Government & School Board


Council approves Main Street grant to fund half of roof repairs at downtown business

Despite misgivings by two council members, the Huntington Common Council has approved a grant to help with roof repairs at a downtown business building.

Approval of the grant, which was recommended by Main Street Huntington, was given during the council's meeting on Tuesday, May 28. It will provide $4,648.50 to fund half the cost of repairing the roof at 24 W. Market St., a building owned by Tom and Lucille Morris.


Markle council to have special meet May 23 for tower, tax abatement

The Markle Town Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at the Markle Fire Station, 150 W. Sparks St. in Markle.

The agenda includes discussion of the water tower and of a tax abatement for Wayne Metals. Other items may also be discussed.



Council agrees it needs to find money to maintain county roads

State lawmakers ended their 2013 session without passing legislation that would have forced the Huntington County Council to adopt a new tax on vehicle owners, but the local council members agreed Monday, May 21, that they're going to have to find money from somewhere to fix crumbling county roads.

"The longer we put it off, the more expensive it's going to be to take care of it," Councilman Don Davenriner said.


Penalty for late prop taxes

Anyone who did not make a property tax payment by the May 10 deadline is now subject to a five percent penalty, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton has announced.

If the taxes remain unpaid after June 10, the penalty will increase to 10 percent.



Flint Springs, Roanoke get new principals

New principals will greet students at two Huntington County elementary schools this fall.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation board of trustees, meeting on Wednesday, May 15, approved the hiring of Aimee Lunsford to lead Flint Springs Elementary School and Christopher Tillett to serve as principal at Roanoke Elementary School.

Both Cynthia Kiefer, principal at Flint Springs, and Paul Roth, principal at Roanoke, plan to retire at the end of this school year.


City working with several groups to give downtown a few upgrades

Anyone who has been in downtown Huntington lately probably noticed that it's gotten a few upgrades.

Mayor Brooks Fetters says the city has been working with a number of groups and merchants to give the area a facelift.

"It all started in 2012, when we (the City), the downtown business association and the City Services Office had a conversation about what could be done to make Huntington the best version of itself that it could be," states Fetters. "We started by focusing on what we call the main gateways and corridors into the downtown area."


Meetings set for LPEC

The Local Emergency Preparedness Committee (LPEC) will meet May 28 and June 25, Huntington County Emergency Management Agency Director Lindsie Goss has announced.

Both meetings will be held at 9 a.m. at the Southside Fire Station on Etna Avenue.

For information, call 358-4870.



Andrews sewer plant to get some upgrades

Toby Steffen, of civil engineering firm Butler, Fairman & Seufert, spoke to the Andrews Town Council about making improvements to its wastewater treatment plant during its Monday, May 13, meeting.

The plant has had no major repairs done to it since its construction in 1981, says Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson, and Steffen found several areas that needed to be addressed.

Steffen's recommendations included installing new bar screens, grit removal equipment and raw sewage pumps, as well as repairing the building itself, which has a bad roof.


Main Steet Huntington taking grant apps now

Main Street Huntington is currently accepting grant applications from downtown building owners for funding to help them improve their buildings.

The applications and guidelines are available online at www.main Applications will be accepted through Aug. 1 and grants will be awarded on a rolling schedule during that time.

Owners of business, professional and not-for-profit buildings in the downtown Huntington area are eligible to apply for the grants. Owners of buildings that are primarily residential are not eligible.


CEDIT committee recommends funding for demolition in Warren

The Huntington County CEDIT Committee has recommended that the Town of Warren receive $35,000 in CEDIT funds, Warren Town Council Julia Glessner announced during the council's May 13 meeting.

The money will help pay for the demolition of two houses and improvements to one building.

The funding recommendation must still be submitted to the Huntington County Commissioners for approval.

An ordinance amending wastewater rates was introduced and a public hearing was scheduled for June 10 at 6:30 p.m.


CEDIT money may help with demolition costs in Warren

The town of Warren has been allocated $35,000 in CEDIT funds by the Huntington County CEDIT Committee, Warren Town Council Julia Glessner announced during the council's May 13 meeting.

The money will help pay for the demolition of two houses and improvements to one building.

The funding recommendation must still be submitted to the Huntington County Commissioners for approval.


Assessment forms must be turned in by May 15, says assessor

Forms listing taxable personal property must be turned in by May 15, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone reminds Huntington County residents.

No extensions are granted and penalties are charged for missing the deadline.

Forms are available in the assessor's office on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

For information, call the assessor's office at 358-4800.



Markle Town Council discusses future of town hall, library

The Markle Town Council met for a special meeting on May 7, to discuss, among other things, the future of the current town hall and a proposal for the Huntington City-Township Library Board.


Warren council will meet at Scout Cabin tonight

The regular meeting of the Warren Town Council will be held today, May 13, at the Warren Scout Cabin.

The cabin is located on Scout Cabin Road, adjacent to the Town of Warren Utility garages and wastewater plant.
The meeting will be held at its regularly scheduled time of 6:30 p.m.



Salamonie being watched for increased sediment

In the past few years the Salamonie River has shown increased levels of nutrients and sediment.

Sections of the river and some of its tributaries are listed on the IDEM 303(d) list for impairments that include E.coli, impaired biotic communities and nutrients.

Since 2009, the soil and water conservation districts in the Salamonie River Watershed area, along with representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, have been taking water samples from the start of the Salamonie Reservoir in Huntington County to the headwaters of the river in Jay County.


Roanoke council chastised for work on park's dugouts

The Roanoke Town Council was served a violation notice by Mark Mussman, executive director of Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, during its Tuesday, May 7 meeting because a dugout at Roanoke Park is in the regulatory floodway.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines the regulatory floodway as the channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land areas that must be reserved in order to discharge a base flood without cumulatively increasing the water surface elevation more than a designated height.


Property tax payments to be accepted on May 4

The Huntington County Treasurer's office will be open on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to noon to accept property tax payments.

The office is located on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse. Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Property taxes can be paid in person in the treasurer's office and at several banks round the county; by mail to 201 N. Jefferson St., Room 104, Huntington, IN 46750; or online or by phone with a credit or debit card at or 800-809-5849.


Markle council will meet in special session

The Markle Town Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Markle Fire Station, 150 W. Sparks St., Markle.

The agenda for the meeting focuses on a discussion of a new town building. Other items may also be brought before the council during the meeting.



Council transfers $100K to fund fire station reno

Members of the Huntington Common Council, meeting Tuesday, April 30, reluctantly approved a $100,000 fund transfer to pay for the renovation of the Condit Street Fire Station.

The station is being revamped to accommodate the downsizing of the fire department.