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City approval makes dispatch merger a reality

A single emergency dispatch department serving both Huntington County and the city of Huntington is set to become a reality on July 1 after receiving the Huntington Common Council's approval on Tuesday morning, Feb. 26.

"You have accomplished something that's never been accomplished before," Mayor Brooks Fetters said. "This is a very positive thing for the citizens of Huntington."

 

Some activities could earn HN students waiver from semester of PE

A partial physical education waiver may be on the horizon for some Huntington North High School students.
Chad Daugherty, HNHS principal, proposed the waiver program at Monday evening's meeting of the Huntington County Community School Corporation board of trustees.

Daugherty says the waiver would allow incoming freshman at HNHS who will participate in an Indiana High School Athletic Association approved sport, Varsity Singers, cheerleading or summer marching band to apply for a PE waiver for one semester of the two-semester course currently required by the high school.

 

Andrews council reviews latest handbook draft

The Andrews Town Council reviewed the latest draft of the town's employee handbook at its Monday, Feb. 25, meeting.

The draft examined by council incorporated suggestions made previously by the town's attorney, which council signed-off on during its Feb. 11 meeting, as well as suggestions made by council itself. Council Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson believes the handbook is nearing a final draft.

 

County leaders sign ‘historic’ agreement for joint dispatch

In what one county official called a "historic night," members of the Huntington County Council signed an agreement on Monday, Feb. 25, to operate an emergency dispatch center jointly with the city of Huntington.

"This has been 20 years in the making," Huntington County Commissioners President Leon Hurlburt said.

The same agreement was scheduled to be presented the following morning to the Huntington Common Council for its approval.

 

City approval makes dispatch merger a reality

A single emergency dispatch department serving both Huntington County and the city of Huntington is set to become a reality on July 1 after receiving the Huntington Common Council's approval on Tuesday morning, Feb. 26.

"You have accomplished something that's never been accomplished before," Mayor Brooks Fetters said. "This is a very positive thing for the citizens of Huntington."

The new dispatch center, according to the resolution that created it, will "operate without regard to territorial boundaries of the City, Towns, and County."

 

Some HNHS students could earn partial PE waivers

A partial physical education waiver may be on the horizon for some Huntington North High School students.

Chad Daugherty, HNHS principal, proposed the waiver program at Monday evening's meeting of the Huntington County community School Corporation board of trustees.

Daugherty says the waiver would allow incoming freshman at HNHS who will participate in an Indiana High School Athletic Association approved sport, Varsity Singers, cheerleading or summer marching band to apply for a PE waiver for one semester of the two-semester course currently required by the high school.

 

Stutzman staff to stop in Huntington

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman's mobile office will be open Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Huntington Chamber of Commerce.

Stutzman's staff will be available to assist Hoosiers between noon and 2 p.m.

The Huntington Chamber of Commerce is located at 305 Warren St., Huntington.

 

 

Markle offices to move for handicap renovations

Markle town offices must be moved out of their current building in order to make those offices handicap accessible.

One option for doing that, members of the Markle Town Council said at their Tuesday, Feb. 19, meeting is to move into the building currently occupied by the Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The current library building is owned by the town of Markle.

While library board members have in the past expressed a desire to move to a different location, they're apparently in no hurry to do so.

 

Drovertown residents to be asked how cash can help their area


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Residents of the historic Drovertown neighborhood on Huntington's south side will be asked how an infusion of $662,000 can best be used to make their neighborhood a more livable community.

A door-to-door survey will be conducted in March and April, and residents of the neighborhood itself are welcome to help conduct the survey.

 

Construct. wage group to have meet

The Huntington Common Construction Wage Determination Committee will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in the mayor's conference room on the third floor of the Huntington City Building, 300 Cherry St.

The committee will determine the Huntington County common construction wage scale to be used on construction projects by the city of Huntington.

