Government & School Board


Local SWCD board moves meet to Feb. 11

The Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board meeting previously scheduled for Monday, Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. in the Commissioners' Office in Huntington has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 11, at 8 a.m. in the
Commissioners' Office of the County Courthouse.

The district meeting schedule for 2013 will be a topic of discussion at this meeting due to the change in the Huntington County Commissioners' meeting schedule for 2013.

A new notice of scheduled meeting dates and times for 2013 will be sent out following the meeting if changes are made.



Andrews Town Council to hold special meet Feb. 4

The Andrews Town Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Andrews Town Hall meeting room.

The meeting is being held for the second reading of Ordinance 2012-15 and any other matters brought before the Council.

The town hall is located at 66 N. Main St., Andrews.



Board appointments by county council turn meeting contentious

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A normally routine board appointment process turned contentious during the Monday, Jan. 28, meeting of the Huntington County Council as Councilman Joel Harris led the charge to remove a long-serving member from the Huntington City-Township Public Library Board and was, in turn, removed from the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency board by the council's president.

"I'm concerned you're going overboard," County Council President John Hacker told Harris.


Mayor, city council debate aviation board pay

A move by Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters to discontinue pay for members of the city's Board of Aviation Commissioners met with resistance from that board, with members of the Huntington Common Council opting to delay a vote on the proposal in order to give themselves time to gather information.


Schools will work with United Way to implement learning center

The Huntington County Community School Corporation School Board unanimously approved a joint resolution for establishment of a learning center on Monday evening, Jan. 28.

The resolution was first presented to the board at its last meeting.

The approval gives Superintendent Tracey Shafer the go-ahead needed to work with the United Way of Huntington County to expand the current Vocational Technical Building near Huntington North High School.

Shafer says the expansion will allow the current classes using the building larger lab space.


Andrews council learns of another library setback

The Andrews Town Council learned during its Monday, Jan. 28, meeting that the expansion project at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library had suffered another setback.

The new setback pertains to documents that were not submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for review, Library Director Nancy Disbro informed the council.

The USDA has dictated that the library submit those documents. After that, the library will once again seek bids for the expansion project.


Banks bill protects secret vote

The Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor has approved a proposal authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to protect Hoosiers' right to vote by secret ballot.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR 2) would amend the Constitution of the State of Indiana to permanently protect the right to use secret ballots in elections, including union authorization elections.

The committee passed the resolution 7 to 3, moving the measure to the full Senate for further consideration.


Local SWCD to have annual meet Feb. 12

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District's annual meeting and banquet will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Crestview Middle School beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The agenda for the event will include the election of SWCD board supervisor, presentation of conservation awards, reports about conservation programs and review of events for the past year.

The program for the evening will include Tom Turpin, professor for the Purdue University Department of Entomology.

Turpin will entertain with a look at the "Good Old Days."


Clerk’s office to be closed Jan. 28-29

The Huntington County Clerk's office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 28, and Tuesday, Jan. 29, to enable its staff to attend training in Indianapolis.

The traffic office will be open for business as usual.

The clerk's office is located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.



Holdman introduces bills to help children, families

State Sens. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) and Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury) have introduced several bills to protect children and families involved with the Indiana Department of Child Services.

The policies advocated in these bills follow recommendations made by the General Assembly's Interim Study Committee on the Department of Child Services. Both Holdman and Yoder served on this committee.


Markle Redevelopment Commission meets today

The Markle Redevelopment Commission will meet today, Monday, Jan. 21, in room 204 of the Markle Town Hall.

The election of RDC president, 2012 annual report and tax increment financing determination letter for 2013 will be discussed.



Warren council to have administrative meeting today

The Warren Town Council will hold an administrative meeting today, Monday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. in Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St.

The meeting is being held for 2013 planning, review of the 2012 and 2013 budgets, review of policies and procedures, review of the 10-year Capital Improvement Plan and additional miscellaneous matters.



Huntington Board of Aviation Commissioners sets special meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30

The Board of Aviation Commissioners of the City of Huntington will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m. at the Huntington Municipal Airport, Terminal Building, located at 1365 Warren Rd., Huntington.

During this meeting the board will receive information, consider and perhaps act on matters brought before it.

This meeting will be held in place of the board's previously noticed Jan. 22 meeting.



