Government & School Board

All Senior Center activities canceled

The Huntington County Council on Aging has canceled, until further notice, all activities at the Senior Center.

The activities will resume if an “all clear” is obtained from the Huntington County Health Department.

Reservoir will be reviewed

Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chicago District are preparing a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document associated with the development of an updated resource management master plan for three USACE properties in Indiana –  Salamonie Lake, Mississinewa Lake and J.E. Roush Lake.

Leonard reappointed as chair

Dan Leonard
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State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) was reappointed to serve as chair of the House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee.

Leonard said in his second year as chair of this committee he feels more at ease with the demands and workload.  

"This is a detail-oriented position that helps ensure the House operates smoothly and efficiently," Leonard said. "Upholding the integrity of this institution is a task I take seriously, and I'm ready to meet the challenges that may come up as we conduct session a bit differently this year."

Health Department hosting meeting

The Huntington County Health Department’s Board of Health will hold an executive meeting on Monday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.

The health department is located at 1330 S. Jefferson St., Huntington and can be reached at 358-4831.

CARES Act dollars okayed for city’s virus mitigation

A public hearing was held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, during a meeting of the Common Council of the City of Huntington in regards to appropriating $50,000 of CARES Act funds to the Board of Works.

No comments were made during the hearing, and council went on to approve the funds appropriation in a 6-0 vote. Councilman Dave Funk was absent.

The appropriation allows the $50,000 to be used towards COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the city as part of a new grant program and Mayor Strick’s “Making Space Initiative.”

Huntington Prosecutor recuses self from investigation

Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison has recused herself from an investigation in the Huntington Police Department shooting on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Richison says she recused herself due to a combination of considerations, one being that she has a personal relationship with one of the witnesses.

This shooting incident resulted in one Huntington police officer being shot, suffering serious but non-life threatening injuries, and one adult male suspect being shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a press release from the Indiana State Police on Dec. 18:

Health Department meeting

The Huntington County Health Department will have a Virtual Health Board Meeting on Monday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.

Contact the department at 358-4831 for the conference call code.

Wall elected 2021 IACC president

Tom Wall
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Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall was elected to serve as 2021 President of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners (IACC) by county commissioners across the state. Jasper County Commissioner Kendell Culp stated that “Wall will be a great spokesperson for their association and is very dedicated to improving local government.”

Warren TC adopts ordinances

 According to a draft of meeting minutes from the Town of Warren from the Dec. 21, meeting, council discussed the adoption of ordinances, a contract with the Huntington County United Economic Development and the issue of vision insurance.

Kim Hostetler, of the Huntington County Department of Community Development, asked for discussion concerning the planned adoption of Planning Ordinances before the Council. Hearing none, a motion was made and seconded to adopt the ordinances. The motion carried unanimously.

Markle Council hears updates

Several ordinance changes were heard by Markle Town Council on Wednesday, Dec. 16, along with a property compliance update from the Huntington County Department of Community Development (DCD), town correspondents and department reports.

Council President Aaron McClary and councilmember Nicolas Lund, along with several speakers, were present via Zoom for the meeting. Council Vice President Matthew Doss and Clerk/Treasurer Stephenie Hensley were present at the Markle Volunteer Fire Station for the meeting.

Zay files Bill 51

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) has filed Senate Bill 51, which would allow Indiana schools to claim federal Medicaid reimbursements for providing Individualized Education Program (IEP) services and special education services.

The Teacher Compensation Commission recently released a report detailing 37 recommendations on how to reach the $600 million dollars needed to raise the average Hoosier teacher’s salary to over $60,000. This legislation could free up $100 to $200 million in funds for schools to use toward teacher pay.

Bald eagles no longer endangered here

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) recently removed the bald eagle from Indiana’s list of state endangered and special concern species due to evidence of successful recovery.

NE Indiana 2021 Caucus agenda

The Mayors and Commissioners Caucus of Northeast Indiana has released its 2021 legislative agenda.

The Caucus, which includes elected officials from the 11 counties in Northeast Indiana, meets regularly to collaborate on economic development issues, legislative advocacy and other matters of common interest within the region. Key focuses include improving the region’s interstate accessibility, rural broadband and permitting and zoning processes.

Roanoke appoints two new council members

County Clerk Shelley Septer (right), swears in Roanoke Town Council member Nick Scheer. Scheer was selected by the council to replace Councilwoman Pam Parker, who has resigned from her position.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Two Roanoke Town Council members have submitted their resignation.

Pam Parker and Ryan Carroll have both stepped down from their seats.

During the town council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15, the remaining members of council appointed Amanda Sands and Nicholas Scheer to replace Carroll and Parker, respectively, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

After the meeting, Sands and Scheer were sworn into their newly appointed positions.

Roanoke Town Council new member Amanda Sands

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County Clerk Shelley Septer (left), watches as newly appointed Roanoke Town Council member Amanda Sands signs documents affirming her new appointment. Sands was selected by the council to replace Ryan Carroll, who has resigned from his position.