Government & School Board

First-day election filings


Photo by Jessica Williams.

Don Schoeff (left) fills out last-minute paperwork with Pam Fowler while filing as a county assessor candidate on Wednesday, Jan. 20. It was the first official day to file for the primary election, to be held on May 4, and Schoeff was the first in line. Waiting in line are, from left, Carl Zinsmeister, Tom Carney and Jay Poe.

Possibility of more city layoffs looms

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike received authorization to lay off up to four firefighters and three police officers throughout the year of 2010 on Monday, Jan. 18.

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety passed an oral resolution to authorize layoffs of the employees if it becomes necessary. The action was approved 2-0, with member Shirley Powell absent due to an illness.

Ruth Marsh, city operations manager, said that the subject needed to be presented because a previous authorization to hand out pink slips expired on Dec. 31, 2009.

Park board seeks input on best use of tax dollars

Huntington residents who have ideas about how parks and trails throughout the city can be improved are invited to bring their wish lists to a public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Recreation Center, 745 Condit St.

The park board will use the input received at that meeting as it begins working on its 2011-2015 Park and Recreation Master Plan, explains Denise Bard, superintendent of the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department.

Tourism commission welcomes new members

Fran Felts, Huntington County clerk (foreground), swears in Huntington County Tourism Commission board members (from left) Jim Scheiber, Ruth Marsh, Rich Najuch and Ellen Prange during the commission’s meeting on Jan. 11. Not pictured is Margaret Roush.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington County Tourism Commission met Jan. 11.
Huntington County Clerk Fran Felts installed several board members for two-year terms.

Appointed by Huntington Mayor Steve Updike were Ruth Marsh, city operations officer; Rich Najuch; owner of The New Huntington Theatre; and Ellen Prange, office manager at the Huntington County Chamber.

Also appointed but not present was Margaret Roush, director of alumni relations at Huntington University.

Some property assessment notices returned, but most addresses now correct

About 5 percent of the 15,000 assessment notices sent out at the end of December were returned to the Huntington County Assessor's office because they had been sent to outdated addresses.

County Assessor Terri Boone says all of the returned notices have been put in the mail again, bearing what she believes to be the addresses of the current owners.

"We're caught up right now," Boone said Wednesday, Jan. 13.

School board terminates Horace Mann staffer

Acting on a recommendation by Huntington County Community School Corporation Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer, members of the Huntington County Community Schools Board voted without explanation to terminate the "at-will" employment of special services paraprofessional Alaura Uecker.

The action was taken during the board's meeting on Monday, Jan. 11.

Uecker worked for Horace Mann Elementary School and did not have a contract with the corporation.

Collins will serve again on state board

Perry Collins, of Roanoke, has been re-appointed to the Indiana Military and Veterans' Benefits Board.

Collins works as a consultant for the Indiana Institute of Technology. His appointment was announced Jan. 13 by the office of Gov. Mitch Daniels. Collins' new term expires July 1, 2010.

The Indiana Military and Veterans' Benefits Board manages and develops the Veterans Affairs Trust Fund and the assets of the fund, which considers the immediate needs of veterans and their families. The board's seven members are appointed by the governor.

 

City plan panel looks at signs

The Huntington Plan Commission will discuss a proposed sign ordinance when it meets on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St.

Also on the agenda are election of officers, designation of members of the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Plat Committee, and other annual housekeeping chores.

 

Grant will help develop safer routes to schools

A $75,000 Comprehensive Safe Route grant was recently awarded to the city of Huntington and in conjunction with the Huntington County Community School Corporation.

This grant is a part of the Safe Routes to School Program through the state of Indiana, which tries to improve the safety of students who walk or ride bikes to school.

Anthony Goodnight, assistant director of engineering for Huntington, spearheaded the grant proposal, explains HCCSC Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer.

Judge considers dismissal of request to deny wetland development

A judge will decide whether or not to dismiss legal action filed by the town of Roanoke seeking to halt the development of a wetland mitigation area in Jackson Township by Vera Bradley Designs Inc.

If Administrative Law Judge Stephen L. Lucas of the Indiana Natural Resources Commission denies Vera Bradley's motion to dismiss, a disposition hearing on the stay of effectiveness filed by Roanoke will be scheduled.

Those decisions were made Jan. 14 in a conference call involving the town of Roanoke, Vera Bradley Designs and the Department of Natural Resources.

City cuts funding to local non-profits

Funding cuts for eight local non-profit organizations were approved 6-1 by the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Jan. 12, as city officials continue to struggle with Huntington’s financial crisis.

Still time left to register for primary vote

For Huntington County residents who have forgotten to register to vote for the upcoming primary elections, there is still time left.

Voter Registration Deputy Pam Fowler says the process to completing registration is relatively simple.

"To find out if you are registered to vote, you can log on to indianavoters. com," she states. "After clicking on the voter registration tab, you just follow the instructions."

TEA party to feature U.S. senatorial candidates

Organizers for the upcoming TEA Party informational session, on Friday, Jan. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m., have announced that all the U.S. senatorial candidates except Evan Bayh have confirmed that they will be in attendance.

The event will be held at Life Church, located at 950 E. State St.
Candidates who will be attending include Marlin Stutzman, Don Bates Jr., Richard Behney and John Hostettler.

Ron Fusselman will also be in attendance as a state representative candidate.

For more information about the event, call 359-9373 or visit Huntington-tea-party.info.

Horace Mann paraprofessional terminated

Acting on a recommendation by Huntington County Community School Corporation Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer, members of the Huntington County Community Schools Board voted without explanation to terminate the “at-will” employment of special services paraprofessional Alaura Uecker.

The action was taken during the board’s meeting on Monday, Jan. 11.

Uecker worked for Horace Mann Elementary School and did not have a contract with the corporation.

Warren council puts vacating alley on hold

Vacating an alley in Warren was put on hold by the Warren Town Council at its regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 11.

The council will have Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison discuss the situation with the parties involved before it makes a final decision.

The alley in question runs parallel to Grover Street between Jones Street and an unim-proved portion of Sixth Street. There is currently a request from a resident who would like to use the space for parking.

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