Government & School Board

New contractor hired for Andrews Park project

Paul Brinson, of Zahm Excavating of Huntington, works to level part of the lawn in front of the Andrews Park pavilion on Thursday, Nov. 12. The Andrews Park committee recently approved the project, which is part of a beautification endeavor at the park.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Andrews Town Council, on behalf of the Andrews Park Committee, awarded a contract to Zahm Excavating for the removal of a concrete slab at the Andrews Park at the council's meeting on Monday, Nov. 9.

In addition to the park contract, the council also re-authorized the use of credit cards by town employees.

Employees have been barred from using credit cards since the council's meeting on July 29, after Councilman Ray Tackett felt that the credit cards should be kept at the clerk-treasurer's office instead of with the employees who frequently use the cards.

Huntington County SWCD to meet next Monday, Nov. 23

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. at the district office.

Due to the farming season, attendees are advised to contact the office to confirm there will be a quorum for the meeting.

For more information call 356-6816, extension 3.
The district office is located at 2040 Riverfork Drive.


School board to hold exec session for members to receive training

The Huntington County Community School Corporation will hold an executive session today, Monday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at Huntington University's Habecker Dining Commons.

During the session, school board members will receive training in their roles as public officials.

INDOT announces I-69 restrictions in area

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Fort Wayne District announces that I-69 in both directions, at 1.2 miles south of U.S.-24 (between Yohne and Bass Roads) will be restricted due to concrete pavement repair work scheduled to begin today, Mon-day, Nov. 16 at 6 a.m.

The northbound I-69 passing lane, at mile marker 101 and mile marker 103, will be closed. Traffic will be shifted to the driving lane and outside shoulder. The southbound I-69 driving lane, at mile marker 102, is also scheduled to be closed for the same type of repair work.

Health department announces where H1N1 vaccine is available locally

The Huntington County Department of Health has announced locations where the H1N1 vaccine is available.

It is available to the public at Walgreens, Kmart and Owen's pharmacies and at RediMed of Huntington.

The vaccine is available to patients of the following private practices: Huntington General Practice, Huntington Medical Group, Family Practice Association, Pediatric Medical Group, Dr. Stamm and Dr. Rao, Dr. S. Schwieterman and the Huntington County Free Health Clinic.

An administration fee may apply at any community provider.

Hoosier Heartland highway now at 'when' stage as it zoons past 'if'

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman addresses the 27th Annual Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor meeting on Friday, Nov. 6, at the Honeywell Center in Wabash.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

The A-7 corridor - the final segment in the Hoosier Heartland highway - was not a topic of discussion at the 27th Annual Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor meeting in Wabash on Friday, Nov. 6, but Garry Peterson of William-Lynn-James consulting firm said that the small piece will be built.

"It's not a question of if, but when," Peterson said.

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.