Government & School Board

Andrews closer to having streets repaved

The Andrews Town Council is one step closer to having streets in town repaved after its meeting on Monday, April 10.

The board opened bids for the repaving project from Brooks Construction and E&B Paving, totaling $119,977 and $113,296, respectively. The streets to be repaved were flagged as needing attention by consulting firm Jones Petrie Rafinski (JPR), which assessed every street in town and assigned scores of 1 to 10, with lowly scored streets being the top priorities. Streets that were assessed scores from 1 to 4 will be addressed by the project.

SWCD announces monthly meeting

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will meet on April 18 at 7 p.m. at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public. However, because of farming season, those planning to attend should call the SWCD office at 356-6816, extension 3, to confirm there will be a quorum to hold the meeting.

Prebuilt sheds require building permit from countywide DCD

A prebuilt shed may not require the labor that it takes to build one from scratch, but both structures have something in common: they both require a building permit.

This spring, the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development has observed homeowners who have purchased prebuilt sheds, but not obtained building permits.

While it might be confusing to a homeowner why they would have to obtain a building permit for a shed that is already built, DCD Executive Director Mandy Woods explains that it has to do with where a shed is placed on a property.

Banks bills on Head Start and interstate rest areas give fiscal decisions to states

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks introduced the Head Start Improvement Act, a bill to reform the Head Start early childhood education program, on April 5.

BMV closes to observe Good Friday

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) license branches will be closed Friday, April 14, in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

All license branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday, April 15.

For a complete list of branch locations and hours, or to complete an online transaction, visit mybmv. com.

Markle Council hires new deputy and two additional town employees

The Markle Town Council suspended the rules during a special meeting held Monday, April 3, and hired three individuals, bringing the town’s staff to eight.

The councilmen unanimously passed Ordinance 2017-5 to hire a deputy marshal, Jonathon Gray, and two general town assistants, Joe Collins and Mike Grant.

All three positions are full time and will start on Monday, April 10.

Gray will be paid an annual sum of $37,025 and an overtime rate of $26.70 per hour.

His addition brings the police force to one marshal and two deputies.

SWCD taking fish sale orders now

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for its spring fish sale.

Orders and payment are due to the district office by May 12.  Fish will be available for pickup on May 17.  

Order forms are available at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington, or online at www.huntingtonswcd.org.  

For additional information, contact the district office at 356-6816, extension 3.  

Local SWCD sponsoring tree sale

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office is sponsoring a spring tree sale.   

Some of the varieties available are sugar maple, red maple, red oak, sweetgum, Norway spruce, river birch, pin oak, persimmon, tulip poplar, redbud, silky dogwood and sycamore.

Order forms are available at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington or online at www.huntingtonswcd.org.  

Tree orders and payment are due by May 10. Trees will be available for pickup on May 18.

CFS still taking apps for winter heating help

Community and Family Services is still accepting applications for assistance with utility bills for the 2016-17 winter season.

Applications will be accepted until May 12.

To make an appointment, call 356-1098.

Roanoke council discusses use agreement for pulling area at Roanoke Park

The Roanoke Town Council discussed a use agreement for the pulling and grandstand area at Roanoke Park during its meeting on Tuesday, April 4.

A request by Chris Hoffman, who is interested in using the area for a truck pull event, prompted the board’s compilation of an agreement, which would apply to all parties interested in using the area going forward.

Council determined that the usage fee for the area would be $750 per event, with a $100 charge to use the lights.

Democrats to meet on Wednesday

The Huntington County Democrat Party will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Discussion topics will include contacting representatives, letters to the media and resistance.

The meeting is open to the public.

Markle TC announces special meeting

The Markle Town Council will hold a special meeting today, Monday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Markle Town Hall, 197 E. Morse St., Markle.

The council plans to receive information, consider and possibly act on personnel matters. Other business may also be discussed.

INDOT to resume I-69 bridge work this week

The Indiana Department of Transportation will resume work this week on replacement of two bridges on I-69.

The bridges are located over Flat Creek, in Huntington County, and over Eight Mile Creek, in Allen County.

Temporary bridges were constructed in the medians at both locations in 2016.

Contractors will begin constructing the northbound bridges at both locations today, Monday, April 3. Northbound traffic will be shifted to the temporary bridges. A construction zone speed limit of 55 miles per hour will be enforced.

HCCSC holds first work session to work on report suggestions

Following the district audit report presented to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees on March 20, the board held its first work session Monday, March 27, to discuss the suggestions offered in the report.

New wells to track movement of underground TCE in Andrews

Additional testing wells are being drilled in Andrews to monitor the underground movement of a contaminant once used by a now-closed industry, members of the Andrews Town Council announced during their meeting on Monday, March 27.

The 10 new wells, prompted by the discovery of vapors from the contaminant in the basement of the Andrews Municipal Building, will join more than 100 testing wells already in place.

