Government & School Board

Roanoke council agrees to work payouts

The Roanoke Town Council agreed to a pair of payouts for construction projects at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Phil Hibbert, of DLZ, requested the payouts from the board. The first pertained to work performed on Seminary Street and was for $61,878 while the second went to Phoenix for work done on the new water tower, totaling $15,176.

Assistant Utility Superintendent John Hitzemann reported that the main breaker at the wastewater plant was going bad and that he had ordered a replacement for $3,800. Hitzemann added that there would be an additional fee for installation.

SWCD board to meet today

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will meet to discuss their application for an IDEM 319 Implementation Grant on Monday, Aug. 31, at 8 a.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

Labor Day trash pickup to be changed in Warren

The trash pickup schedule for in-town customers in Warren will change during the week of Labor Day, Sept. 7.

The town routes only will be run on Friday, Sept. 11.

Courthouse to close Sept. 2 for emp. training

The Huntington County Courthouse will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for employee training.

BMV to be closed for Labor Day holiday

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will be closed Saturday, Sept. 5 through Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

All license branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 8. For a complete list of branch locations and hours visit myBMV.com.

Markle clerk-treasurer, DLGF meet due to computer glitch wiping out budget numbers

Markle Clerk-Treasurer Shelley Monticue spent some time with the Department of Local Government Finance on Aug. 12, after technical glitches in the computerized Gateway system erased numbers she entered for the town’s 2016 budget.

Monticue will have to re-enter all of the 2015 budget data in order to reconcile the budget that was discussed at the town’s special meeting held Aug. 5. At that meeting Markle Town Council members reviewed proposed line items for the 2016 budget.

Commish meetings not on usual schedule

The Huntington County Commissioners’ meetings for September have been changed from the normal schedule.

The commissioners will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and Friday, Sept. 25.

The meetings will resume on the normal every-other-week schedule on Oct. 5.

HCCSC board members hear about benefits of GPS at meeting

Huntington County school buses have been fitted with GPS devices since February.

The devices not only tell transportation department officials where the buses are at all times. They can also report on a number of items on buses, included how fast they travel.

Huntington County Community School Corporation Transportation Director Vanessa Fields presented the features of the GPS system to school board members at the board’s regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 24.

Andrews to bid farewell to three familiar faces in short period of time

Andrews will be bidding farewell to three familiar faces in a short period of time.

The Andrews Town Council learned during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 24, that Town Marshal Van Juillerat will be retiring on Aug. 31. The board, which said goodbye to its president, Mike Rohler, at the meeting, also learned that Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Sarah Geiger would be resigning on Sept. 11.

Huntington County residents with flood damage can get low-interest disaster loans from SBA

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has made available low-interest disaster loans for those who suf-fered flood damage in 27 counties, including Huntington County.

A Disaster Loan Outreach Center is now open at the Huntington City-Township Library, 255 W. Park Drive, in Huntington.

The center is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 24, 25 and 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Markle council adds letter writing to task list to address two problems

The Markle Town Council added letter writing to its tasks during its regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 19, in hopes of changing a speed limit in a residential area and addressing leaks in the town levee.

Gene Towns, a resident of Conifer Court, said he wanted the speed limit reduced on a portion of Morse Street from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour.

He said the area has transformed from farmland to residential, and the speed limit should reflect the change.

Local businessman is first Dem to seek vacated Stutzman seat

Photo by Cindy Klepper.
Todd Nightenhelser.

Huntington businessman Todd Nightenhelser has become the first Democrat to announce plans to seek the third district congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Marlin Stutzman.

Nightenhelser, who formally announced his candidacy on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Huntington County Courthouse, says he hopes the fact that he’s a fresh face will work to his advantage.

“I’m not an establishment Democrat or Republican,” he says. “I’m the average Joe wanting to do right by his community.”

Warren seeks trustee for library

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will appoint an individual to serve a four-year term on the Warren Public Library Board.

This appointment will begin Oct. 1 and will end Sept. 30, 2019.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest including pertinent qualifications to the HCCSC Administration Office, Attention: Cindy Gray, 2485 Waterworks Rd., Huntington, IN 46750.

Letters should be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4.

Board of works will meet today

The Board of Public Works and Safety of the City of Huntington will hold a special meeting today, Monday, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in council chambers, third floor, City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider ordinance compliance for a property located at 271 Circle Drive.

Huntington City Plan Commission has 2 agenda items for Aug. 27 meet

The Huntington City Plan Commission has two items on the agenda for its meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Johnson Junction Inc. has requested that the zoning of its property at 507 W. Park Drive, Huntington, be reclassified from I-1 (industrial) to B-2 (business).

The panel will also discuss a zoning recommendation for property on CR 500N that is being annexed by the city.

The meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

Commissioners to hold three separate exec sessions Aug. 24

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold three separate executive sessions today, Monday, Aug. 24.

The first, at 10:30 a.m., will address litigation that may be initiated by the commissioners or litigation that is pending or has been threatened in writing.

An 11 a.m. meeting will be held for the discussion of the purchase or lease of real property by the commissioners.

The commissioners will receive information about and review prospective employees during an executive session at 1:30 p.m.

First human case of West Nile reported in county

The first human case of West Nile virus infection in Indiana has been reported in Huntington County, the Indiana State Department of Health announced on Aug. 18.

