Government & School Board

Zay announces state senate now accepting applications for pages

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) has announced the Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the Senate Page Program.

This full-day interactive program gives students in grades six through 12 the opportunity to tour the Indiana Statehouse, observe session debates on the Senate floor and assist staff with age-appropriate tasks. Students will also meet with their state senator.

Roanoke Park closer to getting new pedestrian bridges

The installation of new pedestrian bridges at Roanoke Park is one step closer to happening, the Roanoke Town Council learned at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The town’s supervisor of operations, Phil Hib-bert, announced that the town had received a $20,000 grant from the Huntington County Community Foundation for the project. The pursuit of the grant was a joint effort between the town and the Roanoke Beautification Foundation.

County council votes to add four more jailers at Hgtn. County Jail

Four jailers will be added to the staff of the Huntington County Jail, despite budgetary concerns expressed by two members of the Huntington County Council.

Councilman Shane Bickel had no such concerns.

“This involves human beings. This involves safety,” he told fellow council members during their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 30. “This is the most important priority we have right now.”

Sheriff Terry Stoffel and Jail Commander Jeff Kyle said hiring more jailers would allow for additional staff in the evenings and on the weekends.

Cub Scout donation


Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Roanoke Lions recently presented a $200 donation to Roanoke Cub Scout Troop 3131. Lions Club Treasurer Charles Crawford (left) presents the check to Scouts (front from left) Cameron Proffitt, Spencer Proffitt and Mason Donajkowski, while looking on are (back from left) Den Leader Scott Proffitt and Lions member Celia Bandelier.

Local SWCD to have monthly meet Dec. 14

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 4:30 p.m. at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.    

School board members blunt about office move

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees used – in their description – “blunt” words at their meeting Monday, Nov. 27, when discussing where the district’s administrative central office will move.

When the smoke cleared, the board came to a unanimous decision to use space at Salamonie Elementary School as a temporary location for the office. However, how long it will need to be there is uncertain, projected at between six months to more than three years.

Huntington sewer rates not going up as high as originally proposed

Sewer rates for Huntington utility customers will be going up, but the increase won’t be as much as initially proposed.

That’s because bids for improvements to the city’s sewage treatment system came in lower than engineers’ estimates, members of the Huntington Common Council learned during their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Andrews to pursue grant for McKeever storm water project

The Andrews Town Council is pursuing a grant that will help it fund a storm water infrastructure project on a high-traffic street in town that is regularly beset with drainage issues.

The board held a public hearing during its meeting on Monday, Nov. 27, regarding the grant it is seeking, which is through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ community development block grants storm water program. Council has its eye on a grant totaling $600,000, which it would use on McKeever Street.

Treasurer: Property owners late in paying their taxes now owe penalty

Property taxes were due Nov. 13 and delinquent taxpayers now owe a penalty, notes Huntington County Treasurer Paula Farley.

Indiana law requires the county treasurer to add a late payment penalty to the unpaid portions of the amounts due for each installment of property taxes.

The penalty will be in the amount of 5 percent of the unpaid tax if the installment is completely paid on or before the 30 days after the due date and property owners are not liable for delinquent property taxes first due and payable in a previous installment for the same parcel. 

Council to next meet on Nov. 30

The Huntington County Council will not hold its regularly scheduled meeting tonight, Monday, Nov. 27.

Instead, the council will meet on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the GAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Election board to discuss upcoming 2018 election

The Huntington County Election Board will meet today, Monday, Nov. 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the DAR Room at the Huntington County Courthouse for a discussion on the 2018 election.

Roanoke Town Council discusses wage increases for employees

The Roanoke Town Council discussed wage increases for town employees during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The majority of the board’s discussion centered on Macy McClellan, utility department employee. Councilwoman Joan Abbott, the board’s utility department liaison, recommended that McClellan be given a 5 percent pay raise, as well as one week of vacation time.

Banks votes to restore U.S. military readiness

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted Tuesday, Nov. 14, in favor of the Conference Report for the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (ND-AA).

The legislation, which passed 356 to 70, will restore military readiness, address threats and promote effective investments to rebuild the military.

During debate on the legislation, Banks spoke in support of the bill.

Christmas party for Seniors at Miller’s Merry Manor Dec. 5

A Christmas party for Seniors will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 11:30 a.m. at Miller’s Merry Manor, 1500 Grant St., Huntington.

The Miller’s Merry Manor staff will prepare the meal.

Reservations are being accepted beginning today, Monday, Nov. 20, at the Senior Center, 359-4410.

Rides to the party on the HAT van must be scheduled by noon one business day in advance.

Exec session for school board Nov. 20

The Huntington County Community School Corporation will meet in an executive session today, Monday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the assessment, design and implementation of school safety and security measures, plans and systems.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Markle water, wastewater rates closer to increase

Water and wastewater ordinances were formally introduced in their first reading during the Markle Town Council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 15, bringing rates one month closer to being raised after several years.

