Government & School Board

Long-term control plan to be discussed at next city meeting

The next Huntington City Council meeting is Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of the City Building.

The meeting is being held to discuss the Long Term Control Plan, developed by the City, Citizen's Advisory Committee and the City's consultant.

The cost of the projects proposed in the LTCP and corresponding sewer rates will also be discussed.

The City Building is located at 300 Cherry St.


Drainage ditch done on Joe Street

County and city officials worked together to get a new swale constructed nar Joe and Briant streets to help alleviate flooding problems in the area.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Flooding on the south side of Joe Street near Briant Street has been a source of misery for residents in the area.

But, now that a new drainage ditch has been complete near the street, the flooding has disap-peared.

The small ditch, known as a swale, connects the area west of Evergreen Road to the Amiss drainage ditch near Salamonie Avenue.

The project was completed in late August as a result of a collaborative effort between Huntington County and the city of Huntington.

Fall property taxes are due Nov. 10, reminds County Treasurer Hamilton

Huntington County fall property taxes are due on Tuesday, Nov. 10, County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton has announced.

Taxes can be paid at most banks in Huntington County or at the Treasurer's Office in Room 104 of the Courthouse. Hours for the Treasurer's Office are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Crime Stoppers needs help with vehicle theft

This 2008 Polaris Ranger Browning was stolen from a rural Huntington County home. Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the theft.
Photo provided.

Crime Stoppers is asking for help in solving a theft that occurred in Huntington County.

On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, around 9 p.m., someone entered the property at 4945 N. Rangeline Road and stole a 2008 Polaris Ranger Browning edition. The utility vehicle was last seen in the area of CR 700N and CR 750W.

The Huntington County Sheriff's Department and Crime Stoppers are asking that anyone who has seen this vehicle or who has seen anything suspicious in the area, day or night, to call with information.

Plan commission meets Wednesday

The Huntington County Plan Commission will meet Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The plan commission will discuss a proposed wind ordinance.

In addition, the plan commissions of Roanoke, Andrews, Mt. Etna, Warren and Markle will also meet. Along with the county panel, those boards will discussed a proposed change to fees, charges and expenses filed by the Department of Community Development.


Markle passes ID theft prevention program

The Identity Theft Prevention program was passed during the Oct. 21 meeting of the Markle Town Council.

Steps to prevent identity theft have already been implemented by the town, but a formal program had to be adopted by law.

The council also said that it has received about 40 applications for the administrative assistant job and members are to look over them, pick out their top candidates. An executive session will be held to go over the applications.

Governors open new sections of 'Fort to Port'

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was joined by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland at the Indiana-Ohio state line on Thursday, Oct. 29, to open new sections of the U.S.-24 "Fort to Port" highway, fulfilling a commitment by both states to "meet at the line in 2009" and marking another step toward connecting Fort Wayne with the Port of Toledo.

Board of Works to have exec session

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety will meet in executive session on Monday, Nov. 2, at 8:30 a.m. in the mayor's conference room on the third floor of the City Building.

The stated purpose of the meeting is "for discussion of strategy with respect to initiation of litigation and/or the purchase or lease of real property by the governing body."


School board fires assistant football coach

Thom Duncan has been released from his football assistant coaching duties at Huntington North High School.

Duncan will, however, keep his job as a social studies teacher at Huntington North High School.

The firing was approved 6-1 at the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Oct. 26.

Parkview says Roanoke EMS facilities are substandard

A complaint that the facilities for emergency medical service personnel in Roanoke are inadequate was discussed at the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Parkview Huntington Hospital, the main provider of emergency medical services in Huntington County, stations ambulances and paramedics for extended periods of time in Roanoke.

However, Parkview says the current facilities are substandard in regards to being able to house medical staff overnight, according to a letter sent by Parkview to the town of Roanoke.

Commissioners re-open proposal to rehab Rangeline Road bridge

The Huntington County Commissioners re-opened a proposal to rehabilitate the Rangeline Road Bridge over the Wabash River at the commissioners' meeting on Monday, Oct. 26.

