Government & School Board


Consumer Confident Report done for Warren

The Town of Warren has completed the 2012 Consumer Confident Report (CCR) for the Municipal Water Utility as required by law.

The results show that the municipal water utility did not have any violations on any water samples tested, she says, That means that the municipal water supply remains safe and free from harmful contamination and has had no violation in operations.

The complete report, containing an outline of the most recent testing, will be mailed to all of the town's water customers by July 1 with additional copies available at the Town Hall.


Dan Leonard appointed to serve on two summer study committees

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) has been appointed to serve on the Native American Indiana Affairs Commission and the Unemployment Insurance Oversight Committee.

"I have done extensive research over the years on issues related to Native Americans and unemployment insurance," Leonard says.

"I look forward to continuing that research this summer as a member of the study committees."


Council narrowly approves Main Street grant

A Main Street Huntington grant to help pay for an awning on a downtown Huntington building won approval from the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, June 25, but not without the usual dissent from one council member.

The grant proposal was, as similar proposals have been in the past, opposed by Councilman Greg Davis, who was reminded by Mayor Brooks Fetters that the council has the power to modify the grant program.


Andrews water tower being taken down Thursday

Andrews Town Council President John Harshbarger announced during the council's Monday, June 24, meeting that the town's aging, unused water tower would be torn down Thursday, June 27.

A crew from Iseler Demolition, a Michigan-based company specializing in the dismantling of water towers, will begin work at 5:30 a.m. and it is anticipated that the tower will be completely taken apart by the evening.
"We're very happy to see this moving along," said Harshbarger.


Schools’ quest to add positions fails to win approval

A special education coordinator position will be added to the special services staff of Huntington County Community School Corporation in the fall of 2013.
The position will replace the current assistive technology coordinator position.
The corporation's board of trustees approved this - one of four positions considered - during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 24.
The other three positions were not approved. They were an e-learning director, elementary professional development coach and an assistant principal position.


New rides

Sheriff Terry Stoffel (left) thanks Rob Arms of R&D MotorSports, in Columbia City, for the company's donation of a 2013 Yamaha Rhino, as Deputy Sheriff Chris Newton looks on. The vehicle was partially acquired via a law loan program that enables local Yamaha dealers to donate the vehicles for law enforcement purposes. The department also received a new, fully decaled trailer from I-69 Trailer Center, in Markle (shown in background).


Markle council hears about Tracy Street project

Jay Stankiewicz, of SLZ Indiana and project manager, addressed the Markle Town Council regarding the Tracy Street project during its regular council meeting on Wednesday, June 19.

The project calls for a complete renovation of the street, including a new base, asphalt, fixing any drainage issues and widening the street by 12 feet.

Among those in attendance were Council President Jeff Humbarger, Mark Hamilton, vice president; council member Rick Bower and Shelley Monticue, clerk-treasurer.


Huntington Police Department now has Twitter presence

The Huntington Police Department now has a presence on Twitter.

The department's first tweet, sent out on Tuesday, June 18, was a reminder of Heritage Days street closings and events.

That's exactly the types of things Chief E.J. Carroll says he wants to communicate over the social networking service.

"I've been wanting to do this for a while," Carroll says.

While other law enforcement agencies have presences on Facebook, another social networking site, Carroll says he believes that "Twitter is more accessible."


Consultants advise Zanesville council to get study done on drainage system

Rob Hachaway and Mike Trevino from DLZ advised the Zanesville Town Council on what to do about the town's drainage system during its Thursday, June 20, meeting.

The system is aging, with some drains and tiles dating back to the 1930s, and records pertaining to the system are spotty, noted Zanesville Clerk-Treasurer Julie Christian.

Whether the town or property owners were liable for issues with the system was among the council's questions.


Banks gets summer study committee spots

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) has appointed State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to summer study committees that will review issues related to education and veterans' affairs.

During the 2013 legislative session, Banks authored multiple bills that focused on these two topics. He will serve on the Regional Campuses Study Committee, which emer- ged from his legislation, Senate Enrolled Act 98.


Six Roanoke streets to be resurfaced

Several streets in Roanoke will be resurfaced, the Roanoke Town Council decided during its Tuesday, June 18, meeting.

Utility Superintendent Paul Swain presented a proposal from Wayne Asphalt to council regarding resurfacing and other maintenance work to be performed on eight streets in town.

Council was receptive to the proposal, but agreed that work on two of the streets - Seminary and First - would not be performed, to cut down on costs. A motion to move forward with the project and award it to Wayne Asphalt passed unanimously.


Sewer project will cost less, city council learns

Construction costs for a sewer project in Huntington can be reduced by about $16 million, the Huntington Common Council learned on Tuesday, June 11.

In addition, the revisions will make the sewer less expensive to operate and maintain - with an estimated savings of $4.3 million over 20 years.

Representatives of Greeley and Hansen, an engineering firm headquartered in Chicago, IL, gave the news to council members.

"We have identified some very large savings," said Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services for the city.