The water utility would raise customers’ rates by 20 percent, from $19.25 to $23.10 for the minimum 5,000 gallons monthly charge. The rates would go up again after one year from $23.10 to $26, reflecting a 35 percent increase advised by consultants at H.J. Umbaugh & Associates in order to pay for maintenance of the water towers and other expected utility costs.

Grossman is new visitor bureau exec director

The Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau board of directors has announced that Jessica Grossman has been selected as the new executive director for the organization.

Grossman joins the bureau with a background in regional development and marketing.  Her experience includes serving as the executive director of Region 3A Development and Regional Planning Commission.

Sewer rate increase in Huntington receives preliminary approval

An increase in sewer rates received preliminary approval Tuesday, Nov. 14, by the Huntington Common Council, which also heard a recommendation that all tobacco be banned in city parks, a plea to strengthen protections for animals and a suggestion that an ordinance banning “electronic invasion of privacy” be instituted.

The new sewer rates, put in place to finance ongoing improvements to the city's sewage treatment system, could receive the council's final approval during its next meeting on Nov. 28. They would go into effect the first full billing period after adoption.

School board OKs student transfer policy and votes for end of valedictorians and salutatorians

A new Huntington County Community School Corporation voluntary student transfer policy received a collective nod in its second reading at the Board of School Trustees meeting on Monday, Nov. 13, as officials, parents and students prepare to decide where children will go to school next fall.

Board members voted 7-0 to accept the policy as it was presented in its first reading.

Board president Matt Roth said many of the board members had been contacted by parents with questions about the policy, which will be implemented for the 2017-18 school year.

Warren council delays decison on funding request for ditch repairs

A request from Huntington County Surveyor Jay Poe for financial assistance in the rehabilitation of a drainage ditch near Warren was put on hold Monday, Nov. 13, by the Warren Town Council so it can run the proposition past its financial consultant.

Poe said necessary repairs to the Keller-Andrews Drain, located just north of I-69 at the Ind.-5 intersection, will put the maintenance fund for that drain $9,272.31 in the red.

“When the drain fund is in the hole, we normally charge the property owners,” Poe told the council.

Andrews TC says no to expensive building fixes

The Andrews Town Council has decided against making expensive repairs to the town’s aging community building.

The decision was made during the council’s meeting on Monday, Nov. 13.
Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock informed the board that the facility, located behind the Andrews Municipal Building, had sustained significant water damage. The cost to repair it, he estimated, would fall between $6,000 and $8,000.

Seat belt, DUI blitz taking place

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department and Warren Police Department are joining more than 230 local law-enforcement agencies across the state to spot violations to Indiana’s seat belt and impaired driving laws.

Through the weekend after Thanksgiving, random patrols, saturation patrols and checkpoints will be increased.

This overtime enforcement is supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).

Board of Aviation Commissioners to hold exec sessions on Nov. 15, Nov. 17

The Board of Aviation Commissioners of the City of Huntington will hold executive sessions on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 5:15 p.m. and on Friday, Nov. 17, at 8 a.m.

Both sessions, which are closed to the public, will be held in the conference room at 12 W. Market St., Huntington.

The board will “receive information about and interview prospective employees” at both meetings.

Hgtn. Street Dept. closed Nov. 23-24

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Residents whose normal trash pickup day is Thursday will have their trash picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Those whose normal trash pickup day is Friday will have their trash picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27.

All other trash pickup days will remain the same.

Exec session for commish

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session today,  Monday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Commissioners Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The commissioners will meet with respect to interviews and negotiations with industrial or commercial prospects or agents of industrial or commercial prospects.

Executive sessions are not open to the public.

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches to be closed on Nov. 23-24 for Thanksgiving

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday, Nov. 25.

To complete an online transaction, visit myBMV.com.

Banks bill passes House Monday

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Monday, Nov. 6, authored by Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03).

The Banks bill would revise existing law regarding headstones provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to the spouses and dependent children of veterans whose remains are never located.

The legislation passed the House unanimously and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Public Law 105-368 provides headstones for spouses and was enacted in 1998. Public Law 109-461 provides headstones for dependent children and was enacted in 2006.

Office in Markle to close Friday

The Town of Markle Clerk’s Office will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day.

Roanoke council discusses next step in closing lagoon

The Roanoke Town Council discussed the next step in closing a lagoon near the town’s wastewater treatment plant during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Banks and Peters lead roundtable on delayed payments for medical devices

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin (center) makes a point as Congressman Jim Banks (seated to his left) listens during a bipartisan roundtable discussion about the VA’s late payments on medical devices Wednesday, Nov. 1.
Photo provided.

Congressmen Jim Banks (IN-03) and Scott Peters (CA-52) hosted a bipartisan roundtable with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, other members of the VA leadership team and representatives from medical device manufacturers on Nov. 1 to discuss the high amount of late payments for medical devices procured by the VA.

Several Hoosier medical device manufacturers, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (TN-01) took part in the discussion.

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