Government & School Board

Council meet is canceled

The Huntington Common Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, has been canceled due to lack of an agenda.

The next council meeting is set for Tuesday, June 11, in the Common Council chambers at 7 p.m.

The chambers are located on the third floor of the Huntington City Building, 300 Cherry St.

County treasurer says unpaid property taxes assessed penalty

A penalty has been added to Huntington County property taxes not paid by the May 10 due date.

A penalty of 5 percent will be charged if the spring installment is paid on or before 30 days after the due date and if the taxpayer is not behind on previous property tax payments for the same parcel. If taxes are due for more than this year’s spring installment, the penalty will be 10 percent of the unpaid tax.

Markle puts newest council member to work immediately

Holding a Bible, new Markle Town Councilman Matthew Doss is sworn into office by the town’s clerk-treasurer, Carolyn Lane-Hamilton. The ceremony was held at the start of the regular town council meeting on Wednesday, May 15.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Markle Town Council welcomed its newest member, Matthew Doss, at its regular meeting held Monday, May 15.

After a swearing-in ceremony, Doss, who replaced outgoing councilman Jeff Humbarger, got right to work conducting business, joining Mark Hamilton in his new role as council president and another freshman member, Aaron McClary.

Huntington County Community School board to have exec sesssion

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in an executive session on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Huntington North High School, 450 MacGahan St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

County working with Andrews on flood issues

The Andrews Town Council reported that Huntington County was working with the town to alleviate flooding issues at Loon Creek at its meeting on Monday, May 13.

Pathfinder thanks school board for property

John Niederman, the president of Pathfinder Services, Inc., thanked the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees before they took their vote Monday, May 13, on whether to transfer ownership on two parcels of land to the organization.

SWCD hosting watershed steering comm. meets

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, May 23.

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.

The meeting objectives are:

Jim Banks announces changes in staff’s regular mobile office hours

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced changes to his staff’s regular mobile office hours throughout the 3rd Congressional District. 

In Huntington, a staff member will be available on Thursday during the second week of every month, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex meeting room, 1350 S. Jefferson St.

In Columbia City, a staff member will be available on Thursday during the first week of every month, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Peabody Public Library, public meeting room, 1160 E. Ind.-205.

List governmental meetings coming up

The following are the scheduled governmental meetings for the time period of Monday, May 13, to Friday, May 24:

Monday, May 13
8:30 a.m. - Huntington County Board of Commissioners, Commissioners Room.
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.

Huntington County Primary election results

Larry Buzzard (left), winner of the Republican nomination for mayor of Huntington, shakes hands with Mayor Brooks Fetters, whom he defeated for the GOP nomination in the municipal primary election on Tuesday, May 7. Buzzard, Fetters and their respective supporters attended a Huntington County Republican Party gathering at Mecates Mexican Grill, in Huntington, where they waited for election results to be announced.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Here are the unofficial vote totals from the Huntington County primary election on May 7, 2019. Updated 7:15 p.m.

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY - Contested races

Mayor, City of Huntington
(4 of 4 vote centers reporting)
Larry D. Buzzard  - 1,373
Brooks Fetters (I) - 1,150

Huntington Common Council, 2nd District
(4 of 4 vote centers reporting)
Paul L. Pike (I) - 175
Paul Scalf - 166

Election Day for primary election just a day away

Election Day for the municipal primary election is Tuesday, May 7.

The only voters who will cast ballots are Republicans residing in Huntington and Andrews.

There will be no Democrat ballot as there was no opposition among the party’s candidates. Those hopefuls have advanced to the municipal election on Nov. 5.

Huntington and Andrews residents who are registered to vote may cast their ballots at one of four vote centers in the county. Each center will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vote centers are:

Recognizing older Americans

Photo by Steve Clark.

Larry Buzzard (third from left), president of the Huntington County Commissioners, and Ron Frischman (fourth from left), Huntington County Council on Aging board member, hold a proclamation signed by Buzzard designating May as Older Americans Month in Huntington County. May is National Older Americans Month. In the proclamation, Buzzard encouraged citizens to recognize older adults and the people who serve them as vital parts of the community.

Huntington County SWCD to hold monthly meeting May 8

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.    

List governmental meetings for May 7 to May 15

The following are the governmental meetings for the time period of Monday, May 6, to Friday, May 17.

Tuesday, May 7
7 p.m. - Roanoke Town Council, Roanoke Town Hall.

Wednesday, May 8
6:30 p.m. - Huntington County Plan Commission, GAR Room, Courthouse.

Degitz leaving Huntington North for Huntington University COO post

Photo provided.
Russ Degitz

In a move “that I could not pass up,” Huntington North High School Principal Dr. Russ Degitz will become the chief operating officer at Huntington University, after an announcement was made public on May 1, on the high school’s Facebook page.