Government & School Board

Warren Street in downtown Hgtn. to be closed to approximately July 4

Warren Street in downtown Huntington will remain closed until approximately July 4, the Huntington Engineer's Office has announced.

The street is closed between Market Street and East Park Drive so that Star Excavating can replace a water main in preparation for the construction of Senior apartments on East Park Drive at Warren Street.

A detour set up for Heritage Days will remain in effect for through traffic.


Special session for Roanoke council July 8

The Town of Roanoke Town Council will meet in special session on Tuesday, July 8 at 6 p.m.

The agenda topic will be discussion regarding the 2015 town budget.

Other topics may be discussed as deemed necessary by the town council president.

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


State Sen. Banks on trio of study committees

During the summer and fall, State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) will serve on three study committees focused on higher education and veteran affairs.

Through the Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs, Banks and other committee members will review Indiana's veteran services and make recommendations on how to best assist veterans in obtaining their benefits. This includes higher education, employment, compensation and health care.
These topics were assigned to the committee through a bill Banks authored during the 2014 legislative session.

City council may consider smaller annexation area

When the Huntington Common Council votes on annexation July 8, it will also take a look at reducing the size of the annexation area by half.

Councilman Jack Slusser, during the panel's June 24 meeting, asked city officials to study the implications of pulling in the north boundary of the area currently under consideration for annexation by the city.

Specifically, Slusser wants to see a proposal omitting everything north of U.S.-24 from the annexation proposal.

School board seeks ways to reduce textbook fees

A motion to approve the 2014-15 textbook rental fees for Huntington County Community School Corporation failed Monday evening, June 23, as the board of trustees voted 4-3 to shoot down the request.

Board President Kevin Patrick, who voted against the motion, stated he would be willing to revisit the topic at the next board meeting - scheduled for Monday, July 14 - if additional information is presented by the administration.

County council approves salary increases

Out of all the items considered at the Monday, June 23 Huntington Council meeting, councilmen were unanimous in their agreement on every issue except salary increases for county employees.

The council voted 5-1 to give department heads the go-ahead to issue increases as presented by the county's human resources director, Erika Devine. Councilman John Hacker voted against the motion and Councilman Joel Harris was absent.

Hacker said the reshuffling of job duties in the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development kept him from approving salary increases.

Andrews council OKs engineering agreement

The Andrews Town Council unanimously approved an engineering services agreement with Strand Associates during its meeting on Monday, June 23.

Strand is the structural engineering firm that has been awarded the town's planning grant and the agreement sets the scope and price of work it will perform.

The agreement satisfies requirements set by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs in order for the town to acquire funding from it.

In other business:

• Council is reviewing ways to recover funds that it expended to demolish Miller's Pub in late February.

Oswalt takes Long seat on Huntington Common Council

Randy Bellamy (left), chairman of the Huntington County Democrat Party, announces the appointment of Bill Oswalt (right) to fill the seat on the Huntington Common Council left vacant by the death of Jim Long on May 30.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Bill Oswalt has been appointed to Huntington Common Council, filling the Third District seat left vacant by the May 30 death of Jim Long.

Zanesville council says yes to road repairs

The Zanesville Town Council voted to spend up to $73,000 on road repairs during its meeting on Thursday, June 19.

By a vote of 2-1, council accepted a proposal from Brooks Construction Company, Inc. According to the proposal, Brooks will mill and repave portions of Indianapolis Road and Wayne Street, as well as clean and tack the existing asphalt pavement.

Roanoke council opts to pay for amplifier repair

The Roanoke Town Council opted to pay for repairs recently performed on an amplifier used by the fire department with CEDIT funds during its meeting on Tuesday, June 17.

Council is now trying to deduce what the final cost of those repairs will be, as it was presented with multiple estimates.

Markle council clarifies time off policy

In a meeting that lasted less than 45 minutes, the Markle Town Council took care of a few housekeeping issues Wednesday, June 18, including revising the employee handbook regarding paid time off.

Town Clerk-Treasurer Shelley Monticue says the revision looks good except for one item.

"It seems that the attorney left in here that any excess PTO (paid time off) days would be paid to the employee in the next pay period following, at the end of the year," she said. "We were of the understanding that the council had stated that 30 PTO days and then that was ‘use or lose.'"

BZA has six items on its agenda for June 24 meeting

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals has six items on the agenda for its June 24 meeting.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the GAR Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

New petitions include a request by Cale Eckert, who is seeking a variance to setback requirements for a barn on property at 5214S-900W, Andrews.

Stephanie Sunderman has asked for a special exception to place a beauty salon on property at 6333W-200N, Andrews.

Assessors to visit several areas of Huntington County this summer, Boone reports

Properties in several areas of Huntington County will be visited by assessors this summer, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone has announced.

Twenty-five percent of each class of property - residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural - must be reassessed each year, according to state guidelines.

Roanoke council waiting for cost to pay bill

The Roanoke Town Council opted to pay for repairs recently performed on an amplifier used by the fire department with CEDIT funds during its meeting on Tuesday, June 17.

Council is now trying to deduce what the final cost of those repairs will be, as it was presented with multiple estimates.

Plan Commission to hear wind ordinance proposal from citizens’ group in July

A request from the Huntington County Concerned Citizens for amendments to the county's wind energy ordinance was tabled Wednesday, June 11, at the group's request, because some of its organizers were unable to attend the meeting of the Huntington County Plan Commission.

Miranda Snelling, of Huntington County Community Development, says the group's request is unusual.
"Not very often does someone from the public request to amend an ordinance," she said. "Usually that comes from the plan commission."