Government & School Board

Warren Town Council to hold special meeting Nov. 6 to discuss town power

A special meeting of the Warren Town Council has been called for Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room, Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St. , Warren.

The council will meet with consultant Greg Guerrettaz for updates on status of contract negotiations regarding supply of electric power to the town.

Markle wastewater, water rates to increase by 20 percent

Gary Girvin (right), of Fishers and formerly of Huntington County, signs the papers donating the Draper Cabin owned by his family over to the Town of Markle, as Markle Town Council President Jeff Humbarger looks on. The cabin is expected to be ready for tours next year.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

It could have gone higher, but the Markle Town Council preliminarily decided at its meeting Wednesday, Oct. 18, to hold increases on wastewater and water rates to 20 percent, over the objections of the town’s clerk-treasurer.

Councilmen based their decision on the completed water and wastewater utility studies performed by H.J. Umbaugh & Associates, which note that Markle currently has the second-lowest rates among 18 Hoosier towns surveyed of similar size.

Roanoke council hires engineering firm for street improvement project bid documents

The Roanoke Town Council hired civil engineering firm Fleis & VandenBrink to prepare the bid documents for street improvement projects in town next year at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The town will pay $49,992 to Fleis & VandenBrink for its services, which will include the drafting of bidding paperwork, drawings and specifications for the projects, of which there will be six.

Roanoke was awarded a Community Crossings Matching Grant totaling $567,232.50 in September that will fund the majority of the work. The total cost of the projects will be $756,310.

Andrews Town Council reviews 2018 budget, rules on house demo

The Andrews Town Council reviewed the town’s proposed budget for 2018 during a public hearing at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The budget comes out to $912,066. The maximum estimated funds to be raised are $348,736.

The public can view the budget by going online to or by visiting town hall at 66 N. Main St.

A vote on the budget’s adoption will be taken at council’s next meeting, Oct. 23.

Huntington County Commissioners to meet in exec session on Monday

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in executive session on Monday, Oct. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The commissioners plan to discuss strategy regarding the implementation of security systems or a governing body of a political subdivision.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Curbside recycling program gets initial approval from Hgtn. council

Rules for a curbside recycling program earned initial approval from the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Oct. 10, moving the program one step closer to implementation.

The ordinance, a companion to a previously-enacted ordinance setting out fees for the recycling program, must still be voted on a second time, and that vote could occur during the council's next meeting on Oct. 31.

Redistricted maps of county’s elem. schools get first reading Monday

Redistricted maps of the county’s elementary sch-ools received a first reading Monday, Oct. 9, by members of the Huntington County Community Sch-ool Corporation Board of School Trustees, as the board and administrators worked to keep student capacity levels fair across the six schools.

Superintendent Randy Harris said that while Salamonie School has far more capacity than the corporation will be able to use, the new boundary lines for the other five elementary schools bring each school as close to capacity as possible.

Warren approves budget but property tax rate still work in progress

The Warren Town Council approved a budget for 2018 during its meeting on Monday, Oct. 9, but the part of the budget that matters to most Warren residents — the property tax rate — is still very much a work in progress.

The tax rate for 2018, however, will probably end up looking much like the 2017 rate of $1.0798 per $100 of assessed value, Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison says, even though next year’s rate will be advertised at $1.19.

HCCSC schools get mixed grade in IDOE accountability scores

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has released the 2016-17 School Accountability Grades, and Huntington County Community Schools received a mixed report card.

Grades for Andrews Elementary, Riverview Middle School, Crestview Middle School and Huntington North High School stayed the same as the previous year, with Riverview earning another A and the other three schools again receiving B grades.

Roanoke Elementary and Northwest Elementary both went down a grade, from an A to a B.

Lincoln Elementary school went from a C to F.

Banks’ staff member to be in town on Thursday

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the event is to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Roanoke awarded grant money

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Toni Mayo (front row, second from left), of the Indiana Department of Transportation, visited Roanoke on Friday, Sept. 22, to present a certificate for a Community Crossings Matching Grant totaling $567,232.50 to town representatives.

Banks votes in favor of anti-abortion legislation

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) voted on Oct. 3 in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The bill, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, passed the House 237-189 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Holiday closing for street dept.

The Huntington Street Department will be closed Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of Columbus Day.

Residents whose normal trash pickup day is Monday will have their trash picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10. All other trash pickup days will remain the same.

Orange sticker items and brush and limbs will be picked up on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Brown bags will be picked up on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

State BMV branches close for Columbus Day

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches will be closed Saturday, Oct. 7, through Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

Branches resume regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday Oct. 10. For a complete listing of branch locations and hours, or to complete a transaction online, visit

Local SWCD to hold monthly meet Oct. 17

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the district office, at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

However, due to the farming season, contact the District Office at 356-6816 ext. 3 to confirm there is a quorum to hold the meeting.

Roanoke Town Council reviews 2018 budget

The Roanoke Town Council reviewed the town’s proposed budget for 2018 at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner presented the budget to council during a public hearing at the meeting. Kirchner stated that the town’s estimated budget was $1,906,940. The maximum estimated funds to be raised, she noted, was $701,071.

