Government & School Board

Roanoke council agrees to extend water main

The Roanoke Town Council voted to extend a water main out to the under-construction Dollar General along U.S.-24 at its meeting on Wednesday, July 5.

A total of 360 feet of pipe will be extended underneath the highway to the business. Phil Hibbert, the town’s supervisor of operations, stated that the cost of the project would be $25,000, but requested $27,000 from council to ensure that any unforeseen overages could be covered.

The board opted to pay for the project using TIF funds.

In other business:

HCCSC to hold exec session, then public work session this evening

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees will hold an executive session on July 10, at 6 p.m., followed by a special public work session at 7 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center.

Agendas are accessible on the HCCSC website,

Banks’ staff member to be in Huntington July 13 to meet locals

A member of Congressman Jim Banks’ staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, July 13, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Huntington County gets emergency food, shelter funds from DHS

Huntington County has been notified that it will be awarded federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as appropriated by Congress.

Huntington County has been recommended to receive an estimated $4,561 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

Warren council cancels

The Warren Town Council will not hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 10.

A special meeting may be scheduled later in July, town officials said.

Local DCD invites residents to apply for funds for home rehab projects

The Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development invites Huntington County residents who satisfy certain qualifications to apply for grant money that would fund rehabilitation projects at their homes.

To qualify, a resident must either be disabled or age 55 or older. Applicants must also own their homes and make no more than 80 percent of the median Huntington County income.

Additionally, applicants must be willing to accept a forgivable loan and allow a lien to be placed on their home for up to three years.

Huntington County Soil, Water Conservation District to meet

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.   

Children now qualify for more hearing aid assistance

The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education at the Indiana State Department of Health is working to make hearing aids more available to deaf and hard of hearing children in Indiana through changes to the Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana.

As of July 1, children age 3 and older are eligible for up to $2,000 per hearing aid, including bone anchored hearing aids, through a participating audiologist. Previously, children age 5 and up qualified for up to $1,500 per hearing aid.

Local emergency planning group to hold tabletop exercise on July 25

The Huntington County Local Emergency Planning Committee will hold a tabletop exercise on July 25, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, 3011 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

During the exercise, participating agencies will propose responses to a scenario involving a semi that overturns at the south junction of U.S.-24 and Ind.-9, causing an injury and releasing sulfuric acid.

The event is open to the public.

Public watershed meet July 20 at Andrews

Watershed planning to protect water quality in the Wabash River Watershed is currently under way.

Residents living between Andrews and Lagro along Silver Creek or one of the other tributaries that enter the Wabash River are invited to a public meeting on July 20, at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church, 116 S. Main St, Andrews.

Attendees will be invited to offer their opinions and provide input into the process.

Local Democrats to meet on Wed., July 5

The Huntington County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting July 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public  Library.

Plans for the 4-H Fair booth will be discussed. Volunteers are needed for various times during the fair.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

State Sen. Zay gets his study committee spots to prep for 2018 session

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) will serve on the following study committees during the summer and fall months to help prepare for the 2018 session of the General Assembly:

•  Interim Study Committee on Education.

• Study Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance.

“I’m looking forward to continuing the discussions on important topics facing our state,” Zay said.

Bridge maintenance set for Ind.-5 near Ind.-16

Bridge maintenance is being performed on Ind.-5 just north of Ind.-16, the Indiana Department of Transportation has announced.

The project began June 26 and lane restrictions are expected to remain in place through mid-July, weather permitting.

The lane restrictions are scheduled to take place over Clear Creek, located between Ind.-16 and CR 700N near the City of Huntington, during daytime hours,

The contract was awarded to Pioneer Associates Inc. for $507,000 and also includes repairs on various structures throughout the Fort Wayne District.

Huntington Street Department closes for Independence Day

The Huntington Street Department will be closed Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Customers whose normal trash pickup day is Tuesday will have their trash picked up beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5. All other trash pickup days will remain the same.

Orange sticker items and brush and limbs will be picked up Monday, July 3. Brown bags will be picked up on Wednesday, July 5.

Andrews council discusses recent crime in town

The Andrews Town Council discussed crime in town and ways to prevent it at its meeting on Monday, June 26.

Both the board and Town Marshal Austin Bullock attempted to calm the nerves of citizens in attendance who were shaken by a home invasion that had occurred in town on Monday, June 19.

Hgtn. Common Council wrestles with upcoming landfill problems

Two sections of the Huntington Landfill are full and overdue for final closure.

The remainder of usable space at the landfill is filling rapidly, and the proximity of wells that provide water to the City of Huntington precludes any expansion.

The Huntington Common Council wrestled with those problems during its meeting on Tuesday, June 27, ultimately laying the groundwork for a bond issue to fund the permanent closing of those two sections of the landfill.

