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Warren TC adds member

Michelle Schweikhardt (right) was chosen on Monday, Dec. 13, as the newest Warren Town Council member. Also featured are her 2-year-old daughter Harper (left) and Michelle’s husband Adam.
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On Monday, Dec. 13, Michelle Schweikhardt was appointed as the next Warren Town Council member. She will be filling the vacancy left by Ethan Stivers, who will be relocating to Kentucky.

Schweikhardt said she chose to apply for the council position because she wanted to do her part.

“I’ve lived in Warren my entire life. I’ve lived literally on the same street my entire life and it is such a nice town,” Schweikhardt said. “It’s a small town, it’s a family-friendly town… there’s not a lot of places like Warren I feel like and I thought this is my time to give back.”

City gives COVID-19 updates

The City of Huntington took a procedural step on Tuesday, Dec. 14, to align its COVID-19 guidelines with accumulating data showing the vaccines’ effectiveness in preventing severe illness and hospitalizations.

Executive Order No. 8, signed on Tuesday by Mayor Richard Strick, acknowledges that 46.2 percent of Huntington County residents age 5 or older are fully vaccinated. In addition, Indiana Department of Health data shows that more than 94 percent of statewide hospitalizations in November related to COVID-19 are unvaccinated individuals.

City chooses Boxell as new Police Chief

On Thursday, Dec. 16, the City of Huntington swore in Cory Boxell (center) as the new Chief of Police. Christi McElhaney (left) assisted with the swearing-in duties and Carrie Boxell (right) held the Bible as Cory swore in.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

The City of Huntington has selected Cory Boxell as the Huntington Police Department’s new chief of Police.

Boxell is a well-respected veteran of the department who is approaching his 19th anniversary of joining HPD as a patrolman in February 2003. He has earned several promotions since, working as detective for 11 years and a supervisor for more than six years in his roles as detective sergeant and detective captain.

Biggs presents ideas for new housing to Roanoke Town Council on Dec. 7

Editor’s note: Additional information from this meeting was covered in the Monday, Dec. 13, issue of The TAB.

Kevan Biggs, of Ideal Homes, attended the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7, to discuss a possible housing opportunity for Roanoke and hear the council’s thoughts on the matter. The council brought forth several questions regarding his ideas.

Andrews TC hosts last meeting of 2021 Dec. 13

Monday, Dec. 13, marked the final meeting for the Andrews Town Council for 2021, and several matters to start off 2022 were brought up over the course of the meeting including Tax Refund Exchange and Compliance Systems (TRECS) Participation and contracts for trash pick ups.

According to the website, TRECS is a “results-oriented process to help counties collect outstanding debts in a timely, cost-effective manner. Clerk-Treasurer Laury Powell stated that the town of Andrews has participated with TRECS for the past two years.

HPD welcomes police officer

Dustin Offenberger (middle) swore-in as the newest Huntington Police Department officer on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Also featured is his wife, Olivia (right), holding the ceremonial Bible as he took his Oath of Office.
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The Huntington Police Department (HPD) welcomed a new officer to the force during a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the City Building.
Dustin Offenberger, the new officer, is a 2015 graduate of Caston High School in Fulton. He attended Purdue University for one year before deciding to join the Marine Corps. He obtained the rank of corporal and was honorably discharged in February of this year.

During the ceremony, Police Chief Chad Hacker spoke about how Offenberger’s experience and personality will make him a good long-term fit for the department.

Roanoke TC discusses 775 Seminary St. plans

During the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7, Council President Dave Meitzler gave an update on the 775 Seminary St., Roanoke, property.

During previous meetings, the property was discussed due to its poor condition. The matter went to court and the judge ruled that the resident had to vacate in October.

The council first opened the property for sale to the surrounding properties. The town had one offer, but they couldn’t come to an agreement with the individual.

The council is now looking to sell the property outright.

Councilman relinquishes seat

After announcing during the Tuesday, Nov. 9, Huntington City Council meeting that he would step down at the end of the month, Councilman Jerry Meehan Jr. officially notified the Huntington County Republican Party on Tuesday, Nov. 30, that he would relinquish his seat.

Meehan, a first-time city councilman, represented Huntington’s 3rd District including southern and eastern parts of the city. A May house fire in which Meehan and his wife lost their home of more than three decades ultimately forced a difficult decision to relocate outside of the district.

Andrews council receives updates

During the Monday, Nov. 22, regular Andrews Town Council meeting, it was revealed that quite a bit of progress has been made on the property at 75 S. Main St., and council members were able to see a variety of photos that documented the progress that has been made on the property. They  were also able to see some of the structural issues that still need to be taken care of.

Adams, Harrison address Warren TC on projects

Ben Adams and Chris Harrison, of Commonwealth Engineering, attended the Monday, Nov. 22, Warren Town Council meeting to discuss updates on current Town of Warren projects.

Adams explained that Harrison will be overseeing the remainder of the Water Upgrade Project and will continue to provide water and wastewater assistance as needed.

Adams explained the status of the Upgrade Project noting that the construction of the Water Tower should be completed this year. The exterior painting and some additional work will be delayed until spring of 2022.

HCCSC discusses local trail expansion

Huntington Mayor Richard Strick (left) attended the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Nov. 22, to discuss the Erie Rail Trail Expansion project. Featured is Board Member Brian Warpup (right) asking questions about the project.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

Mayor Richard Strick and City of Huntington Director of Public Works Adam Cuttriss attended the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Nov. 22, to discuss receiving easement rights for the Erie Rail Trail Expansion Project.

HCCSC Superintendent Chad Daugherty explained that this is a $1.9 million project that includes expansion of the existing Erie Rail Trail near the Huntington University (HU) campus. The expansion would end at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. The project would also include road improvements.

Huntington County Council has several open appointments

The Huntington County Council has multiple Board Appointments available for interested citizens to serve on starting in 2022.

Appointments include a seat on the Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) Board, which is a 1-year term starting in January 2022 and expiring on Dec. 31, 2022. Candidates must be 21 years of age and must have lived in the county for the past five years. Applicants cannot be a full or part-time public employee or hold a lucrative government office.