Members of the public can view a copy of the budget by visiting town hall, at 141 W. Third St., or by going online to

Budget adoption is set for council’s next meeting, Oct. 17.

In other business:

School board considers changing valedictorian, salutatorian program, moving graduation day

A plan that could set aside the traditional valedictorian/salutatorian program and change the commencement day at Huntington North High School is up for consideration.

HNHS Principal Russ Degitz introduced the proposal to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees on Monday, Sept. 25.

Degitz said a Viking Distinguished Graduate Program would promote the “idea of excellence in competition” and allow more top students to achieve a “distinguished” status upon graduation.

Huntington County Democrats to hold monthly meeting Wednesday

The Huntington County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The meeting is open to the public.

Parents leery of redistricting, transfer prohibition

Redistricting and a prohibition on student transfers might solve problems in the Huntington County Community schools, but those actions would create problems in many families, parents told members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees on Monday, Sept. 26.

Their concerns were discussed at length, with a promise that no action will be taken soon.

Street money

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Toni Mayo (left), representing the Indiana Department of Transportation, visited Warren on Friday, Sept. 22, to present a $637,425 Community Crossings grant to (from left) Ben Adams, of Commonwealth Engineers; Lee Poulson, utility manager for the Town of Warren; and Julia Glessner, Warren Town Council president. The grant will be used to help pay for a 2018 project that will see the reconstruction of 11th Street from Ind.-5 to Wayne Street, along with the addition of improved storm drainage, curbs, sidewalk and new lighting to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

Huntington recycling fee wins approval; street paving schedule set

Recycling fees in the City of Huntington will be instituted later this year following a 4-2 approval vote Tuesday, Sept. 26, by the Huntington Common Council.

The council opened the door to the possibility of a program to assist those for whom paying the fees would be a hardship, while stressing the need to educate community members on the necessity of a mandatory recycling program.

Commissioners to hold 2 exec sessions

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold two executive sessions on Monday, Oct. 2.

The first, at 10 a.m., is being held to talk with industrial or commercial prospects or their agent.

The second, at 11 a.m., will be to discuss litigation.

Both sessions, which are closed to the public, will be held in Commissioners Room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Andrews gets $300K for roadway repaving work

The Andrews Town Council announced during its meeting on Monday, Sept. 25, that the town had received over $300,000 from the state for roadway repaving work.

Andrews was awarded $304,125 through the state’s Community Crossings Matching Grant program. With the state footing the bill for 75 percent of a project’s cost, municipalities chip in the remaining 25 percent.

Markle utilities rate reviewer says water rates need to rise to cover costs

The findings of a study of the town’s sewer and water rates was presented to the Markle Town Council by Jeffrey Rowe of Umbaugh & Associates at a very busy meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Noting that the water utility does not have any debt, Rowe said the town’s current rate of $25.12 per 5,000 gallons of water used hasn’t been raised since 2009. He said the town is on the lower end of the spectrum when its water rates are compared to other similarly-sized communities.

Roanoke Town Council again fines resident for building code violations

The Roanoke Town Council handed out another substantial fine to a resident for failing to resolve building code violations at her house during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The board assessed Casandra Emley, the occupant of 775 Seminary St., with a $5,000 civil penalty for willful failure to comply with a continuing order of enforcement from the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) that details what needs to be corrected at her property, which she is buying on contract.

Proposed rate structure for curbside recycling wins approval by city council

A proposed rate structure for curbside recycling in the city of Huntington, which brought a crowd of residents to the Huntington Common Council's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, ultimately won initial approval by the council.

Establishing the fees, which must still receive a second and final OK from the council, is just the first step in re-establishing a city-wide recycling program, city attorney Mike Hartburg said. Once the program is funded, city officials will still have to work out specifics, he explained.

Redistricting proposal would spell an end to student transfers

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees, during their meeting on Monday, Sept. 11, got their first look at a rough draft of redistricting maps for the district’s elementary school children.

Superintendent Randy Harris said the maps, which he described as a redistricting compass, were created with the help of government and school district officials, along with HCCSC Transportation Director Vanessa Fields. As board members perused the new redistricting lines, Harris said the rough draft is open to interpretation and questions.

Andrews council asking residents for ideas about projects in town

The Andrews Town Council is inviting citizens to contribute ideas for projects they would like to see come to fruition in the town.

Council members made the request during their meeting on Monday, Sept. 11.

The ideas will be considered for inclusion in the town’s comprehensive plan, which the board intends to prepare with help from Region III-A in the months ahead. The plan, explains Council President Bill Johnson, will function as an outline for how the town would like to improve itself using grant money from the state.

Warren’s 2018 budget looks similar to 2017 spending plan, council hears

The 2018 budget for the Town of Warren looks very similar to the spending plan for 2017.

“It’s basically the same budget,” said Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison as she presented the figures to Warren Town Council members during their meeting on Monday, Sept. 11.

The proposed 2018 budget totals $2,152,762, a decrease of $48,000 from the 2017 $2,200,855.

Huntington County SWCD to have monthly meet on Sept. 19

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.