Government & School Board

School board hears HNHS, Salamonie have most pressing maintenance needs

Salamonie School and Huntington North High School have the most pressing maintenance needs of any school buildings in Huntington County.

That's according to a presentation made Monday, Oct. 12, by Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer and Assistant Superintendent for Business David McKee to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees.

Government panels meet Oct. 19 in Huntington

Governing councils from many Huntington County communities will meet Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at 6:15 p.m. at the South Side Fire Station, 1333 Etna Ave., Huntington.

The councils, loosely organized as WHARMM (Warren, Huntington, Andrews, Roanoke, Markle, Mt. Etna) meet quarterly to discuss common concerns.

Councils that may be in attendance include the Huntington Common Council, Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, Huntington County Board of Commissioners, Huntington County Council, and the town councils of Andrews, Markle, Mt. Etna, Roanoke and Warren.

 

Government meetings for week of Oct. 12-19

Monday, Oct. 12
Markle Park Board, 7:30 a.m., Markle Municipal Building, 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:3 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.
Warren Town Council, 6:30 p.m., Warren Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St.
Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees, 7 p.m., Administrative Service Center, 136 N. Warren Rd.
Huntington County Tourism commission, 7 p.m., Visitor Center, 407 N. Jefferson St.

City plan meet set for Oct. 15

The Huntington City Plan Commission will meet Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St.

The only item on the agenda is consideration of an amendment to the city's ordinance regulating signage.

Andrews council passes golf cart ordinance

The Andrews Town Council passed an ordinance legalizing the use of golf carts on town roadways, with some regulations, at its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Ordinance 2009-11 allows citizens to operate golf carts on any town street not designated as a state highway (except to cross highways), areas where the speed limit is not greater than 30 mph and areas that were intended for motor vehicles.

Roanoke council discusses street projects

The Roanoke Town Council discussed a series of street repair projects proposed by the utility department at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

These projects include resurfacing a section of Main Street to Locust Drive to connect with new pavement on the off ramp from U.S.-24, resurfacing a portion of Second Street and other minor patching, resurfacing and sidewalk repair jobs around Roanoke. The council voted 3-0 to allot up to $80,000 for the projects.

Abandoned railroad bridge will remain standing -- for now

The abandoned Chicago and Erie Railroad bridge over CR 700N became the subject of debate at the Huntington County Commissioners' meeting on Monday, Oct. 5.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

An abandoned railroad bridge in northern Huntington County generated a slew of contro-versy at the Huntington County Commissioners' meeting on Monday, Oct. 5.

Annual Warren leaf pick-up starts this Friday

The Town of Warren will begin its annual leaf pickup on Friday, Oct. 9.

The leaf vac is scheduled to run Monday to Friday each week.

Guidelines for pick up include:
• Leaves need to be raked to the curb, but not out into the street.

• Do not bag leaves and do not mix limbs or yard debris with leaves that are raked to the curb.

• If leaves are bagged, they can be dropped off at the compost pile, 316 W. 2nd St. (utility garage). Empty the bag before adding leaves and debris to the pile.

 

Huntington BZA to consider three requests

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals will meet tonight, Monday, Oct. 5, to consider three requests for special exceptions to zoning rules.

Melvin Lamphiear has requested a special exception that will allow a single-wide mobile home to be placed on Harris Street in an area zoned residential. The mobile home would be placed two lots north of 975 Harris St.

Joy McFarland has requested a special exception that would allow her to operate a massage therapy business in a home at 1060 Poplar St., which is zoned residential.

Government meetings for week of Oct. 5-10

Monday, Oct. 5
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 Huntington County Courthouse.

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

School board hears update on Project Challenge

Other items discussed on the agenda of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, included normal business items.

Director of Special Programs for Huntington Schools Trace Hinesley presented an update on Project Challenge to newer board members. She explained the program at different levels for the community's students and how students qualify for the program.

Project Challenge is for higher-ability students and allows them to excel, she explained.

HCCSC board reluctantly lets teacher move to energy education specialist role

Chris Hoke, who has taught science and social studies for several years at Huntington North High School, will transfer to the Administrative Service Center as of the second semester of the school year and will no longer teach.

Hoke, who currently teaches one Advanced Placement government class and three physics classes, will wear the cap of energy education specialist come 2010. The position is designed to provide the school corporation information to save energy, explains Dave McKee, assistant superintendent for business.

Health dept. sponsoring shot clinic Wednesday, Saturday at HNHS

The Huntington County Health Department will sponsor a shot clinic Wednesday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 3, at HNHS.

The shot clinic is open only to HNHS students, who will receive Tdap and meningitis vaccines; and to HNHS faculty, staff and their spouses, who will receive seasonal flu shots.

HNHS students can receive vaccinations for both Tdap (tetanus booster) and meningitis. There is a fee for each of the vaccinations, which will be waived for students who present Medicaid cards. Students must also bring their shot records.

Warren Town Council passes budget for 2010; includes property tax hike

The Warren Town Council passed the advertised budget for 2010, including a property tax increase, at the council's meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

The new 83-cent property tax rate for 2010 is about three cents higher than 2009's rate of $0.7983.

However, the budget and tax rate are both subject to change by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. The IDLGF reviews the budget of every municipality in Indiana, and makes adjustments as the department sees fit.

Markle Council to go with assistant

The Markle Town Council decided at its Sept. 16 meeting that an administrative assistant is the best route to take for the town.

Council president Tamra Boucher drafted a list of 12 items that she believes an assistant should be able to help with while working the part-time job in the town hall.