The crossing had been a topic of discussion over the past two decades in various county commission administrations, but was tabled each time.

Council to hold hearing on LOIT at Oct. 26 meet

The Huntington County Council will hold a public hearing on the Local Option Income Tax (LOIT) at its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room at the Huntington County Courthouse.

Options including increasing, changing or leaving the tax rate alone will be discussed.

Any member of the public wishing to voice an opinion must submit the opinion in letter form to the Huntington County Auditor's Office in Room 103 of the courthouse by Friday, Oct. 23.

For more information, contact the auditor's office at 358-4804.


Jail tour by commissioners brings several issues to light

Huntington County Commissioner President Tom Wall (left) inspects the roof of “D block” at the Huntington County Jail, as Jail Commander Steve McIntyre explains repairs the jail will need in the near future on the commissioners’ tour of the facility.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

A tour of the Huntington County Jail brought maintenance and modernization issues at the facility to the attention of the Huntington County Commissioners

Commissioners toured the facility as part of their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 19.

Jim Shively, head of maintenance at the jail, pointed out a number of items at the facility that need repaired or replaced.

Shively said that one of the biggest concerns it the buildup of rust in the ventilation system for the jail.

The rust "can't be repaired," he said.

Huntington getting set for annual leaf pick-up

The Huntington Street Department will be testing its leaf machines today and Tuesday, Oct. 19 and 20.

The street department will begin its annual leaf collection program on Oct. 26.

There will be three machines used to remove the leaves from terraces. Leaves should be on terraces, not in the street.

The first leaf machine will start at North Jefferson Street and work west to the city limits. The second machine will also start at North Jefferson Street, but will work east to Broadway.

DCD seeks to start neighborhood association

Residents living inside this area are invited to attend a meeting Oct. 26 ex;loring the organization of a neighborhood association.
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The Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development is hosting meetings to get a neighborhood association started in a pilot area.

The next meeting will be held on Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., in the basement of Trinity United Methodist Church.

The area includes Harrison, Leopold, Wilkerson, Byron, Court, East Franklin, East Mar-ket, East Washington, Railroad, First, Second and Third streets and Woodlawn and Lincoln avenues.

The church is located at the corner of Guilford and Market streets.


Sheriff's sales now on Web site

Capt. Steve McIntyre, Huntington County jail commander, explains how to access the link to Sheriff’s sales on the county’s Web site. McIntyre designed the link, which now gives detailed information on properties that will be sold.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Effective immediately, postings of upcoming Sheriff sales within Huntington County, will now be posted on the county's Web site, according to Commissioner Tom Wall.

"I'm happy that we have a county employee, Capt. Steve McIntyre, who saw the need to get us up-to-speed with something like this and took the initiative to do so," Wall states.

McIntyre says after getting the go-ahead from Major Tom Carney, he modeled the look of the site after the one similar to Tippecanoe County's, with one exception.

HCCSC board passes administrative salary schedule

Other topics discussed during the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 12 include passing the administrative salary schedule, the personnel report, budget action and appointing a trustee to the Warren Library Board.

The administrative salary schedule was approved 5-2. Those voting with the majority were board Vice President Rick Brubaker and members Dr. Jennifer Goff, Tom King, Troy Smart and Rex Baxter. Those opposed were Board President Kevin Patrick and member Scott Hoffman.

School board hears HNHS, Salamonie have most pressing maintenance needs

Salamonie School and Huntington North High School have the most pressing maintenance needs of any school buildings in Huntington County.

That's according to a presentation made Monday, Oct. 12, by Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer and Assistant Superintendent for Business David McKee to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees.

Government panels meet Oct. 19 in Huntington

Governing councils from many Huntington County communities will meet Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at 6:15 p.m. at the South Side Fire Station, 1333 Etna Ave., Huntington.

The councils, loosely organized as WHARMM (Warren, Huntington, Andrews, Roanoke, Markle, Mt. Etna) meet quarterly to discuss common concerns.

Councils that may be in attendance include the Huntington Common Council, Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, Huntington County Board of Commissioners, Huntington County Council, and the town councils of Andrews, Markle, Mt. Etna, Roanoke and Warren.


