Government & School Board

Andrews tweaks fire protection contract

The Andrews Town Council made revisions to a fire protection contract presented to it by Huntington Township during its meeting on Monday, Jan. 27.

Under the contract, which was presented to council by Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy, the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department would provide fire protection to a portion of Huntington Township.

The contract originally ran from April 14, 2014, to April 14, 2015, but council extended the agreement to run through Dec. 31, 2015, to avoid negotiating a new deal just one year after the proposed one was agreed upon.

Council approves funding to complete Andrews Library project

The Andrews-Dallas Township Library received the nod from the Huntington County Council to spend an additional $10,000 from the library's Library Improvement Reserve Fund.

Laura Dillon spoke before the council on Monday, Jan. 27, and explained the fund is money the library has accumulated for discretional items it needs for its new building project.

"We have spent $2,800 out of the $10,000 from last year," she said. "We normally appropriate $1,500, so we went over our $1,500 that we had budgeted."

Banks says his farm bill passes Senate 45-1

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City), reports that his legislation to support local farmers  passed the Senate on Jan. 21 by a vote of 45-1.

Banks says Senate Bill 179 would lessen regulatory roadblocks on small Hoosier poultry farms to help them sell their products locally. Currently, many of these small farms are unable to sell directly to consumers or large-scale vendors. Banks says his bill would expand farmers' opportunities by allowing them to sell to restaurants, grocery stores and at farmers markets and roadside stands.

School board documents now available online

The Huntington County Community School Corporation is now using BoardDocs, an online tool that administrators say will maximize the effectiveness and transparency of School Board meetings.

Meeting agendas and supporting documents are now accessible through the HCCSC website (www. hccsc.k12.in.us). The corporation home page provides step-by-step instructions to help navigate the user-friendly program.

State Sen. Holdman sets town hall meet on Feb. 8

State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 9:30 a.m. at Heritage Pointe) 801 Huntington Ave., Warren.

Citizens are invited to attend and share their thoughts on issues affecting them or their community.

For more information, contact Holdman's Statehouse office at 800-382-9467.

 

Roanoke to retain trash service provider

The Roanoke Town Council voted to extend the town's contract with Waste Management through September during its Tuesday, Jan. 21 meeting.

The town's contract with the trash service provider had expired and council opted to extend the current agreement to September rather than approve a new, multi-year deal so it can accept bids for trash service from other entities at that time.

Drovertown home rehab project has kick-off Jan. 16

A gathering at Ruby Jones’ home on East State Street, in Huntington, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, celebrated the beginning of a home rehabilitation program in Huntington’s Drovertown neighborhood.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A project to spend $662,000 rehabilitating homes in Huntington's Drovertown neighborhood got its official kick-off on Wednesday, Jan. 16, when officials involved in the program gathered at one of the homes that will be repaired.

The Communities for a Lifetime project is being coordinated by Pathfinder Community Connections NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center with an Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority grant funneled through the city of Huntington.

School board president not happy with twp. fire protection choice

"Huntington County Community School Corporation will do anything and everything to protect our kids and staff," says Kevin Patrick, president of the HCCSC board of trustees.

Patrick has expressed disdain for the choice made by Huntington Township officials, who voted on Friday, Jan. 10, to end their contract with the city of Huntington, which provided fire and emergency protection in rural areas of Huntington Township.

Council approves changes in Markle zoning map

Residents in Markle will have an easier time of making improvements to their properties, after town council members adopted a new zoning map at their Wednesday, Jan. 15, meeting.

The council agreed by consensus to consider Ordinance 2014-1 in one meeting. The proposed ordinance was presented by Mark Mussman of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, with a favorable recommendation from the Markle Zoning Board.

Indiana Dept. of Ed. gives HCCSC a grade of ‘B’ for 2012-13 year

The Indiana Department of Education announced accountability grades for 2012-13 for school corporations on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Huntington County Community School Corporation earned a "B" letter grade and 3.02 corporation points.

This letter grade remained the same from the previous school year, but corporation points earned did go down from 3.49.

Board of zoning appeals to hear pair of requests at Jan. 28 meeting

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will consider two requests during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

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

The two requests on the agenda are:

• A request by John R. Rosen for a variance from development standards to allow a flag lot on property located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Ind.-9 and Ind.-105.

Fire house open house


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Fire Department Office Manager Judy McCullough (right) cuts cake as firefighters Steve Gray (left) and Wayne Huff enjoy refreshments during the open house at the newly-renovated Fire Station 1 on Friday, Jan. 17. The station, located at 747 Condit St., now includes the department's administrative offices.

Zanesville to pay ball park's electric bill

The Zanesville Town Council made a $1,000 donation to the Zanesville Lions Ball Park electrical bill during its Thursday, Jan. 16 meeting.

Council made the donation in response to a letter from the Zanesville Lions Club requesting monetary assistance for 2014. The $1,000 total will be paid directly to the park's electricity provider, United REMC.

Council approves new zoning map for Markle

Residents in Markle will have an easier time of making improvements to their properties, after town council members adopted a new zoning map at their Wednesday, Jan. 15, meeting.

The council agreed by consensus to consider Ordinance 2014-1 in one meeting. The proposed ordinance was presented by Mark Mussman of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, with a favorable recommendation from the Markle Zoning Board.

Heffelfinger seeks to retain court judge position

Jeffrey Heffelfinger
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jeffrey R. Heffelfinger has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination as judge of the Huntington Superior Court in the May primary.

Heffelfinger currently holds the office of Superior Court judge.

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