Government & School Board

Hiles, Strick to run as independents against Buzzard for Hgtn. mayor

Johnnie Hiles (left) and Richard Strick.
Photos provided.

Republican Larry Buzzard will face two opponents for the office of Huntington mayor in the municipal election this November.

Johnnie Hiles and Richard Strick have entered the race as independent candidates. July 1 was the deadline for independents to file petitions of nomination with the Huntington County Clerk’s Office, which verified petition signatures.

Hiles, 49, works as an addiction counselor at Premier Care, in Marion. She also works part time at Pathfinder Services. Strick, 35, is an associate director on the Love In the Name of Christ national staff.

Groups seeking plan commission members

 The Huntington County Commissioners and the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development are seeking individuals that may be interested in serving on the Huntington County Plan Commission.

Applicants must live in the unincorporated area of the county and outside any incorporated jurisdiction.

The applicants cannot currently be elected or appointed to any office and must reside and own property in the unincorporated area. Plan Commission appointment is filling the remainder of the vacancy term. After that date, the terms are reappointed for four years.

Local SWCD to meet July 9 at district office

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

Special meeting for Markle council

The Markle Town Council will conduct a special meeting on Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Markle Town Hall, 197 E. Morse St., Markle.

The purpose of the meeting is to conduct a budget workshop for the 2020 budget, among other possible items.

Roanoke takes away dumpsters from town hall lot

The Roanoke Town Council voted to have dumpsters removed from the town hall parking lot at its meeting on Tuesday, July 2.

FSA extends prevented plant crop reporting deadline to July 15

The United States  Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is extending the prevented plant crop-reporting deadline for Indiana producers affected by spring flooding and excessive moisture.

Producers without crop insurance or NAP coverage in Indiana now have until July 15 to report acres they intended to plant this spring but could not due to weather conditions. The new deadline coincides with the July 15 FSA crop acreage reporting deadline that is already in place.

Leonard to serve on NA Indian Affairs group

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 concern to Indiana’s native and non-native people.

“Our community’s significant affiliation with the Native American people, and my knowledge and understanding of their history spans many years,” Leonard said. “The Miami, Shawnee, Iroquois and Huron Native Americans all have history in Huntington, Wells and Allen counties.”

Huntington County Board of Health to meet Monday at health dept.

The Huntington County Board of Health will meet Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Huntington County Health Department conference room, at the County Annex Building, located at 1330 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Announce governmental meetings for time period of July 8 to July 19

The following are the governmental meetings for the dates of July 8 to July 19:

Monday, July 8
8:30 a.m. - Huntington County Board of Commissioners, Commissioners Room.
5 p.m. - Warren Town Council, Assembly Hall.
6 p.m. - Andrews Town Council, Andrews Municipal Building.
7 p.m. - Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals, Roanoke Town Court Building.

Tuesday, July 9
5:30 p.m. - Andrews Board of Zoning Appeals, Andrews Town Hall.
7 p.m. - Huntington Common Council, City Building, Second Floor.

Leg. changes to affect fees in auditor’s office

Recent legislative changes will affect fees and deductions in the Huntington County Auditor’s Office.

Effective July 1, the Huntington County Auditor’s Office will implement an increase of the fee to endorse a deed or legal description of each parcel contained in a deed to $10. This is a result of HEA 1427, amending IC 36-2-9-18.

Governor signs Zay bill in statehouse ceremony

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) recently joined Gov. Eric Holcomb at the Statehouse for the ceremonial signing of two bills, including House Enrolled Act 1344.

HEA 1344, sponsored by Zay, will make Indiana a member of the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact, allowing qualified out of state nurses from other compact states to come practice in Indiana.

HCCSC board takes next step in process

Jay Peters (left) and Andrew Enderle
Photos by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees took its next step toward posting a referendum question to voters in the upcoming election by giving approval to authorize the administration to send a form of the Operating Question to the state Department of Local Government Finance.

The question, which seeks $1 million per year for eight years to boost teacher salaries and add safety initiatives, was approved 6-0 at the board’s meeting on Monday, June 24. Board President Mathew Roth was absent.

Zay bill on extending survivor benefits for teachers, public employers gets signed

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that extends survivor benefits coverage for public employees and teachers was ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb on June 24.

House Enrolled Act 1059 provides a public employee’s surviving spouse and/or dependents of public employees with at least 10 years of service their benefits, regardless of whether the member dies in service, in a position covered by the public employee’s retirement fund or the Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Fund, or if the member dies after they retire from service.

Set governmental meetings for early July

The following are the governmental meetings for the dates of July 1 to July 12.

Tuesday, July 2
7 p.m. - Roanoke Town Council, Roanoke Town Hall.

Wednesday, July 3
6:30 p.m. - Markle Board of Zoning Appeals, Markle Town Hall.

Monday, July 8
8:30 a.m. - Huntington County Board of Commissioners, Commissioners Room.
5 p.m. - Warren Town Council, Assembly Hall.
6 p.m. - Andrews Town Council, Andrews Municipal Building.
7 p.m. - Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals, Roanoke Town Court Building.

Holcomb signs Zay bill for Medicaid plan change

A bill co-authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that requires the Medicaid Advisory Committee to make recommendations to the Legislative Council concerning the feasibility of amending Indiana’s state Medicaid plan to provide Medicaid reimbursements to schools for health services they provide to students and staff, was ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday, June 24.

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