Government & School Board

Andrews to halt burning for time being

The town of Andrews won't do any more burning for a while, Town Council members decided during their July 29 meeting.

Andrews resident Becky Howard came to the council with concerns about the town burn pile located near her home. She says the smoke was extremely thick and made it difficult to breathe, especially during a burn on July 16 and 17.

Town Operations Manager Van Juillerat explained that the smoke was thick those dates due to wood chips accidentally catching fire and smoldering. The council agreed to close the area until a better alternative could be found.

Prosecutor says snoooping not a crime

Huntington County Commissioner Jerry Helvie "should have known better" than to read e-mails sent by Huntington County employees, a special prosecutor has ruled, but his actions were not illegal.

School board holds elections, discusses new algebra teaching concept

The annual election of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees officers was held at the beginning of the Monday, July 20, meeting.

Serving as president again for the next year is Kevin Patrick. He was voted in 6-0, with board member Rick Brubaker absent.

Serving as vice president again for the next year is Brubaker, Rex Baxter was appointed secretary and Shelia Howe will be treasurer with David McKee serving as deputy treasurer, all by unanimous votes.

The stipend for board members was kept the same, $2,000 annually.

School board also discusses textbook rental, HNHS renovations

Other items discussed during the Huntington County Community School Cooperation Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, July 20, included some adoptions and updates.

The board of trustees approved the adoption of a new animal science textbook for Huntington North High School.

Textbook rental fees were established so the information could be given out prior to student registration.

New phone law could be challenging

A new law effective July 1 bans teens under 18 from using cell phones while driving.

Huntington County Sheriff Kent Farthing, however, thinks it will be challenging to make sure teen drivers obey.

"It's not going to be easy to enforce," Farthing says.

Officers would have to stop each vehicle where a driver is using a phone, he says, and check identification to make sure the driver is indeed over 18.

"It's tough to tell (whether) someone driving down the road is 18 or not," he adds.

Drug Drop-Off Day among items on county health board meeting agenda

The Huntington County Department of Health has scheduled a Health Board meeting for today, Monday, July 20, at 7 p.m. on the first floor of Courthouse Annex, 354 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington.

Items on the agenda include presentations and reports about Drug Drop-off Day and the NALBOH Conference; reports from the Public Health Nurse, Sanitarian and the Regis-trar/Clerk; discussion of the local assessment of the public health system with Purdue University and the discussion of the Food Protection Ordinance.

For more information, contact the Health Department at 358-4831.

Nature's Fuel project moving along

A Fort Wayne-based company will soon be accepting all solid waste from the city of Huntington and leaving no pollution behind, using a new facility that will be the first of its kind in the United States.

Nature's Fuel has been in talks with local and state officials for months concerning the opening of a new solid waste transfer and processing plant at the City of Huntington Landfill.

Huntington Council to re-evaluate position on Etna Ave. project

The Huntington Common Council has decided to re-evaluate its position concerning the proposed - and once voted down - Etna Avenue project after new information and funding sources were presented to the council at its meeting on Tuesday, July 14.

And one city councilman plans to hold his own public meeting to find out what the community thinks about reviving the project.

Warren, Salamonie Township squabble over fire truck funding

Differences over money between the town of Warren and Salamonie Township have crossed over to a fire truck purchase.

According to a letter read aloud by Warren Town Council President Bill Cartwright dur-ing a June 29 Town Council meeting, Warren can put up its share.

"Town monies are budgeted for a truck purchase and are within various budgets of the town. Those monies in the cumulative fire fund are set aside solely for a fire truck purchase," Cartwright read.

Warren Town Council discusses bases, spraying

Warren Town Council held an abbreviated meeting Monday, June 29. It was a rescheduled meeting from June 22.

One item that was discussed, but was tabled until next meeting, was a letter from the Warren Baseball Association explaining why the group pulled the safety bases that were used in the league.

DCD director seeks stricter adult business controls

Members of the Huntington County Plan Commission will consider beefing up a county ordinance regulating the location of adult businesses.

The discussion will take place during the Plan Commission's regular meeting on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The local action was prompted by a situation in nearby New Haven, where an adult novelty shop had planned to open in a residential area.

Common council to discuss ordinance setting a fee for dumpster permits

An ordinance setting a fee for a dumpster permit is scheduled to be introduced at the regular meeting of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, June 30.

The council will meet at 6:45 a.m. in the City Building.

Also on the agenda are resolutions dealing with amendments to the city's capital improvement plan and additional rules of order for the conduct of meetings and hearings.

NNORC celebrates its success with wrap-up luncheon on June 18

Linda Bordeaux, director of the Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NNORC) program, explains the group’s accomplishments over the past 14 years during a wrap-up luncheon Thursday, June 18, at the LaFontaine Center.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

NNORC, the people trying to make it easier for older adults to continue living in their own home as they age, celebrated its success Thursday, June 18, at what may or may not have been a wrap-up luncheon.

"We're counting down to the end," Linda Bordeaux, director of the Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities program, told guests at the luncheon. "We don't know if there will be any continuation."

Huntington Farm Service Agency to hold ACRE meetings

The Huntington Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Wabash FSA will hold two meetings to cover the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE).

The first meeting will be held on June 25, at 7 p.m., at the Wabash REMC, 350 Webcor Ave., Wabash.

The second meeting will be held on July 1, at 8 a.m., in Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Representatives from the FSA, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resource Conservation Services and Cargill Inc. will present various topics and answer questions.

Roanoke council gets new VP and new member

Due to the resignation of Roanoke Town Council Vice President Michelle Schwieterman at the May 19 meeting, the council had interviews to appoint a new member and took recommendations and voted for a new vice president at the June 16 meeting.

Troy Karshner was unanimously voted in as council vice president, with the movement made by Councilman Nick Altman and the second by Councilman Brian Young.

Karshner has been on the council since mid-2007.
He is the council's liaison to the fire department.

Cool heads prevail in dispute over Andrews park work

Hot tempers were cooled and a tense atmosphere was relaxed after the Andrews Town Council helped resolve a dispute at its meeting on Monday, June 15.

Problems arose around the reconstruction of the pavilion at Andrews Park, which was being done at no cost to the town by the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department.

Andrews Fire Chief Tom Wuensch says that a few members of the Andrews Parks Commission, which had been overseeing the cleanup of the park, believed that some members of the fire department were "stealing" materials from the work site.

Clean-up day set for June 20

The Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, city of Huntington, Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities and the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up to organize a clean-up day on June 20.

Clean-up will be done from 8 a.m. to noon within the neighborhood association target area located on the northeast side of the Huntington.

Volunteers will be mowing lawns and performing general clean-up with the area at several locations to help promote the establishment of neighborhood associations with the city.

Government meetings

Monday, June 15
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m.,
Commissioners' Room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.

Huntington Board of Aviation, 5:30 p.m., terminal building at Huntington Municipal Airport.

Andrews Town Council, 6 p.m., Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

Tuesday, June 16
Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District, 7:30 a.m., SWCD office, 2040 Riverfork Drive.

HCCSC board discusses new way to assess student, school and district progress

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees discussed a new way to assess student, school and district progress during its June 8 meeting.

The Reform database can pull information to see how each student compares to the rest of the corporation's students in the courses he or she takes, standardized test scores and RIT scores.

RIT is a ranged scoring system that measures student achievement in different skill areas, such as the prime classes of language arts, reading and math.

Clerk's office closed three days

The City Clerk Treasure's office announces that it will be closed on the following dates;

- Monday, June 15, from noon to 4:30 p.m.

- Tuesday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Wednesday, June 17, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The office will re-open on Thursday, June 18, at 8 a.m.

Garage sale permits can be obtained at the water bill payment window.

 

Online sale of surplus county items nets county total of $3,672 so far

The online sale of surplus Huntington County property has so far netted the county $3,672.48.

Todd Nightenhelser, owner of The Collector's Box in Huntington,, is conducting the sale of surplus and unwanted county items through his already established eBay account.

