Government & School Board

Roanoke Town Council again fines resident for building code violations

The Roanoke Town Council handed out another substantial fine to a resident for failing to resolve building code violations at her house during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The board assessed Casandra Emley, the occupant of 775 Seminary St., with a $5,000 civil penalty for willful failure to comply with a continuing order of enforcement from the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) that details what needs to be corrected at her property, which she is buying on contract.

Proposed rate structure for curbside recycling wins approval by city council

A proposed rate structure for curbside recycling in the city of Huntington, which brought a crowd of residents to the Huntington Common Council's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, ultimately won initial approval by the council.

Establishing the fees, which must still receive a second and final OK from the council, is just the first step in re-establishing a city-wide recycling program, city attorney Mike Hartburg said. Once the program is funded, city officials will still have to work out specifics, he explained.

Redistricting proposal would spell an end to student transfers

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees, during their meeting on Monday, Sept. 11, got their first look at a rough draft of redistricting maps for the district’s elementary school children.

Superintendent Randy Harris said the maps, which he described as a redistricting compass, were created with the help of government and school district officials, along with HCCSC Transportation Director Vanessa Fields. As board members perused the new redistricting lines, Harris said the rough draft is open to interpretation and questions.

Andrews council asking residents for ideas about projects in town

The Andrews Town Council is inviting citizens to contribute ideas for projects they would like to see come to fruition in the town.

Council members made the request during their meeting on Monday, Sept. 11.

The ideas will be considered for inclusion in the town’s comprehensive plan, which the board intends to prepare with help from Region III-A in the months ahead. The plan, explains Council President Bill Johnson, will function as an outline for how the town would like to improve itself using grant money from the state.

Warren’s 2018 budget looks similar to 2017 spending plan, council hears

The 2018 budget for the Town of Warren looks very similar to the spending plan for 2017.

“It’s basically the same budget,” said Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison as she presented the figures to Warren Town Council members during their meeting on Monday, Sept. 11.

The proposed 2018 budget totals $2,152,762, a decrease of $48,000 from the 2017 $2,200,855.

Huntington County SWCD to have monthly meet on Sept. 19

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

Holdman announces plans to seek reelection in Senate District 19

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Travis Holdman

Republican State Sen. Travis Holdman has announced that he plans to seek reelection in Senate District 19, which serves all of Adams, Blackford, Jay and Wells counties, along with portions of Huntington and Grant counties.

Banks staff here Thursday

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, Sept. 14, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Officially a justice

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Chris Goff (left) is sworn in as the 100th justice of the Indiana Supreme Court by Gov. Eric Holcomb on Friday, Sept. 1, in the Supreme Court courtroom in Indianapolis. Goff’s wife, Raquel Goff (center), holds the Bible. Goff, a Wabash native, practiced law in Huntington before being named Superior Court judge in Wabash County in 2005. Earlier this summer, he was selected by Holcomb to fill a vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court and has been serving on that court since late July.

Roanoke council authroizes more testing at lagoon

The Roanoke Town Council authorized additional water testing at a lagoon that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management wants to see closed at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The board agreed to pay $876 to have Element Fort Wayne, an environmental testing lab, return to the lagoon to take more samples and run further tests. Element first sampled the lagoon’s water in July and tests revealed the presence of substances that IDEM would not allow to be discharged into a waterway.

Commissioners to have exec session Tuesday

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 11:15 a.m. at the Huntington County Courthouse, Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The meeting is in respect to interviews and negotiations with industrial or commercial prospects or agents of industrial or commercial prospects.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

BZA to hear special exception request

The Huntington City Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Monday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The board will consider a request from Donald and Donna Deschaine for a special exception to allow an eating and drinking establishment at 874 Cline St.

The meeting is open to the public.

DNR grants will help stabilize banks of two rivers

A pair of grants awarded through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources — one to the City of Huntington, and one to a four-county commission — is designed to improve the stability of area river banks.

The grants, from the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program of the DNR’s Fish and Wildlife Division, include $40,000 to the Upper Wabash River Basin Commission to help pay for an engineering feasibility study of the stability of the Wabash River banks in Adams, Jay, Huntington and Wells counties.

Local Democrats will meet Wednesday evening

The Huntington County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The meeting is open to the public. 

Raising awareness

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Police Department Officer Steve Sims ties a silver ribbon to the antenna of his patrol car on Thursday, Aug. 31, which was observed around the world as International Overdose Awareness Day. All vehicles from the Huntington Police Department and Huntington County Sheriff’s Department that were on the road on Aug. 31 bore the silver ribbons to raise awareness of the problems of drug overdose.

