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HCCSC board honored custodial staff

The Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees met in a regular meeting on Monday, June 14, honoring several employees within the corporation and also discussing project updates.
Scott Bumgardner, the corporation business manager, recognized corporation custodians for their hard work during the last year and a half during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Common Council discusses noise and burning ordinances

The Common Council of the City of Huntington discussed two ordinance issues and also heard public comment from two citizens during its evening meeting on Tuesday, June 8.

The first ordinance-related matter up for discussion revolved around a city noise ordinance. The matter of whether or not to pursue the matter or “accept the reality and challenges that come with” noise in the city had previously been brought up during other council meetings. Councilman Dave Funk shared his dissent on the matter, motioning to drop the matter because it “is an unenforceable ordinance.”

Hgtn. County Republicans to hold caucus

The Huntington County Republican Party will have a Caucus to fill the position of Huntington County Prosecuting Attorney for the 56th Judicial Circuit. This position is vacant due to the recent resignation of the current prosecuting attorney.

Any interested candidates must reside in Huntington County, which includes all 36 precincts.

The Caucus will take place on Wednesday, June 23, at 6 p.m., at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington, in the Flint Springs and Drover Town community rooms.

BOW discussed new biz matters May 17

The Board of Public Works & Safety met on Monday, May 17, to discuss several new business matters and to have a public hearing regarding 201 W. State St., Huntington.

Following the call to order, Mayor Richard Strick opened the public hearing on 201 W. State St. With no one wishing to speak on the matter, the public hearing was closed.

A resolution regarding the area was brought up by Commissioner Shad Paul. Paul presented Resolution 2021-8: “Regarding 201 W. State St.” to the board.

Town superintendent in Roanoke resigned

The Roanoke Town Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 1, to discuss the resignation of Town Superintendent Phil Hibbert.

Hibbert put in his resignation on Thursday, May 27. Several residents and friends of Hibbert addressed the council at the meeting. The council addressed some of their concerns.

Vice President Joan Abbott made a motion to allow Hibbert until today, Monday, June 7, to decide if he would like to return as a town employee. The motion passed.

USDA grants for innovation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of up to $4 million for grants to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects. The USDA Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production is accepting proposals for planning and innovation projects. USDA will accept applications on Grants.gov until Friday, June 18, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

“Urban agriculture can play an important role in food justice and equity,” said Susan Houston, Farm Service Agency Executive Director in Indiana.

DCD updates Andrews TC

The Andrews Town Council heard several updates from the Huntington Department of Community Development (DCD) during its regular Monday, May 24, meeting.

Jessica Beal and Brandt Ricker, both of DCD, were present to discuss the state of 75 S. Main St. and Lot 16 at Antioch Mobile Home Park (MHP).

IN plans to stop benefits

Indiana is joining a growing list of states opting out of federal pandemic unemployment benefits. The program adds $300 per week on top of state benefits.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says the decision was made in part because employers are struggling to find enough workers. Holcomb says state participation will end effective Saturday, June 19.

“Eliminating these pandemic programs will not be a silver bullet for employers to find employees, but we currently have about 116,000 available jobs in the state that need filled now,” said Holcomb.

School board met to discuss award winners, federal funds

The Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees met on Monday, May 24, to recognize several awards given to individuals in HCCSC and to vote on proposals for federal fund distribution.

The Huntington North High School (HNHS) Guidance Department received the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet Award of Excellence, an award that went to only three other programs in the state.

Richison named Huntington County’s full-time magistrate

The Huntington County Courts have announced that Amy C. Richison has been appointed as the new full-time Magistrate for Huntington County Superior Court and Huntington County Circuit Court, effective July 1.

Richison graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, in 1996. She started her career as a Deputy Prosectuor in Johnson County and also served as the Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Huntington County from 1997 until she was elected to the position of Prosecuting Attorney for Huntington County.

Roanoke TC provides funds for Chamber

At the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, May 18, several representatives for the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce shared their report of what they’ve been working on in the past year.

Alyssa Alaimo discussed the marketing the Chamber has done this year, including a video advertisement from IBA Marketing & Design, redesigned business brochures, the new “Discover Roanoke” website that’s been up for about a year and billboards in Fort Wayne.

“We’d like to take things farther and bigger,” Board Member Stephanie McKibben said.

Markle TC makes plans to fill vacant council seat

The Markle Town Council discussed the matter of filling a council seat vacancy and also heard updates regarding the town marketing plan during its Monday, May 17, meeting.

Council President Aaron McClary had previously announced to the council that he and his family would be moving to the Lousiville, KY, area in June. During the Monday, May 17, meeting, he stated that it would most likely be his last meeting, as he and his family plan to move during the same week as the June council meeting.

Warren TC consents to rezoning

Mike and Stacy Haggerty presented plans to construct an automatic carwash in Warren at the Warren Town Council meeting on Monday, May 10.

Along with the carwash, they also want to have a small laundromat on the side of the carwash building and other small features like vacuums.

“I believe it would be a great addition to Warren,” Mike said.

The couple is in the process of buying one property for the project, but is requesting to buy a second property that is owned by the town. Both properties would need rezoned because they are currently residential properties.

Andrews TC discusses old biz

Several updates on old business matters were heard by the Andrews Town Council during its regular meeting on Monday, May 10.

First, Eric Woodmansee, of AME Consulting, presented council with updates regarding future construction projects for the town, as well as the town’s updated comprehensive plan.