Government & School Board

Roanoke council okays pair of projects at meet

In a shortened meeting of the Roanoke Town Council on Tuesday, June 21, Supervisor of Operations Phil Hibbert presented the agreements for the Commercial Street rebuild project and the Cow Creek Siphon Project.

The council approved commissioning Wayne Asphalt and Ironclad Excavation for Commercial Street and Cow Creek, respectively, during a special meeting on June 1. Hibbert presented the council with agreements in writing and permission for both companies to start on the projects.

Exec session for Hgtn. council after reg. meet

The Huntington Common Council will meet in executive session following its regularly scheduled 6:45 a.m. meeting on Tuesday, June 28.

The executive session will not begin earlier than 6:50 a.m. and will be held in the mayor’s conference room on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The agenda for the executive session includes discussion of strategy with respect to the initiation of litigation, pending litigation or litigation that has been threatened.

Board of Works to discuss litigation

The Board of Public Works and Safety for the City of Huntington will meet in an executive session on Monday, June 27, at 3 p.m.  

The meeting will be held in the mayor’s conference room on the third floor of the city building, located at 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss strategy with respect to initiation of litigation that is either pending or has been threatened in writing.

License branches to close for holiday

All Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will be closed Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, July 5. For more information on branch locations and hours, visit myBMV.com.

Ind.-3 bridge maintenance near Markle to start Thursday

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that bridge maintenance will begin on Ind.-3 over the Wabash River, just south of the Town of Markle, between Park Drive and C.R. 150S, on Thursday, June 23, weather permitting.

Work will include bridge deck and joint repair.

Motorists can expect the road to be reduced to one lane, with flaggers directing traffic during daytime hours. INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through an active construction zone.

Several rundown properties dominate Markle TC meet

A lengthy public hearing regarding four properties in Markle’s town limits dominated the town council meeting on Wednesday, June 15, as the Huntington County Department of Community Development addressed concerns about houses located on the lots.

With three of the four property owners present during the public meeting, Marla Stambazze of the DCD called out issues with the houses located at 145 E. Morse St., 425 N. Clark St., 235 Wilt St. and 190 Draper St.

Degitz the choice for top spot at Huntington North

Russ Degitz, the former principal of Lancaster Elementary School, shows his excitement at being named the new principal at Huntington North High School as he addresses the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s school board Monday, June 13.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Russ Degitz will become the next principal of Huntington North High School.

The new assignment for the former principal at Lancaster Elementary School was announced Monday, June 13, during a meeting of the the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees.

HNHS is familiar ground to Degitz, who served there previously for 10 years as a teacher, dean of students and baseball coach.

Tower Park has new options for play

Tower Park in Warren is looking a bit different these days.

Installation of a new play structure was completed last Friday, June 10, and a scout troop is making plans to build another play option.

The completed structure was funded through community donations in a project spearheaded by Barb Trosper, a Warren resident and former Warren Town Council member.

Andrews council discusses two pieces of land for industrial park

The Andrews Town Council discussed two pieces of land currently being eyed by Huntington County Economic Development for their suitability as locations for an industrial park during the board’s meeting on Monday, June 13.

Roanoke says no to fixing collapsed retaining wall

The Roanoke Town Council voted down a proposal to repair a retaining wall that had collapsed on the corner of Second and Seminary Streets in a regular meeting on Tuesday, June 7.

Roanoke resident Noah Gayer, whose property the retaining wall had collapsed on, went to the council proposing that it is the responsibility of the town to maintain the wall.

Gayer referenced an 1889 case in Minnesota that said a landowner is owed lateral support to his or her property.

Commissioners to meet in executive session, June 13

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold an executive session on Monday, June 13, at 2 p.m. in the County Commissioners’ office of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

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

City changes schedule for special refuse pickups

The City of Huntington has announced a change in the pickup schedule for large items and yard waste.

The change will be effective the week of June 20.

Large items such as furniture, water heaters, hot tubs and bathroom fixtures will be picked up by city crews on Mondays. These items must be marked with an orange sticker, which must be purchased from the clerk-treasurer’s office on the second floor of the City Building. A sticker must be placed on each item to be hauled away.

SWCD to meet June 21

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District's monthly meeting has been changed to Tuesday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

Board of Public Works plans special meeting

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 27, at 3:30 p.m.

The agenda includes opening bids for the City Services Building and any other business that may come before the board.

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

Roanoke council awards Wayne contract for Commercial St. redo

The Roanoke Town Council held a special meeting on Wednesday, June 1, to review bids for the cost of reconstructing Commercial Street.

The council considered two bids for reconstruction of the length of Commercial Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. Brooks Construction offered a base bid of $439,968 for the project, and Wayne Asphalt gave a base bid of $407,116. The council made a motion to approve Wayne Asphalt to do the necessary construction work.

County resident is Libertarian candidate for congress

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Pepper Snyder

Huntington County resident Pepper Snyder will be the Libertarian Party candidate for Indiana’s Third Congressional District on this fall’s ballot.

Snyder was selected by the Indiana Libertarian Party’s State Central Committee.

