Government & School Board

Former Huntington attorney Goff is a state supreme court finalist

Former Huntington resident Christopher M. Goff is one of three finalists for an appointment to the Indiana Supreme Court.

Goff currently serves as judge of the Wabash Superior Court, a position he has held since 2005.

He was an associate with Mills & Northrop, in Huntington, from 1997 to 1999 and a partner in Northrop & Goff from 1999 to 2005. He also served as a Huntington County public defender.

A Wabash native, Goff earned his law degree from Indiana University in 1996.

Novae Parkway bids come in under anticipated cost of $655K

Three bids were opened at the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, April 19, with some good news for local taxpayers.

The bids, which were submitted for work on Novae Parkway between Tower Road and CR 50, all came in at under the anticipated cost of $655,000 with a 50/50 matching grant.

The council accepted the low bid of $520,355 from Brooks Construction. Councilman Rick Bower was absent.

Huntington police accepting credit, debit payments

The Huntington Police Department is now accepting credit and debit card payments for services including VIN checks, copies of crash reports, background investigations and handgun permits.

Cash payments will continue to be accepted through April 30. As of May 1, only credit and debit card payments will be accepted.

Huntington residents may visit the Huntington City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington, to request and pay for the services.

State treasurer, secretary in town


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Indiana Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell (left) and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson stopped by Huntington’s Pizza Junction Café for lunch on Thursday, April 20. After the meal, Mitchell met with Huntington County Treasurer Paula Farley and Lawson met with Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison before traveling to Fort Wayne for a roundtable meeting with elected officials.

New Markle peacekeeper


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Jon Gray (left) is sworn in as Markle’s newest deputy marshal on Tuesday, April 11. Gray’s wife, Deidre (center), holds the Bible as Markle Clerk-Treasurer Carolyn Hamilton administers the oath of office.

City cancels Common Council meeting on 4/25

The April 25 meeting of the Huntington Common Council has been canceled because of a lack of items on the agenda.

The council’s next meeting will be May 9 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the Huntington City Building.

HCCSC calls exec session tonight

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees will meet in an executive session today, Monday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center.

Board members will discuss an individual over whom the governing body has jurisdiction, to receive information concerning the individual’s alleged misconduct.

The public is not allowed to attend executive sessions. The regularly-scheduled school board meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Huntington BZA to consider allowing new convenience store on Flaxmill

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals will consider allowing Casey’s Marketing Company to place a convenience store and gas station at 1374 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

The request for a special exception from zoning regulations will be heard during the BZA’s meeting on Monday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is held in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

Meeting the senator


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Laura Hartmus (right), of Huntington, recently served as a page in the Indiana Statehouse for Sen. Andy Zay (left). She is a student at 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.

Property tax bills are on their way: treasurer

Property tax bills have been mailed out, Huntington County Treasurer Paula Farley has announced.

The statements were mailed on April 12. Property owners who do not receive a statement by the end of April should call the treasurer’s office at 358-4860, Farley says. Failure to receive a statement does not relieve the taxpayer of the responsibility to pay the bill, she adds.

Senate page


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Lindsey Godfroy (right), of Huntington, recently served as a page in the Indiana Statehouse for Sen. Andy Zay (left). She is a student at 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.

Senate page


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Sawyer Stoltz (right), of Huntington, recently served as a page in the Indiana Statehouse for Sen. Andy Zay (left). He is a student at 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.

SWCD takes a week to focus on natural resources

Members of the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District celebrate a proclamation made by the Huntington County Commissioners Monday, April 17, at the Huntington County Courthouse, designating April 30 to May 7 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week. Pictured (from left) are Cheryl Jarrett, SWCD; commissioners Tom Wall and Rob Miller; SWCD Chair Andy Ambriole; SWCD Assistant Chair Kyle Lund; and Commissioner Larry Buzzard.
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As a part of the Huntington community for nearly 60 years, the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is reminding the community that everyone has a connection to natural resources.

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 62nd year of Stewardship Week, April 30 to May 7. The 2017 Stewardship Week is themed “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!” Soil is the starting foundation of all of the food we eat, SWCD members say.

Roanoke council, tractor pullers to jointly decide usage of pulling, grandstand area at park

Decisions about the usage of the pulling and grandstand area at Roanoke Park will be made jointly by the Roanoke Town Council and Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association, the board determined at its meeting on Tuesday, April 18.

Council had been debating in recent weeks whether or not to give the organizer of a truck-pulling event permission to use the area. The organizer’s request led to the board drawing up a use agreement for the space, with the intention of that document applying to any party seeking to use the area going forward.

Board ponders options for marketing an identity for local schools

Marketing the local school district and repairing school buildings dominated the discussion during a public work session of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees on Monday, April 17.

Board members, with Brian Warpup absent, discussed whether to hire an outside firm to market the district’s strengths, hire an employee to handle the task in-house or a combination of both.

