Government & School Board

Report says $25 million in private capital invested in county this year

Huntington County Economic Development has released a report of its activities in 2018.

Warren Town Council to meet on Dec. 19

The Warren Town Council will meet in Regular Session on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. for a regular meeting of council rescheduled from Monday, Dec. 17.

Roanoke library board to meet a week earlier

The Roanoke Public Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular December meeting one week earlier than usual on Dec. 18 since the regularly scheduled date falls on Christmas Day. 

The meeting will be held at the Roanoke Public Library’s program room at 7 p.m.

The library is located at 314 N. Main St., Suite 120, Roanoke.

Zay to serve on four committees during the 121st Indiana General Assembly

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) to serve on four committees during the 121st Indiana General Assembly.

Zay will serve as ranking member of the Senate Committee on Insurance and Financial Institutions and as a member of the Senate Committees on Commerce and Technology, Environmental Affairs and Utilities.

Committee hearings can be viewed online by visiting

Legislative calendars, agendas, vote tallies and proposed legislation can also be found on this site.

Andrews council deals with McKeever setback

The Andrews Town Council grappled with the fact that its mission to build a stormwater system on McKeever Street had been dealt a serious setback at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 10.

Council President Bill Johnson reported that Region 3A had submitted the town’s application for a grant that would help fund the aforementioned storm-water system after the deadline had passed. The grant in question was a community development block grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs totaling $600,000. Region 3A was serving as the town’s grant administrator.

Banks’ staffer to be in town today

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington today, Thursday, Dec. 13, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The staff member will be available from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Courthouse Annex, meeting room, 1350 S. Jefferson St.

Members of Banks’ staff also are available daily in his Fort Wayne office in the E. Ross Adair Federal Building, located at 1300 S. Harrison St.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

State Rep. Leonard wants to pass ‘honest, balanced budget’ this year

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Dan Leonard

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) was recently reappointed to serve as chair of the Local Government Finance Subcommittee of House Ways and Means.

“Passing an honest, balanced budget is foremost on my mind this session,” Leonard said. “It’s what Hoosiers want and what they deserve from their state legislature. By working diligently, I’m confident we’ll deliver another fiscally responsible budget.”

Zay announces Indiana Senate taking page applications for 2019

The Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the 2019 Senate Page Program, said State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington).

Through the full-day program, students in grades six through 12 can tour Indiana’s Statehouse, listen to debates and help staff with age-appropriate tasks. Students also have the opportunity to meet with their state senator.

Roanoke council discusses variety of topics at recent meet

The Roanoke Town Council discussed a variety of topics at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Supervisor of Operations Phil Hibbert recommended that the town purchase a thumb attachment for the utility department’s backhoe. Hibbert stated that the attachment would be an asset to the department’s employees, enabling them to use the backhoe for tasks that they currently have to do manually.

He presented two quotes for the attachment, with council approving one submitted by Ayers Machinery for $9,750.

Ready for service

Photo by Steve Clark.

A brand-new pumper tanker fire truck was delivered to the Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department on Nov. 10. Standing beside the 3,000-gallon truck on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the department’s station are (from left) Lt. Alyssa Prickett, Capt. Ryan Douglas and Lt. David Johnson, all of the Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department; Tammy Kline, president, Huntington Township Board; and Tim Guy, Huntington Township trustee.

Local SWCD hosting steering meet for watershed project on Dec. 17

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is hosting a steering committee meeting for the Lower Salamonie River Watershed 310 Project on Monday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Huntington County SWCD Office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.
Meeting objectives:

— Progress report and planning related to the Lower Salamonie River Cost-Share Program.

— Outreach planning.

— Entertain questions and concerns from the committee and other stakeholders present.

Andrews Town Council not happy with wastewater plant not finished

The Andrews Town Council lamented that the town’s new wastewater treatment plant had not been completed yet during its meeting on Monday, Nov. 26.

It was the board’s expectation at its meeting on Oct. 22 that the plant would be finished by the end of October and that the project’s general contractor, Thieneman Construction, would be off the site by the end of November.

However, the town’s utility superintendent, Colin Bullock, reported to council that a variety of issues were holding the project back from completion.

Late property taxes may bring penalty

Property taxes were due Nov. 13.

Huntington County Treasurer Paula Farley says any delinquent taxes now owe a penalty.
Indiana Law (IC 6-1.1-37-10) requires the county treasurer to add a late payment penalty to the unpaid portions of the amounts due for each installment of property taxes. The penalty will be in the amount of 5 percent of the unpaid tax if the installment is completely paid on or before the 30 days after the due date and the taxpayer is not liable for delinquent property taxes first due and payable in a previous installment for the same parcel.

Bid for truck, land annexation tops Markle meet

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the night before Thanksgiving, the meeting room where the Markle Town Council held its regular meeting was filled full of anxious people, waiting to hear the outcome of the first and most popular item on the evening’s agenda, who was the winner of the town’s truck for sale.

Council President Jeff Humbarger said there were 18 sealed bids received on the surplus truck. As the council opened each one in the meeting, the bids ranged from $3,333 to the high bid of $5,601, submitted by Curt Worster.

Hgtn. council meet is off

The Huntington Common Council meeting set for Tuesday, Nov. 27, has been canceled due to nothing on the agenda.