Government & School Board


Warren C-T office closed on Nov. 6 for software work

The Warren Clerk-Treasurer's office will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 6, for annual software update training in Wabash.

For utility emergencies call 375-3424.



Andrews board decides to raze Colorado St. property

The Andrews Town Council decided to move forward with the demolition of a property that it had previously spared during its Monday, Oct. 28, meeting.

The property, located at 760 N. Colorado St., was spared when the homeowner, Vicki Harris, informed council during its Oct. 15 meeting that she would take down the property herself, which prompted council to table bids regarding the property's demolition.


School board agrees to sale of ISC building

A downtown building that once served as Huntington's public library will likely become the new home of a business specializing in games.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation's board of trustees agreed on Monday, Oct. 28, to sell the former Instructional Services Center building to Huntington businessman Todd Nightenhelser for $5,000.

The board placed one condition on the sale - that, within 30 days, Nightenhelser submit documentation that he has access to the $22,900 that will be needed to make repairs to the building.


Council derails plan to sell park land

A plan to sell off part of Laurie Park is apparently dead after members of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Oct. 29, voted down a plan to change the park's land use designation.

The change would have allowed houses to be built on an empty lot that is now part of the park. Mayor Brooks Fetters had proposed selling that lot for private development.
The Huntington Plan Commission had approved the change in land use designation, but the change also required common council approval.


Warren building clean-up to cost over $300,000

The clean-up following the partial collapse of a downtown building has so far cost the town of Warren more than $233,000, with an estimated $100,000 in bills yet to come, a town official says.

More than three months after the incident, three downtown buildings have been razed, the bare ground at two of the properties has been covered in stone to prevent runoff and the third property - owned by the town - is awaiting a covering of sod.


Safety council to hear about industrial hygiene at next meet

The Huntington County Safety Council will hear a program on industrial hygiene during its Nov. 13 meeting.

"Industrial Hygiene - What is it and how does it apply to my organization?" will be presented by Andrew Boester, a certified industrial hygienist and senior project manager at SES Environmental.

The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. at Huntington University's Habecker Dining Commons and includes lunch.

Reservations should be made with Holly Sale by phone at 355-3203; by fax at 355-3236; or by e-mail at com.



Coats accepting academy applications

Sen. Dan Coats is accepting applications for nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Military Academy.

Interested applicants must submit the completed application packet available at www.coats.senate. gov by Nov. 1.

Applicants may apply for and receive nominations from both their U.S. representatives and their two U.S. senators.


Andrews grant comm. to hold special meet

The grant committee of the town of Andrews will hold a special meeting on Friday, Oct. 25, at 11:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the Andrews Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

The grant committee consists of the three town council members, the clerk-treasurer and the utilities superintendent. The committee spearheads the application for and administration of all grants sought by the town.



Exec session for Andrews TC

The Andrews Town Council will meet in an executive session on Friday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. at the Andrews Town Hall to discuss strategy regarding litigation against the town.

The session will take place in the council meeting room at the town hall, which is located at 66 N. Main St., Andrews.



Markle council rejects building purchase bid

A proposal from the Huntington City-Township Public Library Board to by its building in Markle was rejected by the Markle Town Council on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The library requested to purchase the building where it is currently located, at a price of $100,000. The library currently leases the building from the town.

After lengthy discussion involving council members and the public, it was decided by a 2-1 vote, with Council member Rick Bower voting against, that a counteroffer would be submitted to the library board.


Roanoke Town Council chooses Waste Management containers

The Roanoke Town Council decided to go with Waste Management for new containers during its Tuesday, Oct. 15, meeting.

There will be an increase of 85 cents per month for the new containers, which are 96 gallons. Citizens can expect to see them in December.

In other business, the police department received authorization to purchase three new computer towers, with a cost ceiling of $1,650, and leaf pickup has started.



Zanesville council sets salaries for 2014

The Zanesville Town Council set salaries for 2014 during its Thursday, Oct. 17, meeting.

The salary ordinance, 2013-04, established next year's wages for council members, the town marshal and maintenance worker. A motion to approve the ordinance passed unanimously.

Council President John Schuhmacher addressed a bill the town received for work performed on the well in its maintenance building. The well's pump was replaced, and per an agreement with a homeowner whose house is connected to the well, the homeowner is to incur some of the costs of the repair.


Warren board agrees to help with disc golf course at Tower Park

The Warren Town Council has agreed to pitch in both cash and labor to bring a disc golf course to Tower Park.

Dustin Fortney pitched the idea to council members during their Oct. 14 meeting, saying he's already signed up 11 business sponsors and is confident he can recruit an additional seven sponsors.

With each of the sponsors contributing $300, those sponsorships would cover $5,400 of the estimated $6,000 cost of purchasing and installing the disc golf equipment at the park.


