Government & School Board

Markle library seeks input on new building

The new Markle Library building plans are currently in progress, and the library staff would like the community to have a say in the new building. They will be holding a community feedback meeting on Tuesday, April 28, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Expectations Event Center, 193 E Morse St, Markle.

Chapman, Owens vying for District 1 council seat

Charles Chapman (left) and Dane Owens.
TAB file photos.

Two Republicans are vying for the Huntington Common Council District 1 seat in the upcoming primary election.

Charles Chapman, who has been the councilman for one term, is seeking re-election. Dane Owens is hoping to unseat him.

Chapman, 61, residing at 7 Meadow Court, received a Bachelor of Science in communications from Ball State University and is employed as an advertising manager at Ford Meter Box, in Wabash.

He is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Kiwanis and College Park Church.

Construction company hired for Seminary Street project

The Roanoke Town Council was busy at its meeting on Tuesday, April 21. During the course of the meeting, the council discussed the coming construction project on Seminary Street, resolved the monetary issues concerning Republic Services and made final decisions on the previously proposed flood ordinance.

At the last Roanoke Town Council meeting, the council awarded the spring construction projects on Seminary Street to Wayne Asphalt and Construction Company pending ultimate approval by the town’s engineers.

Two Democrats vying for third district seat on Common Council

Bill Oswalt (left) and Larry Parker.
Oswalt photo provided. Parker photo by Joni Knott.

A seat representing Huntington’s third district on the Huntington Common Council is up for election this year, and is one of the contested races in this spring’s primary.

Two Democrat candidates, current Councilman William “Bill” Oswalt and challenger Larry Parker, are vying for their party’s nomination to the seat.

Oswalt was appointed to the council in June of 2014, following the death of Councilman Jim Long.

Oswalt graduated from Huntington Township High School in 1964 and served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1969.

SWCD meets April 21 at district office

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the District Office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.  

The meeting is open to the public.

Although primary is May 5, those eligible don’t have to wait to vote

Linda Beatty, the Democrat member of the Huntington County Election Board, tests one of three randomly selected voting machines on Thursday, April 16, at the Huntington County Courthouse. The board tests the machines prior to each election.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

This year’s primary election is on May 5, but eligible voters don’t have to wait until then to cast a ballot.

A voting machine is set up on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Saturdays, April 25 and May 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Monday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Markle town offices to be ready in few weeks

In the next few weeks, the Markle Town Hall offices are expected to be moved into their new digs, the parsonage of the Turnpointe Community Church at 520 W. Logan St.

After a public hearing in which no one spoke on Wednesday, April 15, town councilmen unanimously approved a lease agreement to rent the building while waiting for the Markle Library to vacate its present location at 197 E. Morse St.

Andrews looking to replace old siren system

Leaders in Andrews are exploring options for replacing the siren system used to warn the community of approaching tornadoes and other emergencies.

Town Marshal Van Juillerat, speaking to members of the Andrews Town Council during their meeting on Monday, April 13, expressed concern about the system’s failure to activate during a recent test. He said the town might want to consider replacing the current system with a new system that includes a backup generator, which would allow the sirens to sound even if power is lost.

City gift puts learning center over the top

A contribution from the city of Huntington, following on the heels of a similar gift from Huntington County, has put fund-raising for the Huntington Community Learning Center over its goal.

Meetings with architects to update plans for the learning center’s building expansion will take place this month so that work can begin soon, said Ed Vessels, a member of the learning center development team.

HCCSC board hears about redistricting Crestview, Riverview

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees listened to arguments at its meeting on Monday, April 13, over possibly redistricting Crestview and Riverview middle schools.

Principals of both schools cited a disparity in the number of incoming fifth-grade students to sixth grade next school year.

Interim School Superintendent Ken Kline told board members that the large number of students expected for the 2015-16 school year would place 154 more students at Riverview than at Crestview as the districts are now drawn.

