Government & School Board

Election board urges primary votes by mail

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Huntington County Election Board is encouraging voters to cast their ballots in the upcoming primary election through the mail.

Voters can request a mail-in absentee ballot by filling out an application. To obtain an application, visit www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “ABS-MAIL: Application for Absentee Ballot by Mail Only.” Clicking on that heading will download an application.

Markle Town Council addresses policies during pandemic

The Markle Town Council called a special meeting at Town Hall on Monday, March 30, to adopt an ordinance that addresses policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among provisions in Ordinance 2020-3, Council President Aaron McClary is authorized to take appropriate actions to reduce the spread of the virus, determine any changes in the town’s personnel scheduling and review and approve town claims. The ordinance also provides payment to Markle’s employees for services performed on an on-call basis.

Announce service adjustments at BMV branches

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Commissioner Peter L. Lacy announced the following service adjustments included in Executive Order 20-05 issued by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb on March 19.

These adjustments are designed to assist with the state’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect BMV employees and the public. In-branch visits to the BMV should be used only when absolutely necessary.

The following changes will be effective today and remain in place for the next 60 days:

City launches digital information newsletter

The city of Huntington has added a digital newsletter to its efforts to communicate with residents and help them stay informed.

Once subscribed, Huntington residents will get city news and updates sent directly to their email inboxes.

City of Huntington Communications Coordinator Kevin Krauskopf said the city administration has found that residents seek out information from a variety of sources in today’s media landscape.

State continuing efforts to slow COVID-19 spread

In a continuing effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts, including new guidance for child care.

“There is a critical need for child care for those workers who are taking care of others and helping Hoosiers keep food and supplies in their homes,” Holcomb said. “We appreciate all of the efforts Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick and FSSA Secretary Dr. Jen Sullivan and their staffs have worked on jointly to create more child care options for parents.”

State, others working to help in health pandemic

The state of Indiana and several Hoosier businesses are actively working to combat the issues that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating.

As the virus continues to spread, it is important to receive information from credible sources. Below are some useful resources to help citizens navigate through this challenging time.

State has call center about gov’s exec order

Indiana has opened a call center to field industry questions about Gov. Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions while the state observes a stay-at-home order from March 25 to April 7.

The Critical Industries Hotline will help guide businesses and industries with the executive order. This center, reachable by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing covidresponse@ iedc.in.gov, is for business and industry questions only.

Few more changes to primary procedures

In response to recommendations from Gov. Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson and the leadership of Indiana’s major political parties, the Indiana Election Commission has issued an order making it easier for Hoosiers to vote in the June 2 primary election.

Gov. Holcomb previously moved the primary from May 5 to June 2.

The complete order detailing each change is available at https://www. in.gov/sos/elections /2404. htm.

The commission’s order included the following changes, which will apply to the June 2 primary only:

Common council cancels

The Huntington Common Council will not meet on Tuesday, March 31, at 6:45 a.m. due to lack of an agenda.

The meeting will not be rescheduled.

School corporation closes all school offices

Huntington County Community School Corporation has closed all school offices effective Tuesday, March 24, following the issuance of the “Stay at Home” order by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Building administrators and central office employees will be working remotely and may be contacted through email. A staff directory can be found on the HCCSC website, hccsc.k12.in.us, under the “Departments” tab.

Grab & Go meals provided by HCCSC will still be available for children age 18 and under on Thursday, March 26, and Thursday, April 2.

Warren council discusses future of Scout Cabin

The Warren Town Council discussed the future of a cabin utilized by local Boy Scouts at its meeting on Monday, March 16.

The Scouts’ leaders and council discussed saving the cabin, which is located at 9721 S. Scout Cabin Rd., as the owner of the land that the cabin sits on contends that he has the authority to sell the structure.

The board noted that the cabin is listed as a municipal building and has been a part of the town’s park system for many years. Council stated that it would be holding an executive session on Monday, March 23, to consider taking legal action.

COVID-19 response at forefront of school board discussion

The COVID-19 response was at the forefront of discussion during the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees at its regular meeting Monday, March 23.

Superintendent Chad Daugherty reminded the board that all school offices will be closed as of Tuesday, March 24 and remain closed until April 13. School officials may be contacted via email, which can be accessed from the HCCSC website, hccsc.k12.in.us.

Andrews council hears updates from public safety entities

The Andrews Town Council discussed dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic at its meeting on Monday, March 23.

The board received updates from the town’s public safety entities, the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department and Andrews Police Department, on how they are responding to the crisis.

Sheriff’s department limiting access to facility

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department is limiting access to its facility, located at 332 E. State St., Huntington.

Anyone who is unsure of the importance of their situation should call Huntington County Dispatch at 356-8316.

There will be no change to the handling of urgent and emergency situations. Deputies will respond to these situations just as they did before.

Deputies will also continue to respond to non-emergency calls that require the physical presence of an officer.

Governor issues 'stay at home order'

Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address on Monday, March 23, to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies and for health and safety.

The order is in effect from Wednesday, March 25, to Tuesday, April 7.

“The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” said Holcomb.

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