Government & School Board

Cool heads prevail in dispute over Andrews park work

Hot tempers were cooled and a tense atmosphere was relaxed after the Andrews Town Council helped resolve a dispute at its meeting on Monday, June 15.

Problems arose around the reconstruction of the pavilion at Andrews Park, which was being done at no cost to the town by the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department.

Andrews Fire Chief Tom Wuensch says that a few members of the Andrews Parks Commission, which had been overseeing the cleanup of the park, believed that some members of the fire department were "stealing" materials from the work site.

Clean-up day set for June 20

The Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, city of Huntington, Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities and the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up to organize a clean-up day on June 20.

Clean-up will be done from 8 a.m. to noon within the neighborhood association target area located on the northeast side of the Huntington.

Volunteers will be mowing lawns and performing general clean-up with the area at several locations to help promote the establishment of neighborhood associations with the city.

Government meetings

Monday, June 15
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m.,
Commissioners' Room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.

Huntington Board of Aviation, 5:30 p.m., terminal building at Huntington Municipal Airport.

Andrews Town Council, 6 p.m., Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

Tuesday, June 16
Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District, 7:30 a.m., SWCD office, 2040 Riverfork Drive.

HCCSC board discusses new way to assess student, school and district progress

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees discussed a new way to assess student, school and district progress during its June 8 meeting.

The Reform database can pull information to see how each student compares to the rest of the corporation's students in the courses he or she takes, standardized test scores and RIT scores.

RIT is a ranged scoring system that measures student achievement in different skill areas, such as the prime classes of language arts, reading and math.

Clerk's office closed three days

The City Clerk Treasure's office announces that it will be closed on the following dates;

- Monday, June 15, from noon to 4:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, June 17, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The office will re-open on Thursday, June 18, at 8 a.m.

Garage sale permits can be obtained at the water bill payment window.


Online sale of surplus county items nets county total of $3,672 so far

The online sale of surplus Huntington County property has so far netted the county $3,672.48.

Todd Nightenhelser, owner of The Collector's Box in Huntington,, is conducting the sale of surplus and unwanted county items through his already established eBay account.

A wide variety of items were purchased - items which were once owned by the Huntington County Waste Management, Huntington County Sheriff's Department and Huntington County Commissioner's Office.

Items purchased from waste management included gravity and hydraulic refuse trailers.

Permanent drug disposal sites set

Sorting prescription drugs during Drug Drop Off Day on Saturday, May 30, at Hier's Park are (from left) Scott Haskett, Kenneth Field and Jonathan Leist, the latter the director of the Huntington County Solid Waste District.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt says the recent Drug Drop Off Day was a big success.

The event was held on Saturday, May 30, at Hier's Park. Residents were offered the opportunity to drop off unused or unneeded prescription drugs.

"At the end of the day we collected over $200,000 worth of prescription drugs," states Hurlburt. "It was a busy and successful event."

Jonathon Leist, Solid Waste District director, says drugs were sorted into two categories, controlled and uncontrolled drugs.

City and county will work together on airport road

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike, Huntington County Commissioner Kathy Branham and Jaime Miller, treasurer of the Huntington Board of Aviation, (from left) stand next to a map showing a road that will be extended to provide emergency access.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A joint city-county project will provide an emergency access road to the rear of the Huntington Municipal Airport property.

Currently, the airport has just one entrance - off of Ind.-5.

With this project, Meridian Road will be extended to provide the rear access to the airport.

City and county officials gathered at the airport on Wednesday, June 3, to announce the project.

Pool fill uncovers rust in Roanoke fire hydrants

A rust-filled pool, a street beautification project, new ticketing systems for police vehi-cles and modification of the town's budget were all major items discussed at the Roanoke Town Council meeting on June 2.

Karen Baker, of Oak Park Drive, requested to have her pool filled by the Roanoke Fire Department earlier in the year.

When the request was granted, at a cost to her of the local water rate, the fire department filled her pool with 10,500 gallons of water last week - but the water that ended up in her pool was filled with rust.

'Spring' taxes are due July 20

Huntington County property owners can expect to receive their property tax bills in the mail in mid-June, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton says.

The "spring" payment will be due July 20, she says, more than two months later than the normal May 10 deadline for payment.

The fall payment dead-line will continue to be Nov. 10, the same as in past years, Hamilton says.

School board makes difficult decision in Varsity Singers-HC Wrestling Club contention of weekend for big events

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees made a difficult decision Tuesday night, ending a source of contention between the Huntington County Wrestling Club and the Huntington North Varsity Singers.

Each group had hoped to secure facilities at the high school on the same weekend next March for its most significant event of the year.

The board, overruling school policy and the HNHS principal's decision, gave the weekend to the wrestlers.

Government meetings May 28-June 1

Thursday, May 28
Huntington County Drainage Board, 8:30 a.m., Commissioners' Room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Monday, June 1
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., Commissioners' Room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., Commissioners' Room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.


Roanoke rule enforcement questioned

A recently passed ordinance raised questions about enforcement and practicality at the Roanoke Town Council meeting on May 19.

The Town of Roanoke had put into effect an ordinance requiring zoned businesses to provide off-street parking made of either asphalt or concrete, with spaces striped and clearly marked. Each business must have one parking spot for every 200 square feet of building space.

But Rick Hartley, of the Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals, says a new antique store at 138 First St. has not yet complied.

City considers setting storm water fee

The Huntington Common Council is being asked to consider instituting a fee on every property in Huntington that would help pay for the management of storm water.

Dave Schoeff, the city's director of engineering, told council members on Tuesday, May 12, he'd like to study such a fee, which would give the city a dedicated fund to spend on storm water management.

Second try nets Mt. Etna grant for new fire station

A new fire station will become a reality in Mt. Etna, thanks to a $500,000 grant.

Mt. Etna Fire Chief Mark Sale learned Wednesday, May 13, that his department has been awarded a Community Focus Fund Grant, funded by the federal Community Development Bock Grant program and funneled through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

It's the second time the Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department has applied for the grant. The first application, Sale says, was turned down.