Council picks ex-librarian to serve on HCTPL board

Faced with deciding between two applicants for a spot on the Huntington City-Township Public Library board, members of the Huntington County Council selected the applicant who attended their meeting on Monday, Oct. 23.

Daryl Shrock, a retired librarian who described herself as an avid reader, won the unanimous approval of the council.

The second applicant was Terri Salzano-Sees, of Huntington. She did not attend the council’s meeting.

Shrock told council members she has been involved in libraries for 35 years, beginning her career in Allen County and completing it in Elkhart.

Shrock also served as director of the Roanoke Public Library from 2001 to 2005, when she was terminated by that library’s board.

Shrock fills a vacancy created when Chad Lippe resigned from the library board in July. She will serve the remainder of his term, which continues until Dec. 31, 2020.

Lippe had served on the board since 2014.

The Huntington City-Township Public Library board consists of seven members who serve staggered four-year terms. The members are appointed by the Huntington County Community and Northern Wells school corporations, Huntington and Wells county councils, and Huntington and Wells county commissioners.

The remainder of the council’s meeting consisted of transferring funds within department budgets to make sure all budget line items are in the black as the year draws to a close.

One of the transfers requested by County Highway Superintendent Troy Hostetler was $178,563 to be taken out of the cumulative bridge fund to serve as the county’s match for a $714,254 Community Crossings Grant the county received from the state.

The grant is designated for road maintenance and repair, and Hostetler said that work has already begun.

Huntington County Commissioners President Tom Wall told council members that the grant was “a big win for Huntington County,” noting that several other area counties either did not apply for the grant or were not awarded any grant money.

Council members also approved expenditures from several grants, including the Community Crossings grant.

Bob Jeffers, director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency, received approval to spend a $49,716 fire training infrastructure grant on improvements to the fire training facility located behind the County Highway Department on Riverside Drive.

Jeffers also won approval to spend a $3,950 grant from Koch Fertilizer on a pair of gas detection meters and a test kit to be used by county fire departments.

Katherine Rush, representing the Huntington County Health Department, received approval to spend $17,698 from the health bioterrorism fund on a variety of supplies and equipment, including a ham radio system that would be set up at Parkview Huntington Hospital to facilitate communication in the event of an attack.