Government & School Board

HCCSC will use February vacation days to make up for cancellations

A divided Huntington County Community School Corporation board approved using three days in February as snow make-up days.

The days — Feb. 18, 19 and 20 — are on the school calendar as “no school” days, but after the 5-2 vote at the school board’s meeting Monday, Jan. 26, school will be in session Feb. 18 through 20 and June 1 to make up for four days missed because of weather.

Board members Brian Warpup and Matt Roth voted against the motion.

Commissioners, county council plan joint sessions

The Huntington County Council and Tom Wall, president of the Huntington County Commissioners, discussed the implementation of quarterly meetings between the two groups during council’s meeting on Monday, Jan. 26.

Wall championed the idea of the commissioners and council meeting quarterly in the interest of keeping abreast of the other’s activities.
He noted that County Attorney Bob Garrett had informed him that for the proposed meetings to be closed door, the topics discussed must pertain to either economic development or employee matters.

Andrews begins planning for sewer, water upgrades

The Andrews Town Council listened to a representative from Strand Associates, Inc. at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 26, and discussed the town’s planning grant funds.

The funds from the grant are currently arranged to go toward repairs and reconstruction of the town’s water and sewer infrastructure in order to combat water contamination.

Local, state officials to speak Feb. 14 at legislative session at Hgtn. library

Local and state officials will speak during the Third House Legislative Session on Feb. 14 at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The session, from 10 a.m. to noon, is sponsored by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.

Guests are expected to include State Sen. Amanda Banks, State Sen. Travis Holdman, State Rep. Dan Leonard, Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters and Huntington County Commissioner Larry Buzzard.

The officials will discuss city, county and state government activities. A question and answer session will follow.

Prep to close part of city landfill uncovers problems that could be costly

Preparations to close one section of the city landfill have uncovered problems that could cost more than a quarter of a million dollars to fix, members of the Huntington Common Council learned during their early morning meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Trash has been piled too high in the 10-acre section now being closed, said Jim McNulty of Strand Associates, the project manager for the landfill closure, and there’s not enough room left for the required six-foot cap on top of the waste.

Back to DCD drawing board for amended county wind ordinance

It’s back to the DCD drawing board, after Huntington County Commissioners and the county attorney had differences with the language in the amended county wind ordinance.

During the commissioners’ meeting Monday, Jan. 26, Huntington County Department of Community Development Director Mark Mussman told them he had met with Attorney Bob Garrett and had changed some of the wording in the ordinance document that Garrett was uncomfortable with, but not everything.

Coats to serve in leadership position

Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) was named the chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure for the 114th Congress on Thursday, Jan. 22.

“As the crossroads of America, Indiana relies on energy and infrastructure for its manufacturing and transportation needs,” said Coats.

“In the role of subcommittee chairman, I hope to focus on expanding job opportunities for Hoosiers and all Americans.”

Emergency Planning Committee sets meet

The Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m. in the Emergency Management Agency office.

A meeting of the Emergency Management Ag-ency advisory board will follow at 10 a.m. at the same location.

The Emergency Management Agency office is located on the second floor of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department.

Winn grads army basic training at Fort Benning

Army Pvt. Braxton J. Winn has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Benning, GA.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness    and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Search continues for new trustees in Wayne and Salamonie townships

More than two months after the general election, trustee seats in two Huntington County townships remain empty.

The Wayne Township trustee position, vacated by Democrat Paul Walton, and the Salamonie Township trustee seat, last filled by Republican James Howell, are up for grabs for just about anyone who wants them, their respective party chairs say.

“I am anxious to fill the vacancy soon,” says Huntington County Democrat Party Chairwoman Roxanna Murray. “It’s important that the people of Wayne Township be served properly.”