Government & School Board

Bitzer graduates from Vincennes University

Taylor Bitzer, of Andrews, graduated with honors from Vincennes University.

Bitzer received a degree in precision machining.

The commencement ceremony was held on May 2.

Hgtn. Street Dept. takes holiday on Friday, July 3

The Huntington Street Department will be closed for Independence Day on Friday, July 3.

Friday’s trash will be picked up beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 6. All other trash pickup days will remain the same.

Brown bag pickup will also be on Monday, July 6.

City will ask court to intervene in land purchase

The City of Huntington will turn to the courts in an attempt to force an Etna Avenue property owner to sell a portion of that land to the city.

The city’s use of eminent domain to acquire the property, necessary for a planned reconstruction of Etna Avenue, received the approval of the Huntington Common Council during its early morning meeting on Tuesday, June 30.

The council also gave its blessing to forgiving back taxes, penalties and fees on the former IMCO property on West Park Drive in hopes that the company will again become an income-producing property.

Frontage Road property owners to request variance from BZA

Owners of a property at 102 Frontage Rd., in Huntington, will appear before the Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals on July 6 to request a pair of setback variances.

HRE Development is seeking a nine-foot variance from the required 30-foot front yard setback along William E. Zahn Way. It is also asking for a 113.4-square-foot variance from the maximum 81 square feet allowed for a pole sign.

School board agrees to repairs for middle school athletic tracks

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees gave the go-ahead at their meeting on Monday, June 22, to ask for bids to fix the athletic tracks at Riverview and Crestview Middle schools, at a potential cost of up to $300,000.

Assistant Superintendent for Business and Classified Staff Jon Bennett said that both tracks are in different stages of disrepair, with Crestview’s 20-year-old track the worst, having flaky surfaces and rubber missing in large patches. Riverview’s track is more worn, he said, adding there are cracks in both tracks.

County council hands out tax abatements

The Huntington County Council handed out tax abatements to local businesses during its meeting on Monday, June 22.

Council granted the abatements at the request of Mark Wickersham, executive director of Huntington County Economic Development. Wickersham sought the abatements for businesses that have brought jobs to the county.

Advanced Engineering, Knecht Excavating, U.S. Mineral and PHD received abatements for taxes on personal property while Gladieux was granted abatements for personal and real property.

Andrews council hears infrastructure info

The Andrews Town Council spent the majority of its meeting on Monday, June 22, listening to information presented during a public hearing regarding planning for water, wastewater and stormwater facilities.

Jim McNulty and Matt Smith, of Strand Associates, presented plans for four water plant options, five wastewater plant options and three storm water options. This was the final of two required public hearings.

Huntington gets Homeland Security grant

The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation has approved more than $370,000 in grants to aid local public safety agencies statewide, including $3,260 to the City of Huntington for automated external defibrillators.

“On a fundamental level, these grants have the potential to change how public safety agencies go about their day-to-day operations,” said Gov. Mike Pence. “I’m proud to have a program in this state that helps to better equip the brave men and women who continue to work every day for our safety.”

Commissioners to have exec session Monday

The Huntington County Commissioners have called an executive session for today, Monday, June 22, at 1 p.m. at the County Commissioners’ office, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Commissioners will meet with respect to receive information about and interview prospective employees.

Executive sessions are not open to the public.

Public can call here for Roush Lake info

The Army Corps of Engineers has established a public information line offering recorded information about planned releases from J. Edward Roush Lake. To access the information, call 502-315-6755.

No more wrong-way parking in Markle

The Town of Markle is the next in line to prohibit cars parked headed the wrong way down its streets.

Town council members approved an ordinance 2-0 on its second reading Wednesday, June 17, to prohibit vehicles parked on any street or alley in which the vehicle faces in a direction opposite the flow of traffic.

Council President Jeff Humbarger was absent from the meeting.

Seminary Street construction nears end

The members of the Roanoke Town Council had a busy meeting on June 16. They listened to Seminary Street updates, decided to hire a utility department trainee, discussed a new police vehicle and reviewed the initial draft of the 2016 budget.

Police promotions

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Three members of the Huntington City Police Department were sworn in to new duties on Monday, June 15, after they received promotions within the department. Chris McCutcheon was promoted to the rank of captain; Shane Jones was promoted to detective sergeant; and Cory Boxell was also promoted to detective sergeant. Celebrating the ceremonies are (from left to right) Assistant Chief Matt Hughes, Police Chief Chad Hacker, McCutcheon, Jones, Boxell and Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters.

Zanesville Town Council discusses Stoney Creek flooding

The Zanesville Town Council discussed flooding at Stoney Creek Estates during its meeting on Tuesday, June 16.

Town Marshall Carl Collins informed the board that the mobile home park’s remaining residents were evacuated earlier that day. Council Vice President Barbara O’Connor noted that the American Red Cross had set up a shelter in Zanesville United Methodist Church and that some of the park’s residents had availed themselves of it. O’Connor added that the Salvation Army planned on providing food to those people.

