Government & School Board

Audit reveals the good and the bad of Huntington County schools

Education consultant Dr. Steve Yager explains the purpose of an audit of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, which incorporated responses from about 1,000 people. The results of the audit were presented Monday, March 20.
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There was a lot of interest in the results of a district audit report presented on Monday, March 20, to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees — so much, that the school board meeting was moved to the Huntington North High School auditorium.

The report, presented by Mike Pettibone and Dr. Steve Yager, focused on the school corporation’s strengths, challenges and provided suggestions on how to improve.

Warren will offer input for flood response plan

Flooding in Huntington County in 2015 prompted county officials to work to determine how responses to future floods could be better coordinated.

On Monday, March 20, Department of Community Development Executive Director Mandy Woods visited the Warren Town Council to ask town officials for input on areas in that community likely to be flooded and actions that can be taken in response to flooding.

Warren’s input will be included in the Huntington County Flood Response and Evacuation Plan — or FREP, as Woods calls it.

Roanoke council wants town to be reimbursed for water main break

The Roanoke Town Council discussed getting reimbursed for a water main break that was caused by a utility contractor last month during its meeting on Tuesday, March 21.

The break occurred at Vine and Seminary streets on Feb. 20 when Utility Solutions, of Ohio, was using a boring machine. Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner noted that a few residents in the vicinity of the break did not have water service for two to three days afterwards.

City crews to be testing sanitary sewers for next couple of weeks

City of Huntington utility maintenance crews will be conducting inspections and smoke testing sanitary sewers around the city over the next couple of weeks.

The work will generally only last for a few moments and the sewers will then be ventilated, city officials say.

Residents who notice the “smoke” or vapor are advised it will dissipate quickly, they add. The “smoke” is actually a product with very little odor and does not smell like burning material.

State honor


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Representatives of the City of Huntington and the engineering firm that designed a storage facility at the city’s water pollution control plant display the award they received from the American Council of Engineering Companies Indiana for the design of the project.

Panel changes meetings

The meeting of the Huntington County Commissioners on Monday, April 3, will be canceled.

The meeting will be rescheduled to Monday, April 10, at 8:30 a.m. at the Huntington County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Room, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Senate page


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Meredith Zay (left), of Huntington, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for her father, State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Zay attends Bishop Luers High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Legislative experience


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Isiah Fettinger (right), of Huntington, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Fettinger attends Bishop Luers High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Senate page

Kailyn Hovey (right), of Huntington, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Hovey attends Riverview Middle School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

A guest in the Statehouse


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Clark Kitchen (right), of Huntington, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Kitchen attends Huntington North High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

In the Statehouse


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Caleb Scheiber (right), of Huntington, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Scheiber attends Huntington Catholic School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

DCS appoints new regional manager

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) has appointed Jamie Pippin as manager of Region 4, which includes Huntington County.

In this role, he will provide broad oversight and supervision for the Region 4 area, which also covers Allen, Adams, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben Wells, and Whitley counties.

He will also serve as a field representative to the DCS’ central office in Indianapolis and communicate local office needs.

Other duties include supervising the directors of the Region 4 county offices while also developing and administering budgets.

Banks introduces bill specifically targeting ISIS

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks announced on March 15 that he is introducing a bill to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Banks bill is the House version of identical legislation introduced by Sen. Todd Young the previous week.

“Our constituents send us to Congress to represent their views, and they should have their voices heard as we consider more military action in the fight against ISIS,” said Banks. “The constitution grants Congress the power of declaring war, and we need to take that obligation seriously.

In the Statehouse


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Johnna Cummins (right), of Warren, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Cummins attends Eastbrook High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Markle Town Council to hold executive session March 25

The town council of Markle will hold an executive session on Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m. at the Markle Town Hall, 197 E. Morse St., Markle.

The purpose of the meeting will be to receive information about and interview prospective employees.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

State engineering group recognizes Huntington for wastewater efforts

Two projects by the City of Huntington, both designed to keep wastewater from flowing into streams, have earned recognition from a state engineering association.

Anthony Goodnight, the city's director of public works and engineering services, presented the engineering excellence awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies Indiana to members of the Huntington Common Council during their meeting on Tuesday, March 14.

Andrews council hopes to identify trajectory of contamination plume

In light of recent contamination issues at the Andrews Municipal Building, the Andrews Town Council is hoping to better identify the trajectory of the contamination plume that caused them.

The plume contains trichloroethylene (TCE), an industrial solvent once used at the United Tech-nologies Automotive plant at 303 N. Jackson St. TCE has been classified as carcinogenic to humans by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

School board to hear info

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees will meet in executive session on Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive information concerning an individual’s alleged misconduct.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Local SWCD to meet on March 21

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

Deadline for assessment forms is May 15

Personal property assessment forms for businesses, farmers, churches and exempt entities must be filed in the Huntington County Assessor’s office no later than May 15, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone has announced. No extensions will be granted.

In addition, taxpayers who filed for the under $20,000 exemption last year must file again this year.

Forms may be picked up in the county assessor’s office, located on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Banks staffer to be in Huntington today

A staff member from the office of U.S. Rep Jim Banks will be in Huntington today, Thursday, March 9, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers who are experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The staff member will hold office hours from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Banks, a Republican from Columbia City, represents Indiana’s third congressional district, which includes Huntington County.

Roanoke council considers aiding tractor pullers for park drainage project

The Roanoke Town Council considered rendering financial assistance to the Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association at its meeting on Tuesday, March 7, for a drainage project at Roanoke Park.

The town’s supervisor of operations, Phil Hibbert, filled in the board on the proposed project, which would seek to improve drainage at the park’s track and also see a parking area constructed by the track.

Police agencies plan extra road patrols in March

The Indiana State Police, Huntington County Sheriff’s Department and Warren Police Department have joined with more than 250 Indiana state and local law enforcement agencies to target dangerous and impaired driving by increasing education and enforcement efforts.

Through March 26, officers across the state will conduct high-visibility patrols specifically designated to identify and intercept those driving aggressively and under the influence.

Dealing with mycotoxins


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Charles Woloshuk, a Purdue Extension specialist, discusses mycotoxins — chemicals produced by fungi growing on food commodities — during a pesticide workshop for crop growers held Feb. 28 at the iAB financial bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Woloshuk presented the same workshop earlier in the day in Fort Wayne.

School board to meet in exec session Monday March 6

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in executive session today, Monday, March 6, at 6 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center. 

The stated purpose of the meeting is to train school board members with an outside consultant about the performance of the role of the members as public officials.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

HC Emergency Management Team to present preparedness workshop

The Huntington County Emergency Management team will present a severe weather preparedness workshop on Monday, March 20, at 6 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library

The workshop will offer advice on preparing for potential severe weather this spring. The program is geared toward adults and is free.

The library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

For more information, visit hctpl.info or call 356-0824.

Council tables ordinance revisions

Proposed revisions to an ordinance regulating sidewalks,  solid waste disposal and nuisance conditions in the City of Huntington were tabled after a Huntington couple took issue with the new rules on sidewalks.

Dwight and Natalie Brautigam told members of the Huntington Common Council on Monday, Feb. 28, that a requirement that any new construction should include sidewalks.

County council considers financial requests

The Huntington County Council considered a number of financial requests at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 27.

The board approved a request by the Huntington County Commissioners to spend $150,000 for a CEDIT project. While that total was budgeted, it did not upload correctly in the county’s budgeting software, Gateway, which necessitated its appropriation.

HCCSC board narrowly approves new teacher computers

Despite a divided vote by members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees, teachers will soon get new laptop computers with plenty of extra storage space.

At its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 27, the board voted 4-3 to authorize the purchase of 400 MacBook Air 13-inch computers with 512 gigabytes of flash drive space.

In addition, the corporation will buy 400 32-gigabyte Apple TVs, 100 extra power adaptors and six months of Apple Professional Development.

Council hears that Andrews Summer Festival could be bigger than ever

This summer’s Andrews Summer Festival is taking shape, its chair told the Andrews Town Council on Monday, Feb. 27, and could be even bigger than ever.

Festival Chair Julie Newsome said two bands have been confirmed for the festival, which will be held Aug. 11 and 12, and a third band may be added to the schedule.

She asked the council to continue its tradition of using town funds to pay for the bands, but did not have an exact figure for that expense. Council members took no immediate action on her request.

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