Government & School Board

Congressman Banks earns FreedomFighter Award from FreedomWorks

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has received the FreedomFighter Award from FreedomWorks. The award recognizes members of Congress who are dedicated to economic freedom and personal liberty.

“I am proud to fight for conservative principles in Congress and it is an honor to be recognized as a FreedomFighter,” said Banks. “I remain committed to supporting policies that empower hard-working Americans and limit the size of the federal government.”

Water main on portion of Roanoke street needs to be replaced soon

The Roanoke Town Council learned that the water main on a portion of Fifth Street needs to be replaced during its meeting on Tuesday, July 17.

Phil Hibbert, the town’s supervisor of operations, reported the news to council. Hibbert learned about the poor condition of the main on July 11 when E&B Paving, which was reconstructing Fifth Street, notified him of a break. Hibbert described the main as an old cast-iron pipe that is crumbling.

School board gets Roanoke school update

Following a quick school board meeting Thursday, July 12, the Huntington County Community School Corporation held a public work session to provide an update regarding the new Roanoke Elementary School building.

Prior to the work session, the board approved a lease for the corporation’s alternative school at the Dyer property, located on Home Street east of the McDonald’s restaurant.

Board member Reed Christiansen was absent.

The rent will be $2,200 per month, which includes utilities and outdoor maintenance.

Area SWCDs start next phase of WMP development

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), with the cooperation of Allen, Wells, Wabash and Whitley counties, has initiated the development of a Watershed Management Plan (WMP) for Phase 3 of the Upper Wabash River Watershed.

The motivation for the plan stems from known water-quality problems present throughout much of the Wabash River Basin. The watershed management plan is a continuation of past projects focused on distinguishing the most degraded areas of the watershed in greatest need of conservation efforts.

New city fire chief

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington’s newest fire chief, Tony Johnson (third from left), celebrates after he was sworn in to his new post on Monday, July 9, in the Council Chamber at the City Building. Marking the occasion are (from left) Deputy Chief David Teusch, Lt. Duane Naab, who was also sworn in to his new position, Johnson and Mayor Brooks Fetters.

Andrews council holds public hearing for pursuit of grant

The Andrews Town Council held a public hearing regarding its pursuit of a grant to fund the construction of a stormwater system on McKeever Street prior to its regular meeting on Monday, July 9.

Mitch Hansel, senior project manager with civil engineering firm Fleis & VandenBrink, spoke about the scope of the project, noting that the proposed stormwater system would run from Leedy Lane to Main Street on McKeever Street.

Resident concerned about thefts occuring in Roanoke

A Roanoke resident raised concerns about theft in town at the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, July 3.

Watershed meet Aug. 2

The 10th annual Eel River Watershed public meeting and best management practices demonstration will be held Thursday, Aug. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Steve Sickafoose Barn, 9710 S. Ind.-5, in South Whitley.

The Eel River Water Initiative and its conservation partners, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Manchester University and ACRES Land Trust, will talk about conservation efforts within the watershed. The public is invited to share their perspectives and concerns about the Eel River.

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Banks’ staff member to be in Huntington morning of July 12

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, July 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The mobile office will be located at the Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Independents file to run for Roanoke, Warren town council seats

Independent candidates have filed to run for seats on the Roanoke and Warren town councils in the general election on Nov. 6.

The deadline to file the requisite petition signatures with the Huntington County Clerk’s Office was Monday, July 2.

Two open seats on the Warren Town Council drew interest from three candidates. Of those hopefuls, Steven L. Buzzard is the lone incumbent. Carrie M. Miller and Michael Yoder are the other candidates.

Bridge maintenance set for Ind. 3 soon

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that bridge maintenance is scheduled for Ind.-3 over Rock Creek in Huntington County.

Ind.-3 is expected to close on or after Monday, July 9, weather permitting.
The closure, which will allow contractors to complete a bridge deck overlay, is scheduled to take place over Gordon Ditch, located between C.R.S500E and C.R.E200S. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained throughout the work.

Leonard gets slot on Native American Indian Affairs Comm.

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) was recently selected to serve on the Native American Indian Affairs Commission.

The commission studies and makes recommendations to appropriate federal, state and local governmental agencies in areas of employment, education, health, housing and civil rights.

Leonard said his district, which includes all of Huntington County and portions of Allen and Wells counties, boasts historical ties to the Miami, Shawnee, Iroquois and Huron Native Americans.

Huntington Street Department closed for holiday

The Huntington Street Department will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.

Residents whose normal trash pickup day is Wednesday will have their trash picked up starting Thursday, July 5, at 7 a.m.
All other trash pickup days will remain the same.

DOT says chip seal work to start in area soon

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that chip seal preservation is scheduled to begin in July. Work is scheduled for various roadways in Adams, Blackford, Grant, Huntington and Wells counties. INDOT maintenance crews are expected to begin on or after Monday, July 2, weather permitting.

Local roadways to be chip sealed include:

• U.S.-224 from Ind.-1 to just west of the Wells/Adams county line.

• Ind.-124 between Ind.-3 and Ind.-116 in Huntington and Wells counties.

Teachers association wants more coming home in teacher checks

A motion to approve the hiring of a new Spanish teacher at Huntington North High School brought a reaction from the Huntington County Teachers Association during the school board meeting Monday, June 25.

Teacher Tom Gross, co-president of the teachers union, told members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation board that teachers want more in their paychecks.