Government & School Board

Troublesome water main in Roanoke to be replaced

The Roanoke Town Council discussed replacing the Oak Park Drive water main during its meeting on Tuesday, April 15.

One of the main issues is that the pipe, which Council President Dave Tucker estimates to be 30 years old, is an odd size, which makes finding new components for it, such as a valve, a challenge.

"And for some reason, just this last year or so, things have started to happen on that entire loop - the valve leaking, the main breaking, valves going into the home rotting off and having to be repaired," Tucker adds.

Schools sign fire protection agreement with city

The Huntington County Community School Corporation has signed a fire protection agreement with the city of Huntington that will provide city fire protection services to the corporation's buildings through 2017.

The plan, which was originally proposed at the March 24 HCCSC board of trustees meeting, was approved Monday evening, April 14, with a 6-0 vote.

The agreement between the schools and the city follows a decision by Huntington Township to cancel its fire protection contract with the city, effective April 15.

County recognizes soil and water stewardship

Huntington County Commissioners President Larry Buzzard (front) signs a proclamation declaring the week of April 27 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week.
Photo provided.

The Huntington County Commissioners have declared the week of April 27 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week.

This is the 59th year for Stewardship Week, sponsored by the National Associaiton of Conservation Districts.

Locally, the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has distributed educational materials to schools and set up an informational display in the Duke Energy window in keeping with the week's theme, "Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil."

County getting new aerials taken for GIS website

If it's not up already, it won't be long before an airplane takes to the Huntington County skies, taking pictures of the properties below.

It's part of the county's effort to take better, higher resolution photos to replace ones currently on its Beacon GIS website.

On Monday, April 7, the Huntington County Commissioners approved the contract with Mapping Technologies, Inc. (MTI) of Cambridge, MD, at an initial cost of $14,000. The aerial mapping is to begin on or around Tuesday, April 15, weather permitting.

Street department to close for Good Friday

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday.

Residents whose normal trash day is Friday will have their trash picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 21.

All other trash pickup days will remain the same.


Fetters to hold ‘Mayor’s Night In’ session tonight, Monday, April 14

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters will hold a Mayor's Night In session tonight, Monday, April 14.

Fetters will schedule individual meetings with citizens in his office from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meetings will be set for 10 minutes each and will be scheduled on a first call, first scheduled basis, until the time slots are filled.

Sessions are held in the mayor's office on the third floor of the City Building.

Preparing ballots

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Judy Ruble (left) and Joanna Grassl, of the absentee voting board, prepare voting packets for early voters at the voting booth outside the county clerk's office at the Huntington County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 9. Eary voting began 29 days before the election and will run until noon the day before Election Day.

Enforcement blitz results in 11 arrests around county

The Huntington County Sheriff's Department, Huntington Police Department and Warren Police Department have announced that officers recently wrapped up enforcement efforts for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

Sutter graduates Navy basic training in Illinois

Nathan Sutter.
Photo provided.

Fireman Nathan Sutter, of Huntington, graduated from basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL, on March 21.

Sutter was part of a push division, signifying that he completed his training earlier than expected.
While in basic training, Sutter was a flag carrier during three graduations, including his own.

Sutter is now stationed in Goose Creek, SC, where he is attending the Navy Nuclear Power School, studying nuclear engineering.

Sutter is the son of Matt and Ashley Sutter, also of Huntington.


Making it official

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Surveyor Jay Poe (far left) addresses commissioners (from left) Tom Wall, Larry Buzzard and Leon Hurlburt on Monday, April 7, about the details of the project to connect Interstate-469 to U.S.-24 via improvements on CR900N. The commissioners unanimously agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding between Huntington County, Allen County and the Indiana Department of Transportation, in which INDOT agreed to provide up to $30 million in state funding for the project. Allen County officials are expected to sign the memorandum on Friday, April 11.

City takes first steps to break from county DCD

A city plan to break away from the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development moved forward on Tuesday, April 8, despite concerns voiced by the president of the Huntington County Commissioners.

Members of the Huntington Common Council gave final approval to a pair of ordinances that appropriate funds and set employee salaries for a new Department of Community Development and Redevelopment that would serve only the city of Huntington.

Local SWCD meeting set for Tuesday, April 15

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District's monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Dr., Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.


Ceremony to mark child abuse prevention efforts in county

On Tuesday, April 8, a special "Pinwheels for Prevention" ceremony will be held on the front north lawn of the Huntington County Courthouse at 7:30 p.m.

A short ceremony will highlight the importance of child abuse prevention efforts in the county.

Huntington County officials, advocates and department of child services (DCS) officials will make short remarks.

At the same time, communities across the state will gather together simultaneously for "Pinwheels for Prevention" ceremonies, marking the need to prevent child abuse in Indiana.

Andrews Town Council sets special meet April 16

The Andrews Town Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 16, at noon.

The council will receive information, consider and perhaps act on matters brought before the council.

The meeting will be held in the Andrews Town Hall, in the meeting room, at 66 N. Main St., Andrews.


Roanoke Town Council passes CEDIT plan

The Roanoke Town Council passed a CEDIT plan during its meeting on Tuesday, April 1.

The plan, which was prepared by Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner, will be submitted to the Huntington County Commissioners, who require that every town council file a plan detailing how it intends to use CEDIT monies during the year.

Roanoke's plan totals $115,297.