CEDIT will help fund Tracy Street reconstruction

The town of Markle will use its CEDIT allocation from Wells County to help pay for the reconstruction of Tracy Street, Markle Town Council members affirmed at their meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The town, because it lies in both Huntington and Wells counties, receives CEDIT funds through both counties. Town leaders must submit a spending plan for those funds, which it approved Wednesday for the approximately $25,000 it expects to receive through Wells County.


Warren council agrees to assist with parking improvements at scout cabin

Headlining the Warren Town Council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, was Christy McCarver, local scouting coordinator who updated the council local Scouting programs and continued upgrades to the Scout Cabin.

Council members in attendance were Barb Trosper, Ethan Stivers, Tracey Brown, Julia Glessner and Marilyn Morrison, clerk-treasurer along with other town employees.


County seeks input on ADA compliance plan

A plan to bring Huntington County into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is now available for public review.

The plan may be examined during business hours now through Jan. 28 in two offices of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. Copies of the plan are available for review in both the Huntington County Commissioners' office, located on the first floor of the courthouse, and in the Huntington County Clerk's office, located on the second floor.

The plan is also available online, in a 147-page PDF format.


Luithly graduates ANG basic training

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Air National Guard Airman Brett W. Luithly graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Luithly earned distinction as an honor graduate.


Thompson elected to fill school board’s vacant fourth district seat

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The newest member of the Huntington County Community School's School Board took her oath of office during the Jan. 14 meeting of the board.

Holly Thompson, who beat out four other candidates for the District 4 seat, was selected by a 4-1-1 vote.

Current school board members cast their votes in a selection process conducted by school board's legal council, Joe Wiley.

The board cast five ballots before reaching a final vote electing Thompson.

After the second ballot, Tony Herber was eliminated from the running as he received no votes from any board member.


Andrews council votes additional funding for library project

The Andrews Town Council learned during its Monday, Jan. 14, meeting that the Andrews Public Library would require additional funding in order to finance its expansion project.

Nancy Disbro, the library's director, said that bids for the expansion project were higher than anticipated, with even the lowest bid coming in at $40,000 over what was expected.

Disbro requested funds from the council and emphasized that a contribution would strengthen her case when appearing before the county to make the same request.


Roanoke needs zoning board members

Mark Mussman, executive director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, spoke to the Roanoke Town Council during its Tuesday, Jan. 16 meeting about the two vacant seats on the town's board of zoning appeals (BZA).

Mussman emphasized to the council that the BZA cannot conduct its business without at least three members and encouraged the council to continue trying to recruit citizens who might be interested in serving on the board.


Fetters announces he will host series of ‘Mayor’s Night In’ meetings in 2013

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Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters has announced plans to host a series of "Mayor's Night In" meetings.

Fetters will make himself available one evening each quarter for individual meetings with Huntington residents.

The first session will be held on Monday, Jan. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with subsequent sessions set for April 8, July 8 and Oct. 15. All sessions will be held in the mayor's office on the third floor of the City Building.


Assessor’s office to shut on Jan. 16-17

The Huntington County Assessor's Office announces that it will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 16, and Thursday, Jan. 17.

Employees will be attending the 2013 Winter Conference sponsored by the Indiana County Assessor's Association in Indianapolis.

The office will reopen on Jan. 18 at 8 a.m.



Banks authors several bills to make higher ed affordable, accountable

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) has authored several bills he says are aimed at improving affordability and accountability in higher education.

Banks says the overarching goal of his plan is to make college a less expensive option for Hoosier students while ensuring there is more accountability for public investment in higher education.


Finances back to comfortable levels, says Fetters

Finances in the city of Huntington are once again on an even keel.

Spending reductions and policy changes implemented since plummeting property tax revenues wreaked havoc with the city's bottom line in 2008 and 2009 have pushed the year-end general fund balance for 2012 back up to comfortable levels - and that bodes well for the city's future, Mayor Brooks Fetters says.

"We are able to make decisions and move forward as a community in the context of relative financial stability as opposed to financial crisis," he says.


School board interviews for open spot

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New and returning members of the Huntington County Community School Board were sworn in on Wednesday, Jan. 9, and those members immediately set to work interviewing candidates for a seat which is currently vacant.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters administered the oaths of office during the special meeting.

The returning school board members, who were re-elected in November 2012, are Rex Baxter, District 7, and Scott Hoffman, District 1.

New to the board is Sarah Kyle, District 6.


Commissioners make appointments during Jan. 7 meeting

During their meeting on Monday, Jan 7, the Huntington County Commissioners made several appointments to city and county boards.

