Government & School Board

Exec session for Roanoke Town Council

The Roanoke Town Council will meet in executive session on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. to receive information about employees.

The meeting will be held at the Roanoke Town Hall, 141 W. Third St., Roanoke, and is closed to the public.

Postal service notes holiday mailing deadlines

The United States Postal Service has announced holiday mailing deadlines for 2015.

To ensure delivery before Christmas, domestic mail must be sent by Dec. 15 for standard post, Dec. 19 for first class mail, Dec. 21 for Priority Mail and Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express.

Cards and packages sent to military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas must be sent no later than the following mailing dates:

Commish set several upcoming exec sessions

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold executive sessions on Monday, Nov. 30, at 8:45 a.m.; Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.; and Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m.

All three sessions will be held in the Commissioners Room, Room 1031, in the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St. During the sessions, job performance evaluations of individual employees will be discussed.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Andrews police officers have hands full with rash of recent burglaries

Andrews will soon be looking for a new town marshal, but the officers now on the job have their hands full with a rash of burglaries — and are asking for the help of the town’s residents.

“If you see something out of place, something odd, something that doesn’t belong, jot down the plate number, get a description,” Deputy Karl Shockome asked town officials and residents gathered for the Andrews Town Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 23.

“No matter how small it is, jot it down.”

School board settles 2 lawsuits, hears about calendars

Among several items considered by the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees at its meeting Monday, Nov. 23, was the acceptance of the settlement of two separate lawsuits against the school district.

Before the regular meeting board members met in an executive session to learn the details of the mediated settlements, said Superintendent Randy Harris.

Revisions to city’s four-decades-old zoning code better reflect current realities, note Huntington officials

Revisions to the City of Huntington’s four-decade-old zoning code better reflect the realities of today’s construction trends, city officials say.

Those revisions were approved Tuesday, Nov. 24, by the Huntington Common Council.

A major change, explained Bryn Keplinger, the city’s director of community development and redevelopment, is an allowance for taller business and industrial buildings.

Huntington County Council approves number of fund transfers at meeting

The Huntington County Council approved a number of fund transfers at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 23.

With Sheriff Terry Stoffel’s prior authorization, the board granted Coroner Phil Zahm’s request to have $7,000 transferred from the sheriff’s gasoline fund to his autopsies fund, which was depleted.

Surveyor Jay Poe asked council to shift $1,979 from his department’s garage and motor supplies fund to his equipment fund. The board approved the request and Poe will use the funds to purchase a trailer.

Indiana BMV branches to close Nov. 26-27

Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles Kent Abernathy has announced that all BMV license branches will be closed on Nov. 26 through Nov. 27 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

All license branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Nov. 28. For a complete list of branch locations and hours, visit

Markle officials scratching heads over water influx at storm sewers

Markle town officials are scratching their heads about where an abundance of water is coming in at the storm sewer system.

Town Superintendent Rick Asher says he would like to use a television camera to take a look at the system, starting at the wastewater treatment plant, to find out where the problem is located.

He said there has been little significant change since the flooding earlier this spring and summer.

“It just seems like it’s gotten worse than better,” Asher said.

Huntington Street Dept. to be closed Nov. 26 to hail Thanksgiving

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving.

Residents with Thursday as their normal trash pickup day on Thursday will have it picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

All other trash pickup days will remain the same.

Orange sticker and brush and limbs pickup will be on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Roanoke gets bill for water treatment plant improvements

In the Tuesday, Nov. 17, meeting of the Roanoke Town Council, Phil Hibbert of DLZ Engineering presented the pay request from Henry Electric for $107,611.25 to make improvements to the town's water treatment plant.

The bill covered repairs to the building’s insulation, building expansion, painting and installation of a new filter. Hibbert said that the new filter has been installed, but the water tower is not yet online.

In other business:

HCCSC to receive Secured School Safety Grant

The Huntington County Community Schools is one of 260 school systems around the state that will receive part of a $10 million grant to improve school safety.  

HCCSC will receive a total of $443,693 from the Secured School Safety Grant program, a dedicated state grant fund that provides matching grants to school corporations, charter schools or coalitions of school corporations or charter schools applying jointly.

Zanesville Town Council passes 3 ordinannces Tuesday night

The Zanesville Town Council passed three ordinances at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The first ordinance, the Multi-hazard Mitigation Plan, outlined ways the town will prepare for and respond to hazards like floods, tornados and fires.

The second ordinance pertained to floods specifically. The ordinance, known as the Flood Hazard Area Ordinance, entitles citizens who purchase flood insurance to do so at a reduced rate, with the federal government absorbing some of the cost.

The last ordinance was the 2016 salary ordinance. All ordinances passed unanimously.

Sobriety patrols will increase for upcoming Thanksgiving holiday

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department and Warren Police Department have announced they will increase patrols for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday travel period – running Nov. 13 through Dec. 6. Officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct high-visibility patrols, encouraging drivers and passengers to drive sober and buckle up for safety.

Andrews council to have exec session Nov. 18

The Andrews Town Council will meet in executive session on Wednesday, Nov. 18, to discuss job performance evaluations of individual employees.