Health officials say Hoosiers should take steps to protect themselves from West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

‘Drive Sober’ campaign continues through Sept. 7

Several area law enforcement agencies are participating  in the national and statewide 2015 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement mobilization occurring now through Sept. 7.

The Indiana State Police in Fort Wayne, the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department and the Warren Police Department are participating in the enforcement event.

They join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies and thousands more across the country to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers against drinking and driving.

Huntington Post Office honors three retirees

Three retirees were honored for their service to the Huntington branch of the U.S. Postal Service with a presentation and carry-in reception on Friday, Aug. 21. Pictured (from left to right) are Postmaster David Kuehnert and retirees Jack Abbott, Gary Oswalt and Geoffrey Guy.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington branch of the United States Postal Service celebrated the retirement of three workers on Friday, Aug. 21.

The retirees are Jack Abbott, Gary Oswalt and Geoffrey Guy, all of Huntington.

Postmaster Dave Kuehnert praised the three for their long service and dedication to the post office.

“There is more than 80 years of postal experience standing here,” Kuehnert said as he presented certificates to each employee.

Huntington to start hydrant flushing

The City of Huntington will begin flushing fire hydrants on Monday, Aug. 24.

The hydrants will be opened up during third shift on Monday and the flushing will continue for one week.

There may be a temporary drop in water pressure during this time, city officials say. Water may appear rusty or cloudy. This water is not harmful and will generally clear up in a few hours.

Residents may want to take the following precautions during this time:

• Fill a bottle with water and store it in the refrigerator to use for drinking or cooking.

Anglin is newest member of Huntington Fire Dept.

Ryan Anglin (second from left) is sworn in on Monday, Aug. 17, as the newest member of the Huntington Fire Department by Lindsey McNutt (left), senior deputy clerk-treasurer, as fellow Firefighter Rex Drabenstot (right) holds the Bible and Mayor Brooks Fetters (center) looks on.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Ryan Anglin is the newest member of the Huntington Fire Department.

Anglin, who joined the department in early August, was officially sworn in on Monday afternoon, Aug. 17, in a ceremony held in the City Council Chambers of the City Building with many of his fellow firefighters in attendance.

Anglin comes to the department with five years of experience as a rescue diver with the United States Navy. His skills will be valuable as the department builds up its rescue capabilities, Huntington Fire Chief Tim Albertson says.

Roanoke council allows more time to decide on property

After the true owner came forward and gave up the property she owns at 193 Main St., the Roanoke Town Council allowed 30 more days to rehab the property and deem it structurally safe.

The council, which met Tuesday, Aug. 18, made the decision after hearing from Marla Stambazze of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, attorney Brandon J. Almas, representing property owner Martha Slick, of Fort Wayne, and Richard Pape III, of Roanoke.

Council head would like more discussion about vehicles from dept. heads

Kendall Mickley, president of the Huntington County Council, would like to see vehicles be a topic of discussion among county department heads.

At the board’s meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 18, where it conducted the second half of its 2016 budget hearing, Lindsie Goss, director of the Emergency Management Agency, noted to council that she was requesting $15,000 for her department’s vehicle line item – an increase of $12,000 over this year’s budgeted amount – as she will need to purchase a replacement vehicle next year.

Roanoke Town Council to hold exec session Aug. 18 at Town Hall

The Roanoke Town Council will hold an executive session on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall, located at 141 W. Third St., Roanoke.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive information about prospective employees.

Executive sessions are not open to the public.

Hgtn. County commissioners to hold executive session Monday, Aug. 24

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold an executive session on Monday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. The meeting will take place at the Huntington County Courthouse, Commissioners Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The commissioners will meet with respect to the purchase or lease of real property by the governing body up to the time a contract or option to purchase a lease is executed by the parties.

Executive sessions are not open to the public.

Lincoln gets ‘Family Friendly’ title as HCCSC gets pair of accolades

Doug Thieme (left), Indiana Department of Education Region 8 outreach coordinator, congratulates Lincoln Elementary School Principal Adam Drummond and presents him with a certificate after the school received the IDOE’s Family Friendly School award. The presentation was made during the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s board meeting on Monday, Aug. 10.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

At the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s school board meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, the corporation was recognized with two honors – one, an award from the Indiana Department of Education, and the other, an opportunity to help develop a national system for protecting student data.
Lincoln Elementary School received the 2015-16 Family Friendly School designation from the IDOE.

Region 8 Outreach Coordinator Doug Thieme attended the meeting and presented Lincoln Principal Dr. Adam Drummond with a certificate in recognition of the accomplishment.

Aviation board sets meeting

The Huntington Board of Aviation Commissioners will hold a special meeting today, Monday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Huntington Municipal Airport terminal building at 1365 Warren Rd., Huntington.

Huntington one of 53 counties USDA designates as disaster areas due to rain

Fifty-three Indiana counties, including Huntington County, have been designated as primary natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The designation was based on agricultural damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding since May 1 of this year.

Qualified farm operators in the designated natural disaster areas are eligible for low interest emergency loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met.

Huntington County SWCD to hold monthly meeting on Aug. 18

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.  

The meeting is open to the public.

Huntington Common Council lays out groundwork for growth

The Huntington Common Council laid the groundwork for growth during its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Council set a public hearing for Sept. 8 on a petition for voluntary annexation by five property owners on the city's northeast side.

In addition, the council approved a loan of $450,000 for the construction of a new hangar at Huntington Municipal Airport.

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