Government meetings for week of Oct. 12-19

Monday, Oct. 12
Markle Park Board, 7:30 a.m., Markle Municipal Building, 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:3 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.
Warren Town Council, 6:30 p.m., Warren Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St.
Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees, 7 p.m., Administrative Service Center, 136 N. Warren Rd.
Huntington County Tourism commission, 7 p.m., Visitor Center, 407 N. Jefferson St.

City plan meet set for Oct. 15

The Huntington City Plan Commission will meet Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St.

The only item on the agenda is consideration of an amendment to the city's ordinance regulating signage.

Andrews council passes golf cart ordinance

The Andrews Town Council passed an ordinance legalizing the use of golf carts on town roadways, with some regulations, at its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Ordinance 2009-11 allows citizens to operate golf carts on any town street not designated as a state highway (except to cross highways), areas where the speed limit is not greater than 30 mph and areas that were intended for motor vehicles.

Roanoke council discusses street projects

The Roanoke Town Council discussed a series of street repair projects proposed by the utility department at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

These projects include resurfacing a section of Main Street to Locust Drive to connect with new pavement on the off ramp from U.S.-24, resurfacing a portion of Second Street and other minor patching, resurfacing and sidewalk repair jobs around Roanoke. The council voted 3-0 to allot up to $80,000 for the projects.

Abandoned railroad bridge will remain standing -- for now

The abandoned Chicago and Erie Railroad bridge over CR 700N became the subject of debate at the Huntington County Commissioners' meeting on Monday, Oct. 5.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

An abandoned railroad bridge in northern Huntington County generated a slew of contro-versy at the Huntington County Commissioners' meeting on Monday, Oct. 5.

Annual Warren leaf pick-up starts this Friday

The Town of Warren will begin its annual leaf pickup on Friday, Oct. 9.

The leaf vac is scheduled to run Monday to Friday each week.

Guidelines for pick up include:
• Leaves need to be raked to the curb, but not out into the street.

• Do not bag leaves and do not mix limbs or yard debris with leaves that are raked to the curb.

• If leaves are bagged, they can be dropped off at the compost pile, 316 W. 2nd St. (utility garage). Empty the bag before adding leaves and debris to the pile.


Huntington BZA to consider three requests

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals will meet tonight, Monday, Oct. 5, to consider three requests for special exceptions to zoning rules.

Melvin Lamphiear has requested a special exception that will allow a single-wide mobile home to be placed on Harris Street in an area zoned residential. The mobile home would be placed two lots north of 975 Harris St.

Joy McFarland has requested a special exception that would allow her to operate a massage therapy business in a home at 1060 Poplar St., which is zoned residential.

Government meetings for week of Oct. 5-10

Monday, Oct. 5
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.

School board hears update on Project Challenge

Other items discussed on the agenda of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, included normal business items.

Director of Special Programs for Huntington Schools Trace Hinesley presented an update on Project Challenge to newer board members. She explained the program at different levels for the community's students and how students qualify for the program.

Project Challenge is for higher-ability students and allows them to excel, she explained.

HCCSC board reluctantly lets teacher move to energy education specialist role

Chris Hoke, who has taught science and social studies for several years at Huntington North High School, will transfer to the Administrative Service Center as of the second semester of the school year and will no longer teach.

Hoke, who currently teaches one Advanced Placement government class and three physics classes, will wear the cap of energy education specialist come 2010. The position is designed to provide the school corporation information to save energy, explains Dave McKee, assistant superintendent for business.

Health dept. sponsoring shot clinic Wednesday, Saturday at HNHS

The Huntington County Health Department will sponsor a shot clinic Wednesday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 3, at HNHS.

The shot clinic is open only to HNHS students, who will receive Tdap and meningitis vaccines; and to HNHS faculty, staff and their spouses, who will receive seasonal flu shots.

HNHS students can receive vaccinations for both Tdap (tetanus booster) and meningitis. There is a fee for each of the vaccinations, which will be waived for students who present Medicaid cards. Students must also bring their shot records.