Government & School Board

School board to meet in exec session Oct. 22

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in executive session on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School. The board will begin its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

The discussion will focus on litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing.

Executive sessions are not open to the public.

Markle could grow with voluntary annexation

The town of Markle could increase its size by approximately 53.6 acres, after the town council unanimously approved a resolution outlining a fiscal plan for voluntary annexation of the property.

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 17, council members heard from two economic development officials during a public hearing, both in favor of the annexation of land owned by Warpup Farms LLC-Brian Warpup.

Blowing grass clippings in street against law

Blowing grass clippings into the street has never been a good idea.

But now, in Huntington, the practice is also unlawful. And ignoring the law can harm your wallet.

A Huntington City ordinance, which fine-tunes a number of regulations pertaining to vegetation along city streets, now expressly prohibits grass clippings from being blown into the street while mowing.

“Leave it in your yard,” says Adam Cuttriss, engineering inspector and technician with the city’s Department of Public Works and Engineering Services. “It will be OK.”

Andrews Town Council passes 2019 budget at its recent meeting

The Andrews Town Council passed the town’s 2019 budget at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 8.

The town’s budget will be $1,260,653. Of that amount, tax caps total $202,384. The budget passed unanimously.

Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon explained the town’s Title VI/Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Plan to council. She noted that a state compliance auditor had directed the town to begin implementing a series of ADA compliance documents. The board requested that Dillon prepare those documents for the next council meeting, on Monday, Oct. 22.

New county deputy

Jamin Joel Sands (left), of Roanoke, takes the oath of office as he is sworn in as the newest Huntington County Sheriff’s Department deputy on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Huntington County Courthouse. With him is (from left) his daughter, Alexis Sands; son, Ashton Berghoff; wife, Amanda Sands; Huntington County Circuit Court Judge Jamie Groves; and Sheriff Terry Stoffel (partially hidden).

Deputy retires

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ron Boxell (right) receives congratulations from Huntington County Coroner Phil Zahm on Friday, Oct. 12, during a retirement reception held in the law library at the Huntington County Courthouse. Boxell, who has more than 23 years of service, worked his last day as a deputy on Monday, Oct. 15. He will now become a government security officer in the federal building in Fort Wayne.

GOP plans caucus on Oct. 24 to replace trustee

The Huntington County Republican Party will hold a caucus on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. to fill the position of Salamonie Township Trustee. This position is vacant due to the current trustee moving out of the township.

Any interested candidates must reside in Salamonie Township, which includes Salamonie 1 and Salamonie 2 precincts.

The caucus will be held at the Huntington Township Fire Station, located at 939 N. Broadway St., Huntington.

Roanoke council learns new fire truck to be here soon

The Roanoke Town Council learned at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, when the town’s new fire truck was expected to be delivered.

Fire Chief Brandon Taylor reported that the fire truck was set to be transported to the town by its builder, Summit Fire Apparatus, either during the week of Nov. 5 or 12. Taylor noted that the town would be getting a one-of-a-kind truck that is 100 percent customized.

In other fire department business, firefighter Ryan Carroll stated that two firefighter applications had been received. Council voted to accept both applications.

Commish to have exec session

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session today, Monday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. in the commissioners’ office, room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting will be to receive information about, and inter-
view, prospective employees.

Huntington Common Council gets ball rolling on process of constructing new police station

The Huntington Common Council got the ball rolling on the process of constructing a new police station during its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The board passed a resolution that accepted a petition from citizens calling for the city to finance the construction of the new station via the lease bond approach. This is a financing method for public improvements that is available to all municipalities in the state. In order to utilize this method, a municipality must first receive a petition that has been signed by 50 or more taxpayers within its boundaries.

Early bird

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Barb Trosper, of Warren, casts her ballot in the 2018 midterm election on the first day of early voting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Huntington County Courthouse. Early voting will be offered at the clerk’s office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 2. Voters will also have the opportunity to cast ballots in the clerk’s office on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

School board accepts bid $3 million over expected projections

At the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees’ regular meeting Monday, Oct. 8, school officials were shocked to learn that the bids to construct the new Roanoke Elementary School came in roughly $3 million over the projected cost.

Early voting in county starts this Wednesday

Starting on Wednesday, Oct. 10, all registered voters in Huntington County will have the option of voting early in the general election.

Early voting will be offered in the Huntington County Clerk’s Office at the Huntington County Courthouse, plus at three early voting satellite locations.

Any registered voter may cast their ballot early at any of the aforementioned locations, without having a specific reason for doing so. Voters are required to produce a state-issued photo ID when they vote.

Banks’ aid to be in town Oct. 11

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will be in Huntington on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the visit is to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Demo meet and greet

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Democratic candidates Gary Snyder (left) and Jorge Fernandez chat at the meet-and-greet event held Monday, Oct. 1, at Café of Hope in Huntington. Snyder is running for Indiana State Senate District 17 and Fernandez is the Democratic candidate for Indiana State Representative District 50. Democrat Joselyn Whitticker, who is running for state auditor, was also in attendance at the event.