Government & School Board

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles closing down Dec. 23-26 for holiday

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches will be closed Saturday, Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Branches will resume regularly-scheduled business hours on Wednesday, Dec. 27.

In addition, branches will be closed Saturday, Dec. 30, through Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

All branches will resume regularly-scheduled business hours beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Norwood meet moved

Due to a scheduling conflict, the regularly scheduled Norwood Regional Water and Sewer District meeting has been postponed until Saturday, Dec. 23, at 9 a.m. at the Andrews Town Hall.

Knowles announces for Hgtn. Twp. trustee

Carl Knowles

Huntington resident Carl Knowles has announced his intention to run for Huntington Township Trustee when current Trustee Tim Guy steps down after his term ends next year.

Knowles, a Republican, placed his hat in the ring after meeting with Guy several times and expressing his eagerness to “continue moving Huntington Township in the right direction.”

He cites being in printing management for 25 years among his qualifications for the job.

Roanoke library board of trustees set to meet today, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

The Roanoke Public Library Board of Trustees will meet today, Monday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Roanoke Public Library’s Program Room for its regular December meeting. 

This is one week earlier than usual due to the Christmas holiday. 

Banks’ staff member to be at Ligonier, Huntertown sites

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Ligonier and Huntertown on Tuesday, Dec. 19, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The meetings will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the town hall at 301 S. Caven St., Ligonier, and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the town hall at 15617 Lima Rd., Huntertown.

Local school administrators not happy with new grad pathways

The Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE) has approved new graduation pathways for Indiana’s high school students, which are intended to give all students the skills and experiences they will need to take the next step in their educational journeys and to secure good jobs.

However, local school officials say the move is too hasty and hasn’t been fully thought out, especially in regard to how schools will pay for it.

Huntington County Commissioners to have exec session on Tuesday

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 103A. 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

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

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Indiana Sen. Zay to meet with his constituents Dec. 22 at Nick’s Kitchen

Indiana Sen. Andy Zay will meet with constituents Friday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 a.m. at Nick’s Kitchen, in Huntington.

As part of his district tour, Zay will listen to concerns and priorities for his work in the Indiana Senate and share the latest updates for Indiana and Huntington County.

Nick’s Kitchen is located at 506 N. Jefferson St.

Huntington Common Council receives Porter/FMC update

The Huntington Common Council received an update on the cleanup process at the H.K. Porter/Friction Materials site at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Andy Maguire, on-scene coordinator with the Environmental Protection Agency, delivered the update to the board. Maguire reviewed the EPA’s activities at the site from July through October and previewed its agenda when work resumes in mid-January next year.

Andrews council hoping to use additional funding for more storm water infrastructure projects

The Andrews Town Council wants to see a storm water infrastructure project initiated on East McKeever Street.

Council just doesn’t want to see it happen twice.

GOP to caucus twice on Dec. 20 to fill vacancies

The Huntington County Republican Party will be holding two caucuses on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Huntington Township Fire Station to fill two vacancies.

Precinct Committeemen from Precincts Dallas 1 and 2 will meet at 6:30 p.m. to fill the vacancy of Dallas Township Trustee Brenda Kitt, who will be resigning at the end of the year. Precinct Committeemen from Precincts 7, 7A and 8 will meet at 7 p.m. to fill the vacancy of City Council District 4, created by Councilwoman Erin Covey, who is moving out of the district.

Banks’ staffer to be in Hgtn. Dec. 14 at courthouse

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The staff member will meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Special meeting for Common Council

The Common Council of the City of Huntington will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the City Building.

The meeting will include a pubic hearing and for the council to receive information and possibly act on matters brought before it.

State commissioners association elects Wall as group’s secretary

Photo provided.
Tom Wall

Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall was elected 2018 Secretary of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners (IACC) during their recent annual conference.

As secretary, Wall will represent the elected county commissioners in the 92 counties of the state. The IACC is represented by six districts in the state. Wall will be secretary of the IACC’s Executive Board of Directors, which determines policies and legislative goals for the association.

Zay announces state senate now accepting applications for pages

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) has announced the Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the Senate Page Program.

This full-day interactive program gives students in grades six through 12 the opportunity to tour the Indiana Statehouse, observe session debates on the Senate floor and assist staff with age-appropriate tasks. Students will also meet with their state senator.

Roanoke Park closer to getting new pedestrian bridges

The installation of new pedestrian bridges at Roanoke Park is one step closer to happening, the Roanoke Town Council learned at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The town’s supervisor of operations, Phil Hib-bert, announced that the town had received a $20,000 grant from the Huntington County Community Foundation for the project. The pursuit of the grant was a joint effort between the town and the Roanoke Beautification Foundation.