County council helps commissioners follow through on 2009 pledge

The Huntington County Council helped the county commissioners follow through on a monetary pledge they made to the City of Huntington’s Etna Avenue improvement project eight years ago during its meeting on Monday, March 27.

In 2009, the county commissioners committed $75,000 to storm drain improvements that would take place as part of the Etna Avenue project. The commissioners pledged that money as those improvements would see ditches regulated by the county make way for a drainage pipe.

Markle council learns VFW post closing

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6671 Quartermaster Rick Waikel (left) presents Markle Town Council President Jeff Humbarger with two sets of flags, to be flown at Veterans Park, during a town council meeting on Wednesday, March 22. The sets include a U.S. flag, service flags and the POW/MIA flag. The Markle VFW post will merge with the Huntington VFW Post 2689 sometime in April.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Perhaps the saddest news from the Markle Town Council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, March 22, was the announcement that the town is losing its Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

VFW Post 6671 Commander Larry Jenks made the announcement after Post Quartermaster Rick Waikel presented the council with two sets of flags for Veterans Park in downtown Markle.

INDOT to work on three county bridges

The Indiana Department of Transportation will be working on three bridges in Huntington County thr-ough mid-May.

Affected bridges are:

• Ind.-124 over the Salamonie River, 3.37 miles west of Ind.-5. Work will include bridge deck repair. Traffic will be directed by flaggers.

• U.S.-224 over the south fork of the Little River, 1.57 miles east of U.S.-24. Work will include bridge deck repair and joint replacement. Traffic will be directed by flaggers.

City council won’t meet on Tuesday

The Huntington Common Council will not hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 28, at 6:45 a.m.

The meeting was canceled because of a lack of items on the agenda.

The council’s next meeting will be on April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the City Building.

A look at the legislature


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Rees Zay (right), of Huntington, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for his father, State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Zay attends Bishop Luers High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

School board approves several plans at meeting

As the school year draws to its conclusion, the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees approved several plans involving summer school, summer lunches and the cost of next year’s school lunches among business conducted during its meeting on Monday, March 20.

Andrews Elementary School Principal Amy Rudolf presented the 2017 summer school proposal, which the board approved unanimously.

The cost of the program was estimated at $202,621 — a high estimate, Rudolf said, that must be submitted to the state for approval by March 31.

Banks votes in favor of pair of bills affecting veterans, benefits

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks voted March 16 in favor of two bills affecting veterans.

Banks voted to terminate a regulation that classifies veterans whose disability benefits are handled by a fiduciary as mentally defective. The change would allow those veterans to purchase a firearm, a right that is denied to those classified as mentally defective.

Banks also voted for HR 1259, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017, which makes it easier for the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to quickly fire, demote or suspend VA employees and recoup bonuses.

Senate pages


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Matthew Weill (left) and Carl Danarp (right), both of Huntington, served as pages in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Weill attends Crestview Middle School, and Danarp attends Huntington North High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Senate page


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Danita Clark (right), of Andrews, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Clark attends Huntington North High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

INDOT improving traffic lights along U.S. 24

The Indiana Department of Transportation has begun improving traffic signals at numerous intersections along U.S.-24 in Allen, Whitley and Huntington counties.

Michiana Contracting was scheduled to begin the signal modernization project near Fort Wayne on March 20 and will move west along U.S.-24 toward Huntington County, wea-ther permitting.

Learning the process

Nicholas Perry (right), of Roanoke, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Perry attends Huntington North High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

A day in the Senate


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Benjamin Warpup (right), of Warren, served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington. Warpup attends Huntington North High School. Pages spend a day in the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Audit reveals the good and the bad of Huntington County schools

Education consultant Dr. Steve Yager explains the purpose of an audit of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, which incorporated responses from about 1,000 people. The results of the audit were presented Monday, March 20.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

There was a lot of interest in the results of a district audit report presented on Monday, March 20, to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees — so much, that the school board meeting was moved to the Huntington North High School auditorium.

The report, presented by Mike Pettibone and Dr. Steve Yager, focused on the school corporation’s strengths, challenges and provided suggestions on how to improve.

Warren will offer input for flood response plan

Flooding in Huntington County in 2015 prompted county officials to work to determine how responses to future floods could be better coordinated.

On Monday, March 20, Department of Community Development Executive Director Mandy Woods visited the Warren Town Council to ask town officials for input on areas in that community likely to be flooded and actions that can be taken in response to flooding.

Warren’s input will be included in the Huntington County Flood Response and Evacuation Plan — or FREP, as Woods calls it.

Roanoke council wants town to be reimbursed for water main break

The Roanoke Town Council discussed getting reimbursed for a water main break that was caused by a utility contractor last month during its meeting on Tuesday, March 21.

The break occurred at Vine and Seminary streets on Feb. 20 when Utility Solutions, of Ohio, was using a boring machine. Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner noted that a few residents in the vicinity of the break did not have water service for two to three days afterwards.

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