Government & School Board

Emergency Planning Committee sets meet

The Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m. in the Emergency Management Agency office.

A meeting of the Emergency Management Ag-ency advisory board will follow at 10 a.m. at the same location.

The Emergency Management Agency office is located on the second floor of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department.

Winn grads army basic training at Fort Benning

Army Pvt. Braxton J. Winn has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Benning, GA.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness    and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Search continues for new trustees in Wayne and Salamonie townships

More than two months after the general election, trustee seats in two Huntington County townships remain empty.

The Wayne Township trustee position, vacated by Democrat Paul Walton, and the Salamonie Township trustee seat, last filled by Republican James Howell, are up for grabs for just about anyone who wants them, their respective party chairs say.

“I am anxious to fill the vacancy soon,” says Huntington County Democrat Party Chairwoman Roxanna Murray. “It’s important that the people of Wayne Township be served properly.”

Banks authors bill giving veterans preferences in hiring, promotions

Legislation authored by State Sen. Amanda Banks (R-Columbia City) allowing employers to give hiring preferences to veterans passed the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military on Jan. 20 by a vote of 6-0.

Senate Bill 298 would allow private-sector employers to adopt a veterans’ preference policy for hiring, promoting or retaining a veteran in employment. Indiana is one of 40 states that currently permits public sector hiring preference for veterans, but it does not allow the private sector to do the same. 

Markle going with ‘Plan C’ on tower maintenance

After scrutinizing two bids from contractors to maintain and paint Markle’s two water towers, the town council announced it was going in a different direction, in its meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 21.

The town held a special meeting on Jan. 13 to discuss and potentially act on the two quotes from Leary Construction and Utility Services Group.

Blomeke to seek fourth term as 5th district city council representative

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Joe Blomeke.

Joe Blomeke has announced plans to seek a fourth term as fifth district representative on the Huntington Common Council.

Blomeke, a Republican, currently serves as the council’s president and is a member of the city’s Redevelopment Commission.

Blomeke says that during his time on the council, he has worked to encourage growth of the city by maintaining sound financial policies for the best use of tax dollars, as well as retaining existing businesses and attracting new businesses through economic development activities.

School board to meet in exec session Jan. 30

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees will meet in executive sessions on Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center, 2485 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.

The purpose of both meetings is “to receive information about and interview prospective em- ployees.”

Roanoke council looks ahead to spring road work

The Roanoke Town Council began discussing spring construction projects on Seminary Street during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

“It’s going to be on Seminary Street from the park to Fourth Street,” said Roanoke Town Council President Dave Tucker. “From Fourth Street on, they will just mill the road down and repair it.”

The construction should begin in May or April, Tucker said, and the cost is currently estimated at $400,000. However, this number will be modified as work that needs to be done to the sewer and water lines is considered.

Zanesville Town Council discusses replacing marshal’s patrol vehicle

The Zanesville Town Council discussed replacing the town marshal’s patrol car during its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Town Marshal Carl Collins informed council that the car is in need of repairs totaling $4,000. As council purchased the car used for $3,000, it was not interested in spending more to repair the vehicle than it did to purchase it. While the car is still drivable, Collins noted that inclement winter weather could shorten its lifespan and that if its current rust pattern continues, it will eventually compromise the car’s structural integrity.

Huntington County Soil and Water District to hold monthly meet Jan. 20

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in the district office at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.