Checking their aim

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington firefighters Curan Burnau and Derek Holzinger man the hose from the top of a ladder truck during training exercises held Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Fire Station 3 on Etna Avenue. Firefighters from Huntington fire stations participated in the exercise, as water from the hose was blasted over adjoining Drover Park.

State DOT to begin chip sealing in Huntington County in coming days

The Indiana Department of Transportation will begin chip sealing several roads in Huntington County on or after Sept. 5, weather permitting.
Affected Huntington County roads are:

• Ind.-5, from .75 miles north of the east junction of Ind.-218 to U.S. 224.

• Ind.-105, between Ind.-9 and Ind.-124.

• Ind.-124, from Ind.-5 to Ind.-3.

• Ind.-218, from Ind.-15 in Wabash County to Ind.-9 in Huntington County.

Huntington Street Department to be closed for Labor Day holiday

The Huntington Street Department will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4.

Residents whose normal trash day is Monday will have their trash picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5. All other trash pickup days will remain the same.

Orange sticker items with brush and limbs will be picked up on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Brown bags will be picked up on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Andrews to secure brush disposal property with fence in near future

The Andrews Town Council discussed securing town property used for brush disposal at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 28.

The property, located at the west end of Terrell Street, is utilized by both the town and public. While the town allows the public to deposit brush there, garbage has also been dumped at the site, which the town prohibits.

Board approves bonds for school renovations

A special hearing held during the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees meeting on Monday, Aug. 28, brought forth no public opinion about how the school corporation should fund the proposed renovation to school facilities, including equipment and technology improvements.

The board later adopted a project resolution to issue a $5 million general obligation bond, with additional capital projects fund money to go toward the projects.

Public hearing for proposed recycling fees set for Sept. 12

A public hearing on proposed fees for a curbside recycling program in the city of Huntington will be held on Sept. 12.

Those fees were introduced during the Aug. 29 meeting of the Huntington Common Council. They include both  the rate charged by the company that will pick up the recyclables as well as an administrative fee charged by the city.

The purpose of the administrative fee was questioned by council members Jack Slusser and Erin Covey.

“This is basically internal accounting that you’re looking at,” Mayor Brooks Fetters said.

BMV branches closed from Sept. 2-4

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles bran-ches will be closed Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Branches resume regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

For a complete list of branch locations and hours, or to complete an online transaction, visit myBMV. com.

School board irons out details on both schools closing and reopening

In a public work session attended by few members of the public, the Huntington County Community School Board of School Trustees ironed out a lengthy list of decisions that will need to be made regarding the closings of two school buildings and the reopening of a third.

Board members expanded the list submitted by Superintendent Randy Harris, who said he had been adding to the document even after it had been printed. It included a total of 17 points after it was reviewed at the meeting.

New assistant chief

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jay Kyle (right) is sworn in as assistant chief of the Huntington Police Department by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney on Thursday, Aug. 17. With them are (from left) Kyle’s son and daughter, Mason Kyle and Sydney Kyle, and wife, Angie Kyle. Kyle, a Huntington native, has been a member of the Huntington Police Department since 1993. He succeeds Matt Hughes, who requested a return to regular duties and now serves as third shift captain.

Commissioners hold exec. session to discuss confidential records

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold an executive session on Monday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m.

The meeting will take place in the Commissioners’ Room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse, located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss records classified as confidential by state or federal statute.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Applications being sought for open seat on Huntington library board

Applications are being sought for an open seat on the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Applicants must have resided in the library district, which includes the City of Huntington, Huntington Township and the Town of Markle, for at least two years.

The appointee will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2020.

The library board meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:15 p.m.

The appointment will be made by the Huntington County Council.

IDEM stops Roanoke from burning brush

The Town of Roanoke will have to devise a new way to dispose of brush collected from residents after the Indiana Department of Environmental Management put a stop to the town’s practice of burning it.

Funding set for major Warren street project

A major street improvement project is set to begin in Warren next spring.

Members of the Warren Town Council learned at their meeting on Monday, Aug. 14, that the town expects to receive a $637,425 Community Crossings grant from the state to be used toward the reconstruction of 11th Street from Ind.-5 to Wayne Street and the correction of a stormwater issue.

Board starts making plans for replacement of Roanoke school building

School children in Roanoke could be learning in a brand-new building as soon as two years, under a plan officials say will not raise taxes.

Meeting on Monday, Aug. 14, Huntington County Community School Corporation officials laid out a tentative timeline for construction of a new Roanoke elementary school building and repairs to Huntington North High School.

Andrews council says yes to new building code

The Andrews Town Council approved a new town building code at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 14.

Mandy Woods, executive director of the Huntington Countywide Dep- artment of Community Development (DCD), presented the code to council during a public hearing at the meeting. Woods explained that the code aligned the town’s existing code with the county’s and also brought it into compliance with the state.