Government & School Board

Funding set for major Warren street project

A major street improvement project is set to begin in Warren next spring.

Members of the Warren Town Council learned at their meeting on Monday, Aug. 14, that the town expects to receive a $637,425 Community Crossings grant from the state to be used toward the reconstruction of 11th Street from Ind.-5 to Wayne Street and the correction of a stormwater issue.

Board starts making plans for replacement of Roanoke school building

School children in Roanoke could be learning in a brand-new building as soon as two years, under a plan officials say will not raise taxes.

Meeting on Monday, Aug. 14, Huntington County Community School Corporation officials laid out a tentative timeline for construction of a new Roanoke elementary school building and repairs to Huntington North High School.

Andrews council says yes to new building code

The Andrews Town Council approved a new town building code at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 14.

Mandy Woods, executive director of the Huntington Countywide Dep- artment of Community Development (DCD), presented the code to council during a public hearing at the meeting. Woods explained that the code aligned the town’s existing code with the county’s and also brought it into compliance with the state.

State beef show lists results

The results of the 2017 Indiana State Fair 4-H Beef Program have been announced.

Here is how participants from Huntington County placed:

Spring Yearling Heifers
Rhitt Langston, fourth place.

Senior Showmanship
Participation: Rhitt Langston.

Commercial Breeding Heifers
Sarah Hunnicutt, third place.

Commercial Breeding Heifers-F
Riley Richardson, second place.

SWCD opens fall fish sale

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for its fall fish sale.

Order forms are available at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington, or online at

Orders and payment are due by Sept. 4. Fish will be available for pickup on Oct. 4.

For more information, call 356-6816, extension 3.

Curbside recycling could return to Huntington to help extend landfill life

Curbside recycling, gone from Huntington for nearly a decade, could return as city officials look for ways to extend the life of the Huntington Landfill.

Members of the Huntington Common Council learned the cost of a recycling program during a busy meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8, that also included laying the groundwork for funding a partial closure of the landfill, establishing a committee to consider regulating smoking in city parks and hearing details of an EPA cleanup at the long-idled Friction Materials/H.K. Porter site.

Huntington Co. SWCD to hold monthly meet

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.    

BOW to meet today at 3:30 p.m.

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety will meet today, Monday, Aug. 7, at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting will take place in council chambers, third floor, City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

Agenda items include 2017 street paving bid openings and the Lime City Trail Bridge replacement quote opening.

Council to discuss Porter project at Aug. 8 meet

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials recently began work on the former HK Porter factory site, and city officials are inviting anyone with questions, concerns or an interest in the project to attend the next meeting of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers, 300 Cherry St.

Andrew Maguire, the EPA federal on-scene coordinator for the project, which is expected to last 10 weeks, and city officials plan to present the most current information on the Superfund project.

SWCD to hold work group meet

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resource Conservation Service will hold its yearly local work group meeting to review resource concerns and complete the ranking form for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) for Huntington County.  

The meeting will be held prior to the SWCD monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the District Office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington and is open to the public.

SWCD now accepting orders for trees and shrubs

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office is sponsoring a fall tree and shrub sale. Some of the varieties available are:

• Trees: red oak, autumn blaze maple, Norway spruce, white pine, London plane, tulip poplar, ivory silk lilac, emerald green arborvitae and river birch.

• Shrubs/roses: coral snap, forsythia, American cranberry, diablo ninebark and Knockout roses in red and pink.

Staff member from Rep. Banks’ office to be in Huntington next Thursday

A staff member from the office of Congressman Jim Banks will visit Huntington on Thursday, Aug. 10, to meet with local residents and assist those experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The staff member will be at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Roanoke Town Council promotes Parker to asst. utility superintendent

The Roanoke Town Council promoted Eric Parker to assistant utility superintendent at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Parker, who had been the utility department’s senior maintenance worker, succeeds John Hitzemann, who recently retired.

The board also promoted Jason Porter, utility department employee, to Parker’s position and hired Macy McClellan to fill Porter’s role.

Update from the state

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson addresses members of the Huntington Optimist Club Thursday, July 27, at Huntington University. Lawson spoke about the Secretary of State’s office functions and shared updates on the 2016 election cycle, the state’s business registration portal and efforts to improve financial literacy and prevent investor fraud.

Democrats meet Aug. 2 at HCTPL

The Huntington County Democrats will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Guest speaker will be Courtney Tritch, Democrat candidate for the Third District congressional seat.

The public is welcome.

Rearrangement of administrators complete at HCCSC

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.
Seth Parker

The rearrangement of administrators at the Huntington County Community School Corporation is complete, with the introduction at the board of school trustees’ July 24 meeting of Seth Parker as the new principal at Roanoke Elementary School.

Northwest, Lancaster to close in 2018; Horace Mann to re-open as elementary

A united Huntington County Community School Corporation school board decided on  Monday, July 24, to close Northwest and Lancaster elementary schools while re-opening Horace Mann building as an elementary school.

