Government & School Board

Government meetings for next week

The following are the governmental meetings for the week of Feb. 25 to March 1.

Monday, Feb. 25
6 p.m. - Andrews Town Council, Andrews Municipal Building.
7 p.m. - Huntington County Council, GAR Room, Courthouse.

Tuesday, Feb. 26
6:45 a.m. - Huntington Common Council, City Building, Second Floor.
6:30 p.m. - Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals, GAR Room, Courthouse.

Roanoke council discusses sidewalk on Hillside

The Roanoke Town Council discussed constructing a sidewalk on Hillside Avenue at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Responding to an inquiry by resident Greg Morris on the topic, the board responded that the town had plans to build a sidewalk on the south side on Hillside Avenue, which is located in the Roanoke Village subdivision. The sidewalk will run from Lowry Way to South Main Street.

The cost of the work will be approximately $21,000 to $22,000, said Supervisor of Operations Phil Hibbert.

City department heads present annual reports to common council

City department heads presented annual reports to the Huntington Common Council during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Chief Chad Hacker discussed a variety of accomplishments tied to the Huntington Police Department in 2018. Of those accomplishments, one of the most significant for Hacker was that groundwork was laid for the construction of a new police station this year.

Several county officials at AIC County Legislative Conference

Kittie Keiffer, Ron Kline and Terry Miller, members of the Huntington County Council, were among nearly 300 county officials from around the state who attended the Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) 2019 County Legislative Conference.

County officials met with their legislators to express their concerns about local government issues at this two-day event, held Feb. 5 and 6 at the Hilton Indianapolis. AIC staff members briefed county officials about legislation being discussed in the Indiana General Assembly that would have an impact on counties.

Property tax exemption apps due by April 1

Applications for property tax exemptions (Form 136) are due to the Huntington County Assessor’s Office on or before April 1.

An application can be filed by certain property that is owned, occupied and used predominantly for charitable, religious, educational or scientific purposes. To obtain an exemption, the property owner must file an application timely with the county assessor, along with the proper information that states the qualifications of the property to be tax exempt.

Huntington County Commissioners hold pair of exec sessions today

The Huntington County Commissioners are holding two executive sessions today, Monday, Feb. 18. The first session will be at 9:45 a.m. and the second will be at 10:30 a.m. Both sessions will be held in the Commissioners’ Room at the Huntington County Courthouse.

The first session will center on a discussion of records classified as confidential by state/federal statute. The second session will see the commissioners discuss the implementation of security systems.

The Huntington County Courthouse is located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Sen. Braun to have mobile office hours in area on Tuesday, Feb. 20

United States Senator Mike Braun has announced the first dates, times and locations for mobile office hours throughout the state of Indiana to better assist Hoosiers.

Office hours in Goshen are Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Goshen Public Library, 601 S. 5th St., Goshen.

Hours in Anderson are Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Madison County Government Center Annex-Conference Room, 206 E. 9th St., Anderson. This session will recur every third Wednesday.

Zay bill to pilot child welfare program in state recently passes state senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington), Senate Bill 365, that would provide the necessary funding to pilot a child welfare program in Indiana, recently passed the Senate Committee on Family and Children Services by a vote of 5 to 2.

Zahm is chairman of Coroner Training Board

Dr. Krista Box, commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health, has announced that she has appointed Huntington County Coroner Phil Zahm as the chairman of the Coroner’s Training Board.

The appointment became effective on Jan. 11.
As per statute, Box’s position makes her chairman of the board automatically, or she may appoint a designee. She has chosen Zahm to serve as her designee.

Announce governmental meetings for week of Feb. 16-22

Upcoming governmental meetings for the week of Feb. 18 to 22 are:

Monday, Feb. 18
8:30 a.m. - Huntington County Board of Commissioners, Commissioners Room.

Tuesday, Feb. 19
6:30 p.m. - Zanesville Town Council, Zanesville Town Hall.
7 p.m. - Roanoke Town Council, Roanoke Town Hall.

Wednesday, Feb. 20
6:30 p.m. - Warren Board of Zoning Appeals, Warren Town Hall Annex.
7:30 p.m. - Markle Town Council, Markle Fire Station.

School board splits district preschool program to two schools for next year

In an effort to free up more space at one Huntington County Community School Corporation elementary school, the board of school trustees has agreed to split the district’s preschool program and run it at two different schools.

The move received unanimous support during the board’s 17-minute-long regular meeting Monday, Feb. 11, after Superintendent Randy Harris said the preschool’s current location, Flint Springs Elementary School, has become cramped for space.

Andrews’ leaking water main has temporary fix, council told

A water main in Andrews that was leaking approximately 80,000 gallons of water a day has temporarily been fixed, learned the Andrews Town Council at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 11.

Weighing in

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Indiana Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Dist. 50) (fourth from left) describes the work done by lawmakers in the current legislative session during the annual Third House Session held Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. With him are other local elected officials (from left) Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (R), Sen. Andy Zay (R-Dist. 17), Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Dist. 19), Leonard and Huntington County Commissioner Larry Buzzard. About 30 people attended the session to hear about updates in state, county and city government.

Deadline passes for May 7 primary filing

The deadline for members of the Republican and Democratic parties to file declarations of candidacy for the municipal election primary passed on Friday, Feb. 8.

In all, four offices in Huntington drew interest from multiple Republican candidates.

Brooks Fetters will seek the GOP nomination to pursue a third term as Huntington’s mayor. He will face a challenge from Larry Buzzard, the president of the Huntington County Commissioners.

Meetings to update Hgtn. comprehensive plan

The City of Huntington Plan Commission will hold several meetings to update the city’s 2012 Comprehensive Plan. The first of these meetings will be held Feb. 28, in the Huntington Common Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m.