Warren council moves to refinance 2002 bond

Members of the Warren Town Council took steps Monday, April 13, to refinance a bond issued in 2002  — an action that will both save the town money and allow it to keep its TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District in existence.

The bond was originally issued through USDA Rural Development as part of a financing package that included a grant for the work on the town’s sewage treatment system. The town is currently repaying the bond at an interest rate of 4.5 percent.

First votes in municipal primary trickling in

Election worker Ray Scribner (left) instructs voter Talia Finney in the use of a voting machine on Wednesday, April 8, at an early voting site in the Huntington County Courthouse. Finney was one of a handful of voters to cast ballots during the first week of early voting. Satellite vote centers will open beginning April 28, and four sites will be open to voters on Election Day, May 5.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The first votes in the 2015 municipal primary are trickling in.

Early voting began Tuesday, April 7, on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Additional voting locations will open April 28, with four vote centers throughout the city of Huntington available on Election Day, May 5.

Registered voters living within the city limits of Huntington are eligible to cast a ballot in this year’s primary.

Property tax statements should be in mail now

Huntington County property tax statements were scheduled to be mailed by the printing company on Friday, April 10, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton has announced.

Anyone who does not receive a tax statement in the mail by the end of April is asked to contact the treasurer’s office at 358-4860.

Huntington County Health Board to meet today, April 13, at annex

The Huntington County Board of Health will meet on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the conference room of the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 354 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Wayne Asphalt tentavely awarded contract for Seminary Street work

The Roanoke Town Council opened bids from interested construction companies for the scheduled road projects on Seminary Street and discussed issues with its contract with Republic Services at the meeting on Tuesday, April 7.

Ironclad Excavating, Brooks Construction Company and Wayne Asphalt and Construction Company all submitted bids for the work that the town has planned for the street this spring.

County clerk on campaign trail to educate public about vote centers

Pam Fowler (left), voter registration and election deputy, and Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer (second from left), explain the new vote centers that are being implemented for the first time during the upcoming municipal primary election to members of the Optimist and Kiwanis clubs on Thursday, April 2.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Vote centers will get their first run in Huntington County for the upcoming primary on May 5, and County Clerk Kittie Keiffer has been on the campaign trail to educate voters on what they are, how to use them and where they will be located.

Keiffer and Voter Registration and Election Deputy Pam Fowler spoke to a combined meeting of the Huntington Kiwanis and Optimist clubs on Thursday, April 2, to explain the vote center features.

“The idea is that it’s convenient for you, not for us,” Keiffer says.

Mayoral debate set for Thursday at Café of Hope

A mayoral debate will be held Thursday evening, April 9, the Huntington County Republican Party has announced.

The debate will be held at Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington, beginning at 7 p.m.

Four men are seeking the Republican nomination as mayor of Huntington.

They are incumbent Brooks Fetters, Larry Buzzard, Greg Sprinkle and Tony Hiles.

Republican Party spokesmen did not say how many of them have agreed to participate in the debate.

April 6 is deadline for voter registration, updates

Huntington residents who want to vote in the May 5 primary have until Monday, April 6, to register or update their registrations.

Although fall elections will be held in communities around Huntington County, only the city of Huntington will hold a primary.

Voters can register in the Huntington County Clerk’s office until Monday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m.; or online at through midnight the same day. The clerk’s office is closed on Friday, April 3, for Good Friday.

Crumbling Huntington alleys to get attention

Crumbling alleys in Huntington will get some special attention this summer.

Anthony Goodnight, the city’s director of public works and engineering services, appeared before the Huntington Common Council during its meeting on Tuesday, March 31, to request an additional appropriation of $550,000 for street repairs — with $100,000 earmarked for alleys.

Courthouse security officers to take care of prisoners at courthouse

Security officers at the Huntington County Courthouse will be assuming the responsibility of taking care of prisoners at the courthouse from deputies after the county council greenlit funds for the transition at its meeting on Monday, March 30.