The meeting will take place at 11 a.m. in the Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Roanoke Town Council to hold executive session Tuesday eve to discuss employees

The Roanoke Town Council will hold an executive session on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. at the town hall, 141 W. Third St., Roanoke.

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

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

All offices in Huntington City Bldg. to be closed Nov. 26-27 for holiday

All offices in the Huntington City Building will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The City Street Department will not be open on Thursday, Nov. 26, and will not pick up trash that day, but will be picking up both the Thursday and Friday trash routes on Friday, Nov. 27, starting at 7 a.m.

SWCD sets executive session

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will meet in executive session at 6 p.m. prior to its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.  

Executive sessions are closed to the public; however, the regular meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., is open to the public.  

Andrews library needs two trustees

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees is seeking applicants interested in serving as trustees on the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library Board.

The school board makes two appointments to the Andrews Library board. These appointments are each for a four-year term that will begin Jan. 1, 2016 and will end Dec. 31, 2019.

Appointees to the library board must be residents of the library district, which is Dallas Township, and they must have been a resident in the library district for at least two years prior to the appointment.

HCCSC board hears results of tech audit

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees, during its meeting on Monday, Nov. 9, learned the results of a recent technology audit conducted in the middle and high schools.

Dan Funston, director of eLearning of Five-Star Technology Solutions, presented the report to the board. He explained the purpose of the audit is to transform the learning environment of the district by providing a high-access digital environment for all students as well as assist the teachers and administrators in creating a strategic plan.

Andrews council discusses burn ordinance

The Andrews Town Council discussed the possibility of adopting a burn ordinance during its meeting on Monday, Nov. 9.

Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson presented the board with copies of New Haven’s burn ordinance as an example of what Andrews’ ordinance could look like.

While burning leaves would be prohibited by such an ordinance, several actions would be exempt from it, such as tending to a recreational fire pit and barbecuing.

“Basically, all we’re doing with that is just moving state code into our ordinances,” commented Johnson.

SWCD to meet Nov. 17

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District has rescheduled its October meeting for Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at the District Office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The monthly meeting is open to the public. 

Commissioners to have exec session Nov. 16

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session on Monday, Nov. 16, at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The commissioners will meet with respect to discuss a job performance evaluation of an individual employee.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Common Council cancels meeting

The Huntington Common Council will not hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10, because of a lack of agenda.

The next scheduled meeting is on Nov. 24 at 6:45 a.m. in the council chambers on the third floor of the Huntington City Building.

Prosecuting attorney’s office offers license amnesty program

The Huntington County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will offer a program for those who have had their Indiana driver’s license, hunting license, and/or fishing license suspended for failing to pay child support a chance to get their license back.

From now until Dec. 31, those who have been suspended will be able to have their license reinstated if they make a lump sum payment equivalent to one full month of current child support, plus the weekly amount the court has ordered to pay towards their arrearage. This will be in addition to their regular weekly payments.

Roanoke council hears about water plant improvements schedule

In the Tuesday, Nov. 3 meeting of the Roanoke Town Council, Phil Hibbert from DLZ Engineering gave the schedule for improvements on the water plant.

Gerig Contracting installed a new filter in one of the new buildings that same day.  

Future plans include setting roof beams, a deck, and aerator, and bringing the new well online.

Hibbert also announced that Gerig Contracting is quoting $3,575 for installation of pre-chlorination lines.

All improvements are scheduled to be finished by Dec. 15.

In other business:

Dillon is C-T, two new councilmen in Andrews

Laura Dillon (left) and son Matt Dillon are all smiles as the numbers on Matt’s phone show a victory for his mother in the race for Andrews clerk-treasurer.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Laura Dillon is the new clerk-treasurer in Andrews while John Harshbarger, William “Bill” Johnson and Bonnie L. Walker will comprise the town’s council after winning their respective races in the general election, held Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Dillon, a Republican, beat Democrat Ray Tackett.

“I am happy and excited,” said Dillon, who watched the results with family and friends at The Berg Ale Haus.

Dillon expressed an interest in maintaining the same agenda in the clerk-treasurer’s office and also in having an open door policy.

Markle voters keep incumbents on council, Lane-Hamilton is C-T

Photo provided.
Carolyn Lane-Hamilton.

Markle voters in two counties will keep the incumbent town council members on for another four years, after independent candidates Mark Hamilton and Jeff Humbarger won a three-way race with Democrat Larry Jenks in the Markle municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Out of a total of 185 votes cast in Huntington County, Jenks received 39, or 21.08 percent of the vote; Hamilton received 70, or 37.84 percent; and Humbarger received 76 votes, or 41.08 percent.

Final vote totals

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jaime Miller (center) reads final vote totals from his tablet on Tuesday, Nov. 3, as (from left) Brema Smith, Gil Shideler, Don Deemer and Jay Poe crowd around to watch. The group was among the Republicans who gathered at The Berg Ale Haus on Election Night.

Congratulating a councilman

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Christi Scher (left), unopposed for re-election as Huntington clerk-treasurer, congratulates Jack Slusser on his Election Day victory. Slusser was re-elected to an at-large seat on the Huntington Common Council.