County council votes to add four more jailers at Hgtn. County Jail

Four jailers will be added to the staff of the Huntington County Jail, despite budgetary concerns expressed by two members of the Huntington County Council.

Councilman Shane Bickel had no such concerns.

“This involves human beings. This involves safety,” he told fellow council members during their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 30. “This is the most important priority we have right now.”

Sheriff Terry Stoffel and Jail Commander Jeff Kyle said hiring more jailers would allow for additional staff in the evenings and on the weekends.

Cub Scout donation

Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Roanoke Lions recently presented a $200 donation to Roanoke Cub Scout Troop 3131. Lions Club Treasurer Charles Crawford (left) presents the check to Scouts (front from left) Cameron Proffitt, Spencer Proffitt and Mason Donajkowski, while looking on are (back from left) Den Leader Scott Proffitt and Lions member Celia Bandelier.

Local SWCD to have monthly meet Dec. 14

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 4:30 p.m. at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.    

School board members blunt about office move

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees used – in their description – “blunt” words at their meeting Monday, Nov. 27, when discussing where the district’s administrative central office will move.

When the smoke cleared, the board came to a unanimous decision to use space at Salamonie Elementary School as a temporary location for the office. However, how long it will need to be there is uncertain, projected at between six months to more than three years.

Huntington sewer rates not going up as high as originally proposed

Sewer rates for Huntington utility customers will be going up, but the increase won’t be as much as initially proposed.

That’s because bids for improvements to the city’s sewage treatment system came in lower than engineers’ estimates, members of the Huntington Common Council learned during their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Andrews to pursue grant for McKeever storm water project

The Andrews Town Council is pursuing a grant that will help it fund a storm water infrastructure project on a high-traffic street in town that is regularly beset with drainage issues.

The board held a public hearing during its meeting on Monday, Nov. 27, regarding the grant it is seeking, which is through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ community development block grants storm water program. Council has its eye on a grant totaling $600,000, which it would use on McKeever Street.

Treasurer: Property owners late in paying their taxes now owe penalty

Property taxes were due Nov. 13 and delinquent taxpayers now owe a penalty, notes Huntington County Treasurer Paula Farley.

Indiana law requires the county treasurer to add a late payment penalty to the unpaid portions of the amounts due for each installment of property taxes.

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

Council to next meet on Nov. 30

The Huntington County Council will not hold its regularly scheduled meeting tonight, Monday, Nov. 27.

Instead, the council will meet on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the GAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Election board to discuss upcoming 2018 election

The Huntington County Election Board will meet today, Monday, Nov. 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the DAR Room at the Huntington County Courthouse for a discussion on the 2018 election.

Roanoke Town Council discusses wage increases for employees

The Roanoke Town Council discussed wage increases for town employees during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The majority of the board’s discussion centered on Macy McClellan, utility department employee. Councilwoman Joan Abbott, the board’s utility department liaison, recommended that McClellan be given a 5 percent pay raise, as well as one week of vacation time.

Banks votes to restore U.S. military readiness

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted Tuesday, Nov. 14, in favor of the Conference Report for the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (ND-AA).

The legislation, which passed 356 to 70, will restore military readiness, address threats and promote effective investments to rebuild the military.

During debate on the legislation, Banks spoke in support of the bill.

Christmas party for Seniors at Miller’s Merry Manor Dec. 5

A Christmas party for Seniors will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 11:30 a.m. at Miller’s Merry Manor, 1500 Grant St., Huntington.

The Miller’s Merry Manor staff will prepare the meal.

Reservations are being accepted beginning today, Monday, Nov. 20, at the Senior Center, 359-4410.

Rides to the party on the HAT van must be scheduled by noon one business day in advance.

Exec session for school board Nov. 20

The Huntington County Community School Corporation will meet in an executive session today, Monday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the assessment, design and implementation of school safety and security measures, plans and systems.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Markle water, wastewater rates closer to increase

Water and wastewater ordinances were formally introduced in their first reading during the Markle Town Council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 15, bringing rates one month closer to being raised after several years.

The water utility would raise customers’ rates by 20 percent, from $19.25 to $23.10 for the minimum 5,000 gallons monthly charge. The rates would go up again after one year from $23.10 to $26, reflecting a 35 percent increase advised by consultants at H.J. Umbaugh & Associates in order to pay for maintenance of the water towers and other expected utility costs.