Government & School Board

Tax credit group hailing successes in state

Peter Nelson (right), rental housing tax credit specialist of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, speaks about the impact of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program in Indiana Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Redbud Village Apartments, in Huntington, as IHCDA Deputy Executive Director Peter Nelson (left) and Mark Valenti of Valenti Real Estate Services await their turn. The event, held in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the tax credit program, was attended by about 25 local officials, development team members and residents.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), which administers the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program in Indiana, is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the program by organizing events at several tax credit properties throughout the state, including Redbud Village Apartments, in Huntington.

Local and state representatives, IHCDA staff and representatives from the property’s development team, Valenti Real Estate Services, Inc., Triple S Development and S&S Keller Construction attended the event in the apartment complex’s clubhouse.

Andrews again trying for OCRA grant for upgrades

The Andrews Town Council is hoping to have better luck the second time around in pursuing a grant from the state’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs that would help fund upgrades to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

Earlier this year, the board applied for an OCRA planning grant, but found out in July that Andrews would not be among the recipients for one.

Roanoke Town Council to hold exec session to discuss property deal

The Roanoke Town Council will hold an executive session today, Monday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 141 W. Third St., Roanoke.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive information about buying or selling property.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Property owners sustaining uninsured damage can report it

Indiana homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations that sustained uninsured damage caused by recent severe storms and flooding can report damage online at myoracle.in.gov/hs/damage/ia-public.do?method=active&incidentId=IA20160817113054.

A link to the form is also available on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) website at www.dhs.in.gov. In the middle of the page under “Featured Topics,” click on “Report Damage from Severe Weather, Flooding – August 15 and Continuing.”

Roanoke property owner facing more issues, town council hears

Following a public hearing concerning ordinance violations filed against the property on 775 Seminary St., the owner of said property may yet have more issues to contend with.

Dick Smart spoke during the regular Roanoke Town Council Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 16, bringing forth another complaint against the property owner, Cassandra Emley. Smart, who is Emley’s neighbor, said that a bonfire in Emley’s yard was blowing embers onto his roof and deck.

Markle's 2017 budget sails through hearing without public comment

Larry Jenks (left), commander of the Markle Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6671, presents Markle Town Council President Jeff Humbarger with a reserved parking sign for Purple Heart recipients at the town council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Markle’s 2017 budget sailed through a public hearing, called at the start of the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17, without any comment from the public.

The $1.39 million budget has few changes, with the maximum esti-mated funds to be raised from tax levies increased $6,805 from the 2016 budget. The property tax cap credit estimate is $25,586.

Funds that are in-creased are the general, park and cumulative capital development funds.

Council members will vote to adopt the budget ordinance at the next council meeting, on Sept. 21.

Redevelopment commission starts

The Huntington County Commissioners have established a Huntington County Redevelopment Commission to work on economic development projects.

Establishment of the redevelopment commission was approved by commissioners Tom Wall, Larry Buzzard and Rob Miller during their Aug. 8 meeting.

Five members will be appointed to the redevelopment commission by the county commissioners and Huntington County Council. A member of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will also attend meetings as a non-voting member.

County council concludes 2017 budget hearings

The Huntington County Council concluded its 2017 budget hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The hearing began following the board’s regular monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 15, and saw nine departments present on the first day and 15 on the second.

County council reviews budget requests of several offices Monday

The Huntington County Council reviewed the proposed 2017 budgets of several offices during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 15.

Local board of aviation commissioners to review job performances Aug. 29

The  Huntington Board of Aviation Commissioners will meet in an executive session on Monday, Aug. 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room, third floor, City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Andrews seeks to renegotiate fire contract with Huntington Township

The Andrews Town Council continued mulling an upcoming decision about its fire protection contract with Huntington Township during its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 8, after Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy attended the meeting to discuss a proposed fee increase.

Andrews Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon said the council asked Guy to attend the meeting.

“They (Huntington Township) pay us $25,000 a year,” she explained. “It was a three-year contract, but you have the option to renegotiate on or before November of every year and Andrews wants to up the contract to $35,000.”

School board approves teacher contract after ‘amicable’ negotiations

The Huntington County Community School Corporation approved the 2016-17 contract with its teachers at the school board’s regular meeting Monday, Aug. 8.

Details of the contract include an increase in pay of between 4 and 6 percent, based on teachers’ accrued points for evaluations, professional development and other factors. The total cost of the increase to the school district is $765,000 for the additional pay, says School Superintendent Randy Harris.

A stipulation was also added to the contract that allows teachers to do job sharing.

Tax rate in Warren headed for slight increase

The local property tax rate in Warren could increase as much as 4 cents for 2017, but it probably won’t.

“It should be less than $1.11,” Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison told members of the Warren Town Council during their meeting on Monday, Aug. 8.

Preliminary figures presented to the council show the town’s total budget increasing to $2.2 million for 2017, up from $1.86 million in 2016.

“Our overall budget went up substantially,” Morrison said.

Soil and Water board will hold meeting on Aug. 16

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

Commissioners to have exec session this morn

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session today, Monday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners Room 103A at the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is in respect to interviews and negotiations with industrial or commercial prospects or agents of industrial or commercial prospects.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Newly promoted


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney (left) swears in newly-promoted Huntington Police Department Sgt. Karl Shockome, as his wife, Amy Shockome (right) holds the Bible during a ceremony held in the city’s council chambers Wednesday, Aug. 3. Shockome is a 17-year police veteran, having served seven years on the Andrews Police Department and the last 10 years at HPD.

Funds available to help fix Drovertown homes

Residents in and near Huntington’s Drovertown neighborhood can apply to have up to $25,000 in repairs and rehabilitation done to their homes.

Residents must meet some requirements in order to apply for the work, which will be funded through a $640,000 grant awarded by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to Pathfinder Services’ Nei-ghborWorks HomeOwnership Center through the City of Huntington.

Roanoke woman given extra time to clean up her property

The Roanoke Town Council held a public hearing regarding actions to be taken against a property at 775 Seminary St. during its regular meeting held on Monday, Aug. 1

The Town of Roanoke had issued a nuisance citation against the property owner, Cassandra Emley, for accumulation of materials on her property and failure to comply with regular upkeep. That citation was issued in December of 2015. The town’s nuisance ordinance was later struck down in court on the grounds that it was too vague in its definition of a nuisance.

Roanoke woman given extra time to clean up her property

The Roanoke Town Council held a public hearing regarding actions to be taken against a property at 775 Seminary St. during its regular meeting held on Monday, Aug. 1

The Town of Roanoke had issued a nuisance citation against the property owner, Cassandra Emley, for accumulation of materials on her property and failure to comply with regular upkeep. That citation was issued in December of 2015. The town’s nuisance ordinance was later struck down in court on the grounds that it was too vague in its definition of a nuisance.

INDOT announces part of Ind.-218 in county to close starting Tuesday

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced that Ind.-218, between CR S500W and CR S450W in Huntington County, is scheduled to close on the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 2, while the county works on underground pipes.

The official state detour is SR 9 to SR 124 to SR 5 to I-69.

The work is anticipated to be completed by 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, weather permitting.

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.

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