Government & School Board

Roanoke Town Council approves use of golf carts on town streets

The Roanoke Town Council approved the use of golf carts on town streets with some restrictions at the council's meeting on Tuesday, March 2.

Councilman Nick Altman has overseen the ordinance, which is based on a similar ordinance passed by the town of Ossian in 2009.

Golf carts were banned from municipal streets by a 2009 Indiana law, but towns and cities were given permission to create exemptions.

Roanoke will allow the vehicles to be operated from March 1 to Nov. 30 during daylight hours.

Council to discuss wastewater rate increase

The Huntington Common Council will meet on Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m.

The agenda includes public hearings on a proposed wastewater rate increase and proposed changes to the zoning code concerning signage. Both proposals are expected to be brought to the council that evening for an initial vote.

In addition, the council is scheduled to vote on a resolution regarding longevity payments to city employees and on a bond for improvements to the sewage treatment plant.

Roanoke library board meets Tuesday

The Roanoke Public Library Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. at the library.

The meeting agenda includes the establishment of a 2010 spending plan.

Following the regular meeting, the board will meet in executive session to conduct job performance evaluations of library employees.


City public hearings set for next Tuesday, March 9

Public hearings will be held on Tuesday, March 9, on two ordinances under consideration by the Huntington Common Council - a proposed increase in sewage treatment fees, and proposed changes in regulations for commercial and noncommercial signs.

Both hearings will be held in the council chambers, located on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St. The hearing on sewage fees will begin at 7 p.m., with the public hearing on the sign ordinance beginning immediately after the end of the first hearing.
The council will also hold a regular meeting that evening.

2009 tax appeals down from 2008

The number of Huntington County property owners who filed appeals of their tax assessments in 2009 is down 70 percent from the number of appeals filed in 2008, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone has announced.

The deadline for filing an appeal of the 2009 assessment was Feb. 16. As of that date, Boone says, 244 appeals had been filed. In 2008, she says, 774 appeals were filed.

BOW member wants trash decision review

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, acting on a request by board member Shirley Powell on Monday, March 1, will revisit the trash pick-up decision during the first board meeting of May.

Powell, who has been absent from board meetings for an extended amount of time due to illness, asked to discuss Mayor Steve Updike's announcement made on Feb. 11 to move garbage pick-up to twice a month from weekly. Powell said she wants to make sure that the decision is still necessary to save money.

Mickley declares for county council seat

Kendall Mickley.
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Kendall Mickley has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination to the second district seat on Huntington County Council.

Mickley says he believes his financial experience gives him the resources to deal with property tax caps and other revenue shortfalls county government is currently facing.

New trash pick-up schedule starts this month

Huntington's every-other-week trash collection begins this month.

The Huntington Street Department will collect trash the first full week of the month and the third week of each month. A week that begins on a Sunday or a Monday is considered a full week.

The specific day on which a resident's trash is picked up will not change.

School board narrowly approves pay increase for superintendent

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees approved a 2.25 percent raise for Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer on Monday, Feb. 22.

Shafer's compensation was approved by a close 4-3 vote. The raise is retroactive to July 2009. Those voting with the majority were Rick Brubaker, vice president, and members Dr. Jennifer Goff, Troy Smart and Tom King. Those voting against the compensation were Kevin Patrick, president; Rex Baxter, secretary; and member Scott Hoffman.

Carney announces as Republican for sheriff

Tom Carney.
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Tom Carney, a 21-year veteran of the Huntington County Sheriff's Department, has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination as sheriff.

Carney has served as major, the department's second in command, under Sheriff Kent Farthing for both of Farthing's terms in office. Farthing is limited by state law to two four-year terms.

Carney also served as a reserve officer with the Sheriff's Department before being hired on as a full-time officer in 1988.

Huntington County Community School board sets meeting

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in executive session on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Administrative Services Center, 1360 Warren Rd.

The agenda for the meeting includes discussion of strategy with respect to collective bargaining.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.


Trio complete training to become certified counselors for state SHIP

Case managers Abbey Cole, Diana Guzman and Sylvia Wade, who work with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Aging and In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, have completed the training to become certified State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors.

As SHIP counselors, they are able to answer questions and counsel Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare prescription drug plans, long-term care insurance and other health insurance concerns.

Huntington County Treasurer’s office closed March 3

The Huntington County Treasurer's office will be closed Wednesday, March 3, so that the staff can attend a district conference in Kokomo.

The office will reopen Thursday, March 4.


County department heads try to cut budgets

Huntington County department heads have been asked by the Huntington County Council to reduce their 2010 budgets by seven percent.

The request was made during the County Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 22.

After receiving certified tax rates in early February, Huntington County Auditor Kathy Juillerat told Council members she expects a $945,000 shortfall in the county's general fund. The deficit comes as a result of tax cap losses, collection rates and appeals, Juillerat says.

Redevelopment panel to reorganize on March 5

The Huntington Redevelopment Commission will hold a special meeting on Friday, March 5, 2010, at 10 a.m.

The meeting will be held in the mayor's conference room on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St. in Huntington.

The agenda includes organization, establishment of meeting dates, reports, proposals and any other matter brought before the commission.