Government & School Board

Zanesville road repairs are on hold

The Zanesville Town Council discussed town road conditions during its meeting on Thursday, April 17.

At a previous meeting, Council President Patsy Brock had expressed a desire to contact a paving company and have them come through town and assess the roads.

With Brock absent from the meeting, council members John Schuhmacher and Danny Miller were unsure of Brock's progress on that front, but agreed that assessing the roads was a priority.

GOP surveyor race has familiar candidates

Jay Poe (left) and Marlin Doctor.
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If the candidates for county surveyor on the Republican primary ticket look familiar, that's because they are.

The Jay Poe-Marlin "Monty" Doctor matchup is a repeat from 2010, which ended with incumbent Poe returning to the surveyor's office.

Just a test


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer (left) and Dan Haas, a representative of voting machine supplier MicroVote, check the results of a test of voting machines on Wednesday, April 16, in the county clerk's office. The test, conducted by the Huntington County Election Board prior to each election, was done in preparation for the May 6 primary and included three randomly selected voting machines. Election board member Lori Guy and Judy Ruble, standing in for board member Ken Zuk, also participated in the test. The board found no malfunctions in the machines.

Roanoke council discusses Oak Park Drive main replacement

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.

Markle sees increase in insurance premiums

The town of Markle's insurance cost is on the rise, increasing by about $3,500 in both property and workers' compensation premiums.

The town council members learned of the hike at their regular meeting Wednesday, April 14. Richard Randol of General Insurance, in Bluffton, provided the update, saying part of the why the insurance companies raised rates is what he termed "experienced rated."

3 Democrats also seek spot from Third District

Justin Kuhnle (left) and Jim Redmond.
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Three Democrats are seeking to become their party's candidate for the third district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Justin Kuhnle, of Kendallville; Jim Redmond, of Auburn; and Tommy A. Schrader, of Fort Wayne, all want the chance to run for the seat currently held by Marlin Stutzman in the November general election.

The third district includes Huntington County as well as all or parts of LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Kosciusko, Whitley, Allen, Wells, Adams, Blackford and Jay counties.

Warren Council reschedules meeting

The Warren Town Council meeting scheduled for Monday, April 14, was postponed.

The council will instead meet next Monday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. in Warren atAssembly Hall.

A public hearing on the vacation of an unimproved portion of Hendricks Street, which was to have been held on April 14, will instead be held on May 12.

 

Wage committee will meet April 24

A public meeting of the City of Huntington Indiana Common Construction Wage Determination Committee will be held on Thursday, April 24, at 10 a.m.

The meeting will be held in the mayor's conference room on the third floor of the city building, located at 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The committtee will determine the Huntington County common construction wage scale for city construction projects.

 

Andrews TC considers engineering firms

The Andrews Town Council reviewed interview questions during its meeting on Monday, April 14, that it would be posing to a pair of structural engineering firms vying for a planning grant from the town.

The firm that is awarded the grant will be tasked with assessing the town's utilities and plotting the best course of action for fixing them.

The two firms in question, Strand Associates and GIA Consultants, were to meet with council to be interviewed in a special meeting on Wednesday, April 16.

City street department to be closed on 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.

 

Coalition providing fire protection for township’s unincorporated areas

Fire protection for unincorporated areas of Huntington Township is now being provided by a coalition of four volunteer fire departments.

The new arrangement, which went into effect on April 14, replaces a decades-long fire protection agreement between Huntington Township and the city of Huntington.
The fire protection contracts with the four volunteer departments - Mt. Etna, Andrews, Bippus and Markle - will continue until Huntington Township can organize its own volunteer fire department, Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy says.

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.
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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.

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