Government & School Board

HCCSC holds first work session to work on report suggestions

Following the district audit report presented to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees on March 20, the board held its first work session Monday, March 27, to discuss the suggestions offered in the report.

New wells to track movement of underground TCE in Andrews

Additional testing wells are being drilled in Andrews to monitor the underground movement of a contaminant once used by a now-closed industry, members of the Andrews Town Council announced during their meeting on Monday, March 27.

The 10 new wells, prompted by the discovery of vapors from the contaminant in the basement of the Andrews Municipal Building, will join more than 100 testing wells already in place.

County council helps commissioners follow through on 2009 pledge

The Huntington County Council helped the county commissioners follow through on a monetary pledge they made to the City of Huntington’s Etna Avenue improvement project eight years ago during its meeting on Monday, March 27.

In 2009, the county commissioners committed $75,000 to storm drain improvements that would take place as part of the Etna Avenue project. The commissioners pledged that money as those improvements would see ditches regulated by the county make way for a drainage pipe.

Markle council learns VFW post closing

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6671 Quartermaster Rick Waikel (left) presents Markle Town Council President Jeff Humbarger with two sets of flags, to be flown at Veterans Park, during a town council meeting on Wednesday, March 22. The sets include a U.S. flag, service flags and the POW/MIA flag. The Markle VFW post will merge with the Huntington VFW Post 2689 sometime in April.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Perhaps the saddest news from the Markle Town Council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, March 22, was the announcement that the town is losing its Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

VFW Post 6671 Commander Larry Jenks made the announcement after Post Quartermaster Rick Waikel presented the council with two sets of flags for Veterans Park in downtown Markle.

INDOT to work on three county bridges

The Indiana Department of Transportation will be working on three bridges in Huntington County thr-ough mid-May.

Affected bridges are:

• Ind.-124 over the Salamonie River, 3.37 miles west of Ind.-5. Work will include bridge deck repair. Traffic will be directed by flaggers.

• U.S.-224 over the south fork of the Little River, 1.57 miles east of U.S.-24. Work will include bridge deck repair and joint replacement. Traffic will be directed by flaggers.

City council won’t meet on Tuesday

The Huntington Common Council will not hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 28, at 6:45 a.m.

The meeting was canceled because of a lack of items on the agenda.

The council’s next meeting will be on April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the City Building.

A look at the legislature


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Rees Zay (right), of Huntington, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for his father, State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Zay attends Bishop Luers High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

School board approves several plans at meeting

As the school year draws to its conclusion, the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees approved several plans involving summer school, summer lunches and the cost of next year’s school lunches among business conducted during its meeting on Monday, March 20.

Andrews Elementary School Principal Amy Rudolf presented the 2017 summer school proposal, which the board approved unanimously.

The cost of the program was estimated at $202,621 — a high estimate, Rudolf said, that must be submitted to the state for approval by March 31.

Banks votes in favor of pair of bills affecting veterans, benefits

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks voted March 16 in favor of two bills affecting veterans.

Banks voted to terminate a regulation that classifies veterans whose disability benefits are handled by a fiduciary as mentally defective. The change would allow those veterans to purchase a firearm, a right that is denied to those classified as mentally defective.

Banks also voted for HR 1259, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017, which makes it easier for the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to quickly fire, demote or suspend VA employees and recoup bonuses.

Senate pages


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Matthew Weill (left) and Carl Danarp (right), both of Huntington, served as pages in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Weill attends Crestview Middle School, and Danarp attends Huntington North High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Senate page


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Danita Clark (right), of Andrews, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Clark attends Huntington North High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

INDOT improving traffic lights along U.S. 24

The Indiana Department of Transportation has begun improving traffic signals at numerous intersections along U.S.-24 in Allen, Whitley and Huntington counties.

Michiana Contracting was scheduled to begin the signal modernization project near Fort Wayne on March 20 and will move west along U.S.-24 toward Huntington County, wea-ther permitting.

