Government & School Board

Speeds near Markle along Ind.-116 to drop

Markle Town Superintendent Rick Asher (left) is presented with a gift from Town Council President Jeff Humbarger to honor his 40 years of service as a town employee. The presentation and a reception was held during the regular council meeting held Wednesday, May 18.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

It may not feel much slower, but speed limit signs along Ind.-116 outside Markle will soon change to five miles lower.

The change was approved after officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation met with the Markle Town Council during the council’s regular meeting Wednesday, May 18.

Indiana Rep. Dan Leonard was also in attendance at the meeting, weighing in after Markle resident Gene Towne contacted him about drivers traveling at excessive speeds on the stretch.

Roanoke TC revises proposed nuisance ordinance

The Roanoke Town Council presented a revised Nuisance Ordinance, titled 2016-2, following a special meeting on Tuesday, May 10.

At the meeting on Tuesday, May 17, Council President Dave Tucker announced that Ordinance 2016-2 had been reviewed at the previous week’s special meeting. The council decided to change its nuisance ordinance following a legal dispute with the owner of 775 Seminary St. Proposed changes include a revised definition of litter, how long useable construction materials may be stored on one’s property and increased emphasis on what defines a nuisance.

Hoosier voters starting to get postcards in mail for election day

Hoosier voters are beginning to receive postcards in the mail from the Secretary of State’s office.

The card reminds Hoosiers that Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, and to visit www.indianavoters.com for election information.

The office is mailing these postcards as part of a statewide voter list refresh. The goal is to identify outdated and inaccurate voter registration information to improve the accuracy and integrity of Indiana’s voter registration list.

Commish to hold admin meet

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold an administrative session on Tuesday, June 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the DAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to gather information on replacing the county’s taxing software.

No decisions will be made at this meeting.

Election board cancels June 8 meet

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Huntington County Election Board on June 8 has been canceled.

BMV to close May 28-30 for holiday

Kent Abernathy, Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced that all BMV license branches will be closed May 28 through 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

All branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, May 31. For a complete list of branch locations and hours, visit myBMV.com.

Markle doing income survey to seek grant

The Town of Markle is conducting an income survey to determine the town’s eligibility for grant assistance from the State of Indiana.

Survey forms were mailed to area residents about May 17. A postage paid return envelope is included. If a sufficient number of surveys are not returned, the town will have to bear the expense of a second mailing.

If the Town of Markle is successful in obtaining various grants for local projects, it would significantly reduce the costs that the town would have to bear.

County assessor’s office sends out notices of assessment of land, structures May 13

The Huntington County Assessor’s Office sent out notices of assessment of land and structures on Friday, May 13.

The notice, called a Form 11, is the taxpayer’s formal notice of the assessment for 2016, payable in 2017.

The assessments may have increased for one of the following reasons:

• Agriculture land base rate. The base rate used for the Jan. 1, 2016, assessment date is $1,960 per acre.

• New construction or completion since Jan. 1, 2016.

• Annual adjustment (trending).

• Cyclical reassessment for 25 percent of the county.

Changes mean more qualify for WIC

More Indiana families may be eligible for nutrition benefits through the Women, Infants and Children program under revised federal poverty guidelines for 2016.

Roanoke discusses nuisance law changes

The Roanoke Town Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, May 10, to go over proposed changes to the town’s nuisance ordinance 2016-2 following a long dispute with the owner of the property at 775 Seminary St.

For this special meeting, Council President Dave Tucker, Councilman John Stoeckley, Councilwoman Joan Abbott, Roanoke resident Dick Smart and Attorney Adrian  Halverstadt were present to review the ordinance.

Reservoir facts


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

John Scheiber, Salamone Lake project manager for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, points to a map of the three area flood control reservoirs as he leads students from Lancaster Elementary School in an exercise figuring out how long it takes water to fill and leave Salamonie Lake. The Lancaster students were visiting the Salamonie Interpretive Center on Monday, May 9, for one of three Earthkeepers Days held at Salamonie. They also heard safety tips from conservation officers and went on a woodland hike.

Panel to discuss security

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session today, Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse, Commissioners Room 103A.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the implementation of security systems. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Board hears parent concern about study hall dearth

Huntington County Community School Corporation Director of Technology Tom Ashley (left) is congratulated by HCCSC Superintendent Randy Harris at the school board meeting on Monday, May 9, after Ashley was named to the Consortium of School Networking (COSN) Hall of Fame.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A request from a parent gave the Huntington County Community Sch-ool Corporation Board of School Trustees pause to think at its regular meeting Monday, May 9, after she described her daughter’s distress over not having enough study time.

Marcella Winters told the board that when the school corporation went to block scheduling at Huntington North High School it dropped study hall periods. However, when it went back to a seven-period day, study hall wasn’t added back into the schedule as an option for students.

Common council has wide-ranging meeting Tuesday

Fences, robots, chickens, Corvettes, sewers and home repair all came up for discussion during a wide-ranging meeting of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, May 10.

Mayor Brooks Fetters started the evening on a celebratory note, congratulating Continental Structural Plastics for breaking ground on a $33.5 million expansion project earlier in the day and lauding the Huntington County 4-H robotics team for its divisional win at the world robotics championships.

Andrews council asking Norwood help to raise water, sewer rates

The Andrews Town Council is hoping that a meeting with the Norwood Regional Water and Sewer District Board will expedite its ability to introduce an ordinance that raises water and sewer rates.

Andrews needs survey response to get key grant

Residents who are served by the Town of Andrews’ wastewater treatment system — and who failed to respond to an income survey sent out in late March — will soon receive a second copy of that survey.