A wide variety of items were purchased - items which were once owned by the Huntington County Waste Management, Huntington County Sheriff's Department and Huntington County Commissioner's Office.

Items purchased from waste management included gravity and hydraulic refuse trailers.

Permanent drug disposal sites set

Sorting prescription drugs during Drug Drop Off Day on Saturday, May 30, at Hier's Park are (from left) Scott Haskett, Kenneth Field and Jonathan Leist, the latter the director of the Huntington County Solid Waste District.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt says the recent Drug Drop Off Day was a big success.

The event was held on Saturday, May 30, at Hier's Park. Residents were offered the opportunity to drop off unused or unneeded prescription drugs.

"At the end of the day we collected over $200,000 worth of prescription drugs," states Hurlburt. "It was a busy and successful event."

Jonathon Leist, Solid Waste District director, says drugs were sorted into two categories, controlled and uncontrolled drugs.

City and county will work together on airport road

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike, Huntington County Commissioner Kathy Branham and Jaime Miller, treasurer of the Huntington Board of Aviation, (from left) stand next to a map showing a road that will be extended to provide emergency access.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A joint city-county project will provide an emergency access road to the rear of the Huntington Municipal Airport property.

Currently, the airport has just one entrance - off of Ind.-5.

With this project, Meridian Road will be extended to provide the rear access to the airport.

City and county officials gathered at the airport on Wednesday, June 3, to announce the project.

Pool fill uncovers rust in Roanoke fire hydrants

A rust-filled pool, a street beautification project, new ticketing systems for police vehi-cles and modification of the town's budget were all major items discussed at the Roanoke Town Council meeting on June 2.

Karen Baker, of Oak Park Drive, requested to have her pool filled by the Roanoke Fire Department earlier in the year.

When the request was granted, at a cost to her of the local water rate, the fire department filled her pool with 10,500 gallons of water last week - but the water that ended up in her pool was filled with rust.

'Spring' taxes are due July 20

Huntington County property owners can expect to receive their property tax bills in the mail in mid-June, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton says.

The "spring" payment will be due July 20, she says, more than two months later than the normal May 10 deadline for payment.

The fall payment dead-line will continue to be Nov. 10, the same as in past years, Hamilton says.

School board makes difficult decision in Varsity Singers-HC Wrestling Club contention of weekend for big events

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees made a difficult decision Tuesday night, ending a source of contention between the Huntington County Wrestling Club and the Huntington North Varsity Singers.

Each group had hoped to secure facilities at the high school on the same weekend next March for its most significant event of the year.

The board, overruling school policy and the HNHS principal's decision, gave the weekend to the wrestlers.

Government meetings May 28-June 1

Thursday, May 28
Huntington County Drainage Board, 8:30 a.m., Commissioners' Room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Monday, June 1
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., Commissioners' Room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., Commissioners' Room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.

 

Roanoke rule enforcement questioned

A recently passed ordinance raised questions about enforcement and practicality at the Roanoke Town Council meeting on May 19.

The Town of Roanoke had put into effect an ordinance requiring zoned businesses to provide off-street parking made of either asphalt or concrete, with spaces striped and clearly marked. Each business must have one parking spot for every 200 square feet of building space.

But Rick Hartley, of the Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals, says a new antique store at 138 First St. has not yet complied.

City considers setting storm water fee

The Huntington Common Council is being asked to consider instituting a fee on every property in Huntington that would help pay for the management of storm water.

Dave Schoeff, the city's director of engineering, told council members on Tuesday, May 12, he'd like to study such a fee, which would give the city a dedicated fund to spend on storm water management.

Second try nets Mt. Etna grant for new fire station

A new fire station will become a reality in Mt. Etna, thanks to a $500,000 grant.

Mt. Etna Fire Chief Mark Sale learned Wednesday, May 13, that his department has been awarded a Community Focus Fund Grant, funded by the federal Community Development Bock Grant program and funneled through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

It's the second time the Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department has applied for the grant. The first application, Sale says, was turned down.

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