Government & School Board

Online sale of surplus county items nets county total of $3,672 so far

The online sale of surplus Huntington County property has so far netted the county $3,672.48.

Todd Nightenhelser, owner of The Collector's Box in Huntington,, is conducting the sale of surplus and unwanted county items through his already established eBay account.

A wide variety of items were purchased - items which were once owned by the Huntington County Waste Management, Huntington County Sheriff's Department and Huntington County Commissioner's Office.

Items purchased from waste management included gravity and hydraulic refuse trailers.

Permanent drug disposal sites set

Sorting prescription drugs during Drug Drop Off Day on Saturday, May 30, at Hier's Park are (from left) Scott Haskett, Kenneth Field and Jonathan Leist, the latter the director of the Huntington County Solid Waste District.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt says the recent Drug Drop Off Day was a big success.

The event was held on Saturday, May 30, at Hier's Park. Residents were offered the opportunity to drop off unused or unneeded prescription drugs.

"At the end of the day we collected over $200,000 worth of prescription drugs," states Hurlburt. "It was a busy and successful event."

Jonathon Leist, Solid Waste District director, says drugs were sorted into two categories, controlled and uncontrolled drugs.

City and county will work together on airport road

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike, Huntington County Commissioner Kathy Branham and Jaime Miller, treasurer of the Huntington Board of Aviation, (from left) stand next to a map showing a road that will be extended to provide emergency access.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A joint city-county project will provide an emergency access road to the rear of the Huntington Municipal Airport property.

Currently, the airport has just one entrance - off of Ind.-5.

With this project, Meridian Road will be extended to provide the rear access to the airport.

City and county officials gathered at the airport on Wednesday, June 3, to announce the project.

Pool fill uncovers rust in Roanoke fire hydrants

A rust-filled pool, a street beautification project, new ticketing systems for police vehi-cles and modification of the town's budget were all major items discussed at the Roanoke Town Council meeting on June 2.

Karen Baker, of Oak Park Drive, requested to have her pool filled by the Roanoke Fire Department earlier in the year.

When the request was granted, at a cost to her of the local water rate, the fire department filled her pool with 10,500 gallons of water last week - but the water that ended up in her pool was filled with rust.

'Spring' taxes are due July 20

Huntington County property owners can expect to receive their property tax bills in the mail in mid-June, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton says.

The "spring" payment will be due July 20, she says, more than two months later than the normal May 10 deadline for payment.

The fall payment dead-line will continue to be Nov. 10, the same as in past years, Hamilton says.

School board makes difficult decision in Varsity Singers-HC Wrestling Club contention of weekend for big events

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees made a difficult decision Tuesday night, ending a source of contention between the Huntington County Wrestling Club and the Huntington North Varsity Singers.

Each group had hoped to secure facilities at the high school on the same weekend next March for its most significant event of the year.

The board, overruling school policy and the HNHS principal's decision, gave the weekend to the wrestlers.

Government meetings May 28-June 1

Thursday, May 28
Huntington County Drainage Board, 8:30 a.m., Commissioners' Room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Monday, June 1
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 the Huntington County Courthouse.

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

 

Roanoke rule enforcement questioned

A recently passed ordinance raised questions about enforcement and practicality at the Roanoke Town Council meeting on May 19.

The Town of Roanoke had put into effect an ordinance requiring zoned businesses to provide off-street parking made of either asphalt or concrete, with spaces striped and clearly marked. Each business must have one parking spot for every 200 square feet of building space.

But Rick Hartley, of the Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals, says a new antique store at 138 First St. has not yet complied.

City considers setting storm water fee

The Huntington Common Council is being asked to consider instituting a fee on every property in Huntington that would help pay for the management of storm water.

Dave Schoeff, the city's director of engineering, told council members on Tuesday, May 12, he'd like to study such a fee, which would give the city a dedicated fund to spend on storm water management.

Second try nets Mt. Etna grant for new fire station

A new fire station will become a reality in Mt. Etna, thanks to a $500,000 grant.

Mt. Etna Fire Chief Mark Sale learned Wednesday, May 13, that his department has been awarded a Community Focus Fund Grant, funded by the federal Community Development Bock Grant program and funneled through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

It's the second time the Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department has applied for the grant. The first application, Sale says, was turned down.

School board approves adoption of new social studies textbooks

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved the adoption of new social studies books for all grade levels during the May 11 School Board meeting.

The board approved the adoption of all books recommended by a committee of teachers and parents from each education levels - elementary, middle and high school - that reviewed various textbooks, narrowed the choices and then voted on those remaining.

A listing of those textbooks was posted to The TAB's Web site on April 29 titled "School board hears list of recommended textbooks."

School board approves requests

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved several requests during the May 11 school board meeting.

They include:
Field trips
• Huntington North High School (HNHS) French III classes were given permission to visit the Art Institute and French Creperie in Chicago on May 19.

• HNHS AP Spanish classes were given permission to visit the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Chicago on May 23.

Classified employee resignations
• Sharon Biehl, food service at Flint Springs Elementary.

Government meetings calendar May 11-13

Monday, May 11
Markle Park Board, 7:30 a.m., Markle Municipal Building, 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.

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

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

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

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

Andrews sets town clean-up

The town of Andrews will hold its annual spring clean-up on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9.

Residents can bring their unwanted items to the Andrews Town Lot on the west end of Terrell Street beginning at 8 a.m. each day. No hazardous materials will be accepted. Residents must bring their most recent water bill for proof of residency.