Kiwanis honor Chad Hacker with Officer of Year accolade

Det. Sgt. Chad Hacker (center) receives the Officer of the Year award from Huntington Noon Kiwanis Club President Erv Ebersole (left) and Huntington Police Chief Tom Emely.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Chad Hacker, a 10-year veteran of the Huntington Police Department, has been honored by the Huntington Noon Kiwanis Club as Officer of the Year.

Markle also discusses golf cart ordinance

The Andrews Town Council conducted regular business at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

A main point of discussion concerned a new ordinance, 2009-11, which would permit the use of golf carts on public streets in town limits. The necessity for the measure comes becauase of a new Indiana law which prohibits the use of golf carts on public roadways unless a municipality decides otherwise. Similar measures have been or are being considered in Warren and Roanoke.

Andrews discusses golf cart ordinance

The Andrews Town Council conducted regular business at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

A main point of discussion concerned a new ordinance, 2009-11, which would permit the use of golf carts on public streets in town limits. The necessity for the measure comes because of a new Indiana law which prohibits the use of golf carts on public roadways unless a municipality decides otherwise. Similar measures have been or are being considered in Warren and Roanoke.

Roanoke council awards contract for sewer replacement

The Roanoke Town Council awarded a contract for the Fourth and Main street project to Earth Construction at the council's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The project is another phase of a sewer replacement plan in the town that is part of an agreed order by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, said Paul Swain, town superintendent.

Board hears wrap-up on religious trailer, discusses HNHS renovations

Huntington County Community School Corporation attorney Joe Wiley offered a conclusion to the recent court decision for the "By the Book" religious release time at the beginning of the Monday, Sept. 14 HCCSC Board of Trustees meeting.

In a handout given to members, Wiley said many aspects were considered prior to settling the case.

He talked with the Associated Churches of Huntington County, the parents of third and fourth grade students in the corporation and HCCSC's liability insurance carrier.

Government meetings Sept. 14-21

Monday, Sept. 14
Markle Park Board, 7:30 a.m., Markle Municipal Building, 155 W. Sparks St.

Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 am., commissioners' room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

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

Warren Town Council, 6:30 p.m., Warren Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.

Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees, 7 p.m., Administrative Service Center, 1360 N. Warren Rd.

SWCD to hold fish sale

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office is sponsoring a fish sale, with orders due by Oct. 1.

Fish available include large mouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, channel catfish, fathead minnows, northern jumbo bullfrog tadpoles and grass carp.

For more information or an order form, contact the district office at 356-6816, extension 3, or visit 2040 Riverfork Drive.

 

'Bible trailer' education could return in different form

Students in the Huntington County Community Schools could be back in the "Bible trailer" before the end of the year.

The return of the voluntary religious education classes depends on two things.

First, a federal judge must approve an agreement reached by parties in the federal lawsuit that halted the program last spring.

Then, the program's sponsor must find sites near, but not on, school property where the classroom trailer can be parked.

Roanoke's budget request draws fire

A public hearing concerning the Town of Roanoke's proposed budget for next year became a source of controversy at the town council's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The advertised budget for the town includes an 11 percent increase in the town's levy for 2010. This levy is a distribution of property and other taxes and fees collected by the county, which is then redistributed to the town, per approval by the state government.

Roanoke Clerk/Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner said that the increase is normal for towns.

Rep. Burton takes it to the people with town hall meet at Flint Springs

Sylvia Kaufman (front right) of Huntington, makes her feelings known with her sign as she listens to Tep. Dan Burton discuss healthcare reform at a town hall meeting at Flint Springs Elementary School on Thursday, Aug. 27.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Health care reform was the topic of a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) at Flint Springs Elementary School on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Burton discussed his disagreements with H.R. 3200, the so-called "universal health care bill," while citizens on both sides of the issue fervently expressed their opinions on reforming the nation's current health care system.

"The for-profit system is what the greatest country in the world is built on," Burton said.

School board approves reading programs purchase

The Huntington County School Corporation Board of Trustees has approved the purchase of two extensive reading programs, System 44 and Read 180, that Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer says will help the corporation reach a goal.

The purchase was approved during the school board's meeting on Monday, Aug. 24.

State construction closes some county roads

The Indiana Department of Transportation has several road construction projects going that have resulted in road closures in Huntington County.

All three projects began Monday, Aug. 24.

County Road 300S over I-69, 3.4 miles north of Ind.-124, is closed through late October for the construction of a new bridge deck. There is no official detour. The road is expected to re-open in late October.

HNHS renovation, alternative school discussion top school board meeting

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees discussed numerous topics and approved the release of its 2010 budget during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 24.

Huntington County Red Cross Program Director Christine Kelty presented information on CPR classes the school corporation is talking about offering to staff and students.

While presenting, Kelty said she is excited about the opportunity to get the schools involved in the training.

Republicans select Fran Felts to replace Stoffel as county clerk

Fran Felts.
Photo provided.

Andrews resident Fran Felts was selected to become the new Huntington County clerk during the Republican Party caucus on Aug. 18.

The caucus was called after the current clerk, Vicki Stoffel, announced her resignation effective the end of this year.

Stoffel decided to resign after her husband, Terry Stoffel, expressed interest in running for sheriff in 2010. Because the clerk's office is in charge of elections, Stoffel felt that it was necessary to leave to avoid any accusations of inappropriate behavior.

Wall announces candidacy for state senate seat to be vacated by Dillon

Tom Wall.
Photo provided.

Tom Wall, eight months into his first term on the Huntington County Board of Commis-sioners, says he plans to run for the Indiana Senate seat currently held by Gary "Doc" Dillon.

Dillon, who has represented Senate District 17 since 2002, announced in late July that he would not seek re-election. He will leave the Senate when his current four-year term ends in November 2010.

District 17 includes Huntington and Whitley counties and parts of Allen, Grant, Kosciusko and Wabash counties.

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