 

 

Zanesville council seeks to monitor unsafe structures

The Zanesville Town Council discussed the possibility of appointing someone to determine when buildings in town are unsafe and in violation of code during its Thursday, Feb. 21, meeting.

Dilapidated buildings are an issue in town and council talked about the need for a position where the sole responsibility would be to keep an eye on such structures.

"We've got a draft of the ordinance and we've got recommendations from the attorney," said council Vice President Patsy Brock on the process of creating the position. "We just need some clarification."

 

Roanoke employee handbook gets an update

The Roanoke Town Council and town department heads went over the town's proposed employee handbook during the Tuesday, Feb. 19, meeting of the council.

The review was tabled during council's meeting on Feb. 5 to give department heads time to look over the handbook and come back with any changes that they would like to see made.

 

Meeting in Markle is changed

The Markle Town Council meeting scheduled to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, has been moved a day earlier, to Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Markle Fire Station.

 

 

Governmental overview


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Several area government officials gave brief presentations and answered questons from the public at the legislative review on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Huntinton City-Townshp Public LIbrary. The event was sponsored by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. Listening while State Sen. Jim Banks (fourth from left) answers a question are (from left) Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters, Huntington County Commissioners President Leon Hurlburt, Indiana State Rep. Dan Leonard and moderator Mike Perkins.

 

Warren council discusses rental of water tower space by AT&T

With no new business to discuss, the Warren Town Council made quick work of a short agenda on Monday, Feb. 11.
Council discussed at length the ongoing contract to be renewed with AT&T for rental of space on the town's water tower.

It was decided by consensus that because the company intends to install additional equipment, the rental fee should be increased, especially in light of the fact that the town of Warren charges the lowest fee of the other towns that have a contract with AT&T.

 

Board hears library expansion project to be delayed 2 more months

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library expansion project will be delayed for at least two months, Council President John Harshbarger informed his fellow members on the Andrews Town Council during its Monday, Feb. 11, meeting.

Revised blueprints for the project have been sent to the state for approval, Harshbarger said. Once those blueprints have been approved, Harshbarger announced that March 11 is being targeted as a date to re-advertise for bids, with March 27 serving as an additional date for bid advertisement.

 

School official explains new Internet safeguards and expanded rollout of iPads

A new measure to make inappropriate online content inaccessible to students, and plans to expand the number of students with iPads in their hands, are in the works for Huntington County schools.

Chuck Grable, assistant superintendent of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, presented a technology update to the school board on Monday evening, Feb. 11.

Grable said he wanted the board to know "where we've started and where we've come so far" concerning the 1:1 digital initiative.

 

EMA could have new head in matter of months

The Huntington County Emergency Management Agency could have a new director in a matter of months.

The EMA advisory board, meeting in special session on Wednesday, Feb. 6, approved a job description for the EMA director's position and agreed to advertise the job, with a goal of selecting finalists for the position in March.

The Emergency Management Agency has been operating without a full-time director since Brian Topp, who held that position on an interim basis, resigned in mid-2012.

 

Leonard bill tweaking unemployment benefits gets approval of Indiana House

An unemployment insurance bill authored by State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) passed out of the House with a 62 to 32 vote on Feb. 4.

It will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

"It is important that unemployment insurance issues are legislated with prudence and delicateness. These matters require a great deal of forward-thinking and I believe this legislation does just that," Leonard says.

House Bill 1457 makes changes to comply with federal regulations.

 

EMA board, county panel to meet Feb. 6

A joint meeting of the Huntington County Commissioners and the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency advisory board will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon at the Southside Fire Station, 1333 Etna Ave., Huntington.

Representatives of Indiana Homeland Security have also been invited to attend, says Leon Hurlburt, who scheduled the meeting. Hurlburt serves as president of the commissioners and as the commissioners' representative on the EMA advisory board.

 

Markle council meets Feb. 11

Markle Town Council will hold a special meeting on Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting is being held to review the town's current health insurance provider's 2013 renewal, as well as other quotes.