Superintendent Randy Harris said the district has taken a look at what other school corporations around the region are doing to brand and market their schools.

Southern Wells bus establishes stop in Warren

Warren-area students who attend Southern Wells Community Schools will have a new, safer bus stop this fall.

In response to a request from Southern Wells Superintendent Steve Darnell, the Warren Town Council on Monday, April 17, approved the use of Tower Park as astop for the SWCS bus.

The bus stop is currently located at the intersection of Ind.-3 and Ind.-218, Darnell said.

“That’s not a safe place to be,” Darnell said.

A day with lawmakers


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Olivia Godfroy (right), of Huntington, recently served as a page in the Indiana Statehouse for Sen. Andy Zay (left). She is a student at 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.

Senate page


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Jessica Hartmus (right), of Huntington, recently served as a page in the Indiana Statehouse for Sen. Andy Zay (left). She is a student at Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Banks’ staff member to be in Huntington this morning, April 13

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington today, Thursday, April 13, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St.

The staff member will meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Zay’s bill for foster kids makes its way to governor

A bill authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) to help foster care children obtain a driver’s license will now move to the governor for final consideration.

Senate Bill 366 allows foster care children between the ages of 16 and 18 to obtain a driver’s license as well as complete a driving course with individuals approved by the Department of Children Services.

State econ. group gives approval for UB grant

A state grant for the redevelopment of a block of buildings on East Franklin Street, in Huntington, received final approval from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation on Friday, April 7.

The UB Block project had been recommended for funding by the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority.

The developer spearheading the project says work on the buildings should begin soon.

“The plan right now is to start this summer, July or August,” says John Anderson of Anderson partners.

Assessment notices are now in mail

Notices of assessments of land and structures have been mailed to Huntington County property owners, the Huntington County Assessor’s Office has announced.

The notice, known as a Form 11, is the taxpayer’s formal notice of the assessment that forms the basis for the 2017 property tax bill, which will be paid in 2018.

Discarded concrete at landfill to get new life on landfill roads

Piles of discarded concrete at the Huntington Landfill will be transformed into rock for landfill roads.

But a plan to rent a crusher to accomplish that task came to fruition sooner than expected, prompting a request that Huntington Common Council members agree to the expenditure now, with the paperwork to be filed later.

During its meeting on Tuesday, April 11, the council agreed by consensus to that arrangement.

School board ponders replacement of aging iPads

Obtaining new iPads for elementary schools was a main topic of discussion during the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees at its regular meeting Monday, April 10.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Chad Daugherty said the four-year lease of 2,510 student iPads would cost the district about $1 million through Apple.

The lease of an additional 230 iPads for teachers in kindergarten through fifth grade would cost an additional $200,000. OtterBox iPad covers/cases worth $35 each would also be included in the lease, Daugherty said.

Andrews closer to having streets repaved

The Andrews Town Council is one step closer to having streets in town repaved after its meeting on Monday, April 10.

The board opened bids for the repaving project from Brooks Construction and E&B Paving, totaling $119,977 and $113,296, respectively. The streets to be repaved were flagged as needing attention by consulting firm Jones Petrie Rafinski (JPR), which assessed every street in town and assigned scores of 1 to 10, with lowly scored streets being the top priorities. Streets that were assessed scores from 1 to 4 will be addressed by the project.

SWCD announces monthly meeting

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will meet on April 18 at 7 p.m. at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public. However, because of farming season, those planning to attend should call the SWCD office at 356-6816, extension 3, to confirm there will be a quorum to hold the meeting.

Prebuilt sheds require building permit from countywide DCD

A prebuilt shed may not require the labor that it takes to build one from scratch, but both structures have something in common: they both require a building permit.

This spring, the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development has observed homeowners who have purchased prebuilt sheds, but not obtained building permits.

While it might be confusing to a homeowner why they would have to obtain a building permit for a shed that is already built, DCD Executive Director Mandy Woods explains that it has to do with where a shed is placed on a property.

Banks bills on Head Start and interstate rest areas give fiscal decisions to states

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks introduced the Head Start Improvement Act, a bill to reform the Head Start early childhood education program, on April 5.

BMV closes to observe Good Friday

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) license branches will be closed Friday, April 14, in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

All license branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday, April 15.

For a complete list of branch locations and hours, or to complete an online transaction, visit mybmv. com.

Markle Council hires new deputy and two additional town employees

The Markle Town Council suspended the rules during a special meeting held Monday, April 3, and hired three individuals, bringing the town’s staff to eight.

The councilmen unanimously passed Ordinance 2017-5 to hire a deputy marshal, Jonathon Gray, and two general town assistants, Joe Collins and Mike Grant.

All three positions are full time and will start on Monday, April 10.

Gray will be paid an annual sum of $37,025 and an overtime rate of $26.70 per hour.

His addition brings the police force to one marshal and two deputies.

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