Government & School Board

Warren announces Labor Day town, utility closings

The Town of Warren has announced that its office and town utilities will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Trash collection will be delayed to Friday, Sept. 5.

 

Warren getting ready to start paving all traveled alleys in town

Beginning the week of Aug. 4, employees of Commonwealth Engineering will begin measuring and checking for drainage or any other issues in preparation for paving of all traveled alleys in Warren.

Residents living in proximity to alleys which are stone covered will see more activity then those living near alleys already paved as more foundation work will be necessary prior to paving. Alleys already paved will also see work done.

Huntington Township has fire chief in place on way to starting own dept.

Paul VonBank.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Township has a fire chief in place, the first step in establishing its own fire department.

Paul VonBank, who currently serves as chief of the Poe Fire Department in Allen County, worked his first day as Huntington Township chief on July 21. He was one of four finalists the township advisory board interviewed for the position, says Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy.

"He was just, without a doubt, head and shoulders above the rest," Guy says, citing VonBank's experience in command and grant writing, among other areas.

City council okays purchase of ‘do-it-all’ vehicle

The city of Huntington will soon have a new truck that can, quite literally, do it all.

The Huntington Common Council, during its morning meeting on Tuesday, July 29, approved spending $306,381 for the truck at the request of Bob Caley, director of City Services.

Two growing companies receive boost from county

Much of the agenda of the Huntington County Council meeting on Monday, July 28, was devoted to economic development, as council members approved a tax abatement for one company and heard plans about expansion at another one.

The council voted 6-0 to award a 10-year tax abatement to Gladieux Trading & Marketing Co. after the company filed a request involving plans to install two new storage tanks with a combined capacity of 4.2 million gallons. Councilman Jaime Miller was absent from the meeting.

EMA photographers will document streams, ditches

A representative of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency will be going throughout the county to take pictures of ditches, streams and other lower elevation areas in the county over the next several weeks.

The representative will be photographing from the roadway and other public access locations. These photographs will be used to enhance potential emergency operations that may arise and be used to assist public safety personnel and enhancing pre-existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data.

Andrews council comes to agreement with Miller

The Andrews Town Council came to an agreement with Chuck Miller over compensation for the town's demolition of his building at 21 N. Main St. during council's meeting on Monday, July 28.

Banks sets sights on husband’s senate seat

Amanda Banks.
Photo provided.

Amanda Banks, wife of State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City), has announced that she will run to fill her husband's vacancy in the Indiana State Senate while he is deployed to Afghanistan during the 2015 legislative session.

"I believe my background in public policy and communications, combined with my experience as a full-time mother of three busy girls and as a military wife, will bring a unique perspective to the State Senate," she says.

Trio of school board seats up for grabs

Three Huntington Cou-nty Community School Board of Trustee seats are up for grabs this fall.

They are:

• School board district 2, which represents parts of Huntington Township as well as Clear Creek and Warren townships. Kevin Patrick, school board president, currently holds this seat. He has announced he will not be running for reelection.

• School board district 3, representing Rock Creek, Salamonie, Jefferson, Wayne and Polk townships. Ben Landrum currently represents this district.

Roanoke council to meet on Tuesday

The Roanoke Town Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 22, at 6 p.m. in the Roanoke Town Hall.

Main items on the agenda include water utility projects for the next five years and the 2015 budget. Other items may also be discussed.

The town hall is located at 141 W. Third St., Roanoke.

 

New sewer rates established in Zanesville

The Zanesville Town Council learned what residents would be paying for sewer services over the next six years during its meeting on Thursday, July 17.

Zanesville council to hear presentation on sewer rates

A discussion of an upcoming sewer rate increase in Zanesville will take place during the meeting of the Zanesville Town Council on Thursday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Ted Nitza, of City Utilities, will answer questions about the increase of almost 5 percent that will take effect in 2015.

The council meeting is open to the public.

It will be held at the Zanesville Municipal Building, on Wayne Street in Zanesville.

 

Juillerat back in as Andrews town marshal, council decides

The Andrews Town Council reinstated Van Juillerat as town marshal during its meeting on Monday, July 14.

Juillerat had been serving as deputy marshal, with former deputy Curt VanOver serving as marshal.

Council President Mike Rohler announced that an unnamed councilmember, later revealed to be Ray Tackett, had called him and requested that a motion for a resolution to reassign VanOver to deputy marshal and Juillerat to marshal be made during a council meeting.

Council says little can be done on cluttered yard

Residents from Seminary and Eighth streets voiced complaints about the condition of a property at 775 Seminary St. to the Roanoke Town Council during its meeting on Tuesday, July 15.

Among the residents' biggest complaints were the appearance of the house's front yard, which they characterized as being cluttered and overflowing with building materials, and the length of the grass, which they said is often high.

Textbook fees reduced; iPad fee added

Area students will see a 20 percent reduction in textbook rental fees this fall.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved, in a 5-2 vote, a motion to lower the textbook rental fees across the district.

The decision came after much discussion, with board members Holly Thompson, District 4, and Vice President Scott Hoffman, District 1, ultimately voting against the motion.
In the 2013-14 school year the corporation collected roughly $547,000 in textbook rental fees.

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