Learning the process

Nicholas Perry (right), of Roanoke, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Perry attends Huntington North High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

A day in the Senate


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Benjamin Warpup (right), of Warren, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Warpup attends Huntington North High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Audit reveals the good and the bad of Huntington County schools

Education consultant Dr. Steve Yager explains the purpose of an audit of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, which incorporated responses from about 1,000 people. The results of the audit were presented Monday, March 20.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

There was a lot of interest in the results of a district audit report presented on Monday, March 20, to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees — so much, that the school board meeting was moved to the Huntington North High School auditorium.

The report, presented by Mike Pettibone and Dr. Steve Yager, focused on the school corporation’s strengths, challenges and provided suggestions on how to improve.

Warren will offer input for flood response plan

Flooding in Huntington County in 2015 prompted county officials to work to determine how responses to future floods could be better coordinated.

On Monday, March 20, Department of Community Development Executive Director Mandy Woods visited the Warren Town Council to ask town officials for input on areas in that community likely to be flooded and actions that can be taken in response to flooding.

Warren’s input will be included in the Huntington County Flood Response and Evacuation Plan — or FREP, as Woods calls it.

Roanoke council wants town to be reimbursed for water main break

The Roanoke Town Council discussed getting reimbursed for a water main break that was caused by a utility contractor last month during its meeting on Tuesday, March 21.

The break occurred at Vine and Seminary streets on Feb. 20 when Utility Solutions, of Ohio, was using a boring machine. Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner noted that a few residents in the vicinity of the break did not have water service for two to three days afterwards.

City crews to be testing sanitary sewers for next couple of weeks

City of Huntington utility maintenance crews will be conducting inspections and smoke testing sanitary sewers around the city over the next couple of weeks.

The work will generally only last for a few moments and the sewers will then be ventilated, city officials say.

Residents who notice the “smoke” or vapor are advised it will dissipate quickly, they add. The “smoke” is actually a product with very little odor and does not smell like burning material.

State honor


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Representatives of the City of Huntington and the engineering firm that designed a storage facility at the city’s water pollution control plant display the award they received from the American Council of Engineering Companies Indiana for the design of the project.

Panel changes meetings

The meeting of the Huntington County Commissioners on Monday, April 3, will be canceled.

The meeting will be rescheduled to Monday, April 10, at 8:30 a.m. at the Huntington County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Room, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Senate page


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Meredith Zay (left), of Huntington, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for her father, State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Zay attends Bishop Luers High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Legislative experience


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Isiah Fettinger (right), of Huntington, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Fettinger attends Bishop Luers High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Senate page

Kailyn Hovey (right), of Huntington, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Hovey attends Riverview Middle School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

A guest in the Statehouse


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Clark Kitchen (right), of Huntington, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Kitchen attends Huntington North High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

In the Statehouse


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Caleb Scheiber (right), of Huntington, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Scheiber attends Huntington Catholic School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

DCS appoints new regional manager

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) has appointed Jamie Pippin as manager of Region 4, which includes Huntington County.

In this role, he will provide broad oversight and supervision for the Region 4 area, which also covers Allen, Adams, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben Wells, and Whitley counties.

He will also serve as a field representative to the DCS’ central office in Indianapolis and communicate local office needs.

Other duties include supervising the directors of the Region 4 county offices while also developing and administering budgets.

Banks introduces bill specifically targeting ISIS

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks announced on March 15 that he is introducing a bill to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Banks bill is the House version of identical legislation introduced by Sen. Todd Young the previous week.

“Our constituents send us to Congress to represent their views, and they should have their voices heard as we consider more military action in the fight against ISIS,” said Banks. “The constitution grants Congress the power of declaring war, and we need to take that obligation seriously.

In the Statehouse


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Johnna Cummins (right), of Warren, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Cummins attends Eastbrook High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Markle Town Council to hold executive session March 25

The town council of Markle will hold an executive session on Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m. at the Markle Town Hall, 197 E. Morse St., Markle.

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

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

State engineering group recognizes Huntington for wastewater efforts

Two projects by the City of Huntington, both designed to keep wastewater from flowing into streams, have earned recognition from a state engineering association.

Anthony Goodnight, the city's director of public works and engineering services, presented the engineering excellence awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies Indiana to members of the Huntington Common Council during their meeting on Tuesday, March 14.

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