Government & School Board

Republicans select Fran Felts to replace Stoffel as county clerk

Fran Felts.
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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.
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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.

Markle board also discusses water tower project

Another topic discussed at the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, August 19 was a draft of a proposed water tower project.

David Harvey, from Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc., gave the council a draft copy of the findings of the water tower survey.

He said they ran hydrant tests for water pressure. An issue that was found is in the industrial area, near I-69, wherethey need about 3,000 gallons per minute but they are currently only getting 1,000 gallons per minute.

Harvey told the council the water system is well maintained in Markle.

Officials in Markle discuss hiring of town manager

Officials in Markle will continue a discussion regarding hiring a town manager.

The topic was brought up at the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 19, by Markle Clerk-Treasurer Carolyn Hamilton.

Hamilton, along with the council, say too much is falling on Hamilton's shoulders, as she has to cover two counties (the Wells-Huntington county line runs through Markle).

Officials in Markle discuss hiring of town manager

Officials in Markle will continue a discussion regarding hiring a town manager.

The topic was brought up at the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 19, by Markle Clerk-Treasurer Carolyn Hamilton.

Hamilton, along with the council, say too much is falling on Hamilton's shoulders, as she has to cover two counties (the Wells-Huntington county line runs through Markle).

Paving of streets throughout Huntington begins Monday, Aug. 17

Smooth streets are ahead for motorists who have spent the summer rumbling through, and around, the areas affected by a sewer separation project.

Dave Schoeff, Huntington's director of engineering, has announced that milling and paving on those streets is scheduled for this week.

"Certain areas may be closed to traffic for long periods of time, so please avoid the areas if at all possible," Schoeff says.

State denies HCCSV waiver; teachers to miss conference

The Huntington County Community Schools have been denied a state waiver that would have allowed the corporation to cancel classes for one full day, instead of two half days, for teacher training.

The denial means that HCCSC teachers won't be able to attend a conference the corpora-tion is hosting later in the school year, HCCSC superintendent Tracey Shafer told mem-bers of the corporation's Board of Trustees during their meeting on Monday, Aug. 10.

The denial, however, does not change the 2009-10 school calendar already published.

Andrews council wants more information on park work bids

The Andrews Town Council on Monday, Aug. 10, tabled a motion to award a contract to remove concrete from its park so members could determine exactly what each bid contains and if they need to be modified.

The bids to remove the concrete from behind the pavilion came in at $3,000 each from TW Excavating, of Andrews, and Zahm Excavating, of Huntington, and $4,400 from Cripe Earth Services, of Huntington County.

Once rejected, Etna Avenue improvement project gets okay from council

A motion to accept funding for the much-discussed and once-rejected Etna Avenue improvement project was passed Tuesday, Aug. 11, by a 5-1 vote at the Huntington Common Council meeting.

Councilmen voting with the majority were Brooks Fetters, Jason Fields, Joe Blomeke, Keith Eller and Jack Slusser. Erv Ebersole was the lone dissenting vote, and Steve McIntyre abstained from what he termed an "illegitimate vote."

"In accordance to our rules that we have established, I don't recognize this as a legitimate vote and refuse to vote," McIntyre said when asked to vote.

HCCSC releases basic information on each school, principals and schedules

Cindy Crist, sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Crestview Middle School, hangs up a poster in her classroom on Thursday, Aug. 6, in preparation for the new school year.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Following is the list of schools in Huntington County Community School Corporation and their principals, phone numbers and a schedule of their bells.

Andrews Elementary: 786-3021
Principal Gary Mast
First bell - 8:45 a.m.
Tardy bell - 8:55 a.m.
Dismissal - 3:30 p.m.

Flint Springs Elementary: 356-7612
Principal Cindy Kiefer
First bell - 7:40 a.m.
Tardy bell - 8:05 a.m.
Dismissal - 2:15 p.m.

Announce delay info for schools

Local radio and television stations will be notified by school officials any information regarding school delays and cancellations due to weather conditions.

In the event that schools should be closed on the same day as extracurricular events, all elementary and middle school events will be canceled or postponed.

