Government & School Board

Property taxes now past due; penalty added to late payments

A penalty is now being imposed on late property tax payments, the Huntington County treasurer’s office has announced.

Tax payments were due May 11.  

The penalty will be 5 percent of the unpaid tax if the installment is completely paid on or before June 10 and if the taxpayer is not liable for delinquent property taxes for the same parcel. If taxes are due for more than the first installment of this year, the penalty will be 10 percent of the unpaid tax.  

Markle council to ban wrong-side parking

The Town of Markle is set to become the latest community in Huntington County to ban opposite-facing parking on its streets.

At its meeting Wednesday, May 20, councilmen voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2015-3 on its first reading.

Town Marshal John Markley said officers will begin putting orange tags on vehicles parked facing the wrong direction to let them know that parking against the flow of traffic will be illegal in Markle beginning July 1.

Unkempt lawns in Roanoke irk neighbors

The members of the Roanoke Town Council listened to citizen concerns, made decisions regarding a fireworks contract and approved the revised park ordinance at their meeting on Tuesday, May 19.

Some Roanoke citizens commented that the town nuisance ordinance pertaining to grass mowing and lawn maintenance is not currently effective.

In its present state, the nuisance ordinance allows the town to fine individuals who do not care for their lawn $25 every time that the town is forced to contract a company to mow the grass.

City shifts trash time for holiday

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day.

The closing will change the trash collection schedule for Monday, but will not affect the schedule for the remainder of the week.

Trash routes normally covered on Mondays will be covered instead on Tuesday, May 26, with pickups beginning at 7 a.m.

County council approves new tax to fund roadwork at Monday meeting

The Huntington County Council approved a new tax that will fund roadwork at its meeting on Monday, May 18.

Council passed the Local Option Highway User Tax (LOHUT), which is a combination of the County Motor Vehicle Excise Surtax and the County Wheel Tax.

Each tax is paid at the time of a vehicle’s registration, with the former tax applying to automobiles, motorcycles and trucks under 11,000 pounds while the latter tax pertains to buses, RVs and semi-trailers, tractors and trucks.

Andrews Town Council to meet in executive session May 28

The town council of Andrews will meet in executive session on Thursday, May 28, beginning at 9 a.m. in the council meeting room of Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

In accordance with Indiana Code, the purpose of the meeting is “for discussion of strategy with respect to … initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing.”

This meeting replaces the previously scheduled executive session on May 22, which has been canceled.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

City council approves flood map

A new flood map for the city of Huntington and technical corrections to ordinances dealing with planning and zoning were approved by the Huntington Common Council during a brief meeting on Tuesday, May 12.

The flood map, which received a favorable recommendation by the Huntington Plan Commission, was approved on both required readings so the city can meet the June 2 deadline required by FEMA.

Andrews meeting moved to Tuesday eve

The Andrews Town Council will meet next on Tuesday, May 26, at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall.

The regular meeting date, May 25, falls on Memorial Day.

Columbia City man announces for house

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Scott Wise.

Scott Wise, a Republican from Columbia City, announced on Tuesday, May 12, that he will seek the Republican nomination for the seat Marlin Stutzman is vacating.

Stutzman, who represents Indiana’s third district in the United States House of Representatives, recently announced that he will run for the United States Senate.

Wise says he believes his education, experience and background make him the best representative to send from Indiana’s third district.

Banks announces run for Congress

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Jim Banks.

State Sen. Jim Banks has announced his candidacy for Indiana’s third congressional district.

Banks, a Republican from Columbia City, launched his campaign on May 12 at the Allen County GOP headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne. He vowed to run a substantive campaign built on issues and ideas.

Fire station groundbreaking May 26

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Huntington Township Fire Station will be held on Tuesday, May 26.

The station will be built at Lake Clare, adjacent to the Huntington Township trustee’s office at 1005 N. Broadway St., Huntington.

The community is invited to attend.

Light refreshments will be provided.

School board charged up by pair of big announcements

Adam Drummond (left) and Rick Burnau.
Photos by Rebecca Sandlin.

It was a short but sweet Huntington County Community School Corporation board meeting Monday, May 11, as members heard two announcements that charged the meeting with excitement.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Charles Grable made the first announcement, introducing Lincoln Elementary School Principal Adam Drummond as the Indiana Association of School Principals’ Region 3 Elementary School Principal of the Year.

Senate page

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Rees Zay (right), of Huntington, recently served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Amanda Banks. He is pictured with State Sen. Travis Holdman (left). Zay is a student at Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne. He had the opportunity to tour the historic Statehouse building, observe debates from the chamber floor and interact with the state senators.

Former Wisconsin legislator to seek Stutzman’s old seat in U.S. House

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Pam Galloway.

Dr. Pam Galloway, a retired physician and former Wisconsin state legislator, says she wants to represent Indiana’s third congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

Galloway announced May 11 that she will seek the seat currently held by Republican Marlin Stutzman, who is giving up that post as he campaigns to succeed Sen. Dan Coats in the United States Senate. Stutzman, a fourth generation farmer from Howe, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2010.

Andrews Town Council discusses tornado siren purchase

The Andrews Town Council discussed purchasing a tornado siren during its meeting on Monday, May 11.

Council President Mike Rohler noted that the decibel reach of the town’s current warning system was inadequate and falls short of alerting the whole community.

“At two o’clock in the morning there’s going to be residents who are asleep, in their closed homes, they’re not going to hear that siren,” he stated.

Rohler added that the town’s warning system isn’t even an official tornado siren, but rather a civil defense siren.

Huntington Twp. fire station building to start

Construction of a fire station to serve Huntington Township will begin later this month.

