Government & School Board

Township now accepting firefighter applications

The Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department is accepting applications for new volunteer members.

Applications are available Monday through Friday at the Huntington Township office and may also be requested by emailing huntingtontwp.firechief@gmail.com.

Applications must be returned by June 17, at 5 p.m.

Penalties now being assessed for late tax payments

Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton has announced that penalties are now being assessed on delinquent property taxes.

The spring payment was due on May 10.

The penalty will be in the amount of 5 percent of the unpaid tax if the installment is completely paid on or before 30 days after the due date and if the owner is not liable for previous delinquent property taxes  for the same parcel.  

The last day to pay with a 5 percent penalty will be June 9.

Andrews CCD fund back to five cents per $100 assessed

The Andrews Town Council will re-establish its Cumulative Capital Development (CCD) fund, bringing the tax rate back up to 5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Council members voted unanimously during their meeting on Monday, May 23, to re-establish the tax rate at 5 cents.

The tax rate for the CCD automatically decreases each year until it reaches 2 cents, where it is right now. That 2-cent rate brings in about $2,130 a year, Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon said, and the new 5-cent rate will bring in an estimated $5,300 a year.

Roanoke council to hold special meeting

The Roanoke Town Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 p.m. in the Roanoke Town Hall, 141 W. Third St., Roanoke.

The main item on the agenda is the opening of bids for the Commercial Street project. Other topics may be discussed.

Wheel tax to take effect starting in January of 2017, council votes

Starting in January, Huntington County motorists will pay an extra fee when they renew their license plates.

That fee — known as a wheel tax — will be used to repair and maintain roads throughout Huntington County, heading off what Huntington County Highway Superintendent Troy Hostetler says would otherwise be a $3.5 million road funding shortfall by 2020.

Ransom firmly in place as Lincoln principal

Lincoln Elementary School’s principal is firmly in place, after Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustee members unanimously approved the hiring of Ashley Ransom as permanent principal during its regular meeting Monday, May 23.

Ransom has been functioning as the interim principal following the resignation of Adam Drummond in February.

Speeds near Markle along Ind.-116 to drop

Markle Town Superintendent Rick Asher (left) is presented with a gift from Town Council President Jeff Humbarger to honor his 40 years of service as a town employee. The presentation and a reception was held during the regular council meeting held Wednesday, May 18.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

It may not feel much slower, but speed limit signs along Ind.-116 outside Markle will soon change to five miles lower.

The change was approved after officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation met with the Markle Town Council during the council’s regular meeting Wednesday, May 18.

Indiana Rep. Dan Leonard was also in attendance at the meeting, weighing in after Markle resident Gene Towne contacted him about drivers traveling at excessive speeds on the stretch.

Roanoke TC revises proposed nuisance ordinance

The Roanoke Town Council presented a revised Nuisance Ordinance, titled 2016-2, following a special meeting on Tuesday, May 10.

At the meeting on Tuesday, May 17, Council President Dave Tucker announced that Ordinance 2016-2 had been reviewed at the previous week’s special meeting. The council decided to change its nuisance ordinance following a legal dispute with the owner of 775 Seminary St. Proposed changes include a revised definition of litter, how long useable construction materials may be stored on one’s property and increased emphasis on what defines a nuisance.

Hoosier voters starting to get postcards in mail for election day

Hoosier voters are beginning to receive postcards in the mail from the Secretary of State’s office.

The card reminds Hoosiers that Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, and to visit www.indianavoters.com for election information.

The office is mailing these postcards as part of a statewide voter list refresh. The goal is to identify outdated and inaccurate voter registration information to improve the accuracy and integrity of Indiana’s voter registration list.

Commish to hold admin meet

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold an administrative session on Tuesday, June 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the DAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to gather information on replacing the county’s taxing software.

No decisions will be made at this meeting.

Election board cancels June 8 meet

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Huntington County Election Board on June 8 has been canceled.

BMV to close May 28-30 for holiday

Kent Abernathy, Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced that all BMV license branches will be closed May 28 through 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

All branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, May 31. For a complete list of branch locations and hours, visit myBMV.com.

Markle doing income survey to seek grant

The Town of Markle is conducting an income survey to determine the town’s eligibility for grant assistance from the State of Indiana.

Survey forms were mailed to area residents about May 17. A postage paid return envelope is included. If a sufficient number of surveys are not returned, the town will have to bear the expense of a second mailing.

If the Town of Markle is successful in obtaining various grants for local projects, it would significantly reduce the costs that the town would have to bear.

County assessor’s office sends out notices of assessment of land, structures May 13

The Huntington County Assessor’s Office sent out notices of assessment of land and structures on Friday, May 13.

The notice, called a Form 11, is the taxpayer’s formal notice of the assessment for 2016, payable in 2017.

The assessments may have increased for one of the following reasons:

• Agriculture land base rate. The base rate used for the Jan. 1, 2016, assessment date is $1,960 per acre.

• New construction or completion since Jan. 1, 2016.

• Annual adjustment (trending).

• Cyclical reassessment for 25 percent of the county.

Changes mean more qualify for WIC

More Indiana families may be eligible for nutrition benefits through the Women, Infants and Children program under revised federal poverty guidelines for 2016.

Roanoke discusses nuisance law changes

The Roanoke Town Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, May 10, to go over proposed changes to the town’s nuisance ordinance 2016-2 following a long dispute with the owner of the property at 775 Seminary St.

