Government & School Board

County Council makes last-minute adjustments to employee salaries

About 20 Huntington County employees got their pay raises in the nick of time, after the Huntington County Council approved a change in the salary ordinance to give them the money.

Andrews closer to fire pact with Hgtn. Twp.

The Andrews Town Council moved closer to agreeing on a contract to provide fire protection to Huntington Township during its Monday, Jan. 13, meeting.

Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy notified council that a contract spanning April 2014 to April 2015 was prepared and available for council and the town's legal counsel to review. Guy stated that he would send copies of the contract to Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson, who would then distribute them to council members and the town's attorney, Michael Hartburg.

City will use surplus to 'play catch-up' on deferred expenses

The city's expenses continue to run well below its income, providing what Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters sees as an opportunity to get caught up on projects deferred during leaner economic times.

"There were about five years when nothing was able to happen," Fetters said.

His plan to spend $921,000 of the city's surplus funds in a variety of areas ranging from purchasing police radios to awarding cash bonuses to city employees won approval from the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Schools to consider options for fire protection

"I have become a little concerned," says Kevin Patrick, Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees president.

"There is a, for lack of a better word, a feud going on between the township and the city (of Huntington)," he noted during the Monday, Jan. 13 meeting of the HCCSC board of trustees.

Local students will make up snow days

In Huntington County students finally returned to school on Monday, Jan. 13.

Students received an extended winter break last week, after a blast of winter weather caused Huntington County Community Schools to close Jan. 7 to Jan. 10.

In all, four days of school were canceled, and as of press time, those days are slated to be made up later this school year, says Cindy Gray, executive secretary of administration.

First to file

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Voter Registration Deputy Pam Fowler (far left) explains how to fill out the new statement of economic interest form to Jay Poe (R), the first candidate to file his intention to run for office on Wednesday, Jan. 8. as County Clerk Kittie Keiffer looks on. Party-affiliated candidates have until Feb. 7 at noon to file their paperwork.

Roanoke council to meet on Tuesday, Jan. 14, for special session at town hall

The Roanoke Town Council will meet in a special session on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Roanoke Town Hall, 141 Third St.

The main agenda topic will be consideration of bids for the annual Town insurance renewal for 2014.

Other topics may be discussed as deemed necessary by the Town Council president.


Accessibility panel will meet Thursday evening

The Mayor's Advisory Council on Community Accessibility will meet on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. in the mayor's conference room on the third floor of the City Building, in Huntington.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Jan. 9 but was postponed because of inclement weather.


State Sen. Holdman files to retain his seat

State Sen. Travis Holdman (right) files his declaration of candidacy for the May primary with David Maxwell (left), in the Indiana Secretary of State’s office, on Jan. 8.
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State Sen. Travis Holdman has filed as a candidate in the Republican primary election, the first step in a quest to retain his seat representing Senate District 19.

The district includes Adams, Blackford, Jay and Wells counties and portions of Grant and Huntington counties.

Holdman registered his candidacy on Jan. 8, the first day of the filing period, in the Indiana secretary of state’s office.

Township will end fire contract with city

Huntington Township officials voted unanimously on Friday, Jan. 10, to end their contract with the city of Huntington for fire protection in rural areas of Huntington Township.

The decision followed a 90-minute discussion with residents concerned about relying on volunteer fire departments to serve the area, which includes several schools, Parkview Huntington Hospital and the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, as well as residences.

Local government meetings rescheduled

Several government meetings scheduled for Monday, Jan. 6, have been rescheduled because of the weather.

The Huntington County Solid Waste District board will meet on Monday, Jan. 13, at 8 a.m. in the commissioners' room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Feb. 3.

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety was postponed to a date to be announced later.

Huntington Fire Department still providing twp. protection - for now

The Huntington Fire Department will - for now - continue to provide fire protection to residents of Huntington Township outside city limits, Mayor Brooks Fetters says, even though township officials have not complied with the terms of the 2014 fire protection contract.

According to the contract, the township was to have delivered a fire truck to the city for use by the HFD by Jan. 1. However, the first day of 2014 came and went with the truck still in the township's possession.

Roanoke Plan Commission to hear CME request

The Roanoke Plan Commission will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the GAR Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The panel will consider a request by CME Corporation to rezone property at 8376 N. U.S.-24E, Roa- noke, and the adjacent parcels to the north and to the east. The request is to rezone the property from R-4 (residential) and agricultural to general business.

The Roanoke Plan Commission will also reorganize for 2014, electing officers and setting the 2014 meeting calendar among other items.

Huntington BZA to hear trio of requests Jan. 6

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals will consider three requests during its meeting on Monday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting will be held in the city council chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

Two of the requests, both seeking variances from development standards, were submitted by LSPS Realty, LLC, for a property at 2814 Theater Avenue. The company is seeking a six-foot variance from the minimum side yard setback for an existing structure, as well as a six-space variance from the 15-space minimum parking requirement.

Office seekers now must list economic interests

The 2014 election season gets under way on Wednesday, Jan. 8, and officials at the Huntington County Clerk's office are warning potential candidates that they'll need to be prepared to detail their economic interests.

The requirement, which applies to candidates for all local and school board offices, is mandated by the state for the first time this year, Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer says.

And the form - a Statement of Economic Interests - must be filed at the same time as the declaration of candidacy is filed.