Government & School Board

Voter reg. deadline for upcoming election is Oct. 5

Voters who plan to take part in the Nov. 3 general election have until Monday, Oct. 5, to register for the first time or to update a current registration.

Voters must update their registration if they have moved, changed their name or been removed from the list of eligible voters. Voters can check their registration status online at or by calling the voter registration office at 358-4820.

Larger kindergarten class a bright spot in continuing enrollment slide

The county schools’ enrollment figures were presented to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 29, and despite the declining numbers, school officials say they are optimistic.

Assistant Superintendent for Business and Classified Staff Jon Bennett said this year’s student enrollment, counted on Friday, Sept. 25, stands at 5,301.1 students.

He explained the 0.1 represents students enrolled part time, those who are home schooled or others not enrolled full time.

Historic Warren donkey basketball fund-raiser Oct. 8 at Knight Bergman

Historic Warren, an Indiana Mainstreet Community group, will have a Family Fun Night Donkey Basketball Fund-raiser on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Knight Bergman Center Gym in Warren.

Teams from the Warren Volunteer Fire Department, Warren Area Ministerial Association, area teachers and county, state and local law enforcement will battle it out on the basketball court—while riding donkeys.

Alley closing meets with protest at council meet

A proposal to vacate an alley extending from Second Street to Yeoman Park met with protests from an adjoining property owner, who told the Huntington Common Council that closing the alley would also close off access to the back of his two properties.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles closed Oct. 10-12 for holiday

All offices of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be closed Saturday, Oct. 10, through Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day.

All license branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours on Oct. 13.

Spending cuts for 2015 will lower tax rate for 2016

The Andrews Town Council adopted the town’s budget for 2016 at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 28.

Prior to adopting the budget, the board passed nine resolutions not to spend, totaling $159,881. The money not to be spent is from this year’s budget and resolving not to utilize it enabled the town to lower next year’s tax rate, which Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson had hoped to do to make the town more appealing to prospective homebuyers and businesses.

As a result of council’s action, next year’s tax rate will be 2.3549 percent. This year’s rate was 2.9 percent.

Plans for Victory Noll changes gain initial approval

With the end of their earthly mission in sight, the sisters of Victory Noll are planning for the future of their earthly possessions.

Their plan, which includes a nature preserve and an assisted living facility that will eventually welcome members of the community, has received a favorable response from the Huntington City Plan Commission.

Huntington County tax sale set for Sept. 29

The Huntington County tax sale will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the GAR room on the second floor of the Court House. The sale starts at 10 a.m.

Bidders must register prior to the sale, similar to a regular auction. Bidders can preregister and print a list of properties online at and click on Huntington County in the drop down box and choose Property List.

As of Friday, Sept. 18, 75 properties were on the tax sale list for the following townships:

• Clear Creek Township: 1

• Dallas Township: 2

Huntington City Plan Commission to consider request from OLVM

The Huntington City Plan Commission will meet tonight, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. to consider a request by Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters.

The religious order is requesting a special exception for a planned unit development at Victory Noll, 1900 W. Park Drive. The order plans to build a new health care facility.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

Packing up

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Julia Miller, Extension educator and 4-H youth coordinator at Huntington County Purdue Extension, packs up her office at the old Courthouse Annex on Monday, Sept. 21, in preparation for moving to new digs at 1350 S. Jefferson St. in the former Hiner Transport building. The Extension office will re-open on Sept. 24 at the new location.

Commiss to hold exec mtg.

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold an executive session on Friday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. in the commissioners’ room in the Huntington County Courthouse, Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Commissioners will discuss a job performance evaluation of an individual employee.

Executive sessions are not open to the public.

Annex offices moving to new building

County offices at the Courthouse Annex Building will be moving the last two weeks of September.

The Huntington County offices located in the Courthouse Annex Building at 354 N. Jefferson St. will be moving to their new location at 1350 S. Jefferson St. starting the week of Sept. 21.

Days that offices will be closed due to the move are:

• Purdue Extension Office will be closed on Sept. 22 and 23. It will re-open on Sept. 24 at the new location.

• Health Department will be closed Sept. 28 through 30. It will re-open Oct. 1 at the new location.

U.S.-224 at Markle slated to close; Ind.-116 re-opens

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close a portion of U.S.-224 near Markle on Tuesday, Sept. 22, weather permitting.

INDOT says Ind.-116 is scheduled to re-open that same day.

U.S.-224 will be closed just west of CR 500E and is expected to remain closed through late October for the replacement of a small structure.
County Road 500E will remain open throughout the project.

The official detour for U.S.-224 is I-69 south to Ind.-5 to U.S.-224.

Army Corps of Engineers, Markle council discuss levee state

A letter sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the Markle levee brought a response in force, as five members of the corps came to the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to address the town’s concerns.

Dam Safety Program Manager Jeffrey A. Esterle, of the Corps’ Louisville District, responded to the letter, which noted that a town resident, Bob Buroff, asked the council to request repairs to the levee.

