Government & School Board

School board to meet in exec session Monday March 6

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in executive session today, Monday, March 6, at 6 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center. 

The stated purpose of the meeting is to train school board members with an outside consultant about the performance of the role of the members as public officials.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

HC Emergency Management Team to present preparedness workshop

The Huntington County Emergency Management team will present a severe weather preparedness workshop on Monday, March 20, at 6 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library

The workshop will offer advice on preparing for potential severe weather this spring. The program is geared toward adults and is free.

The library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

For more information, visit or call 356-0824.

Council tables ordinance revisions

Proposed revisions to an ordinance regulating sidewalks,  solid waste disposal and nuisance conditions in the City of Huntington were tabled after a Huntington couple took issue with the new rules on sidewalks.

Dwight and Natalie Brautigam told members of the Huntington Common Council on Monday, Feb. 28, that a requirement that any new construction should include sidewalks.

County council considers financial requests

The Huntington County Council considered a number of financial requests at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 27.

The board approved a request by the Huntington County Commissioners to spend $150,000 for a CEDIT project. While that total was budgeted, it did not upload correctly in the county’s budgeting software, Gateway, which necessitated its appropriation.

HCCSC board narrowly approves new teacher computers

Despite a divided vote by members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees, teachers will soon get new laptop computers with plenty of extra storage space.

At its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 27, the board voted 4-3 to authorize the purchase of 400 MacBook Air 13-inch computers with 512 gigabytes of flash drive space.

In addition, the corporation will buy 400 32-gigabyte Apple TVs, 100 extra power adaptors and six months of Apple Professional Development.

Council hears that Andrews Summer Festival could be bigger than ever

This summer’s Andrews Summer Festival is taking shape, its chair told the Andrews Town Council on Monday, Feb. 27, and could be even bigger than ever.

Festival Chair Julie Newsome said two bands have been confirmed for the festival, which will be held Aug. 11 and 12, and a third band may be added to the schedule.

She asked the council to continue its tradition of using town funds to pay for the bands, but did not have an exact figure for that expense. Council members took no immediate action on her request.

Conservation farmer award

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mark and Dawn Shane (center) accept the 2016 Conservation Farmer of the Year Award from Greg Freck (left) of Farm Credit Mid-America and Kyle Lund (right), chairman of the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District’s board of supervisors. The award was presented Thursday, Feb. 23, during the SWCD’s annual meeting and banquet.

River Friendly Farmer Award

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kyle Lund (left), chairman of the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District’s board of supervisors, presents the River Friendly Farmer Award to Lynne and Joseph Northrop. The award was presented Thursday, Feb. 23, during the SWCD’s annual meeting and banquet.

Warren changes two meeting dates

Meeting dates for the Warren Town Council in March and April will deviate from the regular schedule.

Meetings are normally held on the second Mondays of each month but will be held on the third Mondays, March 20 and April 17, during those two months.

The meeting time will remain at 5 p.m. and the location will continue to be the Warren Assembly Hall, 132 N. Wayne St., in Warren.

SWCD banquet speaker

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Purdue Extension Forester Lenny Farlee explains forest management methods during the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting and banquet on Thursday, Feb. 23.

4-Hers honored for conservation projects

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County 4-H members who excelled in the 4-H soil and water conservation project were honored during the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting and banquet on Thursday, Feb. 23. The 4-H members include (front from left) Nicholas Christman, Benjamin Christman and Marianne Christman; and (back from left) Luke Christman and Alexandria Christman. Michael Winters, Matthew McMillan and Taylor Martz were also honored, but were not in attendance.

Armstrong is newest member of Huntington PD

Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney (right) swears in Brock Armstrong as a member of the Huntington Police Department on Friday, Feb. 17. Armstrong’s girlfriend, Kristin Lewis (left), holds the Bible and Armstrong’s 3-year-old daughter, Jovie Armstrong; in the background is Huntington Police Chief Chad Hacker.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Brock Armstrong was sworn in on Friday, Feb. 17, as the newest member of the Huntington Police Department.

Armstrong won’t be on the street immediately, though. He’ll spend a couple of weeks with the department before heading to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in March for 15 weeks of training.

Another recent hire, Nathan Goodnight, graduated from the academy on Feb. 16.

Armstrong, a lifelong Huntington resident, graduated from Huntington North High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in general studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Roanoke Town Council okays street closures for several town events

The Roanoke Town Council considered a request for a series of street closures for town events at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Perry Collins, president of the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, presented the board with a list of closure requests that he and chamber member Alice Eshelman had compiled. The list indicated what events corresponded with the requested closures and how long said closures should last. Events on the list ran from May through December.

Council approved the closures.

In other business:

U.S. Rep. Banks introduces first bill

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks introduced his first piece of legislation, the Visa Investigation and Social Media Act (VISA) of 2017, on Feb. 16.

The legislation is designed to strengthen the vetting process for visa applicants.