They include:

• Tim Fulton and John Rogers were appointed to the Board of Electrical Examiners for a one-year term to expire Dec 31, 2013.

• Reappointed were Jack Sell and Tony Hiles to the PTABOA Board for a one-year term to expire Dec. 31, 2013.

• Reappointed were Jeff Berggren, Kyle Jones and Marvin McNew and appointed was Tera Garretson to the Tourism Commission for a two-year term to expire Dec. 31, 2014.


HNHS grad Stevens joins area ISP post

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Huntington North High School graduate James R. Stevens is one of three new troopers assigned to the Indiana State Police post in Fort Wayne after graduating from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on Dec. 21.

Stevens, 26, reported to the Fort Wayne post on Jan. 2 along with fellow probationary troopers Caleb R. Hatfield, 23, of New Castle, and Joshua L. Thrasher, 26, of Fort Wayne.


New president of Huntington County Commissioners

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On Monday, Jan. 7, the Huntington County Commissioners appointed Leon Hurlburt as president of the board during its bi-monthly meeting. Hurlburt replaces out-going president Tom Wall, who still serves as a commissioner.


Stutzman sworn in to 113th U.S. Congress

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United States Congressman Marlin Stutzman was sworn in to the 113th Congress by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Stutzman, who will serve on the House Financial Services Committee, begins his second full term and his first term as the dean of Indiana's Republican delegation in the House.

"Our country is facing serious challenges, the greatest being the government's $16 trillion debt," said Stutzman.


DNR is seeking volunteers

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking 38 volunteers to work on trails this summer at four state parks for the Indiana Heritage Corps program.

IHC is an AmeriCorps program administered through the DNR Division of State Parks and Reservoirs.

IHC volunteers receive on-site housing, a living allowance, an education stipend and hands-on experience, as well as a chance to earn college internship credit.


Sewer rate hike smaller than expected

An upcoming sewer improvement project will cost less than expected, softening the blow for Huntington residents who will help pay for that project through a sewer rate increase.

The Huntington Common Council voted 5-1 on Tuesday, Jan. 8, to institute an 8 percent sewer rate hike. The increase will about to about $2.50 a month for the average residential customer and will become effective with the next full billing period.


Andrews employees to get 3 percent more

All full-time employees of the town of Andrews, with the exception of the clerk-treasurer, will receive a 3 percent pay increase for 2013.

The salary ordinance was approved by Andrews Town Council members Ray Tackett and John Harshbarger during the council's Dec. 28 meeting. The third council member, Mike Rohler, was absent from the meeting.


Commissioners to hold exec session Jan. 7

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold an executive session today, Jan. 7, at 9:30 a.m. at the County Commissioners' office, located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The Commissioners will meet to discuss a job performance evaluation of an individual employee.



County office holders swear in at Courthouse ceremony Dec. 31

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New and returning Huntington County office holders were sworn in Monday, Dec. 31, during a ceremony held in the Huntington County Courthouse rotunda.

Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer administered the oaths of office, taking the place of Circuit Judge Thomas Hakes as Hakes recuperates from knee surgery.


Hamilton takes oath for second time

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Brenda Hamilton (center) is sworn in for her second term as Huntington County treasurer during a ceremony held Dec. 31 in the rotunda of the Huntington County Courthouse. The oath of office was administered by Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer (left), while Hamilton's husband Sam Hamilton holds the Bible.


Wall swears in for second term

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Tom Wall (left), with wife Rose Wall holding the Bible, is sworn in for his second term as a Huntington County commissioner by Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer. Huntington County officials who were elected in November took their oaths of office during a ceremony on Dec. 31 at the Huntington County Courthouse.


Hacker swearing in

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John E. Hacker (left) is sworn in by Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer (right) for a fourth term on the Huntington County Council during a ceremony held on Dec. 31 in the rotunda of the Huntington County Courthouse. Holding the Bible for Hacker is Jaime Miller, who was also sworn in as a county council member. Officials who were elected in November took office on Jan. 1.


SWCD to hold meeting Jan. 14

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Jan. 14 at the District Office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public.



Banks files bill to give returning military affordable college ed

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) has filed legislation to help returning military veterans obtain a more affordable college degree.

Senate Bill 177 would allow qualified veterans to be eligible for resident tuition rates upon enrolling in a state educational institution. Applicants would qualify regardless of whether they have lived in Indiana long enough to meet the school's residency requirements.