Government & School Board

School board to meet today at 6 p.m. in exec session

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees will meet in executive session today, Monday, June 12, at 6 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining.

The regular school board meeting will follow at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

An agenda of the meeting may be viewed on the school corporation website,

Widening the street

Photo by Steve Clark.

Tim Baker, of Phend & Brown Inc., a construction company based in Milford, deposits stone in a channel dug as part of the street-widening phase of Huntington City’s Etna Avenue Improvement Project on Wednesday, June 7. The multiphase project is estimated to be completed by Oct. 2018.

DOT to do chip seal work on Ind.-105 soon

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that chip seal preservation is scheduled on Ind.-105 in Huntington County.

Work is scheduled for Ind.-105 in Huntington County, between Ind.-9 and the south limits of the Town of Andrews. INDOT maintenance crews are expected to begin on or after Monday, June 12, weather permitting.

Local SWCD to meet on Tues., June 20

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.


Photo by Steve Clark.

A crowd watches as Huntington city employees conduct a demonstration with the city's leaf suction vehicle on Saturday afternoon, June 10, in downtown Huntington at the annual Touch-A-Truck event. The event is set up so people can view several of the city's work vehicles up close and personal, sit inside them and get demonstrations of some.

Roanoke council catches heat over short clean-up hours

The Roanoke Town Council addressed complaints about the briefness of the town’s recent spring clean-up day at its meeting on Tuesday, June 6.

The town’s supervisor of operations, Phil Hibbert, reported that dumpsters for the clean-up day on Saturday, June 3, were delivered to town hall by Republic Services in the morning and retrieved by approximately 2 p.m.

Patrons plead with HCCSC board for schools

Nick Vickrey, a former teacher at Bishop Luers and Huntington North high schools whose children go to Northwest Elementary, makes a case during the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees public work session held Monday, June 5. Vickrey was among 15 people who offered opinions regarding closing of some of the district’s elementary schools due to declining enrollment.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

It was a night in which public comment became a plea to save the schools, as concerned parents addressed the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees during a public work session held Monday, June 5.

It was the largest-attended work session since they began earlier in the spring. Most were there to make a plea to keep their home elementary schools open, as the board contemplates how to handle the reduction in enrollment juxtaposed with growing repair needs on some of the aging school buildings.

HCCSC calls its next public work session

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will hold a public work session on Monday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center Board Room. 

The meeting will be live streamed at livestream. com/accounts/13311973/events/7456438.

BZA meets tonight to consider requests

The Huntington Board of zoning Appeals will meet tonight, Monday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Huntington City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The panel will consider a request by David Wisialowski for a variance to required setbacks for a pole sign at 1105 First St. Wisialowski is seeking a three-foot variance from the five-foot minimum front yard setback requirement.

The meeting is open to the public.

Plat group to meet Tuesday at City Building

The Huntington Subdivision Plat Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 6, at 2 p.m. in the conference room of the Community Development and Redevelopment office on the second floor of the Huntington City Building.

The committee will consider an application filed by Biggs Indiana Properties requesting a replat of lots 62, 63 and 64 in Crown Hill Farm Subdivision, Section III.

Democrat Party to hold monthly meet June 7

The monthly meeting of the Huntington County Democrat Party will be held Wednesday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The meeting is open to the public.

Zay sponsored cyber bill gets signed into law by Gov. Holcomb

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington, and State Rep. Christopher Judy, R-Fort Wayne, to increase penalties for cyber criminals was ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb on May 25.

Judy says cyber criminals have increasingly been using ransomware, a malicious software that is designed to block access to computers and smartphones until a sum of money is paid by the victim.

Getting going on Etna Avenue

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Huntington City officially broke ground on the Etna Avenue improvement project with a ceremony held Wednesday, May 24, at the corner of Etna Avenue and Waterworks Road.

Huntington Common Council cancels Tuesday meeting

The Huntington Common Council has canceled its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 30, because of a lack of items on the agenda.

The council will next meet on June 13 at 7 p.m.

Andrews hydrants to be flushed

The Town of Andrews will conduct hydrant flushing May 31 through June 2.

For more information, contact the Town Hall at 786-3848, extension 202.

BMV branches close for Memorial Day weekend

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches will be closed Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

Branches will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, May 30.

Banks seeks to save storage costs of excess papers

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) introduced a bill directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work to eliminate excess printed material the agency spends millions of dollars a year storing.

“This bill would increase oversight of the EPA, make better use of taxpayer funds and reduce the size of the EPA’s footprint,” said Banks.

