Government & School Board

Wetlands near Roanoke not welcomed by all

A proposed wetland restoration project is creating controversy in the Roanoke area, as Vera Bradley Corp. seeks to comply with federal environmental law.

Vera Bradley recently built a facility at the junction of Lafayette Center Road, Interstate 469 and Interstate 69 in southwest Allen County. Because construction of the building required the destruction of about three acres of wetland, Vera Bradley must restore more than what it took.

Huntington's financial problems simple: city spending more than it's taking in

Huntington County Auditor Kathy Juillerat speaks during the Huntington Common Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington's financial problems can be stated simply: the city is spending more than it's taking in.

The city is headed toward insolvency, financial advisor Todd Samuelson said, a point where it can no longer pay its bills - or its employees.

The city's operating balance, which should be at about $1 million, was just $650,000 coming into 2009; it will sink to $200,000 at the end of 2009.

"Any one emergency can eat up $200,000 very quickly," said Samuelson, from the Indianapolis-based financial consultant company Umbaugh.

Varsity Singers' parents request school board pay group for cancelled fund-raiser

To a standing room only crowd, Ted Trout, a Huntington North Varsity Singers parent, requested during the Monday, Nov. 9 school board meeting that the Huntington County School Corporation Board of Trustees pay the show choir what they say they've lost due to the board's decision in late May to reschedule Huntington North's Midwest Showcase show choir competition -- an amount pushing $25,000.

Public hearing on city trash fee to be Nov. 23

Public input on a proposed $10-a-month trash fee for Huntington residents will be sought during a public hearing to be held on Monday, Nov. 23.

The ordinance setting out the fee was introduced during the Nov. 10 meeting of the Huntington Common Council, but was not discussed. City Attorney John Branham suggested that the proposal be set for public hearing on Nov. 23 so that the council could consider, and possibly vote on, the ordinance during its regular meeting the following morning.

New Tech program approved for HNHS

A tight vote Monday night, Nov. 9, resulted in a decision to roll out New Tech for fall 2010 at Huntington North High School.

The decision was made in a 4-3 vote by the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees.

Those voting in favor included board members Troy Smart, Dr. Jennifer Goff and Tom King, along with Vice President Rick Brubaker. Voting against the motion were member Scott Hoffman, Secretary Rex Baxter and President Kevin Patrick.

Roanoke Town Council agrees to two sewer projects

The Roanoke Town Council agreed to pursue two sewer projects to be complete by the end of 2011 at the council's meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Roanoke entered into an agreement with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in 2005 that calls for the town to complete five different projects to alleviate sewage overflow. Those tasks involved portions of 8th Street, 4th Street, Canal Street, Commercial Street and Posey Hill Street.

So far, 8th, 4th and Canal Streets have been completed or are nearing completion, said Andrew Dodzik, Roanoke town engineer.

Solid waste district pick-ups are changed due to Veterans Day

The Huntington County Solid Waste Management District announces that weekly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and E-Waste collection will not be done on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Collection hours for the week will be Thursday, Nov. 12, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Huntington County Solid Waste Management District, located at 517S-300W.

For more information contact the District office at 358-4886.


Layoffs of six firefighters due to budget shortfall to close Condit Street station

Shirley Powell, Mayor Steve Updike and Barry Cochran (from left), the three members of the Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, listen to comments from firefighters and other city employees who filled the meeting room Friday, Nov. 6.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The layoffs of six Huntington firefighters will result in the closing of one of the city's three fire stations, Huntington Fire Chief Matt Armstrong says.

But without those layoffs, Huntington Mayor Steve Updike says, there's no way the city can dig itself out of its current financial bind.

"The day of reckoning is here," Updike told city employees assembled Friday morning, Nov. 6. "At the end of the year, there will be no money in the checkbook to pay people."

Huntington mayor to propose garbage pick-up fee to help cover budget shortfall

Just days after ordering the layoffs of six city employees - including his wife - Mayor Steve Updike plans to urge the Huntington Common Council to institute a $10-a-month fee for garbage pick-up in the city.

"If we don't get the fee, the insurmountable thing will be more layoffs," Updike says.

Commissioners lay out specifics for wind farm zoning in county

The Huntington County Commissioners unanimously passed an amendment to Huntington County's zoning laws concerning wind energy facilities and equipment, at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 2.

The new regulations, also known as Ordinance 2009-17, lay out the specifications and requirements of wind farms to be built in Huntington County. Commissioner President Tom Wall and Commissioner Kathy Branham voted in favor of the bill, and Commissioner Jerry Helvie was not present to vote.

"People want to get off the grid," said Wall.

Long-term control plan to be discussed at next city meeting

The next Huntington City Council meeting is Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of the City Building.

The meeting is being held to discuss the Long Term Control Plan, developed by the City, Citizen's Advisory Committee and the City's consultant.

The cost of the projects proposed in the LTCP and corresponding sewer rates will also be discussed.

The City Building is located at 300 Cherry St.


Drainage ditch done on Joe Street

County and city officials worked together to get a new swale constructed nar Joe and Briant streets to help alleviate flooding problems in the area.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Flooding on the south side of Joe Street near Briant Street has been a source of misery for residents in the area.

But, now that a new drainage ditch has been complete near the street, the flooding has disap-peared.

The small ditch, known as a swale, connects the area west of Evergreen Road to the Amiss drainage ditch near Salamonie Avenue.

The project was completed in late August as a result of a collaborative effort between Huntington County and the city of Huntington.

Fall property taxes are due Nov. 10, reminds County Treasurer Hamilton

Huntington County fall property taxes are due on Tuesday, Nov. 10, County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton has announced.

Taxes can be paid at most banks in Huntington County or at the Treasurer's Office in Room 104 of the Courthouse. Hours for the Treasurer's Office are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Crime Stoppers needs help with vehicle theft

This 2008 Polaris Ranger Browning was stolen from a rural Huntington County home. Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the theft.
Photo provided.

Crime Stoppers is asking for help in solving a theft that occurred in Huntington County.

On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, around 9 p.m., someone entered the property at 4945 N. Rangeline Road and stole a 2008 Polaris Ranger Browning edition. The utility vehicle was last seen in the area of CR 700N and CR 750W.

The Huntington County Sheriff's Department and Crime Stoppers are asking that anyone who has seen this vehicle or who has seen anything suspicious in the area, day or night, to call with information.

Plan commission meets Wednesday

The Huntington County Plan Commission will meet Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The plan commission will discuss a proposed wind ordinance.

In addition, the plan commissions of Roanoke, Andrews, Mt. Etna, Warren and Markle will also meet. Along with the county panel, those boards will discussed a proposed change to fees, charges and expenses filed by the Department of Community Development.