Government & School Board

  

Local schools moving away from traditional employee health insurance

The Huntington County Community Schools are moving away from traditional employee health insurance in favor of health savings accounts.

Doug McElhaney, president of the corporation's employee benefit trust, explained to school board members at their meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26, that this will be the last year that employees can choose a traditional health insurance plan. The employees also have the option of choosing one of two health savings account (HSA) plans for 2013, he said. The traditional insurance plan will no longer be an option after 2013, he said.

 

SWCD reschedules meeting to Oct. 8

The Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors has rescheduled its regular Oct. 1 meeting to Oct. 8 at 8 a.m. in the Commissioners' Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

For more information, contact Jonathan Leist, district director, at 358-4886.

 

 

Common council agrees with Fetters, sends park board packing on 5-1 vote

Impassioned pleas from two members of the community weren't enough to save the Huntington Park Board.

Members of the Huntington Common Council, without discussion, voted 5-1 during an early-morning meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 25, to dissolve the board - an action Mayor Brooks Fetters says will streamline government and save money.

Councilman Jim Long voted against the changes in the parks department, and Councilman Charles Chapman was absent.

 

Markle council sets $1.7 million budget for 2013

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The town of Markle adopted its 2013 budget on Sept. 19. The budget is set at $1,704,625 and was adopted by a 3-0 vote of town council.

Markle must adopt an transition plan to comply with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) act by Dec. 31 to stay in compliance with the Indiana Department of Transportation and receive federal funds. Jay Stankiewicz of DLZ will work with ADA coordinator Mike Grant to develop a plan by the deadline.

 

Zanesville council wants to have more say on unsafe buildings in community

Members of the Zanesville Town Council will take some time to consider an ordinance pertaining to unsafe buildings drafted by its attorney.

The ordinance was presented during the council's monthly meeting, held Thursday, Sept. 20.

The council had its attorney draft the ordinance as it would like to have an expanded say regarding what constitutes an unsafe building and what can be done with such buildings once they have been deemed unsafe.

 

Roanoke council to explore funding options for extension of High Street to business area

A project to extend High Street, connecting Roanoke to a cluster of businesses currently only accessible via U.S.-24, was discussed at the Tuesday, Sept. 18, meeting of the Roanoke Town Council.

"This is a good deal here," said Councilman John Stoeckley.

"It'll keep our residents from having to pull on to 24 and then decelerate right away and pull into the businesses."

High Street currently ends at Washington Street. Beyond High Street is a small section of land and the businesses lie on the other side of that, where a street is already in place.

 

Wellhead Protection Planning Team will meet Monday evening in Markle

The Town of Markle will hold a Wellhead Protection Local Planning Team meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at 150 W. Sparks St.

The local planning team is charged with making decisions on how to best protect the drinking water from potential sources of contamination.

The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, contact Markle Water Superintendent Stephen Jeffers at 758-3193.

 

 

Checking the ballots


Photo by Andre. B. Laird

Huntington County election board members (from left) Marvin McNew, Democrat representative; Lori Guy, Republican representative; and County Clerk Kittie Keiffer, proofread ballots that will be used in the upcoming elections on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Huntington County Courthouse. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

 

Roanoke council explores extension of High Street

A project to extend High Street, connecting Roanoke to a cluster of businesses currently only accessible only via U.S.-24, was discussed at the Tuesday, Sept. 18, meeting of the Roanoke Town Council.

"This is a good deal here," says Councilman John Stoeckley. "It'll keep our residents from having to pull on to 24 and then decelerate right away and pull into the businesses."

High Street currently ends at Washington Street. Beyond High Street is a small section of land and the businesses lie on the other side of that, where a street is already in place.

 

Huntington's downtown fire station to close

Huntington's downtown fire station will close as the Huntington Fire Department adjusts to a reduction in the number of firefighters.

With the closing of the downtown station, the Condit Street fire station will be renovated so that firefighters and equipment can be divided between the Condit Street and Etna Avenue stations, Fire Chief Tim Albertson told members of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The changes at the Condit Street station will mean the closure of the Neighborhood Recreation Center, which shares a building with the fire station.

 

School board reviews individual schools’ plans for improvement

Huntington County Community Schools has submitted its school improvement plans to the school board for review and approval.

The plans were introduced to the board during the biweekly meeting on Monday, Sept. 10.

The plans are part of Public Law 221 - Indiana's comprehensive accountability system for K -12 education.
Assistant Superintendent Chuck Grable explained each plan, describing differences between each school's one-year and three-year action plans.

 

Andrews council debates effectiveness of police longevity pay

Longevity pay for the police department was the primary issue at the monthly meeting of the Andrews Town Council on Monday, Sept. 10.

During the public hearing on the town's proposed 2013 budget, council President John Harshbarger voiced disapproval over the $8,640 budgeted for longevity pay for the police department, contending that the pay - which is in place to give employees in the department incentive to return each year - has traditionally not been effective at retaining employees.

 

Part of Warren will see power outage on Sept. 16

Power to a small area of Warren will be turned off for about four hours on Sunday, Sept. 16, Town Utility Manager Curt Day told memebrs of the Warren Town Council during their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 10.

Crews will use that time to replace a pole and transformer, Day explained.

The affected area includes parts of Main to Wayne streets, and those businesses and residents will be notified of the scheduled outage.

 

Huntington County Election Board to proof ballots Sept. 11

The Huntington County Election Board will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. in the county clerk's office on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The board plans to proof ballots for the Nov. 6 election and conduct other miscellaneous business.

The election board includes Republican representative Lori Guy, president; Democrat repre- sentative Marvin McNew; and County Clerk Kittie Keiffer.

 

 

Common construction wage meet on Sept. 11

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold a common construction wage meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. in the GAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The hearing will determine wage rates to be used in establishing wages for public works construction projects in Huntington County covered by the Indiana Common Construction Wage Act.

 

 

City council begins looking at redistricting possibilities

Members of the Huntington Common Council took a look at the issues involved in realigning its districts with the city's current population, and quickly agreed to turn the initial work over to a panel of city and county employees.

County Clerk Kittie Keiffer, Voter Registration Clerk Pam Fowler and Bryn Keplinger, assistant director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, agreed to come up with some possibilities for redistricting.

They will offer those proposals to city council, which will use them as a starting point for a final decision.

 

Roanoke to weigh funding options for utility project

The Roanoke Town Council will decide how to fund capital improvements to the town's water utilities at its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Greg Guerrettaz, of Financial Solutions Group, Inc., was present at the Sept. 4 meeting to answer any questions council members might have regarding the municipal water utility rate review he prepared.

 

Board of Works to hold special meeting Sept. 10

The Board of Public Works and Safety will hold a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 10, at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the city council chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

No agenda was announced.

 

 

Huntington council to hammer out new districts

The Huntington Common Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington

The agenda includes discussion of redistricting for city council districts.

 

 

City Economic Development Commission reschedules meeting

The Huntington Economic Development Commission has rescheduled its next meeting.

The commission was scheduled to meet on Tuesday, Sept. 4, but has changed the meeting date to the following Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The Sept. 11 meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the City Building.