Government & School Board

Grant could help cover paving costs in Andrews

The Andrews Town Council discussed the final steps in applying for a grant that will help fund street repaving in town during its meeting on Monday, July 25.

The board talked about submitting two documents to the state the following day, Tuesday, July 26, that would complete the application process for a Community Crossings matching grant. One document lists the streets the town would like to repave, along with the projected cost, while the other states that the town has the requisite funds to finance half the project.

Dogs and BMXers will have new places to play

A BMX track, a dog park and an expanded disc golf course are just a few of the improvements coming to Huntington’s parks.

Those projects and more will be paid for with surplus funds in the city’s Parks and Recreation Department budget, after City Services Superintendent Bob Caley received approval from the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, July 26, to spend the $150,000.

Spending the $150,000 will leave the department with $12,505 in surplus funds, Caley noted.

All of the work should be done this fall, Caley said.

Markle to do two road reconstruction projects

The Markle Town Council decided Wednesday, July 20, to pursue road reconstruction projects on Novae Parkway and a section north of US-224.

Jay Stankiewicz, of engineering firm Jones Petrie Rafinski, said the town is applying for a 50/50 matching grant for the projects. The council will use tax increment funding for the town’s matching portion of the project, estimated at a total cost of $500,000.

Roanoke Town Council discusses preliminary 2017 budget figures

The Roanoke Town Council discussed the preliminary figures for the 2017 budget during their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 19.

JoAnne Kirchner, clerk/treasurer, presented changes to the budget estimate for 2016, based on what the town would need to best accommodate all departments for 2017.

Some of the proposed changes were a reduction in general funds from this year’s $477,001 to $471,695, an increase in the motor vehicle and highway funds from $700,549 to $738,220 and an increase in the park fund from $47,849 to $56,060.

County council orders tax overbilling be repaid

The Huntington County Council ordered that over $90,000 in tax overbillings be repaid at its meeting on Monday, July 18.

The largest repayments, totaling $40,393.62 and $20,568.12, went to Our Sunday Visitor and Life Church, respectively. The Knights of Columbus received $611.54.

The overbillings, which added up to $90,202.90, were the result of a taxing software malfunction.

School board approves hires of counselor, interim principal

Personnel items were close to the top of the list of the agenda voted on by members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees at their only July meeting held Monday, July 18.

Among both classified and certified employees joining and leaving the school corporation, the board unanimously approved the hiring of Megan Horsley as director of special services and Dawn Morgan as interim principal at Salamonie School.

Fighter Wing taking part in training in Slovakia

The Indiana Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing, based in Fort Wayne, announced on Tuesday, July 19, that it has deployed eight A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and approximately 140 airmen in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve for a month-long combined training event, overseas, to Sliač Air Base, Slovakia.

These airmen will conduct training and familiarization events alongside state partner and NATO ally Slovakia.  

Four seats up for election this fall on HCCSC board of trustees

Four seats on the Huntington County Community School Corporation board of trustees are up for election this fall.

The school board election is nonpartisan, meaning candidates do not run as a member of a political party.

However, candidates must be registered to vote in and reside in the district they seek to represent, and must be at least 21 years old. Teachers and other HCCSC employees are not eligible to serve on the school board.

Seats up for election this fall are:

HCCSC board to meet in two executive sessions today, July 18

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees will meet in two executive sessions today, Monday, July 18, to discuss collective bargaining issues.

The first executive session will take place at 5:30 p.m., before the regular 7 p.m. school board meeting. The second executive session is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m., after the conclusion of the regular meeting.

The public may not attend executive session meetings. However, the regular meeting is open to the public.

INDOT announces details of several road projects in county

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced details of several road projects ongoing in Huntington County.

• Ind.-218 between CR 1000W and Ind.-105 is closed to replace a gas pipe. That work should be done in late July, weather permitting. Work began July 11.

• The Ind.-9 bridge over the Salamonie Reservoir, between Ind.-124 and CR 550S, is closed to allow for the installation of a bridge deck overlay. The bridge is expected to reopen in late October. Work began July 11.

Andrews Town Council approves water rate increase

The Andrews Town Council approved a water rate increase at its meeting on Monday, July 11.

Following a public hearing on the matter at the beginning of the meeting, the board passed Ordinance 2016-5, raising the rate. A household using 4,000 gallons of water a month will start paying $38.25 compared to $23.87 under the old rate.

Warren TC next meeting is July 25

A meeting of the Warren Town Council scheduled for Monday, July 11, was canceled because of a lack of items on the agenda.

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 25.

Next SWCD meet is set for July 19

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

The meeting is open to the public.

Common council cancels July 12 meet

The Huntington Common Council will not meet on Tuesday, July 12, because of a lack of items on the agenda.

The council’s next regular meeting is on Tuesday, July 26, at 6:45 a.m. on the third floor of the Huntington City Building.

County commissioners to hold executive session today, Monday

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold an executive session today, Monday, July 11, at 7 a.m. to receive information about and interview prospective employees.

The executive session will be held in the commissioners’ office on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

In addition, the regular commissioners’ meeting scheduled for Aug. 22 has been rescheduled for Aug. 23 at 8:30 a.m. That meeting will be held in the DAR Room on the second floor of the courthouse.

The courthouse is located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

State DOT announces chip seal work in county

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that chip seal preservation is scheduled to begin on various roads in Blackford, Grant, Huntington and Wells counties beginning Tuesday, July 5, weather permitting.