Those two schools will close after the current 2017-18 school year.

In addition, the board will begin the process of building a new school in the Roanoke area.

The board was deeply divided on the timetable for closing schools and whether to build a new school in Roanoke.

Andrews council discusses need to get construction insurance

The Andrews Town Council, meeting on Monday, July 24, discussed getting an insurance policy in place for the town’s wastewater treatment plant construction project.

The board hoped to move quickly on shoring up insurance as construction on the plant is now in progress.

Democratic Party has booth at 4-H fair

The Huntington County Democratic Party will have a booth at the Huntington County 4-H Fair, which continues through July 27.

Party members will register voters and a drawing will be held for a donated quilt. Gary Snyder, who has announced plans to run for the 17th District Senate seat, will be in attendance as scheduling permits to greet voters and answer questions.

The next meeting of the Democratic Party will be held on Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The public is welcome.

Hgtn. Board of Aviation Commissioners to hold special meeting today at 5:30 p.m.

The Huntington Board of Aviation Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the terminal building at Huntington Municipal Airport, 1365 Warren Rd., Huntington.

Markle council approves CCD tax and study of sewer and water rates

Taxpayers in the Town of Markle were put on notice, but no one voiced any objections to a proposed tax increase at the public hearing held prior to the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, July 19.

The establishment of the Cumulative Capital Development Fund will result in a tax levied on real and personal property within the town’s taxing district, not to exceed 5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

City council cancels July 25 meeting

The Huntington Common Council will not hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 25, at 6:45 a.m. due to a lack of agenda.

The council’s next meeting is on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Huntington City Building. The meetings are open to the public.

Banks announces his legislation to expand, extend GI bill moving on in U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, has announced that legislation he introduced in March has been included in a bipartisan legislative package that would expand and extend the GI Bill.

The Banks legislation would make permanent a pilot program called VetSuccess on Campus, which places counselors on college campuses to assist veterans in navigating their GI benefits and charting their higher education path.

County departments fine-tuning spending

Huntington County departments are fine-tuning their spending for 2017 as they hammer out budget proposals for 2018.

Four county officials appeared before Huntington County Council on Monday, July 17, seeking transfers or appropriations of funds already in their 2017 budgets.

Desiree Fritcha, Huntington County Drug Court coordinator, asked — and received permission from — the council to spend a $6,175 grant awarded to the local court by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Roanoke council authorizes water sampling at lagoon near wastewater treatment plant

The Roanoke Town Council authorized water sampling at a lagoon nearby the town’s wastewater treatment plant at its meeting on Tuesday, July 18.

A total of four samples will be taken at the lagoon on Monday, July 24, by Element Fort Wayne, an environmental testing laboratory. The samples are being taken to determine if it would be safe to discharge the lagoon into the nearby Little River.

State department of transport announces plans for Next Level

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced road construction plans for the first five years of the 20-year Indiana’s Next Level roads program.

Over those five years, INDOT will resurface nearly 10,000 lane miles of pavement, including 191 lane miles in Huntington county, and repair or replace approximately 1,300 bridges, including 13 bridges in Huntington County.

The five year investment total in Huntington County is estimated at $31,842,150.

Zay joins governor to sign bill

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Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated at right) ceremonially signs into law Senate Enrolled Act 366, which waives fees associated with obtaining an identification card, learner’s permit or operator’s license for foster children, Wednesday, July 12. SEA 366 also allows foster children to contract for a policy of motor vehicle insurance as well as complete driving practice with individuals approved by the Indiana Department of Child Services. State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington, (seated at left) authored the bill in the Senate.

DNR wants help to monitor turkeys

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is asking for help from the public to monitor summer production of wild turkeys. 

Volunteers will use a web-based survey to record wild turkey sightings during July and August to help provide information about annual turkey reproduction. This online system allows for broader coverage across the state and greater participation from the public. 

The surveys provide useful estimates about annual production by hens and the survival of poults (young turkeys) through the summer brood-rearing period.

Fort Wayne resident Tritch to seek Democrat Third District nomination

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Courtney Tritch

Fort Wayne resident Courtney Tritch has announced that she plans to be a candidate in the 2018 Democrat primary for Third District congressional nomination.

The seat is currently held by Republican Jim Banks.

Tritch recently started Courtney Tritch Consulting after serving as vice president of marketing for the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. While living in Chicago, she owned a small business, Sweets by Courtney.

Andrews TC addresses wastewater rate complaints

The Andrews Town Council addressed complaints about the town’s new wastewater rate at its meeting on Monday, July 10.

In May, the board voted to raise the rate to $72.87 for 4,000 gallons of water consumption. Residents’ July bills are the first to reflect that increase.

While council members said they regretted that the rate hike would be difficult for some residents to bear, they defended the increase, stating that it was necessary in order for the town to secure financing for its wastewater treatment plant project.