FEMA denies state on flood assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Indiana’s request for federal assistance in 19 counties, including Huntington County, for help in recovery from severe storms and flooding June 7 to July 29.

Gov. Mike Pence has directed the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to pursue an appeal.

At least 10 deaths in June and July were connected to the storms, and Indiana presented FEMA with more than $11 million in confirmed damage.

School board awards contract for work on community learning center

The Huntington County Community School Corporation is one step closer to the realization of its countywide learning center, after the school board accepted a construction bid at its regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

Shawnee Construction and Engineering, of Fort Wayne, submitted the lowest of seven bids submitted for the project, at a base bid of $1,204,920.

The existing vocational/technical building on North Jefferson Street will be renovated and expanded to house the learning center.

Andrews council looks for ways to cut 2015 budget

Before the Andrews Town Council adopts its budget for next year, Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson would like to see it re-examine its budget for this year in hopes of reducing the town’s 2016 tax rate.

Johnson discussed the budget with the board and citizens at a special hearing on Monday, Sept. 14, prior to the start of council’s regularly scheduled meeting.

He requested that the board look into reducing the remaining funds appropriated for this year’s budget – $208,742 total – and pass a resolution not to spend.

Slimmed down Warren budget for 2016 should keep property tax rate flat

Warren's proposed town budget for 2016 has its ups and downs — with the final figure definitely down — but no dramatic change is expected for the property tax rate, Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison told the Warren Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

“I predict that the tax rate will remain relatively flat,” Morrison said.

The total budget for 2016 is estimated at $1,859,556, she said during the public hearing on the budget. That's a $489,287 reduction from the 2015 total of $2,348,843.

Roanoke council to vote for 2016 budget on Oct. 6

The Roanoke Town Council reviewed its proposed budget for 2016 at a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept 15.

The total for the budget is $1,697,186. The board raised no objections to the budget as presented by Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner and will hold a vote for its adoption on Oct. 6.

Warren council meeting reschedules for Sept. 15

The next regular meeting of the Warren Town Council has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. at Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.

Local SWCD to hold monthly meeting Sept. 15 at office

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the District Office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.  

The meeting is open to the public.

Governor has ‘conversation’ with locals

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gives a report on the accomplishments of his tenure in office prior to holding a “Community Conversation” meeting Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Huntington University’s Longaker Recital Hall. About 50 people attended the event, in which Pence answered questions from attendees.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence breezed into town on Wednesday, Sept. 9, to hold a “community conversation” meeting with the local constituency to shake hands and answer questions from voters.

SWCD accepting orders for trees, shrubs though Sept. 15

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting orders for trees and shrubs through Sept. 15.

Payment is due at the time the order is placed.

Order forms and a list of varieties available are available online at or at the office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

For information, call the SWCD office at 356-6816, extension 3.

Board of Works to hold special meeting Sept. 28

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety will hold a special meeting on Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the council chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (right) shakes hands with Kim Haneline Patmore as he enters Longaker Recital Hall at Huntington University on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Pence held a “Community Conversation” meeting, in which he spoke on his achievements in office and answered questions from the public.

Huntington could get lower property tax for 2016, council hears

An expected increase in the assessed valuation for the City of Huntington could lead to a lower property tax rate for 2016 even though the city's planned spending shows a slight increase.

A preliminary discussion of the city's 2016 budget took place during the Sept. 8 meeting of the Huntington Common Council.

Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher explained that some of the apparent increases are merely reflections of reality, with actual spending plugged into the budget at the outset instead of being added throughout the year through transfers and additional appropriations.

Grants available to help reduce pollution in LSRW

Owners of properties located in the areas on this map designated as Tier 1 or Tier 2 critical areas may be eligible for funding to implement conservation practices.
Map provided.

Grants are available to owners of property located in areas considered to be of top priority in reducing pollution in the Lower Salamonie River Watershed.

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District and its partners in the watershed have received an implementation grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The grant will provide cost share funds to landowners for implementing a variety of conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips, fencing, equipment modifications and others.

Roanoke council agrees to work payouts

The Roanoke Town Council agreed to a pair of payouts for construction projects at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Phil Hibbert, of DLZ, requested the payouts from the board. The first pertained to work performed on Seminary Street and was for $61,878 while the second went to Phoenix for work done on the new water tower, totaling $15,176.

Assistant Utility Superintendent John Hitzemann reported that the main breaker at the wastewater plant was going bad and that he had ordered a replacement for $3,800. Hitzemann added that there would be an additional fee for installation.

SWCD board to meet today

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will meet to discuss their application for an IDEM 319 Implementation Grant on Monday, Aug. 31, at 8 a.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

Labor Day trash pickup to be changed in Warren

The trash pickup schedule for in-town customers in Warren will change during the week of Labor Day, Sept. 7.

The town routes only will be run on Friday, Sept. 11.