Government & School Board

DCD puts number to Andrews MHP problem

The Andrews Town Council learned how many trailers in a local mobile home park have been deemed unsalvageable by the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development during its meeting on Monday, July 22.

DCD representative Marla Stambazze reported that seven trailers in Antioch Mobile Home Park needed to be removed. An eighth trailer, she added, would also need to be removed if it was not renovated soon.

A public hearing will be held at council’s next meeting on Aug. 12 to discuss what action the town will take next.

Hgtn. Board of Public Works to meet

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 25, in the council chambers at the Huntington City Building at 3 p.m.

The board will receive information, consider and potentially act on matters brought before it.

The Huntington City Building is located at 300 Cherry St.

Markle TC tables unsafe building ordinance to study wording

Wording in the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development’s unsafe building ordinance caused the adoption vote to be tabled while Markle Town Council members peruse the document.

Marla Stambazze, of the DCD, brought the unsafe building ordinance before the council during its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 17, in order to make what is described as “minor changes.”

Councilman Matthew Doss, who is an attorney, said he was concerned about wording in the ordinance. As an example, he cited Section 5, which addresses access to make property inspections.

Roanoke TC discusses employee hiring

The Roanoke Town Council discussed hiring new employees for the utility department at its meeting on Tuesday, July 16.

While the board had already decided to authorize the hiring of one new utility employee, Councilman Ryan Carroll suggested that the board should consider sanctioning the hire of a second employee, too. As the utility department’s council liaison, Carroll noted that he had met with the department’s staff several times and left those meetings with the belief that the department’s workload was large enough to warrant the hire of two new employees.

Former sheriff’s criminal justice class a big hit in first year

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees learned that one class at the high school experienced a success this past school year, leading to doubling the number of students taking it next fall.

Former Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel, who now is the instructor of the criminal justice class, said he learned nearly as much as his students during his first class. Students previously attended a criminal justice class at Heartland Career Center in Wabash.

Roanoke council discusses utility department hirings

The Roanoke Town Council discussed hiring new employees for the utility department at its meeting on Tuesday, July 16.

While the board had already decided to authorize the hiring of one new utility employee, Councilman Ryan Carroll suggested that the board should consider sanctioning the hire of a second employee, too. As the utility department’s council liaison, Carroll noted that he had met with the department’s staff several times and left those meetings with the belief that the department’s workload was large enough to warrant the hire of two new employees.

Ivy Tech announces local classes

Ivy Tech Community College is offering on-site courses in Huntington and Wabash counties this fall.

Only 20 minutes apart, there are several course options that are close to home for students at the Huntington and Wabash county community learning centers.

Available classes include anatomy and physiology, automotive service, public speaking, writing, history, QMA, student success, mathematics, phlebotomy, psychology, soci-
ology and welding.

Waiting game now on referendum questions

County officials and Huntington County Community School Corporation administrators should know in about a week whether the two questions the school district wants to add to the November election ballot will be allowed to appear.

City council reviews possible historic sites

The Huntington Common Council reviewed a list of sites in Huntington that are candidates to receive local historic designations during its meeting on Tuesday, July 9.

The list of sites was compiled by Huntington Alert Inc., a local historic preservation group, and forwarded to the Huntington Historic Review Board, which is a governmental body that makes recommendations to council regarding the assignment of historic designations.

Huntington Alert’s list featured the following locations:

– Park at triangle of Gardendale Avenue and Maple Drive, 1546 Gardendale Ave.

Hiles campaign hosting free Fairies and Gnomes party

The Johnnie Hiles for Mayor campaign is hosting a Fairies and Gnomes party for families on Saturday, July 20, at the Terry R. Abbett Splash Park, in Huntington, from noon to 2 p.m.

The event, which is free, will feature face painting, games and crafts. Children are encouraged to come in costume.

The splash park is located at 1215 Etna Ave., Huntington.

Community Crossings grant program open to local governments

The Community Crossings grant program is open to all local governments in Indiana with road construction projects, reports State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington).

Created by the legislature in 2016, the Community Crossings Matching Grant program helps cities, counties and towns across the state improve their roads and bridges.

Projects including road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation and road reconstruction with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramp work are eligible.

Andrews council gets update from DCD

The Andrews Town Council received an update from the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development on its activities in town during council’s meeting on Monday, July 8.

Marla Stambazze, the department’s land use division/office coordinator, reported on the status of an abandoned house at 195 W. Jefferson St. and trailers in Antioch Mobile Home Park.

Huntington County Republicans caucus for city council candidate

The Huntington County Republican Party will hold a caucus to fill the ballot vacancy for 3rd District City Council in the upcoming November general election.

This vacancy was created due to the current candidate’s removal from the ballot.

Candidates must reside in the 3rd District, which includes precincts Huntington 1, Huntington 9 and Huntington 10.

The caucus will be held Thursday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Township Fire Station, located at 1005 N. Broadway St.

Hiles, Strick to run as independents against Buzzard for Hgtn. mayor

Johnnie Hiles (left) and Richard Strick.
Photos provided.

Republican Larry Buzzard will face two opponents for the office of Huntington mayor in the municipal election this November.

Johnnie Hiles and Richard Strick have entered the race as independent candidates. July 1 was the deadline for independents to file petitions of nomination with the Huntington County Clerk’s Office, which verified petition signatures.

Hiles, 49, works as an addiction counselor at Premier Care, in Marion. She also works part time at Pathfinder Services. Strick, 35, is an associate director on the Love In the Name of Christ national staff.

Groups seeking plan commission members

 The Huntington County Commissioners and the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development are seeking individuals that may be interested in serving on the Huntington County Plan Commission.

Applicants must live in the unincorporated area of the county and outside any incorporated jurisdiction.

The applicants cannot currently be elected or appointed to any office and must reside and own property in the unincorporated area. Plan Commission appointment is filling the remainder of the vacancy term. After that date, the terms are reappointed for four years.

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