Government & School Board

DNR seeks volunteers to serve on Indiana Trails Advisory Board

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources  is seeking nominations for five openings on the state’s Indiana Trails Advisory Board (TAB) for 2015.

Nominees must be involved with a trails-oriented organization that represents one of the following user groups: bicyclists, higher education/health, off-road motorcyclists, parks and recreation agencies, and water trail users.

Board members are expected to serve a three-year term starting March 1, 2015, and attend quarterly meetings.

Local BMV branch to be closed on Nov. 27-28

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

All license branches with Saturday hours will resume with their regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday, Nov. 29, including the Huntington County branch, located at 2982 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Library board approves plan for construction of new facility in Markle

It was a split vote, with some members missing from the Huntington City-Township Public Library Board of Trustees, but the board decided 3-2 to move ahead with plans to build a new library building in Markle.

Library Board President Peggy Caley said members heard from HCTPL Executive Director Rebecca Lemons at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 10.
Lemons presented the results of a survey sent to Markle residents to help determine if a new building should be constructed in Markle or whether a library should exist in Markle at all.

Wind farm opponents vocal at plan meeting

People vehemently against having a wind farm in Huntington County packed the GAR Room at the courthouse on Wednesday, Nov. 12, to make their feelings known to the Huntington County Plan Commission.

About 100 people crammed the room with more seated outside, most of them wearing red shirts symbolizing their opposition to wind energy.

School board taking apps for open seat

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the board.

The individual will represent — and must live in — the school board’s fifth district, which is currently represented by Tom King. King did not seek re-election and his term will expire at the end of this year.

HCCSC board sets exec session

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will hold an executive session on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Horace Mann Education Center.

The agenda includes discussion of a job performance evaluation of individual employees.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Banks new chairman of Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) has been named chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military.

"One of our greatest callings as Americans is to support those who have fought to protect our country's freedom," Banks said. "It is an honor to serve our Hoosier veterans in this capacity and I look forward to returning home with a new perspective to bring to the committee."

Council narrowly rejects bonuses for city employees

A year-end bonus for Huntington city employ-ees was narrowly rejected by members of the Huntington common Council on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Mayor Brooks Fetters had proposed giving a bonus of $750 to each of the city's 125 employees. The $93,750 needed to do that would come from a general fund surplus built up, in large part, as a result of a more efficient workforce, he says. The bonuses would reward those employees for their efficiency.

School board approves new cosmetology program provider

It was an extremely short Huntington County Community School Corporation school board meeting Monday, Nov. 10 - just 20 minutes.

But board members got right to business and approved a two-year cosmetology cooperative agreement with Creations Beauty School.

School Superintendent Tracey Shafer says the contract, awarded to Donna Gressley, will begin in the fall of the 2015-16 school year at a new facility currently under construction at Caribbean Corner, 495 Bowen Park Ave.

Council to address problems at wastewater facility

The Andrews Town Council discussed making improvements to the town's wastewater facility during its meeting on Monday, Nov. 10.

A letter the town received from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on Oct. 28 sparked the discussion. The letter enumerated violations found at the facility during the agency's most recent inspection of it.

"We understand the problem, we recognize the problem (and) we will address it as soon as we can, but it's going to take time and capital," stated Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson.