Government & School Board

BZA to hear request for change to site of Niswander dealership

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals will meet Oct. 6 to consider several requests that would allow a gas station and convenience store to be located at 1885 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. The property is currently the site of the H.H. Niswander car dealership.

JTG Realty, LLC, is requesting that the board grant a special zoning exception to allow the gas station and convenience store to be located on the property.

Redevelopment comm. schedules meetings

The City of Huntington Redevelopment Commission has scheduled its meetings for the remainder of the calendar year.

The commission will meet on Oct. 13 and 17, Nov. 7 and 21 and Dec. 5 and 19. All meetings are at 10 a.m. and are held in the conference room on the second floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.


School board special meeting is tonight

The Huntington County Community School Corporation's Board of Trustees will meet in a public special session today, Monday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Horace Mann Education Center Board Room, 2485 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.

On the agenda is approval of the 2014-2015 collective bargaining agreement with the Huntington Classroom Teachers Association.


More than 100 properties could be in tax sale

More than 100 properties with unpaid property taxes could be auctioned off in the Huntington County tax sale on Oct. 7.

The sale begins at 10 a.m. in the GAR Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse. Bidders must register prior to the sale and can do so in person at the GAR Room prior to the beginning of the sale. Bidders can also register and print a list of properties online at

Winning bidders in the tax sale have until 3 p.m. that day to make payment with either cash or cashier's checks.

School board seeking applicants for open library board position

The Huntington County Community Schools Board of Trustees is seeking applicants for an open position on the Huntington City-Township Public Library Board of Trustees.

The person appointed to the library board will serve the remainder of a four-year term that will end on Dec. 31, 2017.

Applicants must currently live in the library district and must have lived in the district for at least the two previous years.

Split school board votes to bond to fund building repairs

A divided Huntington County Community School Corporation board voted on Monday, Sept. 22, to borrow up to $2 million in a general obligation bond, aimed at funding needed repairs to schools and other HCCSC buildings.

The bond would be paid back over a three-year period, says School Superintendent Tracey Shafer.

"Once it is approved, we can continue to re-prioritize projects," Shafer told the board. "At this point I would begin by fixing the high school roof hatches and proceed from there to identify the next project."

Andrews Town Council approves new zoning map at meeting Monday

The Andrews Town Council adopted two ordinances that will determine legal and political endeavors for the coming year at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 22.

The council first discussed and adopted a rezoning ordinance and map that was presented by the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development.

Huntington BOW to hold special meet Sept. 29

The City of Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety will hold a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 29, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in council chambers, third floor, City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The meeting will replace the regularly-scheduled meeting on Oct. 6.


Markle Council budgets 2 percent raises for town employees

The first order of business of the Markle Town Council at its meeting held Thursday, Sept. 18, was to adopt the 2015 budget.

The numbers include a 2 percent raise for town employees.

Clerk-Treasurer Shelley Monticue went before the Huntington County Council for a non-binding review on Sept. 15 and received approval for Markle's $1,556,250 proposed budget, with a tax rate of 1.3309 percent.

Appropriation amounts include:
• Casino/Riverboat: $16,000.

• Rainy Day: $250,000.

• General: $821,429, with a maximum levy to be raised of $399,215.

Zanesville council has concerns about cell tower

The Zanesville Lions Club's interest in having Verizon install a cell phone tower on land it owns was discussed by the Zanesville Town Council at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Council President Patsy Brock explained it was her understanding that the club was interested in having a tower installed on its property because of the monthly income it would generate. The land in question, however, is by the club's ballpark, which concerned Brock after she researched health risks that cell phone towers can pose to people.

Roanoke asked to consider curbside recycling

Three town trash collection quotes were presented to the Roanoke Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Republic Services, Waste Management and Earth First have all expressed an interest in covering the hard waste management needs of Roanoke and have submitted bids for the town council's consideration.

While the consideration of town trash collection quotes is underway, Jon Leist of the Huntington County Solid Waste District encourages the town council to think about offering a curbside pick-up recycling option for Roanoke residents.

County holds line on tax rate with budget cuts

County officials called it a good day on Monday, Sept. 15, as they spent the day going over next year's budget with a sharp pair of scissors and cut it down to the tune of $290,000.

Huntington County Council President Kendall Mickley says he hopes that will be enough of a cut to fly with the state, which had initially signaled that more than $340,000 needed to be slashed from the county's 2014-15 budget.

Huntington Police Chief Carroll to retire from force on Oct. 1

Huntington Police Chief E.J. Carroll has announced plans to retire from the department on Oct. 1.

Following retirement, he plans to join the newly formed Parkview Health Police Department as as lieutenant for Parkview Huntington and Parkview Whitley hospitals.

"While my role with the police department will come to an end, my commitment to this community will not," Carroll says.

Carroll, a 21-year veteran of the Huntington Police Department, has served as chief since 2012.

Andrews Town Council to hold special meet today at 3

The Andrews Town Council will hold a special meeting today, Monday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. in the meeting room of the Andrews Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

The meeting will include a discussion of the town's proposed 2015 budget.


Markle Town Council reschedules Sept. meet

The Markle Town Council has rescheduled its monthly meeting for September.

The council will meet on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Markle Fire Station, 150 W. Sparks St., Markle. Adoption of the 2015 town budget is among the items on the council's agenda.

The council will not meet on the regular meeting date of Sept. 17.