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Warren TC makes a change

Warren Town Council will hold a public hearing in order to discuss Ordinance 2021-4 on Monday, March 29, at 6 p.m.

The hearing will take place at Assembly Hall, 301 N. Wayne St., Warren.

The public hearing was originally scheduled by the Town Council for today, Monday, March 22.

Roanoke PD will buy ammo, has new computers

At the Roanoke Town Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, March 16, Town Marshal Jim Wood requested to use money from their training budget to buy ammunition. He hopes that the ammunition they purchase now will sustain them for two years.

Wood received a quote for 9,000 rounds for $2,351, with free shipping. He requested to be able to spend up to $3,000 from the budget so they could get more if possible.

“The price I was quoted was unbelievable,” Wood said. “But it could take up to six months to get the ammunition.”

Mass vaccination clinic taking place Saturday March 20

The Huntington County Health Department will host a mass vaccination clinic inside the gymnasium at Crestview Middle School tomorrow, Saturday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Interim Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Pflieger stated on Thursday, March 18, that 500 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available that day.

HB 1039 passes IN Senate

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R) concerning Purple Heart license plates passed the Indiana Senate. House Bill 1039 would allow the surviving spouse, who does not remarry, of a Purple Heart recipient to renew the specialty license plate. HB 1039 would also establish the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal specialty license plate.

Hgtn. is ‘yellow’

After a second consecutive week with an improved metric score, Huntington County’s COVID-19 advisory level is now officially “yellow.”

“This is good news for Huntington County, and we continue to move in the right direction,” Dr. Matt Pflieger, interim public health officer for Huntington County, said Wednesday. “Our goal is still to ‘Be Blue’ for the health and safety of our neighbors and so our local businesses can thrive.”

Counties oppose HB 1381

The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) and the Indiana Association of County Commissioners (IACC) are opposed to House Bill 1381, preempting local control for the siting of wind and commercial solar projects.  Nearly 60 Indiana counties have passed resolutions or written letters in opposition of HB 1381.  

Zay’s SB 137 passes House

A bill authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that would allow the Kids First Trust Fund board to create a new way to raise money recently passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives with unanimous support.

Senate Bill 137 would allow the Kids First Trust Fund board to create a nonprofit subsidiary corporation to solicit and accept private funding, gifts and donations. This would create another revenue source to secure more dollars for child services offered by the partners of the trust fund and the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Pflieger discusses vaccines

On Tuesday, March 9, Huntington County’s interim Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Pflieger, shared a video discussing the differences between the three COVID-19 vaccines that have been introduced to the public.

The three options - one from Pfizer, one from Moderna and one from Johnson & Johnson - will all be available at the Huntington County COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

Warren discusses lowering electric

The Warren Town Council discussed an electric rate study and other miscellaneous business at its regular meeting on Monday, March 8.
Financial Consultant Greg Guerrettaz, of Financial Solutions Group, Inc., presented an update on the electric rate study to the council. The Town of Warren used to receive electric power through Indiana Michigan Power, but they switched to Wolverine Power in May of 2020.

Board of Public Works meeting

The Board of Public Works and Safety of the City of Huntington (“Council”) will conduct its regular meeting on Monday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend by remote access. The city will use Webex for remote meetings. Either call 1-415-655-0001 or visit webex.com. The meeting access code is 182 081 5334 and the password is COHBPWS (2642797 from phones and video systems).

Andrews discusses biz matters March 8

The Andrews Town Council discussed Community Crossings Matching Grant (CCMG) 2020-2 and heard more updates on Lot 16 at the Antioch Mobile Home Park during its Monday, March 8, meeting.

Eric Woodmansee, of AME consulting, presented the council with several updates regarding the schedule for the town’s CCMG 2020-2 project. According to Woodmansee, the project was officially out for bids, which are due by Monday, March 15.

School board opposes bills

The Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) board of trustees passed a resolution Monday night, March 8, during their regular meeting, condemning “the establishment of education scholarship accounts and the expansion of the Indiana choice scholarship program as proposed by members of Indiana’s General Assembly in House Bill 1005 and Senate Bill 412.”
HCCSC Superintendent Chad Daugherty said his request for the board’s approval for the resolution is “a vote of confidence” for the corporation’s teachers.

Water main to be fixed

During its regular meeting on Monday, March 1, the Huntington Board of Public Works & Safety approved replacement projects for the South Jefferson water main and a Lindley Street culvert.

“Over the past several years the city has experienced multiple water main breaks in this area (along South Jefferson Street),” Director of Public Works & Engineering Services Director Adam Cuttriss said. “Due to the number of breaks and the age of the water main, it was determined that the best course of action for the city would be to replace the water main.”

Roanoke PD to use CEDIT for computers

The Roanoke Town Council met on Tuesday, March 2, at 6 p.m. Council discusses several police department updates, including new equipment.
Town Marshal Jim Wood reported that Grant Baumgartner is enrolled in the academy. He will start on June 1 with 30 days of virtual learning. Baumgartner will then start his in-house training on July 1. He will graduate at the beginning of September.

Because of the need for virtual learning, Wood requested two new computers to replace their old ones in the amount of $2,076.03. The computers they currently use are seven to 10 years old.