For this special meeting, Council President Dave Tucker, Councilman John Stoeckley, Councilwoman Joan Abbott, Roanoke resident Dick Smart and Attorney Adrian  Halverstadt were present to review the ordinance.

Reservoir facts


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

John Scheiber, Salamone Lake project manager for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, points to a map of the three area flood control reservoirs as he leads students from Lancaster Elementary School in an exercise figuring out how long it takes water to fill and leave Salamonie Lake. The Lancaster students were visiting the Salamonie Interpretive Center on Monday, May 9, for one of three Earthkeepers Days held at Salamonie. They also heard safety tips from conservation officers and went on a woodland hike.

Panel to discuss security

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session today, Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse, Commissioners Room 103A.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the implementation of security systems. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Board hears parent concern about study hall dearth

Huntington County Community School Corporation Director of Technology Tom Ashley (left) is congratulated by HCCSC Superintendent Randy Harris at the school board meeting on Monday, May 9, after Ashley was named to the Consortium of School Networking (COSN) Hall of Fame.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A request from a parent gave the Huntington County Community Sch-ool Corporation Board of School Trustees pause to think at its regular meeting Monday, May 9, after she described her daughter’s distress over not having enough study time.

Marcella Winters told the board that when the school corporation went to block scheduling at Huntington North High School it dropped study hall periods. However, when it went back to a seven-period day, study hall wasn’t added back into the schedule as an option for students.

Common council has wide-ranging meeting Tuesday

Fences, robots, chickens, Corvettes, sewers and home repair all came up for discussion during a wide-ranging meeting of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, May 10.

Mayor Brooks Fetters started the evening on a celebratory note, congratulating Continental Structural Plastics for breaking ground on a $33.5 million expansion project earlier in the day and lauding the Huntington County 4-H robotics team for its divisional win at the world robotics championships.

Andrews council asking Norwood help to raise water, sewer rates

The Andrews Town Council is hoping that a meeting with the Norwood Regional Water and Sewer District Board will expedite its ability to introduce an ordinance that raises water and sewer rates.

Andrews needs survey response to get key grant

Residents who are served by the Town of Andrews’ wastewater treatment system — and who failed to respond to an income survey sent out in late March — will soon receive a second copy of that survey.

The income surveys will help the town qualify for a state grant that will minimize costs, and rate hikes, for improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment system.

Residents who have completed and returned the surveys at that time will not receive a second one.

However, a second survey was mailed out late last week to those who did not return the first survey.

Cancel next safety council meeting

The Huntington County Safety Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, has been canceled.

The HCSC will re-schedule the program for later in the year.

“Click It’ seatbelt use campaign back as local police keep watch

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department and Warren Police Department are participating in the national and statewide 2016 Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization occurring May 6 through 30.

The local officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies, and thousands more across the country, to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up.

Cancel Warren council meeting for Monday night

The regular meeting of the Warren Town Council scheduled today, Monday, May 9, at 5 p.m. has been canceled. 

The executive session scheduled for May 9 and the special meeting scheduled after the executive session will be held.

Three new members on Huntington Fire Dept.

The Huntington Fire Department swore in three new firefighters and promoted another member during a ceremony held Wednesday, May 4, in the City Council Chamber. Pictured (from left) are HFD Assistant Chief Keith Paterson, Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal David Teusch, Mayor Brooks Fetters, newly-promoted Lt. Travis Arivett, newly-sworn in firefighters Brandon Bolinger, George Markou and Chris Brumbaugh and Fire Chief Tim Albertson.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The ranks of the Huntington Fire Department grew by three on Wednesday, May 4, as three new firefighters were sworn in.

Brandon Bolinger, George Markou and Chris Brumbaugh were sworn in as member of the department by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney as family, friends and HFD members crowded the City Council Chamber room to celebrate the occasion.

In addition, Firefighter Travis Arivett was promoted to lieutenant, after logging 12 years with the fire department.

Local SWCD to hold its monthly meet on May 17

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public. 

Roanoke to redefine what constitutes ‘nuisance’

At the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, May 3, President Dave Tucker revisited the issue of re-wording the town’s nuisance ordinance, following the overturning of one last December.

Dick Smart gave a follow up of his proposed revisions to the nuisance ordinance, which had been filed against the owner of the property at 775 Seminary St. in December 2015.

Judge Thomas Hakes ruled against Roanoke in the lawsuit, stating the ordinance filed against the property owner had too vague a description of what constitutes a nuisance.

Treasurer office open Saturday

The Huntington County Treasurer’s Office will be open on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to noon to accept property tax payments.

The spring property tax payments are due on May 10.

Push to get voters to cast ballots early is overwhelming success

Members of the Huntington County Election Board go over tallies of votes cast in the primary election on Tuesday, May 3. Pictured are (from left) Kittie Keiffer, Huntington County Clerk; Linda Beatty, Democrat Party representative and president of the election board; Ryan Wall, MicroVote technician; and Lori Guy, Republican Party representative.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The push to get Huntington County voters to cast their ballots early met with overwhelming success, with 3,255 votes cast during the month leading up to the primary election on Tuesday, May 3.

That’s more than five times the number of absentee ballots cast in 2012, the most recent presidential primary.

“I don’t know what it is,” says Pam Fowler, voter registration and election deputy in the Huntington County Clerk’s office, of the increase.

“I don’t know if it’s just us, or if it’s the political climate.”

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