Government & School Board

County department heads try to cut budgets

Huntington County department heads have been asked by the Huntington County Council to reduce their 2010 budgets by seven percent.

The request was made during the County Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 22.

After receiving certified tax rates in early February, Huntington County Auditor Kathy Juillerat told Council members she expects a $945,000 shortfall in the county's general fund. The deficit comes as a result of tax cap losses, collection rates and appeals, Juillerat says.

Redevelopment panel to reorganize on March 5

The Huntington Redevelopment Commission will hold a special meeting on Friday, March 5, 2010, at 10 a.m.

The meeting will be held in the mayor's conference room on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St. in Huntington.

The agenda includes organization, establishment of meeting dates, reports, proposals and any other matter brought before the commission.


Huntington zoning board cancels tonight’s meeting

A meeting of the Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals scheduled for tonight, March 1, has been canceled.

The meeting was canceled because there are no items on the agenda.


School board approves pay raise for superintendent

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees approved a 2.25 percent raise for Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer on Monday, Feb. 22.

Shafer’s compensation was approved by a close 4-3 vote. The raise is retroactive to July 2009. Those voting with the majority were Rick Brubaker, vice president, and members Dr. Jennifer Goff, Troy Smart and Tom King. Those voting against the compensation were Kevin Patrick, president; Rex Baxter, secretary; and member Scott Hoffman.

No filings for District 3 school board

When the election filing period ended on Friday, Feb. 19, the Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees found itself with an empty seat - or, at least, one that will soon be empty.

Rick Brubaker, who represents District 3 on the school board, announced last month that he would not seek re-election to the board.

When the time ran out for a Huntington County resident to declare his or her intent to replace Brubaker, no one had stepped forward.

Many choices for Republicans in upcoming primaries, less for Democrat side

Huntington County Republicans will have some decisions to make on May 4.

Democrats, not so much.

Of the 12 county-level offices on the ballot this year, the Republicans have fielded multiple candidates for 10 of them - with seven incumbents facing challengers during the May 4 primary.

"It's more than I think we've had in decades," says Kris Underwood, chairman of the Huntington County Republican Party. "I think it's going to make for a very interesting two months here."

List those filing for Republican primary

The Republican primary ticket:
Huntington County Prosecuting Attorney - Amy Richison (incumbent).
Huntington County Auditor - Kathy Juillerat (incumbent), Cindy Yeiter.
Huntington County Clerk - Fran Felts (incumbent), Gary L. Snyder, Stacey Elzey Bischoff, Kittie Keiffer.
Huntington County Recorder - Cheryl A. Schenkel, Debra Hersey, Ray Williams.
Huntington County Sheriff - Tom Carney, Terry Stoffel.
Huntington County Surveyor - Jay Poe (incumbent), Marlin "Monty" Doctor.

List those filing for Democratic primary

The Democrat primary ticket:
Huntington County Prosecuting Attorney - No candidate.
Huntington County Auditor - No candidate.
Huntington County Clerk - No candidate.
Huntington County Recorder - Andrew Krieg.
Huntington County Sheriff - No candidate.
Huntington County Surveyor - No candidate.
Huntington County Assessor - No candidate.
Huntington County Commissioner, first district - No candidate.

Health department reschedules HNHS vaccines for March 3

Due to the cancellation of school on Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Huntington County Health Department has rescheduled its vaccination clinic at Huntington North High School for Wednesday, March 3.

Roanoke maps out projects for CEDIT funding

The Roanoke Town Council approved the town's 2010 County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) allocation plan at the council's meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The funding plan is just an idea of how the town intends to spend CEDIT money, and the town is not held to the plan.

"It's just to give the county commissioners an idea of how we're going to spend the money," says JoAnn Kirchner, Roanoke clerk-treasurer.

The plan is as follows:

• $5,000 to the Roanoke Town Court for the creation of a secure records storage room, per Indiana law.

SWCD honors project excellence

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District recognizes Huntington County youth who excelled in the 4-H soil and water conservation project. They are (front row from left) Bailey Irick, Alexandria Christman and Alexandra Forsythe; and (back row from left) Bonnie Hardy, Julie Winters, Robert Sliger III and Matthew Knight.

Vanover trains at Fort Benning

Army National Guard Pvt. Greggory A. Vanover has graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, GA.

The training consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training.

He is the son of Greggory Vanover, of Warren, and Ella Miller, of Ossian.

The private is a 2007 graduate of Southern Wells High School, Keystone.



Unisom offers Markle lease buyout on water tower

Jack Squier, of Unison Site Management LLC, offered to buy out the current lease on the water tower in Markle for $50,288 during the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The council decided to seek legal review before approving and signing the contract.

Centennial Wireless currently leases space on the tower for its equipment, located at U.S.-224 and Ind.-3. Squier says his company would handle Centennial as well as any other companies that want to lease space on the tower.

Final week of filings pumps up Republican races

A four-way race has developed for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Clerk in the May 4 primary election.

During the final week of the filing period, which ended at noon on Friday, Feb. 19, three people joined incumbent Fran Felts in seeking that nomination.

Stacey Elzey Bischoff, 731 German St., Huntington; Kittie Keiffer, 4373W. Division Rd.; and Gary L. Snyder, 5101W-1000N, Huntington, are all seeking the Republican nomination as clerk.

