Government & School Board

Andrews' Town Council discusses water bill payment plan

Concerns over unpaid water bills and the plans for recovering from the contamination of well water were the main focuses of the Andrews' Town Council meeting held on Monday, July 13, at the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department.

Governor sends PPE to schools, small businesses

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has announced new resources to help make personal protective equipment (PPE) more accessible to businesses, nonprofits and schools across the state, supporting efforts to get Indiana Back on Track while ensuring the health and safety of Hoosiers.

Emergency Planning mtg July 29

The Local Emergency Planning (LEPC) meeting scheduled for July 29, at 9 a.m. will now be held virtually.

The LEPC will not be meeting at the Huntington County Community Learning Center.

The meeting is open to the public and can be joined at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/849091125.

HCCSC outlines students’ vaccination requirements

The Huntington County Community School Corporation says as students return to school this year there will be many differences but one requirement will stay the same.

The Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana State Department of Health are staying firm on the immunization requirements for students starting the 2020-21 school year. The requirements are set by the state and all schools in the state are mandated to follow.

Health Dept. calls board meeting

The Huntington County Health Department has announced a Health Board meeting on Monday, July 13, at 5 p.m.

The meeting will be in a conference call format and is open to the public.

To join the meeting, go online to global.gotomeeting.com/join/314731557.

Banks’ security legislation passes

Rep. Jim Banks’ amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) designed to protect sensitive national security research at universities has passed with bipartisan support.

The amendment builds off an amendment Banks introduced and was included in last year’s NDAA that directs the Department of Defense (DoD) to collect background information on anyone participating in DoD-funded research. The amendment promotes transparency and ensures research funded by the Department of Defense is protected from espionage.

Scher sworn into Roanoke Town Council July 7

Patrick Scher (left) is sworn into his new position by Shelley Septer, county clerk, as Roanoke Town Council member on Tuesday, July 7, after the bimonthly town meeting adjourned.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld

The Roanoke Town Council selected Patrick Scher as its newest member Tuesday evening, July 7.

Scher was sworn in as the fourth member of the town council after the biweekly meeting adjourned.

He beat out two other townsfolk who were vying for the seat, and he was unanimously voted into the spot by the town’s standing three town council members.

Gov. backs up on Back on Track

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has announced the state will modify the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 17.

While a few restrictions lifted on July 4 in version 4.5 of the plan, most will stay in place. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

“While most of our health indicators remain positive, our data indicates a need to be extra cautious, which is why we will pause much of our Back on Track roadmap,” Holcomb said. “I urge Hoosiers to maintain vigilance in social distancing and wearing masks so we can continue to re-open our state for business.”

Leonard says new laws starting July 1 help teachers, patients and farmers

With many new laws now in effect since July 1, State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) says several important changes support Hoosier teachers, patients and farmers.

Penalty deadline date for prop taxes is coming

Property taxes were due May 11, however due to COVID-19, Gov. Holcomb mandated a 60-day waiver of penalties. The 60-day waiver of penalty due date is July 10.

Indiana BMV penalty fees resumed July 1

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) reminds Hoosiers administrative penalty fees (late fees) resumed July 1.

All Hoosiers with expired driver’s licenses, permits, state identification cards and vehicle registrations will pay an late fee if they did not complete renewal trransaciton before July 1.

Title transaction and new vehicle registration must also have been cmpleted by that date.

Administrative penalty fees were waived early in the COVID-19 public health emergency to aid Hoosiers and support the state’s efforts to limit the spread of the virus.

Andrews water given all-clear

Andrews residents have been given the approval to use city water for all purposes following a contamination issue.

Town residents were notified by cellphone alerts on Tuesday afternoon after several different tests returned acceptable results.

The tests were conducted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the Town of Andrews and the Huntington County Health Department.

The announcement comes 11 days after an advisory was sent against  consumption and other uses of the water due to high contaminant levels.

HCCSC board talks about renovation projects

Of the top five needs in the renovations list compiled by the Huntington County Community School Corporation, one project will be paid for with insurance claim money, three will be funded from a pot of $20 million set aside for the repairs and one is too costly to do.

At the school board’s June 22 meeting, Superintendent Chad Daugherty laid out the plan for the following repairs and upgrades at the Huntington North High School, in order of importance:

1. Roof.

2. HVAC system.

3. Plumbing.

4. Kriegbaum Field.

5. Learning Center.

Warren Town Hall re-opens with precautions

Warren Town Hall will re-open to the public on Wednesday, July 1, with several precautions, notes Warren Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison.
Morrison notes that it would be preferable for people coming in to the building to wear a mask.

Town hall employees will not approach the counter unless needed. Anyone coming in to make a payment by check is asked to place the check in the box provided at the counter payment window.

Credit card payments will no longer be taken over the telephone, she notes.

Redevelopment commission to meet

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold a special meeting of the Huntington County Redevelopment Commission today, Monday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the GAR Room, second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

For more information contact the Board of Commissioners office at 358-4822.

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