Government & School Board

Updated filing list for county offices

As of Feb. 6, the following individuals have announced their candidacy for nominations for Huntington County offices in the primary election on May 5.

Those individuals are:

County Treasurer
Brenda S. Hamilton.

County Coroner
Rod Jackson.

County Commissioner, 2nd District
Terry Stoffel.

County Commissioner, 3rd District
Tom Wall. *

HCCSC board gives approval for no-fee textbook, lunch account card

Textbook rental fees and lunch account charges for Huntington County Community School Corporation students will soon be payable with a credit card that won’t assess parents and guardians an extra fee.

The change was announced at the HCCSC Board of School Trustees meeting Monday, Feb. 10, by Assistant Superintendent for Business and Classified Staff Scott Bumgardner, who said the corporation has partnered with the company e-Funds for Schools to offer online payments for studentts’ meals and fees.

Andrews council discusses Antioch clean-up again

The Andrews Town Council discussed the status of the clean-up process at Antioch Mobile Home Park at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.

Council President John Harshbarger stated that one of the two remaining mobile homes at the park needing to be removed had been partially demolished on Feb. 5. That work, he said, had been done at the direction of Brian Salerno, the managing member of Antioch Mobile Home Park LLC.

Roanoke Town Council discusses recycling

The Roanoke Town Council discussed recycling in town at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Resident Dick Smart inquired if a new recycling location would be established in Roanoke. The previous location had been in the town parking lot on Third Street and featured dumpsters provided by the Huntington County Commissioners. While those dumpsters were strictly for recyclable materials, and were accompanied by signage that specified that, non-recyclable items were placed in them on a regular basis, which led council to order their removal last July.

Stumping for the nomination

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Carlos Marcano, a Democratic candidate to represent the state’s third congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, makes his case to voters at a meeting of the Huntington County Democratic Party on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Marcano is a resident of Roanoke. The group of about 20 people also heard from Marcano’s Democratic opponent, Chip Coldiron, and from Jonathan Weinzapfel, Democratic candidate for Indiana Attorney General.

Huntington County Redevelopment Commission to meet this afternoon

The Huntington County Redevelopment Commission will meet today, Monday, Feb. 3, at the Huntington County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Huntington County Commissioners’ Office at the courthouse, which is located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Huntington resident Stoffel files for District 50 seat in state house

John Stoffel
Photo provided.

Huntington native and resident John Stoffel announced on Tuesday, Jan. 28, that he has filed his candidacy and is running for the District 50 seat as a Republican in the Indiana House of Representatives.

“As a long-time resident of northeast Indiana, I have seen the everyday challenges faced by my friends and neighbors who live and work in this district,” says Stoffel. “As your representative, I will be your voice at the statehouse.”

Zay bill to help state capture ed funds moving on

A bill authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that would allow Indiana to capture potentially millions of federal dollars to go toward schools in the state passed the Senate on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Senate Bill 142 would remove obstacles for schools by allowing them to claim Medicaid reimbursements for services being provided to qualifying students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and in special education services.

Huntington County Democrats to meet Feb. 5 at Huntington library

The Huntington County Democrats will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m., at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Both Democratic candidates for the office of the 3rd District congressional representative will be present at the meeting. Chip Coldiron from Bluffton/-Wells County and Carlos Marcano from Roanoke/-Huntington County will each talk about their campaigns.

The meeting is open to the public. 

The Huntington branch is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Commish to hold exec meet

The Huntington County Board of Commissioners will meet in an executive session Monday, Feb. 3, at 9:15 a.m. at the Huntington County Courthouse, Commissioners Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The commissioners will meet with respect to interviews and negotiations with industrial or commercial prospects or agents of industrial or commercial prospects.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

School board approves reduction in staff as cost-saving measure

As part of its “consent agenda,” members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved the reduction of staff positions in an effort to save money.

At its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 27, the board heard that the position of recently-departed Network Engineer Ryan Wall will be absorbed by five other members of the technology department, with salary increases for those taking over those duties.

Wall’s salary was $73,112. The cost for the salary adjustments is $18,816, saving the school district $54,296.

Andrews council takes steps to re-establish fund for fire dept.

The Andrews Town Council took steps to re-establish a fund that the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department would be able to utilize for a variety of purposes at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 27.

The board approved Ordinance 2020-1 on first reading, the first action that needed to occur in order to reinstitute the town’s cumulative fire special fund. The fund, if ultimately approved on final reading, would be a source of capital that the fire department could use to pay for equipment, facility improvements and other needs as prescribed by the state.

Markle dedication

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Markle Volunteer Fire Department dedicated its new rescue vehicle, Rescue 901, at a ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the fire station. Pictured are department members (front row from left) Lesa Asher, Rick Asher, Asst. Chief Eric Pike, Charles Douglass, Michael Grant and Jason Cocklin; and (back row from left) Scott Howell, David Brown, Rick Weikel, Gatlin Sunday, President and Chaplain Robert Gonser, Jeromy Bowman, Nate Schmalzried, Bob Rzasa and Chief Jon Gray.

Huntington County BZA reschedules Jan. 28 meeting due to lack of quorum

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals has postponed its meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The postponement is due to lack of a quorum.

The meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the GAR Room at the Huntington County Courthouse at 6:30 p.m. The courthouse is located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Safety at HNHS tops discussion list at HCCSC work session

Rob Young (left), vice president of business development for The Hagerman Group, speaks about how his construction firm would address the heating, ventilation and air conditioning needs at Huntington North High School during a special public work session of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees on Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Huntington North Library. The meeting was convened to discuss the facility issues at Huntington North, which range from a leaking roof to decaying wastewater infrastructure.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The safety of Huntington County Community School Corporation’s high school students was the forefront topic at a public work session held Saturday, Jan. 18, at Huntington North High School.

Superintendent Chad Daugherty reiterated that the building is 50 years old, and the meeting, attended by school board members, was the first on what to do to address the needs following the failed referendum during the past municipal election. He solicited solutions and suggestions from the public in attendance.