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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.

School board hears update on religious program suit

While its future is still uncertain, the religious education program offered at Horace Mann Elementary School continues to operate as usual.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees learned Monday, Feb. 23, that both sides involved in a suit filed by the mother of a third grade Horace Mann student to stop the "By The Book" Bible trailer program from being offered on school grounds have filed objections and that information will now be reviewed by the federal judge assigned to the case.

Hoosier Heartland Corridor answers for Roanoke not likely to be clear

With the final segment of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor lying in Roanoke's back yard, some difficult decisions must be made in light of the new stimulus package recently signed by President Barack Obama.

Completion of the four-lane highway is at a standstill, awaiting an answer that will likely not present itself clearly.

County Government Meetings

Monday, Feb. 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 City Building.
Huntington Board of Aviation, 5:30 p.m., terminal building of Huntington Municipal Airport.

Tuesday, Feb. 17
Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District, 7 a.m., SWCD office, 2040 Riverfork Drive.
Roanoke Town Council, 7 p.m., Roanoke Town Hall, 126 N. Main St., Roanoke.

Huntington County Government meetings Feb. 9-16

Monday, Feb. 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 the Huntington County Courthouse.

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

Warren Town Council, 6:30 p.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 Rd.

Roanoke's CEDIT money likely to go to infrastructure

Money from Roanoke's share of CEDIT income will likely be spent on improvements to the town's infrastructure and updates to town buildings and equipment.

Members of the Roanoke Town Council approved the CEDIT spending outline during their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 3. The town expects to receive $67,000 in CEDIT money for 2009, which will be added to the $36,000 of CEDIT funds the council still has from 2008.

Parent who filed suit to stop religious program in schools has her way ... for now

It appears as though the parent of a local third-grader who filed suit to stop the practice of offering a religious education program on school grounds will have her way ... at least for now.

United States Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey on Tuesday issued his report and recommendation on the pending legal case filed by the mother of an 8-year-old Horace Mann student on Nov. 12.

School board approves leave requests

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved professional leave requests for several teachers and administrators during the school board meeting on Jan. 26.

Teachers or administrators making the request; the name of the school or facility where they work; and the name, date and location of the conference they plan to attend include:

• Dawn Eckert with Huntington-Whitley Special Services - Instructional Strategies for Special Needs Learners, West Lafayette, Jan. 15-16.

Explain purpose, details of upcoming sewer project

Construction on the Huntington streets designated above, for a project to separate storm and sanitary sewers, will begin this spring.
Photo provided.

The purpose and details of an upcoming sewer separation project were explained to Huntington residents during a public meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 28

Mayor Steve Updike introduced Jeff DeWitt, engineering consultant of Bonar Group, and Bruce Mertz, of Geiger Excavating, the construction company that won the bid for the project.

Geiger outbid seven other companies for the project, a sign, DeWitt says, of the strained economy. The company won the bid at $2.7 million, much lower than the anticipated cost of $3.4 million.

Sewer separation project map

Map provided.

Crescent Avenue, State Street, Oak Street and Poplar Street wil see construction for the sewer separation project announced recently by Huntington Mayor Steve Updike begin this spring, while construction on Waren and Guilford streets will begin in June.

School board acts on several more items from Jan. 26 meeting

In other business during the Monday, Jan. 26, Huntington County Community School Corporation Board meeting, trustees acted upon several items.

These actions included:

• Receiving a list of individuals who passed their GED tests on Oct. 7 and 8. They included: Matthew Dominguez, Michael Graft, Jennifer Overby and Jacob Price, all of Huntington; John Nichols and Khristina Wyche, both of Andrews; Joseph Burnsworth, of Lagro; Nicole Hall, of South Whitley; and Adam Mendenhall, of Bluffton.