Government & School Board

Banks’ staffer in town

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The staff member will meet with local residents and offer assistance to  anyone who may be experiencing problems with a federal agency. 

SWCD to host watershed group on Aug. 13

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is hosting a steering committee meeting for the Lower Salamonie River Watershed project on Monday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Huntington County SWCD Office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

Meeting objectives:

• Progress report and planning related to the Lower Salamonie River Cost-Share Program.
• Outreach planning.

• Entertain questions and concerns from the committee and other stakeholders present.

Common council meet is canceled

The Huntington Common Council meeting on Tuesday, July 31, has been canceled due to lack of an agenda.

Indiana Democratic Party member to speak at local party meeting Aug. 1

The Huntington County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Mike Santos from the Indiana Democratic Party will be the guest speaker, and will discuss the party’s efforts in the last months of the campaign. Bring a non-perishable food item or personal toiletry item to donate to Love In the Name of Christ.

The public is welcome.

School board hears district’s e-Learning plan for future

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees nodded during their regular meeting Monday, July 23, as they heard about a plan to keep students in learning mode during inclement weather and snow days.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Chad Daugherty outlined the district’s e-Learning plan, which allows teachers at all grades to post lessons that students can access online, even if school is called off for the day.

Markle’s cable Internet provider says town needs fiber optic refit

The owner of Markle’s cable Internet provider says the town needs to be refitted with fiber optic service.

At the Markle Town Council’s regular meeting Wednesday, July 18, Tim Miles of S and R Communications LLC – Fiberhawk-Swayzee, told councilmen that a recent break in the buried cable revealed multiple splices, and a splice made by his predecessor had deteriorated.

“The city of Markle needs better Internet service than it has,” Miles said. “Our coaxial system is old and expired, and it needs to be replaced.”

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.

Reservations are required to hfmanifold@ by July 27.

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.