School administrators win pay raises

Huntington County Community School Corporation administrators will see a 3.3 percent salary increase and one-time stipend added to their paychecks.

The corporation's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the pay raise during their meeting on Monday evening, Oct. 14.

The board tabled the discussion of raising pay for the corporation's classified employees, asking for more information from Assistant Superintendent of Business and Classified Staff Jon Bennett and Corporation Superintendent Tracey Shafer.


Oak Street water tank dismantled after serving city more than century

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A water storage tank that has served the city of Huntington for more than a century was dismantled on Tuesday, Oct. 8, rendered obsolete by the completion of a new water plant on the north side of the city.

The 400,000-gallon Oak Street storage tank was built in the late 1880s. On Tuesday, the sides of the empty tank were cut into large squares, lowered to the ground and cut into smaller pieces before being hauled away for scrap.


CEDIT money keeps Markle company growing

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A Markle company can continue to grow, thanks to the completion of a fire protection system funded in part by Huntington County CEDIT money provided through the Huntington County Commissioners.

Local government and economic development officials gathered at ALH Building Systems on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to celebrate the completion of the project.

Company President Kevin Cossairt explained that state regulations required the fire protection system after a roof was built over an area between two buildings, making the two buildings into one space.


‘Mayor’s Night In’ meeting Tuesday, Oct. 15

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters will host the fourth in a series of "Mayor's Night In" meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Fetters will be in his office from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will schedule 10-minute meetings with individual Huntington res- idents during that time.

To schedule a meeting, call the mayor's office at 356-1400, extension 212, during normal office hours - Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


City offices close 2 hours on Oct. 17

All Huntington city offices will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for an employee informational meeting.


Boundaries modified for two voting precincts in Huntington

Graphic provided.

Two voting precincts in the city of Huntington have had slight changes to their boundaries, the Huntington County Clerk's office has announced.

The voting precincts now line up with districts for the Huntington Common Council, which were changed in 2012 so that each council district would contain approximately the same number of people. Those changes in council districts split two voting precincts.


Columbus Day holiday to change trash pick-up

The Huntington Street Department is closed today, Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of Columbus Day.

For residents who typically have their trash pick-up day on Monday, trash will be picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

All other trash pick-up days will remain the same.



Common council members hear proposal to sell part of Laurie Park

Members of the Huntington Common Council want some time to think about a proposal to sell off part of Laurie Park.

The first step toward reducing the size of the east side park was taken on Sept. 26 when the Huntington Plan Commission, on a 3-2 vote, approved changing the land use designation for the south half of the park from open space to low density residential.

That would allow the city to sell that half of the park property to be used for housing - something Mayor Brooks Fetters told council members would be a "more productive" use of the property.


Huntington County SWCD to hold monthly meeting Oct. 15 at office

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at the SWCD office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington. However, if the federal government is still on shutdown on the date of the meeting, the location will change. To confirm the location of the meeting, contact the SWCD staff through the Huntington County Commissioners' office, 358-4822.

The meeting is open to the public.



Board of works to meet in exec session and then special meeting

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety will meet twice today, Thursday, Oct. 10, with an executive session at 10 a.m. and a special meeting at 10:30 a.m.

Both meetings will be held in the mayor's conference room located on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St.

An executive session is closed to the public. According to the announcement of the meeting, board members will receive information about alleged misconduct by an employee and to discuss the person's status as an employee.


Fall property taxes due Nov. 12, treasurer reminds

The fall installment of Huntington County property taxes are due on Nov. 12, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton has announced.

The due date is two days later than normal this year, Hamilton says, because the normal due date falls on a weekend and the courthouse will be closed on Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Taxes not paid by Nov. 12 will be assessed a penalty.
Taxes can be paid at the several banks and credit unions if the taxpayer has a printed tax bill, there are no delinquent taxes and no partial payments are made.


Roanoke council gets update on projects

The Roanoke Town Council was updated on several engineering projects during its Tuesday, Oct. 1, meeting.

Casey Erwin, of DLZ, delivered the updates. Regarding the town's waterworks, Erwin said that plans for the expansion of the water plant and plans and specifications for the water tower were each 30 percent complete. Additionally, casing installation and a pump test are set to occur on a new well this week. Lastly, the town is clearing and installing a stone drive to a proposed well location.


Likely Hgtn. Twp. to be served by VFDs

By the end of 2014, it's likely that properties in rural Huntington Township will be served by volunteer fire departments.

That would be a change from the current arrangement, in which Huntington Township contracts with the city of Huntington for fire protection.

But with city officials proposing new - and, for the township, vastly more expensive - terms for that contract, township officials have decided to turn to other options.