“It’s important in the modern digital age to make sure the management procedures of government agencies are up to date. Increasing accountability at these agencies is crucial to the efficient use of taxpayer dollars.”

Few action items on school board agenda, but members set stage for busy work session to come

Few action items were on the agenda of the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees at its regular meeting on Monday, May 22, but members set the stage for a busy public work session and subsequent board meeting to come.

The board voted 6-0 to award a contract to Wayne Asphalt to repave the front section of the high school parking lot, at a cost of $117,000. Board member Reed Christiansen was absent.

Andrews council approves sewer rate increase

The forthcoming wastewater rate increase for Andrews residents has been reduced, said the Andrews Town Council at its meeting on Monday, May 22.

Two developments enabled the board to make that reduction, explained Council President Bill Johnson. The first was that the town was awarded an additional $525,000 in buy-down grant money from the State Revolving Fund; the second was that the SRF increased the term of the town’s note from 20 to 22 years.

Those developments added up to savings for Andrews residents.

Tracy Street road project finishes under budget, Markle council hears

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.
Stephenie Hensley

The Tracy Street road improvement project is complete, and Markle Town Council members received some good news at their regular meeting on Wednesday, May 18, that will put some money back in the town’s pockets.

Evan Thompson of the architectural and engineering design services firm DLZ told the council that construction was completed on May 8, and the project came in about $54,000 under the original contract price.

“I expect it will stay under the original price, even with all the change orders,” Thompson said.

Penalty added to unpaid prop taxes

A penalty is now being added to Huntington County property taxes not paid by the May 10 due date.

Huntington County Treasurer Paula Farley says a penalty of 5 percent will be charged if the spring installment is paid on or before 30 days after the due date and if the taxpayer is not behind on previous property tax payments for the same parcel. If taxes are due for more than this year’s spring installment, the penalty will be 10 percent of the unpaid tax.

Two options for adjusting to falling enrollment remain on HCCSC table

Two options for adjusting to declining enrollment remain on the table following the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees’ work session on Monday, May 15.

School board members want more detailed information on the particulars of those two options, which are:

• Closing Lancaster, Northwest and Roanoke elementary schools; building a new school in the northeast area of Huntington County; and re-opening the Horace Mann Education Center as a school.

School board meets tonight

The Huntington County Community School Corporation School Board of Trustees will hold a public work session tonight, Monday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center board room. 

Banks staffer in Huntington on Thursday

Congressman Jim Banks has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington today, Thursday, May 11, between 9:30 a.m. and noon to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The office hours will be held at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St.

Two streets in downtown Huntington to be closed for week or two soon

Two streets in downtown Huntington will be closed for the next one to two weeks while a new storm sewer is installed.

The closure began on Wednesday, May 10, and includes Market Street from Third Street to Center Street and Briant Street from Market Street to Franklin Street.

The work is being done by Wayne Asphalt.

Businesses along those streets will remain open and accessible, says Anthony Goodnight, the city’s director of public works and engineering services.

Commissioners to have exec session on Monday, May 15

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in executive session on Monday, May 15, at 11 a.m. in Room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The panel will discuss job performance evaluations of individual employees.

An executive session is not open to the public.

Andrews Town Council pulls trigger on ordinance to raise wastewater rates

The Andrews Town Council introduced an ordinance to raise the town’s wastewater rates at its meeting on Monday, May 8.

The board is hopeful, though, that when it votes on the ordinance at its next meeting, May 22, the rate hike will be lower than what is currently proposed.

School board members hear demographic study

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees heard the results of a demographics study presented at its regular meeting on Monday, May 8, and although they were relieved by some of the findings, it still leaves them with a difficult decision.

Dr. Jerome McKibben of McKibben Demographic Research told the board that the district’s decline in enrollment is not due to students leaving the county to go to other schools, but by a decline in the community’s student population itself.

Council told money spent on water handling capabilities was good

The millions spent upgrading the city's water handling capabilities paid off during the late April-early May storms that drenched Huntington.

“The system worked as it should have,” Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services, told members of the Huntington Common Council during their meeting on Tuesday, May 9.

The addition and repair of lift stations, pumps and a 2.25-million-gallon holding tank kept the week of rain — including a record-setting 2.3 inches on May 4 — from inundating many previously flood-prone areas on the south side of the city.

Warren Town Council’s regular meeting for tonight is cancelled

The regular meeting of the Warren Town Council scheduled for tonight,  Monday, May 8, has been cancelled. 

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the council is June 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.