High school athletic events will be decided upon by participating schools, while all other events will be canceled or postponed. Visit www.hccsc.k12.in.us for more information.

 

Schools list in-town bus routes for students returning to classes

The Huntington County Community School Corporation's buses are ready to transport students to the first day of classes on Thursday, Aug. 13.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Huntington County Community Schools Corporation has announced the bus schedule for the 2009-10 school year.
They are:

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Corporation announces textbook rental fees

Following is information regarding this year's textbook rental prices for Huntington County Community School Corporation.

Salamonie, Andrews, Northwest set student orientation sessions

Salamonie, Andrews and Northwest schools have announced orientation sessions for their students.

Salamonie students in grades six, seven and eight along with their parents are invited to attend Orientation Night on Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Students will receive their class schedules and can locate their lockers.

All Andrews Elementary students must register for the 2009-10 school year. The office is open between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to do so.

Roanoke soon to hear report on new design guidelines for buildings

Roanoke's Design Review Committee will soon report on new design guidelines for buildings in Roanoke, says David Harris, a member of the DRC.

Harris gave an update on the committee's progress to the town council at the council's meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Government meetings for week of Aug. 3-10

Monday, Aug. 3
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., Commissioners' Room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 am., mayor's conference room, first floor of City Building.
Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals, 6:30 p.m., Council Chambers, third floor of City Building.

Tuesday, Aug. 4
Roanoke Town Council, 7 p.m., Roanoke Town Hall, 126 N. Main St.

Dillon says he's not running for re-election in 2010

State Sen. Gary "Doc" Dillon (R-Columbia City) has announced that he will not run for re-election in 2010.

"It's an honor and a privilege to serve the people in Senate District 17 and I'm thankful for their support and encouragement over the years," Dillon says. "I look forward to spending more time with my wife, four children and our five grandchildren."

Since 2002, Dillon has represented Senate District 17, which includes Allen, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, Wabash and Whitley counties.

Stimulus money will hlep repave three Huntington County roads

The Huntington County Commissioners approved a measure that secures a nearly $3 million grant to resurface several of the county's roads at their meeting on July 27.

The grant is a slice of the $27.5 billion designated for highway projects in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 17, 2009.

Budget crunch could cut out city's curbside recycling

Budget constraints may prompt what Huntington Mayor Steve Updike terms a "temporary suspension" of curbside recycling services in Huntington.

Updike told members of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, July 27, that he wants to cancel the city's contract with Marion Services, the company that currently provides curbside recycling in the city.

City EDC has new schedule

The Huntington Economic Development Commission has announced a new schedule for its remaining meetings of 2009.

The commission will meet Aug. 2, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

All meetings are at 1 p.m. in the mayor's conference room on the third floor of the City Building.

 

Government meetings for week of July 27-Aug. 3

Monday, July 27
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Historic Review Board, 3 p.m., Room 204 of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Warren Town Council, 4 p.m., Warren Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St.

Huntington County Council, 7 p.m., G.A.R. Room, second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Tuesday, July 28
Huntington Common Council, 6:45 am., mayor's conference room, third floor of City Building.

Counlty zoning board has six requests on agenda

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will consider six requests when it meets on Tuesday, July 28.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse. It is open to the public.

Items on the agenda include:
• A request by Joseph Mandarino, requesting a special exception that would allow him to sell and store scooters at 838 S. Broadway.

Huntington Board of Appeals has several requests on agenda

Five requests for variances from and special exceptions to zoning guidelines will be placed before members of the Huntington Board of Appeals in August.

The board will meet on Monday, Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building.

Items on the agenda are:
• A request by Kroger to place two additional non-illuminated building signs on its fueling center kiosk at 2718 Guilford St.

Roanoke Town Council hears school board plan to put dish on Roanoke water tower

The Roanoke Town Council, during its July 21 meeting, was notified by the Huntington County School Corporation that construction could begin to put a satellite dish on top on the existing Roanoke water tower located on school property next to Roanoke Elementary.

The new plan is an alternative to the original proposal of building a stand-alone wireless communications tower.

The Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals had previously denied the school corporation permission to build the new, taller tower.

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.

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