Government & School Board

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."

Roanoke council to meet on Thursday

The Roanoke Town Council will meet in a special session on Thursday, June 19, at 6 p.m. in the Roanoke Town Hall, 141 Third St., Roanoke.

The main agenda topic will be the opening of Contract A and Contract B bids for the water improvement project, as advertised.

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


Andrews council passes ordinance restricting alcohol on town property

The Andrews Town Council passed an ordinance restricting the possession, consumption and sale of alcohol on town-owned property during its meeting on Monday, June 9.

Ordinance 2014-4 prohibits alcoholic beverages from being brought into, consumed, sold or given away on town-owned property, except as otherwise permitted pursuant to a temporary permit issued by the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission.

City to buy school property near Horace Mann

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees has accepted an offer of $23,815 from the city of Huntington to purchase roughly one acre of property at Horace Mann Educational Center.

The sale was approved on Monday, June 9, on a 6-1 vote, with Board Secretary Rex Baxter, District 7, voting no.
The agreement includes .873 acres of right-of-way and .119 acres of temporary easement, says HCCSC Superintendent Tracey Shafer.

City council addresses zoning, alley

The Huntington Common Council vacated an alley and changed the zoning of a Swan Street property during a brief meeting Tuesday evening, June 10.

The property at 1370 and 1375 Swan St., which includes the former Wabash Technologies building, previously had two separate zonings - with one part of the property designated for residential use, and another part for light industrial use.

The property was sold early this year.

Democrats seeking applicants for city council seat

The Huntington County Democrat Party is preparing to make an appointment to the third district seat on the Huntington Common Council.

Applicants for the position must live in the third district, have proof of residence and be a Democrat.

To be considered, applicants should send a resume and letter of intent to Randy Bellamy at 2651 W. Division Rd., Huntington, IN 46750. The deadline for application is June 20.

The seat was left vacant by the death of Councilman Jim Long on May 30.