Government & School Board

‘On Your Way Up’ store re-opening to public

The “On Your Way Up” incentive store offered by the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is re-opening to the public.

The store will be available by appointment Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“There will be a few minor changes due to COVID-19,” said YSB Executive Director Jan Williams. “Only one person at a time will be allowed in the store. Parents will need to wear a mask (you will need to bring your own). No children will be allowed at this time.”

Andrews shuts well, will flush system

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management collected drinking water samples at the Andrews Water Department on Monday, June 22, in response to the “Do Not Drink” advisory issued by the town on June 19.

All finished drinking water samples being delivered to customers and residents met the safe drinking water standards set by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Based on the results, however, Andrews has shut off well No. 1 and will flush the system.

Roanoke TC to resume regular meets

The Roanoke Town Council will resume in-person meetings on Tuesday, July 7, at 6 p.m.

The council had suspended in-person meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. The meetings start at 6 p.m. and are held at Roanoke Town Hall, 141 W. Third St.

For more information, call town hall at 672-8116.

Andrews under water do-not-use advisory

The Town of Andrews is under a do-not-use advisory and is handing out bottled water to its residents while it works on solving an emergency to its water supply.

Andrews Clerk-Treasurer Laury Powell says the situation has led to a lawsuit being filed June 19, after testing discovered TCE and vinyl chloride potentially being present in the water.

School board members get peek at re-entry plan

During the regular meeting of the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 22, board members got a sneak peek of the corporation’s goals and re-entry plans for its sports and extracurricular program.

However, Superintendent Chad Daugherty made it clear that details of the plan will not be available until the board’s July 20 meeting.

Long-awaited jail project starts with ground-breaking June 17

Ground is ceremonially broken to signal the start of the Huntington County Jail expansion project on Wednesday, June 17. The project, which will see 130 beds added to the jail, is expected to be completed by February 2022. Pictured are (from left), Scott Carnegie and Phillip Wink, both of DLZ, which designed the jail addition; Ron Kline, Huntington County Council; Larry Buzzard and Tom Wall, Huntington County Commissioners; Huntington County Sheriff Chris Newton; Rob Miller, Huntington County Commissioners; Terry Miller, Huntington County Council; and Chris Sosebee and Brad Knable, both of Weigand Construction, which is building the jail addition.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A highly anticipated project to expand the Huntington County Jail got underway with a ground- breaking ceremony on Wednesday, June 17.

A parking lot at the jail, which is located at 332 E. State St., in Huntington, was the site of the ceremony. That lot will disappear as part of the project, which will see the jail expanded toward Warren Street. In all, 31,190 square feet will be added to the facility, with completion expected in February 2022.

E&B Paving gets Huntington street paving contract

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The City of Huntington’s 2020 Street Paving Project was awarded to E&B Paving during a Board of Public Works and Safety meeting on Monday, June 15.

The contract amount is $675,300. Nearly 3.6 miles of streets and 1.75 miles of alleys have been selected for resurfacing. Work is projected to begin by the end of July.

Backyard flooding issues again a concern for Markle Town Council

Backyard flooding issues are again under consideration by the Markle Town Council, this time involving a resident who is also a town councilman.

At the council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, June 17, Councilman Nick Lund excused himself from the desk and presented a plea for help with flooding on his property and others in the neighborhood, which includes Woodfield Court and Tracy Street.

City water payment window to stay closed

The City of Huntington has announced that the water billing payment window, which was shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will remain closed, even though the Huntington City Building has re-opened to the public.

In a press release, the city stated that the change would lead to more efficient service and limit opportunities for the coronavirus to spread amid uncertainty about COVID-19 moving forward.

In the past, the city notes that customers have had to wait up to 30 minutes in tight quarters in order to pay their bill at the payment window.

Redevelopment dept. to host meeting on June 22

The Huntington County Department of Redevelopment will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 22, at 6 p.m. to consider confirming the designation of the Markle West Economic Development Area as an economic development plan for the area and the allocation of the Markle West area for the purpose of tax increment financing.

Huntington government buildings to re-open as Back on Track hits Stage 4

Huntington’s city government buildings will re-open to the public today, Monday, June 15, at 8 a.m.

Regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday will resume at that time.

The re-opening coincides with the start of Stage 4 of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s “Back on Track Indiana” plan. It was announced June 11 that Indiana would enter Stage 4 on June 12, two days earlier than previously stated.

Warren council makes variety of purchases

The Warren Town Council made a variety of purchases at its meeting on Monday, June 8.

The biggest item purchased by the board was a new heating and air conditioning system for the town hall building. Council accepted a quote for $23,120 from Warren Service and Supply, which has maintained the building’s existing units since they were installed.

Hail damage claim to get new roof put on at HNHS, school board hears

Although it won’t last as long as the Huntington County Community School Corporation and its Board of School Trustees would like, Huntington North High School will still get a new roof, thanks to a claim from previous hail damage.

During their regular meeting Monday, June 8, board members heard that an insurance claim of hail damage found on the roof from a storm last year will pay for a new rubberized roof for HNHS.

Andrews TC concerned about late water bills

The Andrews Town Council encouraged residents to get caught up on delinquent water bills at its meeting on Monday, June 8.

Councilwoman Laura Dillon stated that some residents had stopped paying their water bills, as municipalities are barred from disconnecting citizens from utilities while a public health emergency remains declared in Indiana.

However, when that declaration is eventually lifted, Dillon expressed concern about residents’ ability to get caught up on their past-due bills.

After 3 days of absentee counting, Leonard tops Stoffel in District 50

Toni Quickery (left) and Kris Bickel process mailed-in absentee ballots in the Huntington County clerk’s office on Election Day, Tuesday, June 2. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many voters in Huntington County – 3,080 in all – opted to cast their ballots through the mail rather than venture out to a vote center.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Dan Leonard emerged victorious in a competitive race with John Stoffel for the Republican nomination for the District 50 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives in the primary election, held Tuesday, June 2.

Leonard, an 18-year incumbent, tallied 4,544 votes to Stoffel’s 3,912.