker new Huntington police chief; Hughes assistant

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Chad Hacker has been named chief of the Huntington Police Department.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters announced Hacker's appointment on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Hacker, who named Matt Hughes as his assistant chief, succeeds E.J. Carroll in that position. Carroll, a 21-year veteran of the HPD, retired effective Oct. 1 and has accepted a position with the new Parkview Health police department.

Hacker and Hughes, who both currently serve as detectives within the Huntington Police Department, were set to be officially sworn in today, Oct. 6.


Redevelopment group to hold exec session

The Huntington Redevelopment Commission will meet in executive session on Friday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The agenda for the meeting includes "discussion of strategy with respect to the purchase or lease of real property."

Executive sessions are closed to the public.



No raise, but teachers still get some spending cash

The county's teachers will not get a raise this year, but they'll still get some spending cash.

In a short special session on Monday, Sept. 29, the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees voted nearly unanimously to accept the collective bargaining agreement worked out with the Huntington County Teachers' Association.

Eligible teachers will receive a one-time $800 stipend, which will be paid in a separate pay distribution on Nov. 14. The agreement states the stipend will be paid outside the contractual compensation system.


Council gives employees raises, airport extra funds

Members of the Huntington Common Council approved raises for city employees and extra money for the Huntington Municipal Airport, but had no interest in a proposal by Councilman Greg Davis that city spending for 2015 be cut by 5 percent across the board.

Davis made his proposal during the council's early morning meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 30, as the council was asked to approve an appropriation ordinance for 2015.
The appropriation ordinance is a companion piece to the previously approved 2015 budget and sets out spending limits for individual city departments.