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Warren TC discusses a new housing addition and old biz

Warren Town Council met on Monday, June 28, to discuss the development of a housing addition and several matters of old business.

Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees member Brian Warpup along with Kevan Biggs, of Ideal Builders, discussed the development of a housing addition in the area of Salamonie School with Biggs summarizing processes and the town and Board of Trustee’s part of those processes. More discussion will take place on a later date.

Roanoke council discusses bridge project

 The Roanoke Beautification Foundation conveyed concerns about a bridge project they want to move forward on at Roanoke Park. Featured above is one of the bridges the foundation would like to replace in the near future.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

Roanoke Beautification Foundation (RBF) members John Nelson and Ruth Marsh conveyed concerns they had about the Roanoke Park bridge project during the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, July 6.

Nelson began the discussion by giving some background on the project. RBF partnered with the town several years ago to address the ADA compliance issues and also “aesthetic perspective” of the bridges in Roanoke Park. There are three pedestrian bridges total.

City to begin flushing hydrants July 11

Each year, the Huntington Water Department opens fire hydrants throughout the city and allows water to run through the pipes. The hydrant-flushing program is very important to the maintenance of the city’s water system.
Hydrants are flushed for the following purposes:

• Flushes sediments from mainline pipes.
• Verifies the proper operation of fire hydrants and valves.
• Checks for closed valves and weak flows in the water mains.
• Verifies ample flow for firefighting.
• Improves water quality.

Zay recognized for attendance

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) was recently recognized for not missing a floor vote during the 2021 legislative session in a report done by The Club for Growth Foundation.

The group tallied all floor votes taken in the Indiana General Assembly from Jan. 25 to April 22. According to the club, they generally don't analyze why a lawmaker has missed a vote, but publishes the information for educational purposes.

Andrews council hears updates from DCD

The Andrews Town Council heard several updates from the Department of Community Development (DCD) and the Huntington County Health Department (HCHD) regarding several properties around town during its regular meeting on Monday, June 28. The council also held a public hearing to appropriate additional funds from the Riverboat Fund.

Originally, a total of $13,000 was put in the fund. Additional funding is needed to cover the cost of CCMG 2020-2 work that Watson Excavating is currently completing.

With no public comment, the public hearing portion of the meeting was closed.

City recognizes Hgtn. LGBTQIA community

The City of Huntington issued a proclamation on Tuesday, June 29, recognizing and welcoming the unique dignity and diversity of all Huntington residents – in particular, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual friends, neighbors and family members.

“Members of the LGBTQIA communities are our neighbors, friends, brothers, sisters, children, fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles and cousins,” Strick said. “They have demonstrated patience and graciousness, strength and resiliency, and innovation and investment in this city.”

Caley named to Markle Town Council

Blake Caley was sworn in as the newest member of the Markle Town Council during their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 16.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

Markle Town Council appointed its newest council member, Blake Caley, during its regular Wednesday, June 16, meeting.

During its April meeting, council discussed the fact that the standing council president, Aaron McClary, would be leaving Markle and moving out of the area.

Caley was one of four members who put their name in the hat for the open council position. While introducing himself, Caley stated that he was “born and raised in the community” and wanted to be on the council because he “loves this town and wants to help do what’s best for this community.”

Roanoke TC introduces Popplewell

During the Tuesday, June 15, Roanoke Town Council meeting, the council introduced the new Superintendent of Operations, Aaron Popplewell.

Popplewell started with the town on Monday, June 7. Council President Dave Meitzler reported that Popplewell was still learning “the ins and outs” of the position.

Later in the meeting, Popplewell reported that the CCR Report (Water Quality Report) for 2021 was completed and sent out.

Andrews TC discusses dog bite incident with attorneys

Three attorneys were present during the Monday, June 14, Andrews Town Council Meeting to discuss the matter of a citation for Violation No. 2021-06, which dealt with issues caused by a family pet within the town.

The violation citation was written after a serious dog bite occurred on Monday, May 24. The dog was taken to the Humane Society for observation per town ordinance.

Demo order extended by Warren TC

Warren citizen Clint Rosen expressed his interest in purchasing the 218 W. 3rd St. property at the Warren Town Council meeting on Monday, June 14.

In previous meetings, the council had given a demolition order to the current owners to be carried out no later than Monday, July 26. Rosen requested that the council extend the order to allow more time for him to restore the property.

The council agreed that it would benefit the town to allow Rosen the extension.
“I’d much rather see it get fixed up than be an empty lot,” Councilman Tavis Surfus said.

HCCSC board honored custodial staff

The Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees met in a regular meeting on Monday, June 14, honoring several employees within the corporation and also discussing project updates.
Scott Bumgardner, the corporation business manager, recognized corporation custodians for their hard work during the last year and a half during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Common Council discusses noise and burning ordinances

The Common Council of the City of Huntington discussed two ordinance issues and also heard public comment from two citizens during its evening meeting on Tuesday, June 8.

The first ordinance-related matter up for discussion revolved around a city noise ordinance. The matter of whether or not to pursue the matter or “accept the reality and challenges that come with” noise in the city had previously been brought up during other council meetings. Councilman Dave Funk shared his dissent on the matter, motioning to drop the matter because it “is an unenforceable ordinance.”

Hgtn. County Republicans to hold caucus

The Huntington County Republican Party will have a Caucus to fill the position of Huntington County Prosecuting Attorney for the 56th Judicial Circuit. This position is vacant due to the recent resignation of the current prosecuting attorney.

Any interested candidates must reside in Huntington County, which includes all 36 precincts.

The Caucus will take place on Wednesday, June 23, at 6 p.m., at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington, in the Flint Springs and Drover Town community rooms.

BOW discussed new biz matters May 17

The Board of Public Works & Safety met on Monday, May 17, to discuss several new business matters and to have a public hearing regarding 201 W. State St., Huntington.

Following the call to order, Mayor Richard Strick opened the public hearing on 201 W. State St. With no one wishing to speak on the matter, the public hearing was closed.

A resolution regarding the area was brought up by Commissioner Shad Paul. Paul presented Resolution 2021-8: “Regarding 201 W. State St.” to the board.