She will face Republican Jim Banks and Democrat Tommy Schrader in the fall general election. The seat is currently held by Marlin Stutzman, who declined to seek re-election in order to make an unsuccessful run in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

State money earmarked for paving city streets

The City of Huntington will receive a bonus $1.1 million in state funds, with the possibility of additional money through a 50/50 grant, all earmarked for paving streets.

Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services, discussed the financial windfall with members of the Huntington Common Council during their meeting on Tuesday, May 31.

The money became available after state lawmakers decided to reduce the amount the state keeps in reserve from income from taxes such as CAGIT and CEDIT, returning the difference to local government entities.

Andrews residents will see higher sewer bills

Andrews residents can expect higher sewer bills after the Andrews Town Council approved a rate increase during a special meeting on Friday, May 27.

The increase — just under $20 a month for the typical resident using 4,000 gallons of water a month — will bring in revenue to help pay for improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

The new sewer rate includes a base charge plus $7 per 1,000 gallons of metered water use for each monthly billing period. It will go into effect during the first billing period following final approval of the new rate.

Township now accepting firefighter applications

The Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department is accepting applications for new volunteer members.

Applications are available Monday through Friday at the Huntington Township office and may also be requested by emailing huntingtontwp.firechief@gmail.com.

Applications must be returned by June 17, at 5 p.m.

Penalties now being assessed for late tax payments

Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton has announced that penalties are now being assessed on delinquent property taxes.

The spring payment was due on May 10.

The penalty will be in the amount of 5 percent of the unpaid tax if the installment is completely paid on or before 30 days after the due date and if the owner is not liable for previous delinquent property taxes  for the same parcel.  

The last day to pay with a 5 percent penalty will be June 9.

Andrews CCD fund back to five cents per $100 assessed

The Andrews Town Council will re-establish its Cumulative Capital Development (CCD) fund, bringing the tax rate back up to 5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Council members voted unanimously during their meeting on Monday, May 23, to re-establish the tax rate at 5 cents.

The tax rate for the CCD automatically decreases each year until it reaches 2 cents, where it is right now. That 2-cent rate brings in about $2,130 a year, Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon said, and the new 5-cent rate will bring in an estimated $5,300 a year.

Roanoke council to hold special meeting

The Roanoke Town Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 p.m. in the Roanoke Town Hall, 141 W. Third St., Roanoke.

The main item on the agenda is the opening of bids for the Commercial Street project. Other topics may be discussed.

Wheel tax to take effect starting in January of 2017, council votes

Starting in January, Huntington County motorists will pay an extra fee when they renew their license plates.

That fee — known as a wheel tax — will be used to repair and maintain roads throughout Huntington County, heading off what Huntington County Highway Superintendent Troy Hostetler says would otherwise be a $3.5 million road funding shortfall by 2020.

Ransom firmly in place as Lincoln principal

Lincoln Elementary School’s principal is firmly in place, after Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustee members unanimously approved the hiring of Ashley Ransom as permanent principal during its regular meeting Monday, May 23.

Ransom has been functioning as the interim principal following the resignation of Adam Drummond in February.

Speeds near Markle along Ind.-116 to drop

Markle Town Superintendent Rick Asher (left) is presented with a gift from Town Council President Jeff Humbarger to honor his 40 years of service as a town employee. The presentation and a reception was held during the regular council meeting held Wednesday, May 18.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

It may not feel much slower, but speed limit signs along Ind.-116 outside Markle will soon change to five miles lower.

The change was approved after officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation met with the Markle Town Council during the council’s regular meeting Wednesday, May 18.

Indiana Rep. Dan Leonard was also in attendance at the meeting, weighing in after Markle resident Gene Towne contacted him about drivers traveling at excessive speeds on the stretch.

Roanoke TC revises proposed nuisance ordinance

The Roanoke Town Council presented a revised Nuisance Ordinance, titled 2016-2, following a special meeting on Tuesday, May 10.

At the meeting on Tuesday, May 17, Council President Dave Tucker announced that Ordinance 2016-2 had been reviewed at the previous week’s special meeting. The council decided to change its nuisance ordinance following a legal dispute with the owner of 775 Seminary St. Proposed changes include a revised definition of litter, how long useable construction materials may be stored on one’s property and increased emphasis on what defines a nuisance.

Hoosier voters starting to get postcards in mail for election day

Hoosier voters are beginning to receive postcards in the mail from the Secretary of State’s office.

The card reminds Hoosiers that Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, and to visit www.indianavoters.com for election information.

The office is mailing these postcards as part of a statewide voter list refresh. The goal is to identify outdated and inaccurate voter registration information to improve the accuracy and integrity of Indiana’s voter registration list.

Commish to hold admin meet

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold an administrative session on Tuesday, June 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the DAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to gather information on replacing the county’s taxing software.

No decisions will be made at this meeting.

Election board cancels June 8 meet

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Huntington County Election Board on June 8 has been canceled.

BMV to close May 28-30 for holiday

Kent Abernathy, Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced that all BMV license branches will be closed May 28 through 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

All branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, May 31. For a complete list of branch locations and hours, visit myBMV.com.

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