Government & School Board

Board of Public Works to meet on Tuesday

The Board of Public Works and Safety of the City of Huntington will hold an executive session on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the mayor’s conference room at the Huntington City Building at 3:30 p.m.

The session has been called for discussion of strategy with respect to initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing.

The Huntington City Building is located at 300 Cherry St., Huntington. The mayor’s conference room is located on the third floor.

Zay gets appointment to Senate Committee on Appropriations

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) to serve on the Senate Committee on Appropriations for the 2020 Indiana General Assembly.

The appropriations committee considers bills that have a financial impact on the state and is crucial when crafting a state budget.

Building corporation directors to hold special meet on Tuesday

The board of directors of the Huntington County, Indiana Building Corporation will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Commissioners’ Room at the Huntington County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m.

Warren TC schedules two executive sessions

The Warren Town Council has scheduled executive sessions for Monday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 18, at 3:30 p.m. The meetings will be held in the Council Meeting Room, Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.

On the agenda is discussion of job performance evaluations of individual employees, to discuss, before determination, an individual’s status as an employee.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

County commissioners to meet in executive session Nov. 12

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 11:45 a.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse, Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The commissioners will meet with respect to discussion of job performance evaluations of individual employees.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Huntington County Community School Board to meet Monday night

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees will meet Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School, 1063E-900S, Warren.

Those unable to attend the meeting may also view it in live stream at or by using links on the HCCSC website,

The video of the meeting is also available to be viewed after the meeting has concluded, as soon as it is posted on the Livestream site.

Strick tops Buzzard, Hiles in race for Huntington mayor

A beaming Richard Strick acknowledges supporters at his campaign headquarters in downtown Huntington in the wake of winning Huntington’s mayoral race on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Strick, an independent, defeated Republican Larry Buzzard and independent Johnnie Hiles in the municipal election, capturing 49.73 percent of the vote.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Independent candidate Richard Strick will be Huntington’s next mayor after defeating Republican Larry Buzzard and independent Johnnie Hiles in the municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Strick, the 3rd District representative on the Huntington Common Council, won 49.73 percent of the vote, or 2,060 votes. Buzzard, the president of the Huntington County Commissioners, was the race’s runner-up, earning 38.07 percent of the vote, or 1,577 votes. Hiles, who was also an independent mayoral candidate in 2015, placed third with 505 votes, or 12.19 percent.

County voters say no to teacher raises, bond for school build question

After months of planning, presentations and controversy, the voters of Huntington County have weighed in on the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s two referendum questions, saying no to both of them.

From the time the first vote center’s ballots were posted, it didn’t look like the referendum would be successful. With subsequent vote centers reporting, the numbers never improved enough to approve either question.

Huntington County election results

Here are the unofficial vote totals from the Huntington County
elections on Nov. 5, 2019, 6 of 6 vote centers 7:40 p.m.

Mayor, City of Huntington
Larry Buzzard (Republican).......1,577
Johnnie Hiles (Independent)......505
Richard Strick (Independent).....2,060

Huntington Common Council, 3rd District
Jerry Meehan Jr. (Republican)...........276
Richard Douglas Mills (Democrat).....100
Eric Bruce (Independent)...................186
Tony L. Hiles (Independent)..............84

Pair of referendum questions gives added spice to local Election Day

Election Day for the municipal election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The election is open to all registered voters in Huntington County. The two referendum questions posed by the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) will appear on every voter’s ballot.

While voters residing in unincorporated Huntington County will only have the questions to vote on, voters residing within the corporate limits of Huntington, Roanoke, Andrews, Warren and Markle will also have municipal candidates on their ballot.

Warren calls executive session for Wednesday

An executive session of the Warren Town Council has been scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the council meeting room, Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St.

Agenda items include discussion of job performance evaluations of individual employees, to discuss, before determination, an individual’s status as an employee.

A special meeting has been scheduled immediately following the executive session but will not commence prior to 4:30 p.m.

School Board holds work session to go over teachers’ contract

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Salamonie School, 1063E-900S, Warren, in the following meetings:

• 6 p.m. – special board work session and public hearing on the HCCSC/Huntington County Teachers Association tentative agreement.

• 7 p.m. – executive session. The purpose of the session is to discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees. This subdivision does not apply to a discussion of the salary, compensation or benefits of employees during a budget process.

11 percent of county’s voters use early option

Through Oct. 29, a total of 2,272 registered voters had cast ballots in the municipal election.

That figure represents 11 percent of Huntington County’s voters.

Most voters – 2,105 in all – cast their ballots at an early voting location. From Oct. 8 to 29, early voting was offered Monday through Friday in the Huntington County Courthouse. Voting was also offered in the courthouse on Saturday, Oct. 26.

A second early voting location, Huntington’s American Legion Post 85, was open on Oct. 28 and 29.

Announce calendar of governmental meetings for upcoming two weeks

The following are the governmental meetings scheduled for Nov. 4 to Nov. 16.

Tuesday, Nov. 5
7 p.m. - Huntington Common Council, City Building, Second Floor.
7 p.m. - Roanoke Town Council, Roanoke Town Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 6
6:30 p.m. - Markle Board of Zoning Appeals, Markle Town Hall.

Monday, Nov. 11
5 p.m. - Warren Town Council, Assembly Hall.

4 trying to win pair of council seats in Warren

Warren Town Council candidates are (from left) Julia Glessner, Ethan Stivers, Tavis Surfus and Michael Yoder (no photo).

Two seats on the Warren Town Council have attracted the interest of four candidates in the municipal election.

Members of this council are not elected on the basis of political affiliation, so all candidates are running as independents. Of those candidates, two are incumbents, Julia Glessner and Ethan Stivers. The other hopefuls are Tavis Surfus and Michael Yoder.

Yoder could not be reached for comment.