Government & School Board

Penalty for late taxes going up

The penalty for late payment of property taxes will increase after June 11, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton says.

The spring payment was due on May 12. Payments made after that date and through June 11 are assessed a 5 percent penalty, with the penalty increasing to 10 percent of the unpaid tax after June 11.

Huntington wastewater facility has new mgt.

Officials from the city of Huntington have announced that the management of the city's wastewater treatment facility has been turned over to F&V Operations and Resources Management.

The company has been assisting the city with management of the facility since late March, during which time it has identified cost saving opportunities, Mayor Brooks Fetters said in a news release.

"Their proposal to provide complete operations will allow the city to realize a substantial savings over the life of the initial agreement," Fetters said.

Huntington council hears comments against, and a couple for, annexation

Andy Zay, president of the Huntington Township Advisory Board and a resident of the area targeted for annexation into Huntington, expresses his displeasure with the attempt during a public hearing on Tuesday, June 3, before the common council.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington's Common Council got an earful when it asked for comments on a proposal to annex an 808-acre parcel northeast of the city.

Forty-nine people - only two of them in favor of the annexation - offered their thoughts during a public hearing on Tuesday, June 3, about a week ahead of the council's first scheduled vote on the annexation proposal.

The annexation foes had the backing of several hundred people who filled the seats in the council chambers, lined up along the walls and spilled out into the hallway. Only a few of those in attendance favored annexation.

Wage determination meeting planned

A public meeting of the town of Roanoke Common Construction Wage Determination Committee will be held on on Thursday, June 5, at 6 p.m. in the Roanoke Town Hall.

The meeting will be to determine the Huntington County common construction wage scale relating to town construction projects.

The Roanoke Town Hall is located at 141 W. Third St., Roanoke.

 

Public hearing for annexation proposal on June 3

The Huntington Common Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. on a proposal to annex the first of five targeted areas into the city of Huntington.

The meeting will be held in the council chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

Andrews council changes utility deposit amount

The Andrews Town Council passed an ordinance during its meeting on Tuesday, May 27, that changed the utility deposit amount for property owners who purchase properties on land contracts.

Prior to the ordinance, the utility deposit for property owners who owned properties under the aforementioned conditions was $50. The ordinance upped that fee to $100, which is the same charged to renters. Property owners must now be the deeded owner of a given property in order to qualify for a utility deposit of $50.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce gives Sen. Banks perfect score for votes, bills

State Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, was one of 10 legislators to receive a perfect score in the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Legislative Vote Analysis.

The analysis ranks state lawmakers on votes the chamber considers to be pro-jobs, pro-economy measures.

CEDIT funds awarded to Markle's industrial park project

The Markle Redevelopment Commission will fund a portion of the stormwater management improvements planned at the Markle Industrial Park.

Town attorney Mike Hartburg told the Markle Town Council at its meeting Wednesday, May 28, that the town received a $50,000 County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) grant from the Huntington County Commissioners to use toward the project.

School board discusses hiring, discipline policies

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees held a public work session ahead of their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, May 28.

The work session's purpose was two-fold: first, to discuss the corporation's hiring practices, and second, to discuss discipline policies.

Special meeting for Markle Redevelopment Commission

The Redevelopment Commission of the Town of Markle will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Markle Town Hall Town Council Meeting Room.

LEPC announces 2014 meeting schedule for 2014

The Local Emergency Planning Committee has announced its regularly scheduled meetings for the remainder of 2014.

Meetings will be held on June 25, Aug. 27, Oct. 29 and Dec. 3.

All meetings will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

 

Hoosier voters starting to receive postcards for state voter list refresh

Hoosier voters are beginning to receive postcards in the mail from the Secretary of State Election Division.

The office is mailing these cards as part of a statewide voter list refresh. The goal is to identify outdated and inaccurate voter registration information to improve the accuracy and integrity of Indiana's voter registration list.

"It is estimated that at least one in eight voter registrations contains inaccurate information," said Secretary of State Connie Lawson.

Markle council to hold special meet Wednesday

The Markle Town Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Markle Fire Station, 150 W. Sparks St. in Markle.

The special meeting replaces the May 21 regular council meeting.

 

County council discusses raises for employees in next budget

What would have been a shortened session of the Huntington County Council Monday evening, May 19, suddenly went a lot longer when the item of the county's 2015 budget wants and needs was brought up.

County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton had just informed the council that the amount of the county's tax collections increased nearly $390,000 from May of 2013, going from 93.9 percent to 94.3 percent.

Plan commission listens to views on wind farms

As members of the Huntington County Plan Commission look on, Archie Lintz, a member of Huntington County Concerned Citizens, reads his comments from the podium during the Plan Commission’s workshop on the wind farm ordinance, held Wednesday, May 14.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Twenty-three people lined up to give their opinions Wednesday, May 14, as members of the Huntington County Plan Commission listened to their views on wind farms.

The plan commission scheduled the special workshop, held in the Huntington North High School Auditorium, to allow the public to weigh in on the county's existing wind energy conversion system ordinance. The ordinance establishes guidelines for items such as setback distances, safety design, installation standards and decommissioning for wind turbines.

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