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State is purchasing NaloxBox units

Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s (FSSA) Division of Mental Health and Addiction announced the state will partner with Overdose Lifeline, Inc. to expand access to the opioid reversal agent naloxone through the purchase of 24/7-access “NaloxBox” units.

Governor’s Fellowship apps open

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Tuesday, Feb. 9, that applications will be accepted now through March 15 for the 2021–22 Governor’s Fellowship.

The Governor’s Fellowship is highly selective and provides a unique experience in Indiana state government by placing fellows in various state agencies on a rotating basis throughout the year.

“Our Governor’s Fellows are such a valuable piece of our team,” Holcomb said. “The wide range of assistance they provide over the course of their fellowship is key to serving Hoosiers.”

Warren Council discusses tower

The Warren Town Council met on Monday, Feb. 8, to discuss the water project that includes demolition of the water tower in Tower Park and construction of a new one in the same location.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

The Warren Town Council gathered for its first meeting of 2021 on Monday, Feb. 8, to discuss the water project, several ordinances and other miscellaneous business.

Regular town council meetings have been rescheduled for every second and fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m. The next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 22.

Project Manager Ben Adams, of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., was present along with Financial Adviser Greg Guerrettaz, of Financial Solutions Group, Inc., to discuss several bids Warren received to complete their water project.

Andrews Council business

The Andrews Town Council discussed several department reports and reviewed minor items from old business during the Monday, Feb. 8, council meeting.

Old business included information regarding the foundation and interior issues located at 237 Columbia Street. According to Council President John Harshbarger, there was no indication of progress on the property and council is waiting to hear back from the town lawyer before moving forward on taking action on the property.

House Bill 1498 will affect gov't transparency

There is no doubt that Indiana residents believe in government transparency. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about our legislators in Indianapolis.

The Indiana House of Representatives is expected to consider House Bill 1498 this week, a measure that will do away with a longstanding check on government – the publishing of public notices in newspapers beginning in the summer of 2022. The measure would give local government units the alternative to publish notices on a website controlled by the government unit, severely damaging the checks and balances currently in place.

Tax increase put on hold

State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) has announced the Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy will not be hearing any bills to increase local food and beverage taxes this session.

Holdman said that in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to concerns expressed by Indiana’s restaurant industry, the Republican members have agreed now is not the time to consider tax increases as the economy continues to recover from COVID-19.

Committee votes on grain bill

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) (left) explains to State Rep. Timothy Wesco (R-Osceola) (right) how legislation he co-authored would help Hoosier grain farmers recoup losses when facing grain mill failures Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Indiana Government Center South House Chamber in Indianapolis.
Photo provided.

The House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee voted on Wednesday, Feb. 3, to advance legislation authored by State Rep. Craig Snow (R-Warsaw) and co-authored by Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) helping Hoosier grain farmers recoup losses when facing grain mill failures.

Roanoke’s fire dept. may move

Roanoke Town Council held its first February meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 3, discussing a new volunteer fire station and various vendor quotes for town projects.

Fire Chief Brandon Taylor was present to discuss the possibility of building a new volunteer fire station in Roanoke. Taylor is currently discussing costs with a builder and is making sure their tentative location, on the corner of Main and Vine streets, would be satisfactory for their needs.

Leonard staying busy this session

Huntington’s State Rep. Dan Leonard (R, District 50) represents all of Huntington County at the State House.

Leonard has served as Huntington County’s representative in the Indiana House of Representatives since 2002.

As a seasoned member, Leonard stays busy, but is also a guiding force for newcomers.

He co-authored a Grain Indemnity Bill, HB 1483, which is meant to help local farmers.

The bill would amend the definition of “failed” or “failure” under the Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Law.

HFD receives safety grant

Deputy Fire Chief Dave Teusch (right) accepts an IPEP Safety Grant award from Scott Smith of STAR Insurance on Wednesday afternoon at the Etna Avenue fire station.
Photo provided.

The Huntington Fire Department (HFD) announced Wednesday, Jan. 27, that it has been awarded a $2,100 Indiana Public Employer’s Plan (IPEP) Safety Grant.

Chief Tony Johnson said the award will cover a portion of the cost of a fifth thermal imaging camera (TIC) for the department. HFD intends to equip two TICs on each of its three main engines.

 “This will help us get to that goal,” Johnson said.

TICs help firefighters to see objects and heat sources in dark and smoky conditions.

Andrews town council meets

The Andrews Town Council spent a large majority of their time discussing issues with work done through the Community Crossings Matching Grant and an order change during its Monday, Jan. 25, meeting.

Townspeople and council members alike have found issues with the previous work completed by construction crews. Councilman Roger Newsome stated that at least one section of road was “the worst (he) had ever laid eyes on.”

HCCSC discusses numerous updates

A blueprint of “Site Plan B” - the proposed site of the new HNHS football stadium - shows a north and south oriented field, and the relocation of the softball field.
Photo provided by Huntington County Community School Corporation

A lengthy and weighty Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees meeting was held Monday night, Jan. 25.

Topics discussed ranged from facility project updates, to COVID-19 and financial matters.

Superintendent Chad Daugherty gave an update on the Huntington North High School Stadium Project.

Forms due to County Assessor

The assessment forms for business & farmers’ personal property are due to the County Assessor’s Office on May 17.

This applies to churches and exempt entities as well.

Forms for farmers include: Form 102 (State Form 50006) and Form 104 (State Form 10068). Business/Exempt Entities forms include: Form 103 short (State Form 11274) or 103 long (State Form 11405) and Form 104 (State Form 10068).

The forms may be picked up in the County Assessor’s Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

DCD says Markle hotel OK

The Markle Town Council made several appointments for several board seats and offices, heard updates regarding the town garbage contract and Department of Community Development (DCD) compliance at a local property and also discussed CARES Act money allocations at its Wednesday, Jan. 20, meeting.

The council also opted to reopen Town Hall to the public once renovations have been completed.  The renovations are expected to be completed before the beginning of February.