The new station, to be built adjacent to the Huntington Township trustee’s office at Lake Clare, will be the most visible component of the new Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department.

“We’re excited it’s actually coming to fruition,” says Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy.

He says 17 firefighters are currently in training and he expects more to sign up.

“We have firefighters expected to finish Fire Academy in June,” Guy says. “They’re ready to go.”

Warren council orders police to crack down on wrong-way parking

If you’re driving north on a street in Warren, don’t park on the south side of the roadway.

It could cost you.

The Warren Town Council approved an ordinance on Monday, May 11, making it illegal to park on any street or alley in town with the parked vehicle facing in a direction opposite the flow of traffic in the traffic lane immediately adjacent to the parking space.

Town Marshal Dennis Spitler says he’ll start handing out warning notices immediately, with tickets coming on June 1.

Indiana license branches to be closed May 23 to 25 for holiday

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will be closed Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

All branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, May 26.

The Huntington BMV branch is located at 2982 W. Park Drive. For a complete list of branch locations and hours, visit

HCCSC to meet in executive session

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees will meet in an executive session on Tuesday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center, 2485 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.
The stated purpose of the meeting is to receive information about and interview prospective employees.
Executive sessions are not open to the public.

Stutzman announces for senate

Photos by Steve Clark.

With a group of supporters behind him, Republican Marlin Stutzman, representative of the state’s Third Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate during a rally in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, May 9. Senator Dan Coats is retiring and not seeking re-election.

‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign starts May 18

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department and Warren Police Department have announced the Click It or Ticket campaign will begin May 18.

As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will step up enforcement from May 18 to May 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

Treasurer’s office to be open Saturday

The Huntington County treasurer’s office will be open on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to noon to accept property tax payments.

Property taxes are due May 11.

Insurance policy set for RVFD

The Roanoke Town Council considered policies from interested insurance companies for the volunteer fire department and discussed progress with the current water projects and road construction at its meeting on Tuesday, May 5.

Mettler Agency Incorporated and Lupke Rice Insurance & Financial Services both submitted policies for the town council to consider for the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department.

Both company’s representatives presented similarly priced policies and took turns pointing out differences in the wording and coverage of the contracts.

Voters give Fetters chance at a second term by picking him over 3 others in GOP primary

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (right) and his brother, Todd Fetters, keep track of vote totals during a Republican gathering at The Berg Ale Haus after polls closed on Tuesday, May 5. Fetters won the Republican nomination and will run in November for a second term in office.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters will get a chance at a second term after beating back three challengers to win the Republican mayoral nomination in the May 5 primary election.

In a repeat of the 2011 Republican primary, Larry Buzzard — a local businessman and Huntington County commissioner — finished second to Fetters, with Fetters earning 42 percent of the vote to Buzzard’s 34 percent.

Four years ago, with seven men in the race, Fetters and Buzzard also finished first and second, earning 32 percent and 22 percent of the vote, respectively.

Slusser, Chapman also earn right to again fight for their council seats

Incumbent councilmen Charles Chapman (left) and Jack Slusser celebrate after final vote totals in the May 5 primary were announced during a gathering at The Berg Ale Haus. Both men fended off challengers to win Republican nominations to run again for their seats on the Huntington Common Council.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Incumbent Charles Chapman won the Republican nomination for the first district seat on the Huntington Common Council while incumbent Jack Slusser and Seth Marshall earned the GOP nods for the two at-large seats.

On the Democrat side, Bill Oswalt edged Larry Parker for the third district nomination.

Chapman, who is finishing up his first term on council, fended off a challenge from Dane Owens. Slusser and Marshall beat out incumbent John “Greg” Davis and Rex Baxter.

Huntington City primary election results

Here are the unofficial results of contested races in the Huntington City primary elections on May 5, 2015. Vote center totals complete.


Larry Buzzard 723
Brooks Fetters (incumbent) 890
Tony Hiles 156
Greg Sprinkle 348

Charles Chapman (incumbent) 329
Dane Owens 256

Clerk-treasurer pleased with response to voting change after debut last week

Poll Worker Janice Jordan-Ryan (left) rotates a tablet to Bob Jennings so he can sign in to vote early at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, a satellite vote center, on Tuesday, April 28. The Y will serve as a vote center on Election Day, Tuesday, May 5.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington voters began casting their ballots at the new vote centers last week, and Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer says she’s pleased with the response to the change.

“The people waiting in line have had extremely positive things to say,” Keiffer says.

For years, voters were assigned to specific polling places based on their home addresses. In February, the Huntington County Election Board approved the implementation of vote centers, establishing four polling places throughout the city of Huntington.

First three complete

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington city officials and contractors celebrate the completion of the first three projects in the city’s long-term wastewater control plan with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 29, at the wastewater treatment plant. The projects include upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, Frederick Street interceptor and Rabbit Run Phase One project. The projects, originally estimated to cost $45 million, were completed at a cost of $30 million.

Banks’ vet hiring bill just needs signature

Legislation authored by State Sen. Amanda Banks (R-Columbia City) allowing certain employers to adopt a veteran hiring policy passed the Indiana General Assembly and now heads to the governor for his consideration.

Senate Bill 298 would allow private-sector employers to adopt a preference policy for hiring, promoting or retaining a veteran in employment. Under the bill, “veteran” is defined as a person who actively served in the U.S. military, the Indiana Army National Guard or Air National Guard.

Commissioners, Andrews TC to have joint executive session

The Huntington County Commissioners and the Andrews Town Council will hold a joint executive session today, Monday, May 4, at 11 a.m.

The meeting will be held in the commissioners room on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, in Huntington.

The agenda includes discussion of the purchase or lease of property and negotiations for economic development.