Government & School Board

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.

Warren Town Council passes budget for 2010; includes property tax hike

The Warren Town Council passed the advertised budget for 2010, including a property tax increase, at the council's meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

The new 83-cent property tax rate for 2010 is about three cents higher than 2009's rate of $0.7983.

However, the budget and tax rate are both subject to change by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. The IDLGF reviews the budget of every municipality in Indiana, and makes adjustments as the department sees fit.

Markle Council to go with assistant

The Markle Town Council decided at its Sept. 16 meeting that an administrative assistant is the best route to take for the town.

Council president Tamra Boucher drafted a list of 12 items that she believes an assistant should be able to help with while working the part-time job in the town hall.

Kiwanis honor Chad Hacker with Officer of Year accolade

Det. Sgt. Chad Hacker (center) receives the Officer of the Year award from Huntington Noon Kiwanis Club President Erv Ebersole (left) and Huntington Police Chief Tom Emely.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Chad Hacker, a 10-year veteran of the Huntington Police Department, has been honored by the Huntington Noon Kiwanis Club as Officer of the Year.

Markle also discusses golf cart ordinance

The Andrews Town Council conducted regular business at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

A main point of discussion concerned a new ordinance, 2009-11, which would permit the use of golf carts on public streets in town limits. The necessity for the measure comes becauase of a new Indiana law which prohibits the use of golf carts on public roadways unless a municipality decides otherwise. Similar measures have been or are being considered in Warren and Roanoke.

Andrews discusses golf cart ordinance

The Andrews Town Council conducted regular business at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

A main point of discussion concerned a new ordinance, 2009-11, which would permit the use of golf carts on public streets in town limits. The necessity for the measure comes because of a new Indiana law which prohibits the use of golf carts on public roadways unless a municipality decides otherwise. Similar measures have been or are being considered in Warren and Roanoke.

Roanoke council awards contract for sewer replacement

The Roanoke Town Council awarded a contract for the Fourth and Main street project to Earth Construction at the council's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The project is another phase of a sewer replacement plan in the town that is part of an agreed order by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, said Paul Swain, town superintendent.

Board hears wrap-up on religious trailer, discusses HNHS renovations

Huntington County Community School Corporation attorney Joe Wiley offered a conclusion to the recent court decision for the "By the Book" religious release time at the beginning of the Monday, Sept. 14 HCCSC Board of Trustees meeting.

In a handout given to members, Wiley said many aspects were considered prior to settling the case.

He talked with the Associated Churches of Huntington County, the parents of third and fourth grade students in the corporation and HCCSC's liability insurance carrier.

Government meetings Sept. 14-21

Monday, Sept. 14
Markle Park Board, 7:30 a.m., Markle Municipal Building, 155 W. Sparks St.

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

Andrews Town Council, 6 p.m., Andrews Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

Warren Town Council, 6:30 p.m., Warren Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.

Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees, 7 p.m., Administrative Service Center, 1360 N. Warren Rd.

SWCD to hold fish sale

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office is sponsoring a fish sale, with orders due by Oct. 1.

Fish available include large mouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, channel catfish, fathead minnows, northern jumbo bullfrog tadpoles and grass carp.

For more information or an order form, contact the district office at 356-6816, extension 3, or visit 2040 Riverfork Drive.

 

'Bible trailer' education could return in different form

Students in the Huntington County Community Schools could be back in the "Bible trailer" before the end of the year.

The return of the voluntary religious education classes depends on two things.

First, a federal judge must approve an agreement reached by parties in the federal lawsuit that halted the program last spring.

Then, the program's sponsor must find sites near, but not on, school property where the classroom trailer can be parked.

Roanoke's budget request draws fire

A public hearing concerning the Town of Roanoke's proposed budget for next year became a source of controversy at the town council's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The advertised budget for the town includes an 11 percent increase in the town's levy for 2010. This levy is a distribution of property and other taxes and fees collected by the county, which is then redistributed to the town, per approval by the state government.

Roanoke Clerk/Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner said that the increase is normal for towns.

Rep. Burton takes it to the people with town hall meet at Flint Springs

Sylvia Kaufman (front right) of Huntington, makes her feelings known with her sign as she listens to Tep. Dan Burton discuss healthcare reform at a town hall meeting at Flint Springs Elementary School on Thursday, Aug. 27.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Health care reform was the topic of a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) at Flint Springs Elementary School on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Burton discussed his disagreements with H.R. 3200, the so-called "universal health care bill," while citizens on both sides of the issue fervently expressed their opinions on reforming the nation's current health care system.

"The for-profit system is what the greatest country in the world is built on," Burton said.

School board approves reading programs purchase

The Huntington County School Corporation Board of Trustees has approved the purchase of two extensive reading programs, System 44 and Read 180, that Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer says will help the corporation reach a goal.

The purchase was approved during the school board's meeting on Monday, Aug. 24.

State construction closes some county roads

The Indiana Department of Transportation has several road construction projects going that have resulted in road closures in Huntington County.

All three projects began Monday, Aug. 24.

County Road 300S over I-69, 3.4 miles north of Ind.-124, is closed through late October for the construction of a new bridge deck. There is no official detour. The road is expected to re-open in late October.

HNHS renovation, alternative school discussion top school board meeting

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees discussed numerous topics and approved the release of its 2010 budget during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 24.

Huntington County Red Cross Program Director Christine Kelty presented information on CPR classes the school corporation is talking about offering to staff and students.

While presenting, Kelty said she is excited about the opportunity to get the schools involved in the training.

Republicans select Fran Felts to replace Stoffel as county clerk

Fran Felts.
Photo provided.

Andrews resident Fran Felts was selected to become the new Huntington County clerk during the Republican Party caucus on Aug. 18.

The caucus was called after the current clerk, Vicki Stoffel, announced her resignation effective the end of this year.

Stoffel decided to resign after her husband, Terry Stoffel, expressed interest in running for sheriff in 2010. Because the clerk's office is in charge of elections, Stoffel felt that it was necessary to leave to avoid any accusations of inappropriate behavior.

Wall announces candidacy for state senate seat to be vacated by Dillon

Tom Wall.
Photo provided.

Tom Wall, eight months into his first term on the Huntington County Board of Commis-sioners, says he plans to run for the Indiana Senate seat currently held by Gary "Doc" Dillon.

Dillon, who has represented Senate District 17 since 2002, announced in late July that he would not seek re-election. He will leave the Senate when his current four-year term ends in November 2010.

District 17 includes Huntington and Whitley counties and parts of Allen, Grant, Kosciusko and Wabash counties.

Markle board also discusses water tower project

Another topic discussed at the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, August 19 was a draft of a proposed water tower project.

David Harvey, from Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc., gave the council a draft copy of the findings of the water tower survey.

He said they ran hydrant tests for water pressure. An issue that was found is in the industrial area, near I-69, wherethey need about 3,000 gallons per minute but they are currently only getting 1,000 gallons per minute.

Harvey told the council the water system is well maintained in Markle.

Officials in Markle discuss hiring of town manager

Officials in Markle will continue a discussion regarding hiring a town manager.

The topic was brought up at the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 19, by Markle Clerk-Treasurer Carolyn Hamilton.

Hamilton, along with the council, say too much is falling on Hamilton's shoulders, as she has to cover two counties (the Wells-Huntington county line runs through Markle).

Officials in Markle discuss hiring of town manager

Officials in Markle will continue a discussion regarding hiring a town manager.

The topic was brought up at the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 19, by Markle Clerk-Treasurer Carolyn Hamilton.

Hamilton, along with the council, say too much is falling on Hamilton's shoulders, as she has to cover two counties (the Wells-Huntington county line runs through Markle).

Paving of streets throughout Huntington begins Monday, Aug. 17

Smooth streets are ahead for motorists who have spent the summer rumbling through, and around, the areas affected by a sewer separation project.

Dave Schoeff, Huntington's director of engineering, has announced that milling and paving on those streets is scheduled for this week.

"Certain areas may be closed to traffic for long periods of time, so please avoid the areas if at all possible," Schoeff says.

State denies HCCSV waiver; teachers to miss conference

The Huntington County Community Schools have been denied a state waiver that would have allowed the corporation to cancel classes for one full day, instead of two half days, for teacher training.

The denial means that HCCSC teachers won't be able to attend a conference the corpora-tion is hosting later in the school year, HCCSC superintendent Tracey Shafer told mem-bers of the corporation's Board of Trustees during their meeting on Monday, Aug. 10.

The denial, however, does not change the 2009-10 school calendar already published.

Andrews council wants more information on park work bids

The Andrews Town Council on Monday, Aug. 10, tabled a motion to award a contract to remove concrete from its park so members could determine exactly what each bid contains and if they need to be modified.

The bids to remove the concrete from behind the pavilion came in at $3,000 each from TW Excavating, of Andrews, and Zahm Excavating, of Huntington, and $4,400 from Cripe Earth Services, of Huntington County.

Once rejected, Etna Avenue improvement project gets okay from council

A motion to accept funding for the much-discussed and once-rejected Etna Avenue improvement project was passed Tuesday, Aug. 11, by a 5-1 vote at the Huntington Common Council meeting.

Councilmen voting with the majority were Brooks Fetters, Jason Fields, Joe Blomeke, Keith Eller and Jack Slusser. Erv Ebersole was the lone dissenting vote, and Steve McIntyre abstained from what he termed an "illegitimate vote."

"In accordance to our rules that we have established, I don't recognize this as a legitimate vote and refuse to vote," McIntyre said when asked to vote.

HCCSC releases basic information on each school, principals and schedules

Cindy Crist, sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Crestview Middle School, hangs up a poster in her classroom on Thursday, Aug. 6, in preparation for the new school year.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Following is the list of schools in Huntington County Community School Corporation and their principals, phone numbers and a schedule of their bells.

Andrews Elementary: 786-3021
Principal Gary Mast
First bell - 8:45 a.m.
Tardy bell - 8:55 a.m.
Dismissal - 3:30 p.m.

Flint Springs Elementary: 356-7612
Principal Cindy Kiefer
First bell - 7:40 a.m.
Tardy bell - 8:05 a.m.
Dismissal - 2:15 p.m.

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