Work is scheduled for:

• Ind.-124 in Huntington County, between Ind.-9 and Ind.-5.

• Ind.-301 in Wells County, between Ind.-201 and U.S.-224.

• Ind.-3 in Blackford County, between the north city limits of Hartford City and Ind.- 18.

• U.S.-35 in Grant County, between Ind.-13 and Ind.-15.

School board accepts Ecolab grant and does housekeeping chores

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees wrapped up some housekeeping items at its brief meeting Monday, June 27, including accepting a grant from Ecolab totaling $34,000.

HCCSC Superintendent Randy Harris said the donations represent an annual grant from Ecolab to the corporation’s teachers.

“What an investment they make to the school district,” he said. “We appreciate all the things they do for us.”

City employees to receive training

Employees of the City of Huntington will learn about state guidelines for handling city funds and equipment, in accordance with an ordinance approved by the Huntington common council during its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 28.

State officials have asked all municipalities to adopt uniform internal control standards and procedures, requiring that an ordinance to that effect be enacted by June 30. However, Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney explained, the employee training doesn’t have to be completed until the end of the year.

Andrews council talks new industry, wastewater plant upgrade

Preliminary steps to draw new industry to town and continuing preparations for an upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant dominated the meeting of the Andrews Town Council on Monday, June 27.

A vacant lot at the end of Terrell Street is being eyed as a possible site for new industry, and Councilman Bill Johnson announced that the executive board of Huntington County Economic Development has agreed in principle to fund a study to determine the site’s suitability for development.

Council, commissioners discuss jail expansion

The Huntington County Council and Commissioners discussed expanding the Huntington County Jail and making repairs to the Huntington County Courthouse at council’s meeting on Monday, June 27.

The commissioners sought and received the board’s approval to gather bids for both projects.

Upon learning what each project will cost, both parties will have a clearer idea of how to proceed, said Tom Wall, president of the commissioners. Wall mentioned during the meeting that one way to proceed might be issuing a bond.

One item on agenda for upcoming Huntington City BZA on July 11

The Huntington City Board of Zoning Appeals has one item on its agenda for its meeting on Monday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Richard Mann has requested a special exception to allow storage units on property located at 44 Vine St., Huntington.

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

Roanoke council okays pair of projects at meet

In a shortened meeting of the Roanoke Town Council on Tuesday, June 21, Supervisor of Operations Phil Hibbert presented the agreements for the Commercial Street rebuild project and the Cow Creek Siphon Project.

The council approved commissioning Wayne Asphalt and Ironclad Excavation for Commercial Street and Cow Creek, respectively, during a special meeting on June 1. Hibbert presented the council with agreements in writing and permission for both companies to start on the projects.

Exec session for Hgtn. council after reg. meet

The Huntington Common Council will meet in executive session following its regularly scheduled 6:45 a.m. meeting on Tuesday, June 28.

The executive session will not begin earlier than 6:50 a.m. and will be held in the mayor’s conference room on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The agenda for the executive session includes discussion of strategy with respect to the initiation of litigation, pending litigation or litigation that has been threatened.

Board of Works to discuss litigation

The Board of Public Works and Safety for the City of Huntington will meet in an executive session on Monday, June 27, at 3 p.m.  

The meeting will be held in the mayor’s conference room on the third floor of the city building, located at 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss strategy with respect to initiation of litigation that is either pending or has been threatened in writing.

License branches to close for holiday

All Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will be closed Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, July 5. For more information on branch locations and hours, visit myBMV.com.

Ind.-3 bridge maintenance near Markle to start Thursday

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that bridge maintenance will begin on Ind.-3 over the Wabash River, just south of the Town of Markle, between Park Drive and C.R. 150S, on Thursday, June 23, weather permitting.

Work will include bridge deck and joint repair.

Motorists can expect the road to be reduced to one lane, with flaggers directing traffic during daytime hours. INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through an active construction zone.

Several rundown properties dominate Markle TC meet

A lengthy public hearing regarding four properties in Markle’s town limits dominated the town council meeting on Wednesday, June 15, as the Huntington County Department of Community Development addressed concerns about houses located on the lots.

With three of the four property owners present during the public meeting, Marla Stambazze of the DCD called out issues with the houses located at 145 E. Morse St., 425 N. Clark St., 235 Wilt St. and 190 Draper St.

Degitz the choice for top spot at Huntington North

Russ Degitz, the former principal of Lancaster Elementary School, shows his excitement at being named the new principal at Huntington North High School as he addresses the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s school board Monday, June 13.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Russ Degitz will become the next principal of Huntington North High School.

The new assignment for the former principal at Lancaster Elementary School was announced Monday, June 13, during a meeting of the the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees.

HNHS is familiar ground to Degitz, who served there previously for 10 years as a teacher, dean of students and baseball coach.

Tower Park has new options for play

Tower Park in Warren is looking a bit different these days.

Installation of a new play structure was completed last Friday, June 10, and a scout troop is making plans to build another play option.

The completed structure was funded through community donations in a project spearheaded by Barb Trosper, a Warren resident and former Warren Town Council member.

Andrews council discusses two pieces of land for industrial park

The Andrews Town Council discussed two pieces of land currently being eyed by Huntington County Economic Development for their suitability as locations for an industrial park during the board’s meeting on Monday, June 13.

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