The transition will occur this June. Council allocated $24,160 for the switch from the County Adjusted Gross Income Tax (CAGIT). Courthouse Security Coordinator Rod Jackson will use $7,800 of that total immediately to purchase four radios, which are currently available at a reduced rate until the end of April.

All branches of BMV to be closed Friday, April 3, for Good Friday holiday

All branches of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be closed on Friday, April 3, in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

All branches resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday, April 4.

Appeals on wheels

Photo by Steve Clark.

Judges from the Court of Appeals of Indiana (background) listen to an argument by Christina Pace, deputy attorney general in the Criminal Appeals section of the Indiana attorney general’s office, during an Appeals on Wheels event in Zurcher Auditorium in Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts on Monday, March 23. These events see the court hear oral arguments, enabling Hoosiers to observe the court in action and learn more about its role in Indiana government. Judges are (from left) Paul D. Mathias, John G. Baker and Terry A. Crone.

Commissioners approve wind farm ordinance changes in divided vote

In a divided vote, the Huntington County Commissioners approved amendments to a controversial wind farm ordinance, clearing the way for an application for a wind energy development.

However, officials say the changes aren’t finished yet.

With standing room only in the commissioners’ chamber during its regular meeting on Monday, March 23, Larry Buzzard and Tom Wall voted to accept the amendments to Section 720 of Ordinance 2015-1, with Rob Miller voting against it.

Longer school days from April 6 to 17 will make up for missed time

A decision on making up inclement weather days and the announcement of a new online student registration option highlighted the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees meeting on Monday, March 23.

Interim School Superintendent Ken Kline said the Indiana Department of Education has given schools several options, including the go-ahead to make up the lost school days due to inclement weather by lengthening school days by an hour.

City plan commission to hear pair of requests

The Huntington City Plan Commission will meet tonight, Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the city council chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

Plan commission members will consider two requests from the city’s Department of Community Development and Redevelopment. The first is a request to adopt new flood maps for the city. The second is to adopt amendments making technical corrections to the city’s zoning code.

Andrews TC approves flood ordinance

The Andrews Town Council approved the new flood ordinance, discussed the logistics of the town’s spring cleaning day and briefly spoke about the town’s planning grant at its meeting on Monday, March 23.

The ordinance to repeal and replace the previous flood zone construction regulations and requirements was read by the Andrews Town Council for the second time, then approved and signed.

With the signing of the new ordinance, new construction projects in special flood hazard areas will need to adhere to new building regulations and guidelines starting on June 2.

County council meet postponed by weather

The Huntington County Council meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23, was postponed because of inclement weather.

The meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the GAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse. The agenda will remain the same.

Hiles also seeks GOP nod for mayor post

Photo provided.
Tony Hiles.

Tony Hiles has announced plans to be a candidate in the May 5 Republican primary for mayor.

Hiles joins incumbent Mayor Brooks Fetters and challengers Larry Buzzard and Greg Sprinkle on the ballot.

Hiles sought the office in 2011 as a Democrat, finishing second to Fetters in a three-man race that also included independent candidate Jay Rinehart.

“I believe it is time for our city to start taking care of the people and families that live in this community,” Hiles said in a written statement announcing his candidacy.

Markle brings its flood ordinance in line with county regulations

The Markle Town Council has joined other Huntington County municipal authorities in adopting Ordinance 2015-1, the county’s updated flood hazard area ordinance.

Town councilmen voted unanimously to approve the ordinance in its second and final reading at the town council meeting Wednesday, March 18.

Zanesville council says no to ballpark tower

A communications tower will not be built in the Zanesville Lions Club Ballpark after the town council voted down a rezoning petition at its meeting on Thursday, March 19.

The petition was filed by Skyway Towers, a company that constructs towers and then leases them to wireless telecommunications providers. The request, which sought to rezone an 80-foot by 80-foot portion of the ballpark so that a 180-foot tower could be erected and leased to Verizon, received a neutral recommendation from the Wells County Area Plan Commission at its March 5 meeting before heading council’s way.