Government & School Board

Zinsmeister plans to seek Republican nomination as county commissioner

Carl Zinsmeister recently announced his intent to run for the Republican nomination for the office of first district Huntington County commissioner.

Zinsmeister worked for General Electric for 19 years in various capacities and also operated his family farm for 24 years. His platform includes finding ways to lower the county's spending and debt.

He serves as chairman of his committee with Daniel E. Groff acting as committee treasurer.

Zinsmeister is married to wife Susan, and the couple has three grown children and nine grandchildren.

New preschool program to begin at Andrews Elementary

A preschool program that serves both "typical" and special needs stu-dents will be expanded to Andrews Elementary School, Huntington County Community Schools Superintendent Tracey Shafer told the HCCSC Board of Trustees Monday night, Jan. 25.

Shafer said the program did not require a vote, but added he wanted to present it to the board for "transparency" purposes. It was approved 6-0, with Board Vice President Richard Brubaker absent. It will be similar to the pro-grams already in existence at Lincoln and Horace Mann elementary schools.

City to pay for professional opinion about how to fix financial mess

The city of Huntington will spend up to $60,000 out of its ever-shrinking budget to get a professional opinion about how it can get its finances back on an even keel.

Members of the Huntington Common Council voted 5-2 Tuesday, Jan. 26, to hire Umbaugh, a financial consulting firm with offices in Indianapolis and Plymouth, to conduct an in-depth study of procedures and policies throughout the city. Council members hope the study will point out areas where the city can save money.

Roanoke council hears proposed ordinance concept for A-7 corridor

A proposed concept for an ordinance concerning the future of the A-7 Corridor was presented to the Roanoke Town Council at the council's meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

John Molitor, an attorney at William-Lynn-James consulting firm in Indianapolis, presented the concept to the council.

Zoning board to hear Kline request

Jonathan Kline has filed two petitions with the Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals, asking to be allowed to place two homes on property at 1740E-675N in Jackson Township.

The board will discuss Kline's request during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the GAR Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Early filings create races for five offices

In just the first two days of the candidate filing period, races have been created for five offices on the Republican ballot in the May 4 primaries.

And at least one contest is assured for the November general election.

The filing period for the primaries opened Jan. 20 and will continue through noon on Feb. 19.

Students to make up days March 14, May 14

In light of the closing of Huntington County Community School Corporation schools on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21 and 22, make-up dates have been announced.

For Thursday's cancellation, HCCSC students will attend school on Monday, March 22, and for Friday's cancellation, schools will be open on Friday, May 14.

In addition, parents and students are reminded that school will be in session on Friday, March 19, in order for teachers and staff to attend a conference on April 23. Schools will therefore be closed on Friday, April 23.

Markle names offers, administrative coordinator

The Markle Town Council appointed a new president and vice president for 2010 during its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Jeff Humbarger was voted in as president while Tamra Boucher was appointed vice president; the two switched from the seats they held in 2009.

Other items approved include payment to Mark Wickersham of Huntington County United Economic Development and appointment of an administrative coordinator.

Huntington adds new recycling drop site

Effective Jan. 15, the City of Huntington, in conjunction with the Huntington County Solid Waste Management District and Marion Services, is adding a new recycling drop-off site within city limits.

The new site is located at 3050 W. Park Drive at the Midwest Industrial Fabrication building, which is also the site of the new office for Marion Services, the solid waste district's contractor for recycling services. Hours of operation for this recycling drop-off are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Poe says he'll be a candidate for another term as Huntington County surveyor

Jay Poe.
Photo provided.

Jay Poe, 51, has announced his plans to run for another term as Huntington County surveyor. He is currently in his 20th year in this position.

Poe will seek the Republican nomination to the office during the May primary.

His major accomplishment, he says, is getting the Huntington County Council to invest in the Geographic Information System (GIS) of computerized mapping. Poe was also in charge of locating grants which cut the cost by more than half, he says.

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.

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