Government & School Board

Huntington Street Department closing for Columbus Day

The Huntington Street Department will be closed Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of Columbus Day.

If Oct. 8 is residents’ normal trash pickup day, their trash will now be picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

All other trash pickup days will remain the same. Orange sticker items and brush and limbs will be picked up on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Brown bags will be picked up on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Roanoke Town Council passes budget

The Roanoke Town Council passed the town’s 2019 budget at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The board unanimously approved the budget, which totals $2,016,679. Of that total, $636,333 will derive from property taxes. The property tax rate is 1.4 percent.

Plenty to get done as city landfill closes

As the Huntington City Landfill is closed, vents with yellow fittings are placed around the area to allow methane gas to escape.
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City of Huntington

The Huntington City Landfill, which opened in 1970, won’t be around to see its 50th birthday.

Beset by rising costs, ever tightening environmental regulations, and the consequences of missteps in the past, the landfill is now being permanently closed. Trash pickup and disposal in the City of Huntington will be outsourced to a private company.

The Huntington City Landfill spreads over about 225 acres on CR 300W.

Voter registration deadline coming up quickly

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is approaching.

The last day to register, or update registration, is Tuesday, Oct. 9. Requests received after that date will not be processed in time for Election Day on Nov. 6.

To be eligible to vote in Huntington County, one must be a county resident, a United States citizen and a minimum of 18 years old on Election Day.

To register, visit www.IndianaVoters.com, where registration can be completed or a voter registration application can be printed off.

Huntington North may get JROTC program added by next school year

Members of the Warsaw Community High School Junior ROTC color guard enter the boardroom during the start of the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s meeting Monday, Sept. 24. Pictured (front to back) are Cadet Maj. Meraley Fugate, Cadet Command Sgt. Zachary Arnett, Cadet Lt. Col. Emily Puckett and Cadet II Lt. Cameron Charles. The cadets spoke with board members, who are considering enacting a JROTC program at Huntington North High School.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

If everything goes right, Huntington North High School could see a junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program added to its curriculum as soon as next school year. Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees not only heard about the program, they saw it in action during their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 24.

Snyder to participate in candidate forum on Oct. 1 at Cafe of Hope

Gary Snyder, Democratic candidate for Indiana State Senate District 17, has announced he will participate in a candidate forum with Jorge Fernandez, Democratic candidate for Indiana State Representative District 50, on Monday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. at Café of Hope.

The public is invited to come out and meet the candidates and participate in a question and answer session.

Café of Hope is located at 900 E. State St., Huntington.

HCCSC to hold special public work session today to view other schools

The HCCSC Board of Trustees will hold a Special Public Work Session today, Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 a.m. 

The purpose of the session is to travel to various high schools in Indiana. The trip will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The agenda is now available In BoardDocs by visiting the HCCSC web page at www.hccsc.k12.in.us and clicking on Current School Board Meeting Agenda, then clicking on the date of the meeting and last clicking on View Agenda.

Closure of Huntington City Landfill has already begun, to finish in 2019

Landfill crews lay down cover for grass planted to help remedy erosion at several areas at the Huntington City Landfill.
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Fourth in a series
City of Huntington
The Huntington City Landfill, which opened in 1970, won’t be around to see its 50th birthday.

Beset by rising costs, ever tightening environmental regulations, and the consequences of missteps in the past, the landfill is now being permanently closed. Trash pickup and disposal in the City of Huntington will be outsourced to a private company.

The Huntington City Landfill will be permanently closed in 2019.

The closure, which is being done in two phases, has already begun.

Andrews council holds public hearing for stormwater system

Andrews Town Council held a public hearing to discuss the installation of a stormwater system on McKeever Street during its meeting on Monday, Sept. 24.

The proposed system would run from Leedy Lane to the bridge over Loon Creek on McKeever Street. To pay for the system, council is trying to obtain a community development block grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs that totals $600,000.

The public hearing was held as part of the proposal-submission process. Proposals are due to OCRA by Friday, Oct. 5.

Construction, detour planned for W. Park Drive

On or after Monday, Oct. 1, West Park Drive will be closed between U.S.-24 and Hitzfield Street.

This closure is to allow for a small structure replacement under West Park Drive on the Charles Pohler Drain. Once in place, the closure is expected to last approximately 14 days.

A detour will be established and will use Hitzfield Street, Flaxmill Road and U.S.-24. Appropriate detour signage will be installed to guide traffic.

As with most construction projects, it is highly dependent on weather and subject to any unforeseen conditions.

Exec session in Warren on Sept. 26

The Town of Warren Town Council and Warren Redevelopment Commission will meet in an executive session on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 131 N. Wayne St., Assembly Hall, Warren.

The purpose of the meeting is ongoing negotiations with industrial or commercial prospects or agents of industrial or commercial prospects.

The executive meeting may or may not be followed by a special session of town council, but will not commence prior to 6 p.m.
 

Markle council makes quick decision on vehicle

Markle town councilmen had to make a quick decision on the fly during their regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in order to save potentially thousands of dollars on the purchase of a new police car.

Town Marshal John Markley brought up the item during his report to the council, and told them the town had until Friday to put in an order for a new 2018 Ford Interceptor. The vehicle would be purchased from City Ford, of Columbia City, for a municipal discount price of $33,246.

Several factors impact landfill’s lifespan

Five trips a day are made between the Huntington City Landfill and the wastewater treatment plant to properly handle the leachate at the landfill.
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Third in a series
City of Huntington
The Huntington City Landfill, which opened in 1970, won’t be around to see its 50th birthday.
Beset by rising costs, ever tightening environmental regulations, and the consequences of missteps in the past, the landfill is now being permanently closed. Trash pickup and disposal in the City of Huntington will be outsourced to a private company.

School board to meet in exec session today

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in executive session tonight, Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. prior to the 7 p.m. regular meeting at Salamonie Elementary School.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees. This subdivision does not apply to a discussion of the salary, compensation or benefits of employees during a budget process.

True cost of operating landfill a grim reality

Workers at the City of Huntington landfill compact trash into a cell at the landfill. The landfill is in the process of closing permanently due to a combination of factors.
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Second in a series
City of Huntington
The Huntington City Landfill, which opened in 1970, won’t be around to see its 50th birthday.

Beset by rising costs, ever-tightening environmental regulations and the consequences of missteps in the past, the landfill is now being permanently closed. Trash pickup and disposal in the City of Huntington will be outsourced to a private company.

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