Government & School Board

Markle council hears that rains have caused problems

Heavy rains have caused problems in Markle.

Markle Utility Superintendent Rick Asher told members of the Markle Town Council at their meeting on Wednesday, March 18, that the town received a total of 5.25 inches of rainfall March 8-10.

The heavy rains resulted in motors becoming submerged in water at the wastewater treatment plant. The power to the motors was shut off until the water was drained. There is no known damage and it took only three hours to drain the water, Asher says.

Andrews council discusses upgrading park

The Andrews Town Council discussed the possibility of upgrading the town's park during its regular meeting on Monday, March 16.

Those in attendance agreed that the park is currently unusable due to missing basketball rims and nets, no restrooms available, condition of the equipment and vandalism, among other issues.

A suggestion was made by residents to relocate the park to prevent future problems.

The formation of a park committee was also discussed. The committee would be comprised of volunteers who would lead the park upgrade.

Huntington County government meetings March 16-23

Monday, March 16
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.
Andrews Town Council, 6 p.m., Andrews Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

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

Tuesday, March 17
Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District, 7 a.m., SWCD office, 2040 Riverfork Dr.

Outgoing chairman breaks tie to give Democrat leadership post to Snyder

Gary Snyder (left, holding daughter Ava) was elected chairman of the Huntington County Democrat Party on Saturday, March 7. Other officers are Beth Ochs, vice-chair; Judy Ruble, treasurer; and Andy Krieg, secretary.
Photo by Andre Laird.

After two rounds of voting, a short Q&A session and passionate commentary from various precinct committee members, Gary Snyder was elected Huntington County Democrat chairman on Saturday, March 7.

Snyder ran against Jim Long, who stated in his address to the group that he intended to focus on streamlining the efforts of the Democratic Party and make it more organized. Long pointed out the importance of the party having a voice in every area of local government.

Underwood will chair local Republican party

The newly-elected Huntington County Republican Party board is made up of (from left) Gennie Guhl, vice chairman; Kris Underwood, party chairman; Kathy Juillerat, treasurer; and Tina Stevens, secretary.
Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

The Huntington County Republican Party held its executive committee caucus Saturday, March 7, at Habecker Dining Commons on the campus of Huntington University.

Kris Underwood, who has served as the board's secretary for the past two years, received 33 of 52 votes for the county chairman, defeating position opponent Andy Zay.

Underwood explained his goals, saying, "Whatever it takes to get members of our party elected in November is what I'm willing to do."

He expects challenges within the party and hopes to keep the party united.

School board approves requests, leaves, conferences

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved several requests during their regular meeting on Monday, March 9.
They include:

Long-term substitutes

• Korey Grow, kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary, April 13 to the end of the 2008-2009 school year for Brooke Lyons.

• Lisa Geller, grade 3 at Lancaster Elementary from approximately March 27 through May 5 for Julie Hale.

• Jared Yoder, physical education at HNHS, March 2 to the end of the 2008-2009 school year for Alex Kock.

Warren to pass rule concerning baseball diamond scheduling

Anyone who wants to use the baseball diamonds at Tower Park in Warren may soon be required to schedule the event through both the Warren Town Council and the baseball association.

The baseball association told the Warren Town Council during its meeting on Monday, March 9, that groups have been scheduling use of the baseball diamonds for tournaments without proper permission.

School board discusses classified, administrative salaries, but makes no decisions

Huntington County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees discussed classified employee and administrative salaries during its meeting on March 9, but made no decisions on either issue.

In making his presentation, Superintendent Tracey Shafer told the school corporation's trustees that his hope is to keep increases for classified employees and administrators in line with those recently set for teachers in their new contract.

"We're trying to keep everything in context with the teachers' salaries," he said.

County government calendar March 9-16

Monday, March 9
Markle Park Board, 7:30 a.m., Markle Municipal Building, 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.
Warren Town Council, 6:30p.m., Warren Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.
Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees, 7 p.m., Administrative Service Center, 1360 N. Warren Road.
Huntington County Tourism Commission, 7 p.m., Visitor Center, 407 N. Jefferson St.

Teacher pay not growing, but insurance increases being picked up

Teachers in Huntington County won't be getting raises this school year, but they also won't have to pay more for their health insurance premiums, which have gone up.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation's Board of Trustees approved a new teachers' contract during a special meeting on Monday, March 2. The Huntington Classroom Teachers' Association had ratified the proposed contract on Thursday, Feb. 26.

Teachers had been working under the terms of the previous contract, which expired in August, 2008.

County government meetings March 2-9

Monday, March 2
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 Huntington County Courthouse.

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

Tuesday, March 3
Roanoke Town Council, 7 p.m., Roanoke Town Hall, 126 N. Main St., Roanoke.
Wednesday, March 4

Shafer, staff give 'state of the corporation' message Monday night

School officials continue their efforts to provide an update on the local corporation and much of that information was shared with school board members on Monday, Feb. 23.

"We try to give like an annual update sometime after the new year on the state of the corporation in terms of some of the goals, in terms of some of the accomplishments, in terms of some of the challenges that we face as we look forward in 2009," Superintendent Tracey Shafer told the trustees. "I think this is the third year running."

Legislative session at library

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike (right) makes a point while State Sen. Garry "Doc" Dillon (left) and State Rep. Dan Leonard listen during a legilstive update session held Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Board of Commissioners President Tom Wall was also on hand.

Economizing name of game for Huntington County governmental units

Economizing is the name of the game for Huntington County, IN, governmental units.

Especially after Huntington County Auditor Kathy Juillerat informed members of the Huntington County Council on Monday, Feb. 23, that the state's Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) had made large reductions to the county's proposed budget - with the deepest cuts coming in the county's health and highway departments.

"They've OK'd the budget, but they cut the operating balance by a couple of hundred thou-sand," she told council members.

Warren Town Council considers banning trucks from 11th Street

Trucks could be banned from at least one street in Warren.

Utility and Street Manager Curt Day proposed during the Warren Town Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 23, that 11th Street become a "no trucks" road.

A semi-truck recently damaged a utility pole beside the road while attempting to make a turn, he noted. Day said there have been numerous occasions when trucks have run into poles, houses and other cars on the turn near Wayne Street.