Government & School Board

Huntington North to get new fitness equipment

Students at Huntington North High School will soon get some new fitness equipment in the school’s weight room, after the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees approved the purchase at its meeting Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The $94,991 price tag was approved 5-0, with board members Reed Christiansen and Kevin Yarger absent.

Scott Bumgardner, assistant superintendent for business and classified staff, explained large equipment was purchased out of the athletic director’s capital projects fund.

Huntington County Tax Sale September 19 at Courthouse

The Huntington County Tax Sale will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. in the GAR room on the second floor of the Courthouse.

Bidders must register prior to the sale. Bidders can preregister and print a list of properties online at www.sri View Auction information by State: choose Indiana and under the county list choose Huntington County. Click on the green box, Tax Sale, for a property list.

City landfill won’t be around to celebrate 50th birthday

Trash is compacted into an area at the Huntington City landfill in a recent photo. The landfill, one of only two municipal landfills left in the state of Indiana, is being permanently closed.
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The Huntington City Landfill, which opened in 1970, won’t be around to see its 50th birthday.

Beset by rising costs, ever tightening environmental regulations, and the consequences of missteps in the past, the landfill is now being permanently closed. Trash pickup and disposal in the City of Huntington will be outsourced to a private company.

The City of Huntington opened its landfill in 1970, placing the operation on County Road 300W in Lancaster Township, some two miles south of the city.

Local SWCD to host monthly meet Sept. 18

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.    

FSA to host info meet on Monday

The Huntington County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host an informational meeting on the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) on Monday, Sept. 17, at 8:30 a.m.

The meeting will be held in First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, located at 631 E. Taylor St. in Huntington. FSA staff will provide an overview of the program and discuss eligibility and documentation requirements.

Banks’ aide in town on Sept. 13

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, Sept. 13, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

School building corporation board to convene on Sept. 12

The board of directors of the Huntington Countywide School Building Corporation will convene on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m. at First Federal Savings Bank North, 100 Frontage Rd., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider the form of the proposed Amendment to Lease to be entered into between the Corporation and Huntington County Community School Corporation.

Special meet for solid waste board

The Solid Waste District Board of Huntington will hold a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 10, at 8 a.m. in the Commissioners office of the County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive information, consider and perhaps act on matters brought before the board.  

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

Huntington Street Dept. closes Labor Day holiday

The Huntington Street Department will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day.

If Monday is your normal trash pickup day, the trash will be picked up on Tuesday, Sept. 4, starting at 7 a.m.

All other trash pickup days will remain the same.

Orange sticker items and brush and limbs will be picked up on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Brown bags will be picked up on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Also, the week of Sept. 3 recycling will be moved forward by one day.

Commissioner Buzzard to run for Hgtn. mayor

Huntington County Commissioner Larry Buzzard, of Huntington, has announced his candidacy for mayor of Huntington.

Buzzard made the announcement on Aug. 30, months before the official filing period which begins in January 2019.

Buzzard will seek the GOP nomination for mayor in the May primary election on May 7, 2019. The general election is set for Nov. 3, 2019.

Commish to have 2 exec meets

The Huntington County Board of Commissioners has scheduled two executive sessions, both on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The first session, at 10 a.m., will be held in the Commissioners’ Room, room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. The commissioners will meet to discuss records classified as confidential by state or federal statute.

The second session is at 11 a.m. The commissioners will meet to receive information about and interview prospective employees.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

School board discusses bus times, changes coming to operating funds

Fresh from spending the previous Saturday attending a work session, members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees kept their sleeves rolled up for their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 27, as they tackled a number of issues.

Redistricting and transportation times were a major point of discussion among board members, who expressed concern with the changes in routing and the amount of time students ride the bus getting to and from school.

Andrews Town Council seeking answers from firm taking soil samples

The Andrews Town Council sought answers as to why Stantec Inc. was taking soil samples around the former United Technologies Automotive plant in town at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 27.

Local SWCD offering cost share to farmers for water, soil quality practices

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is offering cost-share to farmers in portions of the Lower Salamonie River Watershed, including parts of Huntington, Blackford, Grant and Wells counties.

The Huntington County SWCD may cover up to 75 percent of the actual or average cost (as designated by the Natural Resource Conservation Service) for implementing best-management practices proven to improve water quality and soil health.

School board rolls up sleeves in Saturday meet

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees rolled up their sleeves and went to work Saturday, Aug. 25, in a special public work session to address major renovations at Huntington North High School.

Meeting in the high school’s media center, HNHS Principal Russ Degitz, along with representatives from law firm Ice Miller, financial advisor Umbaugh & Associates and architectural firm Barton-Coe-Vilamaa joined the board to talk about the repairs and changes needed to bring the facilities up to snuff.