Government & School Board

City gets $250K through response program

The City of Huntington has been awarded $250,000 through the COVID-19 Response Program.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced the award on April 30. In all, 49 rural communities received a total of $8.8 million in federal grant funding through the program.

Huntington’s award will fund the city’s existing revolving loan fund framework in order to quickly deploy critical financial resources to small businesses for operations and remote-work capabilities.

City not distributing stickers for large items for disposal right now

Due to a temporary change, the city is not distributing orange stickers at this time for disposal of large, unwanted items.

However the city continues to offer the program itself, and crews still will pick up couches, mattresses, furniture and similar objects.

To have large items added to a list designated for pickup, call City Services at 356-4720 or the clerk-treasurer’s office at 356-1400 ext. 2019.

A fee is charged per item. After calling the city and making payment, set the items outside as directed before the arranged pick-up time.

School board praises many for remote learning

During the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees meeting on Monday, April 28, teachers and administrators were praised for their work with remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

“We have a lot of administrators that were going to houses giving packets, picking up information,” said Superintendent Chad Daugherty.

Huntington County SWCD to hold meet via conference call on April 28

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a brief meeting via conference call to conduct essential business on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m.  

The dial-in option is: 978-990-5025; passcode is 46064627.  

The meeting is open to the public.

Local emergency planning committee to meet April 29 in Internet meeting

The Huntington County Local Emergency Planning Committee will hold its April meeting via the internet on Wednesday, April 29, at 8:30 a.m.

The link to join will be https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/548354013 or by phone at 877-309-2073; access code 548354013#.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

The Huntington County Emergency Plan for Hazardous Materials Incidents may be reviewed during regular business hours at the office of Emergency Management, 332 E. State St., Huntington.

Leonard notes mental health resources available

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) said many helpful mental health resources are available to Hoosiers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many people are feeling uneasy and stressed right now, and that's understandable,” said Leonard. “Those already struggling with a mental illness are having a hard time navigating these unprecedented circumstances, and there are resources available to help.”

Roanoke Public Library board to meet Tuesday via Zoom platform

The Roanoke Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at its regular meeting date and time of Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m., but the meeting will use the Zoom meeting platform.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is accessible through Zoom.us. The meeting ID is 290-458-2188.

A password is required to enter the meeting, which is L1bR@r7.

For more information about the meeting , contact Library Director Celia Bandelier at director@roanoke.lib.in.us.

Policy changes coming for primary election

The Indiana Election Commission has issued an order implementing policy changes for the primary election on June 2.

The commission’s order came in the wake of recommendations from Governor Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson and the leadership of the state’s major political parties.

The order includes the following changes, which will apply to the June 2 primary only:

• Limited early in-person voting will be available for one week, from May 26 to June 1.

Board of Works approves sidewalk funding level

The Board of Public Works and Safety met Monday, April 20, and approved annual funding levels for the Sidewalk Replacement Program. This city program pays up to 50 percent of the cost residents incur to replace sidewalks on their properties.

The Board of Works resolution sets the maximum amount the city can pay per square foot. It also stipulates the city’s share cannot exceed half the total cost.

To qualify, property owners must first obtain a quote from a contractor, submit an application to the city and await written approval before work begins.

Virtual meet for school board today

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in a virtual regular meeting tonight, Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m.

The public may view the meeting live via the following LiveStream link, https://livestream.com/hnhs/events/8955304.

Grace period to file property tax back to July 10

The Huntington County Treasurer’s Office has announced that the state has directed it to waive penalties for spring property tax bills paid after the due date on Monday, May 11.
This grace period runs through July 10. The waiver applies to property tax liabilities for both real and personal property.

The waiver does not apply to tax payments that have been escrowed by financial institutions on behalf of property taxpayers.

Registration deadline for primary is May 4

The deadline to register to vote in the primary election in June is approaching on Monday, May 4.

To vote, an individual must satisfy the following criteria:

• Be a United States citizen and Indiana resident.

• Be at least 18 years old on or before the general election.

• Not currently incarcerated after being convicted of a crime.

• Need to have lived in the precinct where intending to vote for at least 30 days prior to the election.

Kriegbaum family accepts HCCSC settlement on field

The family of John P. and Anna Kriegbaum has announced it will not appeal the Huntington Superior Court’s ruling to quiet the title to Kriegbaum Field in the name of the Huntington County Community School Corporation.

Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals to consider three applications at April 28 meet

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing to consider three applications on Tuesday, April 28, at the Huntington County Courthouse at 6:30 p.m.

The following applications will be considered:

• Brad Bodigon, 2539E-900N, Roanoke; requesting a special exception for a home occupation type II to allow motorcycle repair and service.

• Michael Burnau, 4843S-500W, Huntington; requesting a variance from development standards for a 25-foot variance from the 75-foot front yard setback requirement to allow construction of a porch.

Commissioners to meet in special session Monday

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold a special session on Monday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse to award construction bids for the Huntington County Jail expansion project.

The public is invited to view the meeting via video conference. To watch the meeting, individuals should call 358-4822 and leave a message that contains their full name, phone number and email address. A message will then be sent to the provided email address with a link to view the meeting.

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