Government & School Board

Roanoke council enhances security at former town hall building

The Roanoke Town Council voted to enhance the security at the former town hall building at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The board signed off on the construction of a foyer in the building, which is located at 126 N. Main St. Town Marshal Jim Wood advocated for the move.

“It’s just an added security measure,” he said. “So, that way, we can control who’s going in and who’s going out.”

In addition to the former town hall space, the building contains the entrances to a rental space, which is occupied by McClure’s Market & Bulk Foods, and an office.

SWCD to hold yearly 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 on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 11:30 a.m.  

The meeting will be held at the district office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington, and is open to the public.

Common council study finds no downtown parking shortage

The Huntington Common Council listened to the findings of a recently completed downtown parking study at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Andrews gets stormwater improvement grant

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, has announced that 17 rural Hoosier communities receive more than $10.5 million in federal grant funding, including the Town of Andrews.

Andrews was awarded $600,000 for stormwater improvements. This project installs 1,650 linear feet of drainage, nine inlets and seven utility poles along McKeever Street from the intersection with Jackson Street to Loon Creek, to address residential flooding. 

Andrews council reviews rundown trailers’ status

The Andrews Town Council held a public hearing at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 12, to review the status of rundown trailers in Antioch Mobile Home Park.

Marla Stambazze, of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, presented an order of enforcement she had generated, which outlined measures that needed to be taken in order to resolve ordinance violations at the park, which is located at 200 Wabash St. Stambazze stated that six mobile homes needed to be completely removed, while another two needed to be totally renovated or removed.

School board hears presentation on steps for data privacy protections

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees heard a presentation at its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 12, about the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal Program, an inter-district initiative to implement student – as well as corporation – data privacy protections that meet a high set of standards.

School board exec session tonight

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees will meet in an executive session tonight, Monday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary.

The purpose of the executive session is discussion about initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing.

The board will follow the session with its regularly-scheduled public meeting at 7 p.m.

Council to discuss parking

A parking study report will be discussed among items at the Huntington Common Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m.

A draft report of the study is posted on the city website.

The meeting will be held at City Council chambers at the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

SWCD hosting steering committee meetings for two watershed projects

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is hosting steering committee meetings for the Lower Salamonie River Watershed and Upper Wabash River Watershed projects on Thursday, Aug. 22.

The Lower Salamonie River 319 steering committee meeting will begin at 9 a.m. The Upper Wabash River Watershed Management Plan meeting will follow the Lower Salamonie 319 meeting at 10 a.m. Both meetings will be held at the Huntington County SWCD Office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

Meeting objectives are:

List coming governmental meetings

The following are the governmental meetings for Monday, Aug. 12, through Friday, Aug. 23:

Monday, Aug. 12
5 p.m. - Warren Town Council, Assembly Hall.
6 p.m. - Andrews Town Council, Andrews Municipal Building.
7 p.m. - Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals, Roanoke Town Court Building.

Tuesday, Aug. 13
5:30 p.m. - Andrews Board of Zoning Appeals, Andrews Town Hall.
7 p.m. - Huntington Common Council, City Building, Second Floor.

Huntington County SWCD to hold monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 20

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

The meeting is open to the public.   

Zay says Indiana to adopt new teacher licensing exams by 2021

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) has announced that Indiana is projected to adopt new teacher licensing exams by Sept. 1, 2021.

In recent years, teaching candidates have struggled to pass the state-created licensing exams, which has kept potentially strong teaching candidates from entering the classroom, and in some cases has caused them to leave the Hoosier state altogether.

Zay says after years of consistently low passage rates — with some content areas having passage rates well below 50 percent — lawmakers and others began to question the test’s accuracy.

Commissioners call executive session for personnel agenda

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session on Monday, Aug. 5, at 11:15 a.m. in the commissioners’ office at the Huntington County Courthouse, Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive information about and interview prospective employees.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

DLGF approves wording of referendum questions

The Indiana Department of Local Government and Finance has officially approved wording of the two ballot questions that the Huntington County Community School Corporation wants to put on the ballot for voters’ consideration in the Nov. 5 election.

The first question, as it will appear on the ballot, is: