Government & School Board

Forms due to County Assessor

The assessment forms for business & farmers’ personal property are due to the County Assessor’s Office on May 17.

This applies to churches and exempt entities as well.

Forms for farmers include: Form 102 (State Form 50006) and Form 104 (State Form 10068). Business/Exempt Entities forms include: Form 103 short (State Form 11274) or 103 long (State Form 11405) and Form 104 (State Form 10068).

The forms may be picked up in the County Assessor’s Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

DCD says Markle hotel OK

The Markle Town Council made several appointments for several board seats and offices, heard updates regarding the town garbage contract and Department of Community Development (DCD) compliance at a local property and also discussed CARES Act money allocations at its Wednesday, Jan. 20, meeting.

The council also opted to reopen Town Hall to the public once renovations have been completed.  The renovations are expected to be completed before the beginning of February.

Service fees increasing in Roanoke

No public comment was made at Roanoke’s Town Hall on Tuesday evening, Jan. 5, in regards to an amendment of Code of Ordinances 51.07.

The amendment, Ordinance 2021-01, was passed unanimously during the regular meeting of the Roanoke Town Council.

USDA seeks 12 members

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking members for a new advisory committee on urban agriculture, part of a broader effort to focus on the needs of urban farmers.

The 12-person committee will advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the development of policies and outreach relating to urban, indoor and other emerging agricultural production practices as well as identify any barriers to urban agriculture.

Banks brings back two acts

Rep. Jim Banks announced he has reintroduced his Support Peaceful Protest Act and Qualified Immunity Act in the 117th Congress.

The Support Peaceful Protest Act would require arrested rioters who were caught committing crimes like acts of violence, looting or vandalism to pay for the cost of federal policing of the riot and be ineligible for federal unemployment assistance.

The Qualified Immunity Act protects our heroic law enforcement agents from frivolous lawsuits meant to disrupt their duties.

Leonard bill would supply magistrate

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) (left) discusses legislation that would approve a full-time magistrate for Huntington County with Huntington County Circuit Court Judge Davin Smith (right) on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
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Dan Leonard (R-Huntington), submitted legislation to the House of Courts and Criminal Code Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 12, which would approve a full-time magistrate for Huntington County.

Each summer, a study takes place to look at the number of judges and magistrates in each county in Indiana. The 2020 summer study would prove to show the heavy case loads that Huntington has been experiencing, although the need for an additional magistrate was present before the study took place.

Common council elects 2021 officers

The City of Huntington’s Common Council met virtually last week, appointing Charles Chapman, District 1, as 2021 council president.

Councilmembers were also appointed to commissions, as follows:

Chapman, public safety dispatch.

Jerry Meehan, Jr., District 3, solid waste.

Meehan, planning.

Joe Blomeke, District 5, redevelopment.

Seth Marshall, At Large, Huntington County United Economic Development.

Dave Funk, District 4, local emergency planning.

P.J. Felton, At Large, Lime City.

Zay introduces two bills

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) has recently introduced two bills, Senate Bill 137 and 139.

Senate Bill 137, which would allow the Kids First Trust Fund board to create a new way to raise money, unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Family and Children Services.

Ecolab Inc. to expand in Huntington

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL), a global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services, announced plans to expand its operations in Huntington, creating up to 24 new jobs by the end of 2022.

HCCSC Board of Trustees elects officers

Four members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees were sworn in by Huntington’s Rep. Dan Leonard during the board’s organizational meeting on Monday night, Jan. 11.

The newly sworn in are Matt Melcher, District 1; Tim Allen, District 4; Kevin Yarger, District 6 and J. Ryan Wall, District 7. Melcher, Allen and Yarger were reappointed to their posts, while Wall takes the place of Reed Christiansen who left the board in December 2020.

Huntington's school board welcomes Wall

J. Ryan Wall
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The HCCSC Board of School Trustees welcomed J. Ryan Wall to its members on Jan. 1 after Wall was elected to serve as the District 7 trustee during the 2020 election.

Wall is a native of Huntington County and graduated from Huntington North High School in 1996. Wall returned to Huntington County after graduating from Purdue University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in law and society.

Peters has made OWU dean’s list

Kaitlyn Peters, of Roanoke, has been named to the 2020 fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University.

To earn dean’s list recognition, Ohio Wesleyan students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes.

Harshbarger re-elected council president

Andrews Town Council elected its president for 2021, discussed several updates on ongoing projects and heard department reports during its Monday, Jan. 11, meeting.

Councilmember Laura Dillon nominated Council President John Harshbarger for 2021 council president. Councilmember Roger Newsome seconded the nomination. Dillon and Harshbarger both brought up the point that complications could arise with projects and litigation that had carried over from 2020 if the president position were to change hands in 2021.

Local officers cleared

Whitley County prosecutor D.J. Sigler has cleared Huntington police officers for the officer-involved shooting that took place on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, after a disturbance took place on Schultz Drive.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. that day, officers responded to a disturbance call in the 100 block of Schultz Drive on the southwest side of Huntington.

Markle council’s bidding snafu

In a special meeting via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 4, Markle Town Council discussed issues surrounding the town’s garbage collection contract.

According to town attorney Mike Hartburg, council solicited bids for trash and recycling services in November of 2020. The town received two bids from contractors who are “well known in the field of solid waste collection” and council reviewed those bids, ultimately selecting the bid that appeared to be “the lowest responsible bid.”