Hurlburt announces his plans to run for county commissioner position

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt speaks during his news conference on Friday afternoon, Feb. 12. Hurlburt has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Huntington County Commissioner, seeking incumbent Jerry Helvie’s seat.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt, 51, has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination as Huntington County Commissioner.

He is currently serving the second year of his second and final four-year term as coroner.

He says because of his term limit, he had to decide to run for commissioner during the current term, or he'd be very limited in available public service seats.

Huntington County BZA has full agenda for Feb. 23 meeting

Three special exceptions and two variances are being requested during the Tuesday, Feb. 23, Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the GAR Room in the courthouse, room 207.

Neal Bales is requesting an exception to allow a manufactured home type II on property zoned agricultural, located at 1340 E. Tipton St.

He is also requesting a variance from development standards to allow two homes on one parcel of ground on property zoned agricultural at the same location.

Krieg moves Meet and Greet to Feb. 27

The Committee to Elect Andrew Krieg for County Recorder has announced that the Meet and Greet originally scheduled for Feb. 20 has been delayed one week due to a scheduling conflict Krieg encountered.

The event is now set for Saturday, Feb. 27.

It will be held at Coffee D'Vine, 44 Vine St. in Huntington, from 7 to 9 p.m.


Andrews library one step closer to modernizing construction

The Andrews/Dallas Township Public Library is one step closer to a modernizing construction project, thanks to a resolution passed by the Andrews Town Council on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The resolution places ownership of the land on which the library sits back into the hands of the Andrews Library Board. When the library was constructed, it was owned by the Andrews Library Club, but when the facility became tax-supported, the deed to the property was transferred to the Town of Andrews.

Schools’ state budget cut to be smaller

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees was presented with good news from the state on Monday night, Feb. 8.

The anticipated $2 million budget cut for 2010 from Indiana is now looking to be $1.6 million instead.
The news came from Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer during the school board meeting.

Doctor to face Poe in primary

Marlin "Monty" Doctor, 9908N-200W, has filed as a candidate for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Surveyor.

Doctor will face incumbent Jay Poe in the Republican primary on May 4.

Brenda J. Kitt, 4719N-900W, Andrews, has filed as a Republican candidate for Dallas Township Trustee. Julie Newsome, who had previously filed as a Republican candidate for the office, has withdrawn her candidacy. Incumbent Steven J. Juillerat, also a Republican, remains in the race.

Krieg committee to host meet and greet Feb. 20

The Committee to Elect Andrew Krieg for County Recorder will hold a "meet & greet" with Krieg on Feb. 20.

The event will be held at Coffee D'Vine and will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and hear what Krieg has to offer to Huntington County.

Free drinks will be provided.

Coffee D'Vine is located at 44 Vine St.


Roanoke Library Board meets tonight, Monday, Feb. 15

The Roanoke Library Board will meet on Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at the library. The meeting will be followed at 8 p.m. by the annual review of staff.

The meeting was originally scheduled to be held on Feb. 9 but was postponed because of inclement weather.


Snow days push last day of school in Huntington County to May 28

With the recent school cancellations, the Huntington County Community School Corporation has used up all of its snow days and instructional days are now being tacked on to the end of the year.

As of Friday, Feb. 12, the last day of school is May 28, says HCCSC Superintendent Tracey Shafer.

According to the corporation Web site, students will attend school on the built-in snow days of March 19 and 22. Shafer says they will also attend May 14 and 17. May 27 and 28 have been added because of the cancellations last week.

Huntington resident Fusselman to challenge Leonard for seat

Huntington resident and small business owner Ron Fusselman has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination to run for the 50th District seat in the Indiana House of Representatives.

That seat is currently held by Dan Leonard, also a Republican from Huntington.

Nine more city employees lose jobs; garbage collection goes to semimonthy

Nine more city employees lost their jobs on Thursday, Feb. 11, as Huntington Mayor Steve Updike continues his struggle to keep the city afloat as revenues continue to shrink.

And for the first time, the city's financial woes will have a direct effect on its residents - garbage collections will be reduced from once a week to twice a month, beginning in March.

"We laid off nine people a little bit ago," Updike said late Thursday.

Democrats move meeting back one week to Feb. 18

Huntington County Democrats will hold a business meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Democrat headquarters, 20 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Organizers originally announced the date of the meeting as Feb. 11.


State fire marshal ask for help in keep snow away from fire hydrants

Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson is asking fire departments and citizens in areas affected by winter storms to clear snow from around hydrants.

Huntington County Chamber to sponsor legislative update Feb. 27

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a legislative update on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m., in the meeting area of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

State Sen. Gary Dillon, State Rep. Dan Leonard, and representatives from Huntington County and city government are expected to attend.

They will make opening comments, then answer written questions submitted by those in the audience. Mike Perkins will serve as moderator.


Warren council learns assessed value has dropped about $5 million

Assessed value in the town of Warren has fallen by about $5 million, members of the Warren Town Council learned Monday, Feb. 8.

"The town's assessed value fell from $34 million to $29 million and closer look will be taken to figure out why the value fell," Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison noted in her report on the 2010 Warren budget.

The town recently rceived its revised budget figures from the Department of Local Government Finance.

In other business, Morrison presented quotes from area companies regarding the clean-up of a property on Hendricks Street.

Fair Tax group will host informational meeting

An informational meeting of the Huntington County Association for the Fair Tax will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center, located at the corner of Warren and Tipton streets.

For more information on the association, visit

For more information, contact Mary Oberle Hubley at 356-1398 or fair