Government & School Board

Penalty deadline date for prop taxes is coming

Property taxes were due May 11, however due to COVID-19, Gov. Holcomb mandated a 60-day waiver of penalties. The 60-day waiver of penalty due date is July 10.

Indiana BMV penalty fees resumed July 1

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) reminds Hoosiers administrative penalty fees (late fees) resumed July 1.

All Hoosiers with expired driver’s licenses, permits, state identification cards and vehicle registrations will pay an late fee if they did not complete renewal trransaciton before July 1.

Title transaction and new vehicle registration must also have been cmpleted by that date.

Administrative penalty fees were waived early in the COVID-19 public health emergency to aid Hoosiers and support the state’s efforts to limit the spread of the virus.

Andrews water given all-clear

Andrews residents have been given the approval to use city water for all purposes following a contamination issue.

Town residents were notified by cellphone alerts on Tuesday afternoon after several different tests returned acceptable results.

The tests were conducted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the Town of Andrews and the Huntington County Health Department.

The announcement comes 11 days after an advisory was sent against  consumption and other uses of the water due to high contaminant levels.

HCCSC board talks about renovation projects

Of the top five needs in the renovations list compiled by the Huntington County Community School Corporation, one project will be paid for with insurance claim money, three will be funded from a pot of $20 million set aside for the repairs and one is too costly to do.

At the school board’s June 22 meeting, Superintendent Chad Daugherty laid out the plan for the following repairs and upgrades at the Huntington North High School, in order of importance:

1. Roof.

2. HVAC system.

3. Plumbing.

4. Kriegbaum Field.

5. Learning Center.

Warren Town Hall re-opens with precautions

Warren Town Hall will re-open to the public on Wednesday, July 1, with several precautions, notes Warren Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison.
Morrison notes that it would be preferable for people coming in to the building to wear a mask.

Town hall employees will not approach the counter unless needed. Anyone coming in to make a payment by check is asked to place the check in the box provided at the counter payment window.

Credit card payments will no longer be taken over the telephone, she notes.

Redevelopment commission to meet

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold a special meeting of the Huntington County Redevelopment Commission today, Monday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the GAR Room, second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

For more information contact the Board of Commissioners office at 358-4822.

‘On Your Way Up’ store re-opening to public

The “On Your Way Up” incentive store offered by the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is re-opening to the public.

The store will be available by appointment Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“There will be a few minor changes due to COVID-19,” said YSB Executive Director Jan Williams. “Only one person at a time will be allowed in the store. Parents will need to wear a mask (you will need to bring your own). No children will be allowed at this time.”

Andrews shuts well, will flush system

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management collected drinking water samples at the Andrews Water Department on Monday, June 22, in response to the “Do Not Drink” advisory issued by the town on June 19.

All finished drinking water samples being delivered to customers and residents met the safe drinking water standards set by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Based on the results, however, Andrews has shut off well No. 1 and will flush the system.

Roanoke TC to resume regular meets

The Roanoke Town Council will resume in-person meetings on Tuesday, July 7, at 6 p.m.

The council had suspended in-person meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. The meetings start at 6 p.m. and are held at Roanoke Town Hall, 141 W. Third St.

For more information, call town hall at 672-8116.

Andrews under water do-not-use advisory

The Town of Andrews is under a do-not-use advisory and is handing out bottled water to its residents while it works on solving an emergency to its water supply.

Andrews Clerk-Treasurer Laury Powell says the situation has led to a lawsuit being filed June 19, after testing discovered TCE and vinyl chloride potentially being present in the water.

School board members get peek at re-entry plan

During the regular meeting of the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 22, board members got a sneak peek of the corporation’s goals and re-entry plans for its sports and extracurricular program.

However, Superintendent Chad Daugherty made it clear that details of the plan will not be available until the board’s July 20 meeting.

Long-awaited jail project starts with ground-breaking June 17

Ground is ceremonially broken to signal the start of the Huntington County Jail expansion project on Wednesday, June 17. The project, which will see 130 beds added to the jail, is expected to be completed by February 2022. Pictured are (from left), Scott Carnegie and Phillip Wink, both of DLZ, which designed the jail addition; Ron Kline, Huntington County Council; Larry Buzzard and Tom Wall, Huntington County Commissioners; Huntington County Sheriff Chris Newton; Rob Miller, Huntington County Commissioners; Terry Miller, Huntington County Council; and Chris Sosebee and Brad Knable, both of Weigand Construction, which is building the jail addition.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A highly anticipated project to expand the Huntington County Jail got underway with a ground- breaking ceremony on Wednesday, June 17.

A parking lot at the jail, which is located at 332 E. State St., in Huntington, was the site of the ceremony. That lot will disappear as part of the project, which will see the jail expanded toward Warren Street. In all, 31,190 square feet will be added to the facility, with completion expected in February 2022.

E&B Paving gets Huntington street paving contract

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The City of Huntington’s 2020 Street Paving Project was awarded to E&B Paving during a Board of Public Works and Safety meeting on Monday, June 15.

The contract amount is $675,300. Nearly 3.6 miles of streets and 1.75 miles of alleys have been selected for resurfacing. Work is projected to begin by the end of July.

Backyard flooding issues again a concern for Markle Town Council

Backyard flooding issues are again under consideration by the Markle Town Council, this time involving a resident who is also a town councilman.

At the council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, June 17, Councilman Nick Lund excused himself from the desk and presented a plea for help with flooding on his property and others in the neighborhood, which includes Woodfield Court and Tracy Street.

City water payment window to stay closed

The City of Huntington has announced that the water billing payment window, which was shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will remain closed, even though the Huntington City Building has re-opened to the public.

In a press release, the city stated that the change would lead to more efficient service and limit opportunities for the coronavirus to spread amid uncertainty about COVID-19 moving forward.

In the past, the city notes that customers have had to wait up to 30 minutes in tight quarters in order to pay their bill at the payment window.