Government & School Board

Applications for tax exempt status are due May 15

Organizations that may be exempt from property tax must file a property tax exemption form in the Huntington County assessor's office no later than May 15, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone has announced.

The application, which can be used for both real and personal property exemptions, must be filed every two years on the even year.

City offices to close for meeting today

All Huntington city offices will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, March 6, for an employee meeting.

Hurlburt to seek second term as Huntington County commissioner

Leon Hurlburt.
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Huntington County Commissioner Leon Hurlburt has announced that he plans to seek a second term in that office.

Hurlburt has filed for the Republican nomination in the first commissioners' district. He has an opponent in the Republican primary, Rob Miller.

"I believe the core foundation of government is to represent the people's views and be their voice in county government," Hurlburt says. "I am against big government and any new taxes.

Assessment forms need to be turned in by May 15

Assessment forms for business and farm personal property must be turned in at the Huntington County assessor's office by May 15, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone has announced.

The requirement includes churches and exempt entities. No filing extensions will be granted, she adds.

Neither the assessment forms nor reminder cards will be mailed this year, Boone says.

UTEC gets tax abatement on new equipment

A local company will receive a tax break as it purchases and installs nearly $1.5 million worth of new equipment to be used in both manufacturing and research and development.

The 10-year tax abatement for United Technologies Electronic Controls was unanimously approved Tuesday, Feb. 25, by the Huntington Common Council.

School board sets calendar for 2015-2016

A 2015-2016 school calendar was approved on Monday night, Feb. 24, by the Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees.

The calendar resembles the previously approved 2014-2015 school calendar, which includes breaks in October and February that have not been included on the calendar in previous years.

The new calendar format for 2014-2015, which was preferred by the corporation's calendar committee, was approved by the board in March 2013.

UTEC to get tax break on new equipment

A local company will receive a tax break as it purchases and installs nearly $1.5 million worth of new equipment to be used in both manufacturing and research and development.

The 10-year tax abatement for United Technologies Electronic Controls was unanimously approved Tuesday, Feb. 25, by the Huntington Common Council.

County auditor says error warrants change in software

Huntington County's auditor thinks a software change might be in order, after a "glitch" in making a $2.5 million payment left her skeptical about the current program's trustworthiness.

It happened in December, when a deputy auditor made a distribution to the Huntington County Community School Corporation, using MVP software produced by Thompson-Reuters. The school corporation didn't get the check until Jan. 3, after Yeiter discovered the software didn't work they way it should.

Andrews to set rules for abandoned vehicles

Andrews Town Marshal Curt VanOver approached the Andrews Town Council during its Monday, Feb. 24 meeting about drafting an abandoned vehicle ordinance.

VanOver stated that he would like to see the ordinance completed by spring, enabling him to get to work immediately once the weather breaks on pinpointing vehicles that are in violation of it. Council agreed with VanOver that abandoned vehicles are an issue in town and President Mike Rohler targeted the end of March as the time to have an ordinance drafted.

Local man earns Bronze Star

Marine Staff Sgt. Joshua Brodrick, of Huntington, wears his Bronze Star Medal with combat V awarded Feb. 18, at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA.
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Marine Staff Sgt. Joshua Brodrick, of Huntington, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat V for valor during a ceremony held Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA.

The medal was presented by Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, for "valiant achievements in connection with combat operations against the enemy while deployed to Afghanistan in June of 2012."

School board approves plan to make up 13 missed school days

The Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees has approved a plan to make up the 13 missed school days the corporation has accumulated due to inclement weather this year.

Of the 13 days missed, one day will be made up by applying for the one-day Indiana Department of Education waiver. If approved by the IDOE, this will allow corporations to waive student attendance for one instructional day.

Three more days will be made up through built-in snow days.

One day will be made up on Good Friday, which will be an early release day.

Warren TC to have special meet

The Warren Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for today, Monday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. in Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.

The council plans to discuss options related to the employee benefit package, which includes medical and other benefit insurance coverage.

 

Markle council ends price break for pool fills and garden sprinkling

Residents in Markle who want to fill up their swimming pools or water large gardens this summer will have to pay full price for their water, after town council members decided to discontinue the "Summer Sprinkling" program.

Councilmen Jeff Humbarger, Mark Hamilton and Rick Bower voted unanimously to cut the discount water program at their regular meeting Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The move affects about three dozen pools served by the town's water utility.

BZA to rule on variance for pool

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals has one item on the agenda for its Feb. 25 meeting.

Kristin Borton has requested a variance from development standards, asking that she receive a 15-foot variance from the 25-foot rear yard setback requirement for a deck and pool on property at 3639W-900N, Huntington.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the GAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

 

RTPA steps up to fund fireworks show

A representative from the Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association announced at the Tuesday, Feb. 18, meeting of the Roanoke Town Council that his group will fund the town's Fourth of July fireworks show this year.

Denis Dearduff, representing the association, said the group would provide $5,500 for the display. That is the estimated total cost of the fireworks display, according to records provided by Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner.

The show had originally been canceled for 2014 when the state reduced the town's park budget, which had traditionally funded the show.

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