Government & School Board

Emergency planning committee sets meets

The Huntington County Local Emergency Planning Committee has announced a series of meeting changes.

The committee’s Jan. 30 meeting has been postponed until Feb. 20. It will be held in the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency office at 9 a.m.

The location of a meeting planned for April 24 has changed to the Huntington County Department of Health office in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex at 9 a.m. This meeting will be followed by a Department of Health exercise.

Public parking spaces in City of Huntington has increased in last three years: Hacker

Pictured are public parking spaces along North Jefferson Street in downtown Huntington. According to the City of Huntington, the amount of public parking spots in the downtown area has grown by 20 since 2016. At present, there are 49 public parking spaces in city-owned lots and over 200 spots on downtown streets.
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The number of public parking spots in Huntington’s downtown area has increased by 20 since early 2016, thanks to the City of Huntington’s acquisition and construction of new parking lots at Schenkel Station, Rotary Park and the Huntington County Annex.

More recent changes have opened up several public parking spaces in city-owned lots downtown, where a number of spaces had been converted to permit parking only to make up for similar spots that will be lost when a new police station is built in the city-owned lot on Cherry Street.

Etna Avenue transformation, State Street sewer separation, Porter clean-up highlight State of City

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters emphasizes a point during his State of the City report, presented Friday, Feb. 1, at Café of Hope. Among the city’s future plans is a new police station and a 127-acre industrial park.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Etna Avenue’s transformation, the State Street sewer separation, H.K. Porter brownfield cleanup and job creation topped the list of Mayor Brooks Fetters’ State of the City address, officially presented Friday, Feb. 1, at Café of Hope.

USPS halts delivery to much of Midwest for two days

Area residents checking their mailboxes were disappointed Wednesday and Thursday, after the United States Postal Service called in a cold day and suspended mail delivery to much of the Midwest, including Huntington County.

Mail trucks at the Huntington Post Office branch did not go out on their rounds, after the sub-zero cold temperatures – which reached as low as 18 degrees below zero Wednesday at mid-morning – prompted the USPS to keep their carriers indoors.

Banks on subcommitte leadership for vets’ affairs

On Thursday, Jan. 31, Ranking Member Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) announced Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) among his selections for Republican Subcommittee leadership of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for the 116th Congress. Banks will be the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Technology Modernization.

Announce government meetings coming up week of Feb. 4 to Feb. 8

The following are governmental meetings scheduled for the week of Feb. 4 though Feb. 9.

Feb. 4
8:30 a.m. - Huntington County Board of Commissioners, Commissioners Room.

Feb. 5
7 p.m. - Roanoke Town Council, Roanoke Town Hall.

Feb. 6
6:30 p.m. - Markle Board of Zoning Appeals, Markle Town Hall.

School board says yes to new interschool food cooperative

Huntington County Community School Corporation will soon have some food buying power at its fingertips, after the board of school trustees voted to join an interschool food co-op.

The agreement for the “Food2School Purchasing Cooperative” passed unanimously at the board’s regular meeting Monday, Jan. 28, adding HCCSC to a list of more than 225 schools affecting some 138,000 students in 55 districts across Indiana, as well as boasting an estimated buying power of $20 million.

Andrews Town Council acts quickly to handle Main St. water main leak

The Andrews Town Council learned that the Main Street water main is leaking approximately 80,000 gallons of water a day and acted to resolve that problem at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 28.

Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock reported the news to council. Bullock explained that the main is riddled with cracks and patches. The condition of the main, he noted, steadily deteriorates as it gets closer to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

Mayor to present ‘state of city’ Feb. 1

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters will present the “State of the City” address, on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 a.m. at Café of Hope.
Coffee will be served at the meeting.

Café of Hope is located at 900 E. State St., Huntington.

New Huntington police officer

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington’s newest police officer, Joshua Lundy (left) takes the oath of office on Thursday, Jan. 24, in the council chamber of the Huntington City Building. Swearing him in is Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney (right) as Lundy’s father, Kent Lundy, holds the Bible and his mother, Marti Lundy, witnesses the ceremony. Lundy will report to the police academy to begin his training today, Monday, Jan. 28.

City of Huntington unveils new police dept. building plans

Architect’s drawing for the new City of Huntington Police Department building. The 17,000-square-foot building will be constructed in the north end of the city parking lot on Cherry Street at an estimated cost of  $4.8 million.
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The Huntington Police Department settled into the northeast corner of the new City Building in 1904, more than a century ago.

They’ve managed to make it work even as needs changed and the department grew — from seven officers in 1914 to 35 today — taking over a disjointed series of tiny rooms in the City Building and spilling across the street into a former utility headquarters.

And after 20-plus years of trying to figure out how to squeeze the officers and their equipment into the available space, city leaders have decided it’s time for a new building.

Banks intros two bills on Jan. 23

Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced two pieces of legislation on Wednesday, Jan. 23, aimed at increasing oversight of reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and properly honoring unclaimed remains of deceased veterans.

Specifically, H.R. 698 would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report to congress and the U.S. comptroller general on the progress and action taken by the secretary in implementing the High Risk Action Plan of the VA to address areas of concern identified by the comptroller general in the most recently published High Risk List.

HCCSC board to meet today in exec session, then regular meeting in Warren

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in executive session today, Monday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School, 1063E-900S, Warren, and in a regular meeting at 7 p.m. on this same day and location. 

The agendas and attachments are now available in BoardDocs via the HCCSC web page at www. by clicking on Current School Board Meeting Agenda, clicking on the date of the meeting and clicking on View Agenda.

Markle council members hear upbeat report about fiber optic at meeting

The two members of the Markle Town Council listened to an upbeat report about fiber optic service at its regular meeting Wednesday, Jan. 16, from Wells County Economic Development Executive Director Chad Kline.