The income surveys will help the town qualify for a state grant that will minimize costs, and rate hikes, for improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment system.

Residents who have completed and returned the surveys at that time will not receive a second one.

However, a second survey was mailed out late last week to those who did not return the first survey.

Cancel next safety council meeting

The Huntington County Safety Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, has been canceled.

The HCSC will re-schedule the program for later in the year.

“Click It’ seatbelt use campaign back as local police keep watch

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department and Warren Police Department are participating in the national and statewide 2016 Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization occurring May 6 through 30.

The local officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies, and thousands more across the country, to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up.

Cancel Warren council meeting for Monday night

The regular meeting of the Warren Town Council scheduled today, Monday, May 9, at 5 p.m. has been canceled. 

The executive session scheduled for May 9 and the special meeting scheduled after the executive session will be held.

Three new members on Huntington Fire Dept.

The Huntington Fire Department swore in three new firefighters and promoted another member during a ceremony held Wednesday, May 4, in the City Council Chamber. Pictured (from left) are HFD Assistant Chief Keith Paterson, Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal David Teusch, Mayor Brooks Fetters, newly-promoted Lt. Travis Arivett, newly-sworn in firefighters Brandon Bolinger, George Markou and Chris Brumbaugh and Fire Chief Tim Albertson.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The ranks of the Huntington Fire Department grew by three on Wednesday, May 4, as three new firefighters were sworn in.

Brandon Bolinger, George Markou and Chris Brumbaugh were sworn in as member of the department by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney as family, friends and HFD members crowded the City Council Chamber room to celebrate the occasion.

In addition, Firefighter Travis Arivett was promoted to lieutenant, after logging 12 years with the fire department.

Local SWCD to hold its monthly meet on May 17

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public. 

Roanoke to redefine what constitutes ‘nuisance’

At the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, May 3, President Dave Tucker revisited the issue of re-wording the town’s nuisance ordinance, following the overturning of one last December.

Dick Smart gave a follow up of his proposed revisions to the nuisance ordinance, which had been filed against the owner of the property at 775 Seminary St. in December 2015.

Judge Thomas Hakes ruled against Roanoke in the lawsuit, stating the ordinance filed against the property owner had too vague a description of what constitutes a nuisance.

Treasurer office open Saturday

The Huntington County Treasurer’s Office will be open on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to noon to accept property tax payments.

The spring property tax payments are due on May 10.

Push to get voters to cast ballots early is overwhelming success

Members of the Huntington County Election Board go over tallies of votes cast in the primary election on Tuesday, May 3. Pictured are (from left) Kittie Keiffer, Huntington County Clerk; Linda Beatty, Democrat Party representative and president of the election board; Ryan Wall, MicroVote technician; and Lori Guy, Republican Party representative.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The push to get Huntington County voters to cast their ballots early met with overwhelming success, with 3,255 votes cast during the month leading up to the primary election on Tuesday, May 3.

That’s more than five times the number of absentee ballots cast in 2012, the most recent presidential primary.

“I don’t know what it is,” says Pam Fowler, voter registration and election deputy in the Huntington County Clerk’s office, of the increase.

“I don’t know if it’s just us, or if it’s the political climate.”

Bosma in Roanoke


Photo by Steve Clark.

Republican Brian Bosma, speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, speaks about the state's accomplishments during a Huntington County Republican Party Coffee with the Candidates event at the Cottage Event Center in Roanoke on Saturday, April 30.

Bickel, Kline and Terry Miller capture Republican nominations for county council at-large spots

Ron Kline (middle) cracks a smile at a Republican Party gathering at The Berg Ale Haus, in Huntington, in the aftermath of the race for the three GOP nominations to the at-large seats on the Huntington County Council. Kline, along with incumbent Shane Bickel and Terry Miller, came away with the nominations.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Shane Bickel, Ron Kline and Terry Miller captured the three Republican Party nominations to the at-large seats on the Huntington County Council in the primary election on Tuesday, May 3.

The three emerged victorious from a field of six candidates that included incumbent Jaime Miller, Mike Richard and Marshall Sanders.
Bickel, the race’s other incumbent, was delighted to get the chance to retain his seat in the general election.

Huntington County primary election results

Here are the unofficial vote totals from the Huntington County primary elections on May 3, 2016, updated as they are received.
Vote totals from additional counties in the United States Representative District 3 and State Representative District 50 will be added as they are received. Updated 7:06 a.m. Wednesday, May 4.

DEMOCRAT PRIMARY

U.S. Representative District 3
(Complete results district wide)
Todd Nightenhelser 12,937
John Roberson 12,479
Tommy A. Schrader 15,263

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

Voters have two days left for primary vote

Registered voters in Huntington County have two days left to cast a ballot in this spring’s primary election.

Voting is taking place today, Monday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Huntington County Courthouse.

Six vote centers will be open on Tuesday, May 3, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vote centers are located at:

• The Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

• American Legion Post 85 Community Room, 1410 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

• Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, 1160W-500N, Huntington.

Some county taxpayers could see adjusted tax bills in mail

Some Huntington County taxpayers will be receiving adjusted tax bills in the mail.

These taxpayers are receiving the bills because the assessor’s office has revised its valuations of geothermal units in the county. Michael Duffy, general counsel for the Indiana

Department of Local Government Finance, instructed the assessor’s office to amend its valuations upon learning that it assessed small and large geothermal units the same.

Ready to build


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington leaders turn shovels of dirt during a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, April 26, for a new City Services building on Webster Street.

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