Government & School Board

Huntington City Council discusses budget

The Common Council of the City of Huntington met Tuesday morning, Sept. 29, tackling a slew of budgetary and other issues.

Council passed on first reading a one percent raise for appointed officers and hourly employees of the city and the possibility of a $1,000 bonus to be paid in July 2021, if the city has excess cash balance.

Mayor Richard Strick explained that the considerations exclude himself, the director of operations, and council members and elected officials.

Huntington Fire Department receives $1.2M grant

The City of Huntington Fire Department will use a $1.2 million grant to purchase new radio equipment for itself and seven local volunteer fire departments.

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security “Assistance to Firefighters Grant” for $1,206,262.48 will be used to provide a total of 207 handheld radios, 47 mobile radios, nine station radios and 138 new pagers.

Warren discusses emergency meetings

The Warren Town Council met in a regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 21, at Assembly Hall, to discuss several topics including noncompliance issues with Golfo Di Napoli Dairy, a public hearing for the 2021 town budget, the annual Scarecrow Festival, Trick-or-Treating hours, two town ordinances and quotes received for a new Electric Utility bucket truck.

Support for meat packers is important

The Indiana Meat Packers & Processors Association (IMPPA) recently sent me a letter in hopes of garnering support for their efforts to attain $90 million in CARES Act funding for expansion purposes.

The letter spelled out many issues meat packers face and highlighted the impact COVID-19 has had on the industry. Specifically, meat packers are completely booked for harvest appointments typically one year in advance, making it hard for farmers to get their cattle and hogs harvested.

Andrews’ court date slated for Nov. 9

The Andrews Town Council met in a regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 28.

The council confirmed that a court date has been set regarding the case of water contamination the town faced this past June.

Raytheon Technologies and the Town of Andrews will both appear in court on Nov. 9. The hearing will be held in Adams County.

Teachers to receive comp. for virtual learning hours

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees passed a Memorandum of Understanding for virtual compensation Monday night, Sept. 28.

“We are trying to run two platforms - a virtual school and a brick and mortar school,” said Chad Daugherty, superintendent.

Over 800 students are currently using virtual learning.

Originally, $100,000 of $644,000 CARES Act dollars awarded to HCCSC were budgeted to pay for virtual teachers.

“However, with the number of students that were wanting a virtual option that kind of magnified,” said Daugherty.

3rd generation of Rader family now selling produce in county

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Ruby Rader was the first member of the Rader family to sell produce in Huntington County. She operated Rader’s Market from 1938-1970.

Register to vote deadline is Oct. 5

Yvette Runkle, voter registration deputy (left), shows Karen Carpenter, Huntington City-Township Public Library’s patron’s services clerk (right), how to fill out a voter registration form during a voter registration event on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the library, while the library’s assistant director, Eric Fry looks on.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The Huntington City-Township Public Library hosted a voter registration event on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Yvette Runkle, voter registration deputy, was available to assist Huntington County residents with checking their voter registration or completing a new registration, and also to answer questions about the election and the voting process.

Oct. 5 is the voter registration deadline for the 2020 General Election.

Testing out voting equipment

Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Yvette Runkle and Tina Stevens test out voting equipment on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Huntington County Courthouse. Early voting will start at the Huntington County Courthouse on Oct. 6. The deadline to register for voting is Oct. 5. 

Pandemic shows importance connectivity is to Hoosiers

When we were faced with going virtual in March, our lives became more reliant on the internet and technology. Some recent numbers on Hoosiers’ use of telehealth show just how important connectivity has become.

According to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), Medicaid claims for virtual telehealth appointments increased from about 76,000 in 2019 to about 350,000 between January and June of 2020. That means we’re on track for a nine-fold increase in 2020.

Markle Town Council tackles a number of topics during meeting

The Markle Town Council met in a regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Agenda points included two public hearings, a budget proposal and two resolutions, as well as a presentation by Commonwealth Engineers and some department reports.

The first public hearing that took place was in regards to an unsafe building at 730 W. Logan St. It was decided by the council to extend the timeline on the order of enforcement until Nov. 30. The motion passed unanimously.

Hgtn. County Community Schools plan for growth and expansions

Plans have begun to address the traffic patterns at Flint Springs Elementary and Horace Mann Elementary schools in collaboration with the City of Huntington.

Additional work is in progress to address the growing needs of the students and community members at the Huntington County Community Learning Center as well.

Flint Springs Elementary School has seen growth in population and an increase in parent/guardian drop off and pick up of students.

These changes have created additional vehicles lining up resulting in cars extending onto Tipton Street.

HCCSC & Classroom Teachers Assn. plan public hearing for tomorrow

The Huntington County Community School Corporation and the Huntington Classroom Teachers’ Association will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the board room at Salamonie Elementary School, 1063E-900S, Warren, at 6:30 p.m.

Public testimony will be taken at this meeting pursuant to Indiana Code 20-29-6-1(a).

Roanoke green lights new phone system for town

 The Roanoke Town Council gave Sarah Milton, town clerk-treasurer, the green light to update the town’s phone system on Tuesday night, Sept. 15, during the town council meeting.

The upgrade will increase the monthly phone/Internet bill to $210, up from $75 plus taxes and fees.

The service will be acquired through MetroNet and will supply the town with four phones, a switch, router, two mailboxes and a headset for one phoneline.

Learning Center to earn $4.5 million expansion

In a unanimous vote during the Huntington County Community Sch-ool Corporation Board of Trustees meeting on Monday evening, Sept. 14, a $4.5 million expansion of the Huntington County Community Learning Center was approved.

The expansion will increase square footage of the building to accommodate 24 welders – doubling the current capacity.

Seven additional classrooms will be part of the expansion, to be used for criminal justice programs, welding and precision machining.