Government & School Board

City Council votes YES to Terry R. Abbett Splash Park upgrades

Huntington’s City Council approved, in a 6-1 vote, an ordinance that allows for improvements to the Terry R. Abbett Splash Park, located in Huntington’s Drover Park.

The hot button issue has been discussed in council since the July 14 meeting this year, and today met its final vote of approval.

The splash pad is currently shut down due to Mayor Richard Strick’s concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Four chairs, six candidates; upcoming HCCSC Board of Trustees election sees two district races

Six candidates have filed to fill four available chairs on the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees, resulting in races in two of the school board’s districts – one of which is between competing board members.

In District 4, Reed Christiansen, who is already a school board member from District 7, will run against District 4 incumbent Timothy E. Allen.

HCCSC hears update on virtual learning option enrollment Aug. 24

Nearly three weeks into the Huntington County Community School Corporation “in-person” school, board members heard an update at their regular meeting Monday, Aug. 24, on the district’s virtual learning option that now has 872 students enrolled in online classes.

Closed hotel in Markle is deemed unsafe by multiple governing bodies

Not much was said in favor of a local hotel that has been shut down because of an unsafe order during a public hearing held at the Markle Town Council’s meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

The hotel, located at 730 Logan St., has a sign designating it as OYO Hotel. It is the site of a fire that occurred in late July, according to Jessica Campbell, Building and permit division coordinator for the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD).

Roanoke’s council is introduced to reps from proposed subdivision

The Roanoke Town Council heard from David Brown, representative and engineer from Granite Ridge Builders.

Granite Ridge Builders is the parent company for Cardinal Creek Development LLC, who are planning the erection of a 95.5-acre subdivision consisting of 168 lots.

The acreage is located west of Roanoke between East 900 North, East 850 North and North 300 East.

Brown presented the plan to the Roanoke Plan Commission with Pat Hess, attorney for Cardinal Creek, during a meeting at the Huntington County Courthouse on Aug. 12.

Huntington Co. Community School Corp. Board of Trustees to meet tonight

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in a regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School, 1063E-900S, Warren.

This is an in person meeting and officials encourage those attending in person to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The agenda and attachments are now available in BoardDocs by visiting the HCCSC website at www. then clicking on Current School Board Meeting Agenda, then clicking on the date of the meeting and then clicking on view agenda.

Huntington awards local businesses with CFRG grant, totaling $26,737.45

The City of Huntington recently made six awards from its Commercial Façade and Roof Grant Program (CFRG) for the third quarter of 2020 totaling $26,737.45.

Those receiving grants were:

• Thunderbolt Development, LLC, 515 N. Jefferson St. – Façade.

• Thunderbolt Development, LLC, 331 N. Jefferson St. – Façade.

• Thunderbolt Development, LLC, 311 N. Jefferson St. – Roof.

• Beverly Johnson, 425 N. Jefferson St. – Façade.

• Bolinger Property Management, LLC, 620 N. Jefferson St. – Façade.

Abbett Splash Park improvement gets first push

A sketch of the proposed improvements to the Terry R. Abbett Splash Park at Huntington’s Drover Park.
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Huntington City Council approved on first reading an ordinance that would appropriate $420,000 of park dollars to improve the Terry R. Abbett Splash Park, on Tuesday evening, Aug. 11.

The splash pad, a popular attraction in Drover Park, is currently shut down due to the mayor’s concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

The issue was originally presented to the council last month.

During the July 14 meeting of the council, Steve Yoder, superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Department, detailed the issues with the splash pad as it sits currently.

HCCSC School Board has four seats available

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees will have four seats open for election on Nov. 3, and the Huntington County Clerk’s Office says only one candidate has filed so far.

The deadline to file for candidacy is Friday, Aug. 21, at noon, says Voter Registration and Election Deputy Clerk Yvette Runkle.

Rep. Leonard recommends for veterans

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) encourages veterans and Indiana companies to connect through INvet’s next-generation website. is a free resource for veterans to interact and find the most current information about job opportunities available in health care, logistics, manufacturing and tech, and other high-demand industries throughout the state.

Leonard said the program provides details about the skills required, with links to education and partners that offer the training, credentials or degrees needed.

County’s GOP holds caucus

The Huntington County Republican Party will hold a caucus to fill the position of Salamonie Township trustee. This position is vacant due to the recent resignation of the current trustee.

The caucus will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive.

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

Board of Public Works and Safety to hold meeting Aug. 17 at 3:30 p.m.

The Board of Public Works and Safety will be holding a meeting on Aug. 17, at 3:30 p.m.

New business that will be up for discussion includes a right-of-way license agreement for Hidden Hamlets, the BOW Resolution 2020-4: Gov. Deals auction, a section 5 acceptance of right-of-way, sanitary sewer and storm sewer infrastructure, and special events such as the upcoming Zombie Dash, Huntington Trails Beer and Wine event and the Harmony House October block party.

There will also be a public hearing regarding 715 Polk St.

Roanoke subdivision plan approved in first vote

The first round of votes were won, Wednesday, Aug. 12, during the Roanoke Plan Commission meeting, bringing the approval of a nearly 100-acre subdivision to be constructed west of Roanoke one step closer. The subdivision would be located between East 900 North, East 850 North and North 300 East. Image provided.
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The first votes have been won in favor of a proposed new subdivision in Roanoke.

Cardinal Creek Development LLC is a subsidiary of Granite Ridge Builders, who are planning the erection of a 95.5-acre subdivision consisting of 168 lots.

The acreage is located west of Roanoke between East 900 North, East 850 North and North 300 East.

The Town of Roanoke Plan Commission, on Wednesday night, Aug. 12, after a public hearing, unanimously gave favorable recommendation for rezoning three parcels of land that would be the building site for the subdivision.

Warren Public Library Board has two-year and four-year positions open to applicants

The Huntington County Board of Commissioners has put out a public notice regarding available positions on the Warren Public Library board.

Applicants must be a resident of the Warren, Salamonie Township Library district, for at least two years.

One board position is a four-year term beginning Oct. 1, while the other available position is a half term (two years) beginning Oct. 1.

Anyone interested in these positions must come in to the commissioners’ office to fill out an application for this request.

Andrews Council talks ordinances, FEMA buyout process

Town ordinances and a FEMA buyout were the main focus of the Andrews Town Council meeting held in the evening on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department.

Kim Hostettler, of the Department of Community Development, provided information for how the process for a FEMA buyout would work for a small group of properties in the town of Andrews.

The properties in question were listed in order by priority, and according to Hostettler, the bill for that property will be paid by the town, and the town will be reimbursed by FEMA.