“We must have confidence that those entering our country do not intend us harm,” said Banks. “Directing Homeland Security to review visa applicants’ social media before granting them access to our country is common sense. Employers vet job candidates this way, and I think it’s time we do the same for visa applicants.”

County commissioners to meet Feb. 21 to discuss employees’ job performances

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in executive session on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 10:15 a.m. in Room 103A on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The commissioners will discuss job performance of individual employees.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Markle likely to have to reduce phosphorus in wastewater

Markle will likely have to take steps to reduce the amount of phosphorus found in the town’s wastewater.

Councilmen heard from Wastewater Superintendent Scott Spahr during their regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 16, who told them an inspector found the high levels of phosphorus in the pre-treatment wastewater coming into the plant.

“They’re saying that because of the amount of phosphorus coming in, we need to add phosphorus limits to our sewer use ordinance,” Spahr said.

Zay gets 1st piece of leg. through senate 49-0

Legislation authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that would help foster care children unanimously passed the senate on Feb. 13, by a vote of 49-0.

Senate Bill 366 would allow foster care children between the ages of 16 and 18 to obtain a driver’s license as well as complete a driving course with individuals approved by the Department of Children Services.

New officer

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (left) presents the city's newest police officer, Brock Armstrong (center) with a city leadership medallion as Huntington Police Chief Chad hacker looks on Friday afternoon, Feb. 17, in the Huntington City Council chambers.

Home on road to demolition can be used again, Warren council hears

A house once on the road to demolition may soon become a home once again, following action taken by the Warren Town Council on Monday, Feb. 13.

The long-vacant house, at 907 N. Main St. in Warren, has a history of neglect, foreclosure and unpaid taxes. The Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) cited the home for structural and other problems. When necessary repairs were not done, the town council voted last December to take bids for demolition.

School corp. could set up students with college savings accounts

The Huntington County Community School Corporation could soon set up its younger students with a savings account for college.

At its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, the Board of School Trustees heard about the Promise Indiana program, presented by a group of community youth leaders comprising the Lifelong Learning Committee.

Members of the group included HCCSC’s Director of Special Programs Trace Hinesley, YMCA Executive Director Ben Davis and Youth Services Bureau Executive Director Jan Williams.

Compliance plan to satisfy IDEM will be a project of Andrews employees

The Andrews Town Council got the ball rolling at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, on the creation of a compliance plan that will help satisfy an agreed order issued to the town by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The order was slapped on the town for allowing sewage to bypass its wastewater treatment plant and flow into the Wabash River.

Common council hears 2016 wrap-up reports from department heads

Members of the Huntington Common Council opened their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, by listening to a group of budding city planners market their ideal development, then listened as Huntington's real-life administrators described their progress in operating their city over the past year.

Hgtn. Street Dept. closes for Presidents Day

The Huntington Street Department will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 20.

Trash pick-up routes normally covered on Mondays will instead be covered on Tuesday, Feb. 21, starting at 7 a.m. All other trash pick-up days will remain the same.

Orange sticker items, brush, limbs and brown bags will be picked up on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Immediate resignation for local EMA Director Goss

Lindsie Goss has resigned as director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency.

Goss, who has served as EMA director since May 2013, informed the Huntington County Commissioners of her departure in a brief email sent late in the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 3.

“After nearly 4 years of service I have accepted a full-time position in private sector,” she wrote. “Please accept this email as my resignation effective immediately.”

Robert “Bob” Jeffers is deputy director of the agency.

Rep. Jim Banks tapped to serve on two military subcommittees

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks has been named to the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee.

“I look forward to serving on these important subcommittees,” Banks said. “The Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee oversees programs that directly affect the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne.

“Being a member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will provide an opportunity to help ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent well on our defense.”

Banks to target EPA rules in new role

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-IN3, has been named vice chairman of the Environment  Subcommittee on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

He will also serve as a member of the Space Subcommittee and the Research and Technology Subcommittee.

“In this position I hope to examine the most harmful EPA regulations that hurt small businesses and hinder job creations,” Banks says.

“Addressing overregulation and red tape will be a major priority, and I look forward to this role.”

Commissioners announce two executive sessions

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold two executive sessions on Feb. 6 in the Commissioners’ Room on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The first session, at 10 a.m., will allow the commissioners to discuss confidential records.

During the 1 p.m. session, the commissioners will discuss a job performance evaluation of an individual employee.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

New City Services building

Photo by Steve Clark.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new Huntington City Services building on Webster Street on Thursday, Jan. 26.

HCCSC gets grant for counseling initiative

The Huntington County Community School Corporation has landed a $50,000 grant that will help school officials determine and plan to improve the mental and emotional health of the district’s students.

The grant was awarded by Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative. HCCSC was one of 284 school corporations and charters schools in Indiana receiving planning grants through the initiative.

HCCSC board to meet in exec session on Wednesday, Feb. 1

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees will meet in executive session on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 11:30 a.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center.

During the session, board members will meet with an outside consultant to learn about performing their roles as public officials.

The session is closed to the public.