Government & School Board

Pair of referendum questions gives added spice to local Election Day

Election Day for the municipal election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The election is open to all registered voters in Huntington County. The two referendum questions posed by the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) will appear on every voter’s ballot.

While voters residing in unincorporated Huntington County will only have the questions to vote on, voters residing within the corporate limits of Huntington, Roanoke, Andrews, Warren and Markle will also have municipal candidates on their ballot.

Warren calls executive session for Wednesday

An executive session of the Warren Town Council has been scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the council meeting room, Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St.

Agenda items include discussion of job performance evaluations of individual employees, to discuss, before determination, an individual’s status as an employee.

A special meeting has been scheduled immediately following the executive session but will not commence prior to 4:30 p.m.

School Board holds work session to go over teachers’ contract

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Salamonie School, 1063E-900S, Warren, in the following meetings:

• 6 p.m. – special board work session and public hearing on the HCCSC/Huntington County Teachers Association tentative agreement.

• 7 p.m. – executive session. The purpose of the session is to discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees. This subdivision does not apply to a discussion of the salary, compensation or benefits of employees during a budget process.

11 percent of county’s voters use early option

Through Oct. 29, a total of 2,272 registered voters had cast ballots in the municipal election.

That figure represents 11 percent of Huntington County’s voters.

Most voters – 2,105 in all – cast their ballots at an early voting location. From Oct. 8 to 29, early voting was offered Monday through Friday in the Huntington County Courthouse. Voting was also offered in the courthouse on Saturday, Oct. 26.

A second early voting location, Huntington’s American Legion Post 85, was open on Oct. 28 and 29.

Announce calendar of governmental meetings for upcoming two weeks

The following are the governmental meetings scheduled for Nov. 4 to Nov. 16.

Tuesday, Nov. 5
7 p.m. - Huntington Common Council, City Building, Second Floor.
7 p.m. - Roanoke Town Council, Roanoke Town Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 6
6:30 p.m. - Markle Board of Zoning Appeals, Markle Town Hall.

Monday, Nov. 11
5 p.m. - Warren Town Council, Assembly Hall.

4 trying to win pair of council seats in Warren

Warren Town Council candidates are (from left) Julia Glessner, Ethan Stivers, Tavis Surfus and Michael Yoder (no photo).

Two seats on the Warren Town Council have attracted the interest of four candidates in the municipal election.

Members of this council are not elected on the basis of political affiliation, so all candidates are running as independents. Of those candidates, two are incumbents, Julia Glessner and Ethan Stivers. The other hopefuls are Tavis Surfus and Michael Yoder.

Yoder could not be reached for comment.

Markle Park Board meeting date changes

The Markle Park Board has changed its November meeting date from Nov. 12 to Monday, Nov. 4.

The meeting will take place in the meeting room of the Markle Fire Station, 150 W. Sparks St.

Andrews council hears details of police raid

The Andrews Town Council received information about an Oct. 22 police raid that had occurred in town during its meeting on Monday, Oct. 28.

Town Marshal Austin Bullock explained that he had been investigating two individuals residing in a house on Clifton Street. After obtaining a search warrant as part of that investigation, he reached out to an area law enforcement agency for assistance.

“Due to the nature of the house and the individuals that we were looking for, we contacted the Allen County sheriff; that provided us with the Allen County SWAT team,” said Bullock.

Huntington Common Council 3rd District race has 4 hopefuls

Candidates for the Huntington Common Council 3rd District are (from left) Eric Bruce, Tony Hiles, Jerry Meehan Jr. and Richard Mills.

Four candidates are running to become the next 3rd District representative on the Huntington Common Council.

The 3rd District is the easternmost district in Huntington. It contains locations such as Hier’s Park and the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

The candidates are Eric Bruce, independent; Tony Hiles, independent; Jerry Meehan Jr., Republican; and Richard Douglas Mills, Democrat.

More than 1,100 votes cast through initial dozen days of early voting

Over the first 12 days of early voting, four percent of Huntington County’s registered voters cast ballots in the municipal election.

Four percent translates to 1,125 voters, notes Yvette Runkle, the county’s voter registration and election deputy.

Early voting commenced on Oct. 8. The aforementioned totals reflect ballots cast through Oct. 23.

Out of 42 precincts in the county, the ballots in 22 of them featured only the two referendum questions posed by the Huntington County Community School Corporation. In those 22 precincts, a total of 471 voters cast ballots.

Treasurer’s office open on Nov. 2 to take property tax payments

The Huntington County Treasurer’s Office, located on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, will be open to take property tax payments on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon.  

Taxpayers are urged to take advantage of the much shorter lines on Saturday. The last day to pay property taxes is Tuesday, Nov. 12. Penalties will be added after that date.

Town of Warren sets holiday hours, closings

The Town of Warren has announced its holiday schedule and office closings:

Nov. 5 – Election Day, closed.

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day, closed.
Nov. 22 – Holiday Walk, downtown.

Nov. 28, 29 – Thanksgiving, closed.

Trash collection will be made on the Friday following Thanksgiving, Dec. 6, for all town routes.

Nov. 29 – Santa arrives downtown.

Dec. 25 to 27 – Christmas holiday, closed.

Dec. 31, Jan. 1 – New Year’s holiday, closed.

Banks co-sponsor of bill to protect vets in cases of overpayment

United States Representatives Jim Banks (R-Ind.-03) and Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), both members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced the bipartisan Student Veteran Protection Act on Friday, Oct. 18.

The bill would change how GI Bill overpayments are reimbursed by making schools, not student veterans, responsible for reimbursing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for GI Bill overpayments. 

County GOP to caucus for Jackson Twp. trustee

The Huntington County Republican Party will be holding a caucus to fill the position of Jackson Township trustee. This position is vacant due to the resignation of the current trustee.

The caucus will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Three in race to become next mayor of City of Huntington

Huntington mayoral candidates are (from left) Larry Buzzard, Johnnie Hiles and Richard Strick.

Three candidates are vying to become the next mayor of Huntington.

Those candidates are Republican Larry Buzzard and independents Johnnie Hiles and Richard Strick.

Larry Buzzard
Buzzard, 61, has been a Huntington County commissioner since 2012 and currently serves as the commissioners’ president. He previously served on the Huntington Common Council and Huntington County Council.