Junior mayor for a day

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Nick Clark (center), 10, of Huntington repeats the oath of his office, as administered to him by Huntington Senior Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Lindsay McNutt (left) as Mayor Brooks Fetters stands witness in Council Chambers on Wednesday, June 10. Nick won the opportunity to become “Mayor for the Morning” as part of a fund-raiser for the Indiana Dream Center. His day consisted of breakfast with Fetters at a local restaurant, then activities such as tours of the City Building, the City Services Department, Water Department and fire stations.

Huntington County Public Safety Dispatch Board sets special meeting

There will be a special meeting for the Huntington County Public Safety Dispatch Board on June 30 at 11 a.m. with a closed executive board member meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m. Both of these meetings will take place at the Huntington Fire Department Station 3 located on Etna Avenue.

City receives grant to clean up old Porter, FMC site

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters announces that the city has received a major grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to begin a study of the former H.K. Porter/Friction Materials site (seen in the background), where asbestos was used for many years in the manufacture of brake pads. The announcement on Friday, June 5, drew a small crowd of interested neighbors.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The city of Huntington will take its first steps toward the cleanup of the former H.K. Porter/Friction Materials site and other contaminated sites in the community with the help of a major grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The $350,000 grant, announced Friday, June 5, by Mayor Brooks Fetters, will be used to assess the sites and begin devising cleanup plans. Huntington was one of only 10 communities in Indiana to receive the grant, Fetters noted.

Huntington, too, considers ban on wrong-way parking

The city of Huntington is following the lead of two smaller communities, Warren and Markle, by considering a ban on wrong-way parking.

The Huntington Common Council, meeting on Tuesday, June 9, gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would prohibit parking against the flow of traffic on any city street or alley.

New school administrators will have formal support system to rely on

Administrators new to the Huntington County Community School Corporation will soon get a hand up in learning the ropes of their position, Board of Trustees members learned at their meeting Monday, June 8.

Principals Amy Lunsford of Flint Springs Elementary School and Russ Degitz of Lancaster Elementary presented their plans for a mentoring program to help new principals and other administrators transition into taking the lead.

Andrews council discusses allowing more monitoring wells within town

The Andrews Town Council discussed whether or not to allow more monitoring wells to be installed in town during its meeting on Monday, June 8.

Downtown building will be repaired before Warren festival

Still skittish after a building collapse disrupted their town festival two summers ago, the Warren Town Council has ordered repairs to the sagging facade of another downtown building.

The building at 111 E. 2nd St. will be repaired before this year’s festival, a representative of the building’s owners has promised.

The downtown building was one of four structures that were topics of public hearings during the council’s meeting on Monday, June 8.

Local GOP looking for leaders to run for two Hgtn. city council seats

The Huntington County Republican Party is on the search for some new leaders to emerge from Huntington’s south side to run for two city council seats.

Tina Stevens, vice chairwoman of the county Republicans, says the party is issuing a callout to those in Districts 3 and 4 who would be interested in serving on the Huntington Common Council.

The District 3 council seat is currently held by Bill Oswalt, a Democrat. Oswalt will run again this fall to retain his seat. However, no Republicans are on the ballot yet to oppose him.

Work on Seminary Street nearly complete

The members of the Roanoke Town Council listened to an update on the renovations of Seminary Street, made a decision to move the town recycling site and discussed the pre-liminary 2016 budget at their meeting on Tuesday, June 2.

SWCD to meet June 16

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.  

The meeting is open to the public.

HCCSC School Board plans two exec sessions

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees will meet in executive session at the Horace Mann Education Center on June 10 and 11 at 3 p.m. each day.

Both meetings are being held to receive information about and interview prospective employees.

Executive session meetings are closed to the public.

School board members get challenged, honor volunteer at meet

George Richison (center) is honored with a plaque for his years of service as a volunteer at Lancaster Elementary School Wednesday, May 27, during the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees meeting. Congratulating him are Board President Scott Hoffman (left) and Lancaster Principal Russ Degitz (right).
Photo provided.

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees were challenged by a second-grader during their meeting Wednesday, May 27 – and they lost.

The gauntlet was thrown down in the form of a “brushbot” race, part of Lancaster Elementary School’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Enrichment Group. Second-grade student Emily Schemansky explained how the brushbots — looking very suspiciously like the heads of battery-operated toothbrushes — work.

Breaking ground on fire station

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County and Huntington Township officials prepare to turn the first shovels of dirt Tuesday, May 26, on the new Huntington Township Fire Department station, to be located adjacent to the Huntington Township trustee’s office at 1005 N. Broadway St., Huntington.

Online registration begins for HCCSC students

When Huntington County Community School children get ready to go back to school next fall, their parents can register them using a new online registration link that will allow them to save time and paper — and give school officials a better heads-up on what to expect next year.

Area residents, businesses with flood insurance could see price break

Huntington city and county officials hold the certificates admitting the county and four municipalities, Huntington, Andrews, Roanoke and Warren, into the FEMA Community Rating System. They are (from left) Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters, City of Huntington Director of Community Development and Redevelopment Bryn Keplinger, Huntington County Community Development Executive Director Mark Mussman and Huntington County Emergency Management Deputy Director Jim Guy.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Residents and business owners in Huntington County and four communities who carry flood insurance will soon get a price break, after a collaboration between the city and county officials gained admittance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System (CRS).

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.