Huntington County BZA to hear several requests at June 25 meet

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will consider several requests during its meeting on Tuesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the GAR Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Gregory Branham is requesting two variances from development standards. One would allow him to install a gravel parking lot instead of the required asphalt parking lot on a property at 3295S-400E, Markle. The second would allow a new building on that property to have a front yard setback of only eight feet rather than the 25-foot requirement.


Meeting on June 24

The Andrews Town Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 24, at 5 p.m., at the Andrews Town Hall.

The meeting is being convened to compile information for the 2014 budget. Any other matters brought before the council will also be addressed.

The Town Hall is located at 66 N. Main St., Andrews.



Andrews updates town’s nuisance ordinance among pair passing council

The Andrews Town Council passed two ordinances during its Monday, June 10, meeting.

In Ordinance 2013-6, the town vacated an unimproved portion of Columbia Street to allow a landowner to build a garage on it.

"The council has been working with him to vacate the street to allow him to do that," says Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson. "He's agreed to pay all the legal costs. He's done that. He wrote us a check tonight. So, we're proceeding on with that."


Tech fees, reading books prompt book rental increase

Textbook rental fees for the 2013-14 school year have been set.

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees passed the 2013-14 fees during its June 10 meeting.

Assistant Superintendent Chuck Grable explained that beginning this fall, all elementary students will be charged a technology fee of $5.71 per student per year. This fee, Grable says, is meant to cover usage of the iPad carts given to elementary classrooms.


Warren moves ahead with cul-de-sac plans

The Warren Town Council made light work of its agenda at its monthly meeting on Monday, June 10.

Ben Adams, of Commonwealth Engineering, addressed the council with updates regard-ing the Winterhaven project.

The project calls for a cul-de-sac to be built at the end of Winterhaven Drive in Langton Estates to create access for emergency vehicles.


School board to hold executive session tonight, Monday, at 5:30

The Huntington County Community School Corporation school board will hold an executive session today, Monday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m., at the Horace Mann Education Center.
The center is located at 2485 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.


SWCD to hold meeting on June 17

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) along with Wells, Wabash, Blackford and Grant County SWCDs and other interested partners, will be hosting an informational meeting about activities associated with the 319 Watershed Management Grant they received for the Lower Salamonie Watershed (LSRW) area.

The meeting will be held on June 17, at the Dogwood Glen Golf Course Clubhouse, in Warren, at 7:30 p.m.


Spurgeon, Blair are city’s newest police officers

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Two new officers are now patrolling the streets of Huntington.

Patrolman Benjamin Spurgeon and Patrolman Shane Blair began solo patrols this week, six months after being hired to replace two officers who retired from the Huntington Police Department.

Over those six months, Spurgeon and Blair attended 16 weeks of training at the Indiana Police Academy, graduating March 22. Blair graduated second in the class of about 160 officers, Huntington Police Chief E.J. Carroll notes.


Questions over dugouts are resolved

Roanoke Town Council President Dave Tucker announced during the council's meeting on Tuesday, June 4, that refurbished dugouts in Roanoke Park that were served a violation notice by Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (HCDCD) last month are now compliant.

The biggest issue was that one of the dugouts was ruled to be in the regulatory floodway.


School board shuts down phase two of digital curriculum by 5-2 count

Children in elementary school during the 2013-14 school year will not receive individual iPads during the school year.

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees voted 5-2 on Wednesday, May 30, to shut down phase two of the digital curriculum, which would have given iPads to elementary school students.

Holly Thompson, District 4, and Tom King, District 5, were the two "yes" votes, with the rest of the school board voting against the recommendation presented by Assistant Superintendent Chuck Grable.


Sworn to serve

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (right) swore in several members of the Huntington Fire and Police Department on Tuesday, May 28, before several friends and family members at the City Building. With Fire Chief Tim Albertson (left) are newly sworn in members David Teusch, fire department lieutenant; Keith Paterson, fire department assistant chief; John Brewer, fire department lieutenant; Ryan Hack and Rex Drabenstot, both firefighters; Wayne Huff; deputy fire chief/fire marshall; Matthew Blackburn, firefighter; and Leon Hurlburt, assistant chief.


New sewer, water lines on north side to open ground for development

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Construction is set to begin in mid-June on a million-dollar project that will open to development some 450 acres north of Huntington.

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Tuesday, May 28, to signal the start of the project.

New sewer and water lines will be installed along the north side of U.S.-24 from Parkview Huntington Hospital to Carlisle Crossing. Crews from Ironclad Excavating, of Roanoke, are installing the lines and will bore under U.S-24 at Stults Road to make connections with existing lines.


No “Moore”

Photo by Steve Clark.

Candy Moore (front row center) retired from the Probation Department at the Huntington County Courthouse on Thursday, May 30, and stands with a plaque presented to her by the Huntington County Commissioners commemorating her 20 years of service. With Moore are (front row from left) Larry Buzzard and Leon Hurlburt, vice president and president of the commissioners, respectively, and (back row) Commissioner Tom Wall.