Three new administrators to serve in HCCSC schools

(From left) Jennifer Shepherd, Jeremy Willson and Melinda Otwinowski.
Photos by Rebecca Sandlin

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees approved a slate of new administrators during its regular meeting Monday, June 26, in anticipation of the quickly-approaching new school year.

Three assistant principals and one interim principal were approved.

Jail revamp gets initial OK from county council

The Huntington County Council has given preliminary approval to a plan to enclose an outdoor recreation area at the Huntington County Jail — and, in the process, possibly give jail inmates the tools they need to turn their lives around.

During its meeting on Monday, June 26, council members gave Tom Wall, president of the Huntington County Commissioners, the OK to seek bids for the conversion of the jail recreation area, a project estimated to cost about $370,000.

Zanesville council to discuss starting utility

The Zanesville Town Council will be holding a public meeting in July to discuss creating a storm water system utility.

The board made the announcement at its meeting on Tuesday, June 20. The public meeting will be held July 10 at Zanesville United Methodist Church, 11811 Wayne St., at 6:30 p.m.

Huntington Police Department promotes three

Three members of the Huntington Police Department — Sgt. Andy Ellet, Det. Capt. Cory Boxell and Capt. Shane Jones — received promotions during a ceremony on June 22. Celebrating the occasion are (from left) Chief Chad Hacker, Assistant Chief Matt Hughes, Ellet, Boxell, Jones and Mayor Brooks Fetters.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Three members of the Huntington Police Department received promotions during a ceremony on Thursday, June 22, in the Huntington City Building.

Sgt. Shane Jones was promoted to captain, Det. Sgt. Cory Boxell was promoted to detective captain and Det. Andy Ellet promoted to sergeant.

Jones is a 1991 graduate of Huntington North High School and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He began his law enforcement career with the Andrews Police Department in 1999 and joined the Huntington Police Department in 2002. He joined the HPD’s detective bureau in 2010.

BMV closes for July 4

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches are closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Branches resume regularly scheduled business hours on Wednesday, July 5.

For a complete list of branch locations and hours, or to complete an online transaction, visit myBMV. com.

Warren Town Hall, town depts. to be closed July 3-4 for holiday

The Warren Town Hall and all town departments will be closed Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4.

If assistance is needed for a utility emergency, call 375-3424 and wait until the call rings through to be answered. Calls should be made only in emergencies.

Roanoke TC fines resident for bldg. code violation

The Roanoke Town Council handed out a hefty fine to a resident for failing to resolve building code violations at her home during its meeting on Tuesday, June 20.

The board assessed Casandra Emley, the occupant of 775 Seminary St., with a $5,000 civil penalty for willful failure to comply with a continuing order of enforcement from the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) that details what needs to be corrected at her property, which she is buying on contract.

Markle Town Council awards Tracy Street contract to FW company

The Markle Town Council awarded a contract for improvements to Tracy Street to Brooks Construction Company, of Fort Wayne, at a total cost of $38,473.

The unanimous vote to accept Brooks’ bid was made at the council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, June 21.

The project covers the stretch of Tracy Street from U.S.-224 to CR 600W and will include repaving the roadway in front of Hare Canvas.

Leonard earns praise from Indiana Chamber

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) earned a 100 percent on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Vote Analysis for his support of pro-jobs, pro-economy legislation.

Leonard’s score is based on his performance during the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly and his votes cast in agreement with the Indiana Chamber’s position on certain bills, including measures on long-term road funding, ISTEP replacement and pre-K expansion for children from low-income families.

Banks supports bill to hold VA employees more accountable in job

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) voted on June 13 in support of a bill to hold Department of Veterans Affairs employees accountable while simultaneously protecting whistle- blowers. The legislation passed the House 368 to 55 and now heads to the president’s desk for his signature.

Seeking noms for county committees

County committees play a crucial role in helping the county office staff implement the Farm Bill. Due to the important services that COC members provide, producers are encouraged to participate in the FSA county committee election process by nominating an eligible candidate by the Aug. 1 deadline. This year LAA 2 (Clear Creek, Huntington, Lancaster and Jefferson) is up for election in Huntington County.

Salamonie River bridge on Ind.-124 closed 2 weeks

The bridge on Ind.-124 over the Salamonie River, located between CR 350W and CR 300W, will close for up to two weeks beginning today, Monday, June 19.

The closure is weather dependant.

The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.1 million contract to Pioneer and Associates to conduct maintenance on the Salamonie River bridge as well as other bridges throughout its Fort Wayne District.

Access to homes and businesses will be maintained throughout the work, INDOT says.

The official detour will be Ind.-9 to Ind.-218 to I-69 to Ind.-5.

Banks bill seeks to speed stem cell research

Republican Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has joined with Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) to introduce a bipartisan bill to direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to prioritize life-affirming stem cell research with near-term benefits for human patients and to refrain from creating or destroying human embryos in the process.

Special meet for redev. commission

The City of Huntington Redevelopment Commission will hold a special meeting on Friday, June 30, at 10 a.m.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.