For more information contact the clerk's office at 786-3848.

 

Raising awareness


Photo by Andre Laird.

On Wednesday, April 29, Huntington Mayor Steve Updike signs a proclamation, declaring the week of May 4, as Cancer Awareness Week. Also on hand for the signing was Al Sims, president of Cancer Services for Huntington County.

Etna Avenue residents can provide input on road renovation project

Residents who would be affected by a proposed road renovation on Etna Avenue are invited to attend a City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 12, to provide their input on the project.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St.

The road work would affect Etna Avenue from the London Street area to the Wabash River. It would include new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, paving and oversized storm sewers.

School board hears of GED recipients

Several area people recently earned their GED (general education development) diplomas.

Tests were taken in February and March at sites in Huntington and Columbia City.

Don Martin of the Huntington County Community School Corporation is the testing coordinator for both sites. This information was provided to the HCCSC Board of Trustees on April 27.

The dates of testing, individuals who passed the test and their hometowns are:

School board approves resignation, retirement, requests

Members of the Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees approved several requests at their April 27 meeting at the Administrative Services Center.

These include:

Classified employee resignations
• Diane Johnson, Special Services paraprofessional at Salamonie.

• Stephanie Richards, noon recess at Northwest.
Classified employee retirement

• Dianna Folk, administrative assistant for Huntington-Whitley Special Services (HWSS).

School board hears list of recommended textbooks

Social studies textbooks recommended for adoption for all grade levels were presented to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees on April 27.

A committee of teachers and parents from each education level - elementary, middle and high school - looked at and reviewed various textbooks, narrowed the choices, then voted on the remaining selections.

Consultant: schools could save millions by changing energy habits

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The local school corporation could save 20 percent to 30 percent on its annual utility bills by implementing recommendations made by a company that deals exclusively with energy-saving tactics.

Glen Gaines, area representative for the Texas-based company Energy Education, explained to Huntington County Community School Corporation Board members Monday night that the company works primarily with public school corporations around the United States.

Spring clean-up in Warren will be held May 4-9

Spring cleanup days in Warren will be held May 4-9.

Warren residents can bring large household items to the town's utility garage, 316 W. 2nd St., Monday through Friday, May 4 through 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents should plan on unloading the items themselves, although help with unloading may be available sporadically.

Insurance trust board updates school board on its work

The president of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Insurance Trust Board gave school board members an update on their work on Monday night.

Chris Hoke, a science teacher at Huntington North High School who serves as the insurance trust board's president, provided the board with a quarterly update. Hoke's group oversees the corporation's insurance trust, developing and administering the corporation's employee health, life and long-term disability insurance program. School Board members are not part of the trust board, which was established in the mid-'90s.

Council says any new Warren truck route will take businesses' needs into consideration

Any new truck route established in Warren will take into consideration the needs of local businesses that regularly receive deliveries by truck, members of the Warren Town Council said Monday night.

A truck route is being discussed to lessen damage now being caused by large trucks, Warren Town Marshal Dennis Spitler said.

"Semis are tearing up the town," he told residents attending Monday night's town council meeting. "They're hitting houses, hitting poles."

Survey seeks input on neighbor groups

Bryn Keplinger (left), assistant director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, and Marla Stambazze, the DCD’s subdivision coordinator, point out the area in Huntington that will be surveyed April 18.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Do you know your neighbor?

If not, the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) would like to introduce you.

DCD Assistant Director Bryn Keplinger and Subdivision Coordinator Marla Stambazze say they'd like to do that by stimulating the formation of neighborhood associations.

Several target areas for neighborhood associations have been selected, and the DCD will be working first in a neighborhood just east of downtown Huntington.

Markle council to consider change in manure disposal rules

The Markle Town Council will consider a proposed amendment to its zoning ordinance concerning livestock operations at its upcoming meeting on Wednesday, April 15. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is held at the Markle Town Hall Meeting Room, 155 W. Sparks St.

Skateboarders in Roanoke may soon have place to call their own

Skateboarders in Roanoke may soon have a place to call their own, if Roanoke Town Marshal Kip Rupert has his way.
They'll also be held responsible for not following the rules.

Rupert told members of the Roanoke Town Council on Tuesday, April 7, that skateboarders are frequently causing minor damage throughout the town.

Rupert is investigating possible ordinances to be considered for adoption by the council creating fines for skateboarding in unauthorized areas.

DCD brings on assistant director; fills building inspector, commissioner posts

Bryn Keplinger (right) is sworn in Monday, March 30, as assistant director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (left) . DCD Department Director Nate Schacht observes.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Bryn Keplinger was sworn in Monday, March 30, as assistant director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, ending a three-year stretch of the department operating without an assistant director.

Also sworn in were Shad Paul, as the DCD's building commissioner, and Brandt Finley, the department's building inspector.

Swearing in building inspector


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Brandt Finley (right) is sworn in on Monday, March 30, as the Huntington Countywide Department of Development building inspector by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (left) while DCD Department Direcotr Nate Schacht looks on.

Swearing in building commissioner


Photos by Cindy Klepper.

Shad Paul (right) is sworn as the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development builidng commissioner on Monday, March 30, by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (left) while DCD Department Director Nate Schact observes.

School board members approve summer school proposal

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved a proposal for summer school classes during their meeting on Monday, March 23.

Classes are offered to students requiring remediation or whom teachers think could benefit from them. Courses in both math and language arts will be available for all grade levels, while a few additional courses are offered to high school students.

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