Government & School Board

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.

SWCD taking fish sale orders now

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for its spring fish sale.

Orders and payment are due to the district office by May 12.  Fish will be available for pickup on May 17.  

Order forms are available at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington, or online at www.huntingtonswcd.org.  

For additional information, contact the district office at 356-6816, extension 3.  

Local SWCD sponsoring tree sale

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office is sponsoring a spring tree sale.   

Some of the varieties available are sugar maple, red maple, red oak, sweetgum, Norway spruce, river birch, pin oak, persimmon, tulip poplar, redbud, silky dogwood and sycamore.

Order forms are available at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington or online at www.huntingtonswcd.org.  

Tree orders and payment are due by May 10. Trees will be available for pickup on May 18.

CFS still taking apps for winter heating help

Community and Family Services is still accepting applications for assistance with utility bills for the 2016-17 winter season.

Applications will be accepted until May 12.

To make an appointment, call 356-1098.

Roanoke council discusses use agreement for pulling area at Roanoke Park

The Roanoke Town Council discussed a use agreement for the pulling and grandstand area at Roanoke Park during its meeting on Tuesday, April 4.

A request by Chris Hoffman, who is interested in using the area for a truck pull event, prompted the board’s compilation of an agreement, which would apply to all parties interested in using the area going forward.

Council determined that the usage fee for the area would be $750 per event, with a $100 charge to use the lights.

Democrats to meet on Wednesday

The Huntington County Democrat Party will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Discussion topics will include contacting representatives, letters to the media and resistance.

The meeting is open to the public.

Markle TC announces special meeting

The Markle Town Council will hold a special meeting today, Monday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Markle Town Hall, 197 E. Morse St., Markle.

The council plans to receive information, consider and possibly act on personnel matters. Other business may also be discussed.

INDOT to resume I-69 bridge work this week

The Indiana Department of Transportation will resume work this week on replacement of two bridges on I-69.

The bridges are located over Flat Creek, in Huntington County, and over Eight Mile Creek, in Allen County.

Temporary bridges were constructed in the medians at both locations in 2016.

Contractors will begin constructing the northbound bridges at both locations today, Monday, April 3. Northbound traffic will be shifted to the temporary bridges. A construction zone speed limit of 55 miles per hour will be enforced.

HCCSC holds first work session to work on report suggestions

Following the district audit report presented to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees on March 20, the board held its first work session Monday, March 27, to discuss the suggestions offered in the report.

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