Government & School Board

County council discusses raises for employees in next budget

What would have been a shortened session of the Huntington County Council Monday evening, May 19, suddenly went a lot longer when the item of the county's 2015 budget wants and needs was brought up.

County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton had just informed the council that the amount of the county's tax collections increased nearly $390,000 from May of 2013, going from 93.9 percent to 94.3 percent.

Plan commission listens to views on wind farms

As members of the Huntington County Plan Commission look on, Archie Lintz, a member of Huntington County Concerned Citizens, reads his comments from the podium during the Plan Commission’s workshop on the wind farm ordinance, held Wednesday, May 14.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Twenty-three people lined up to give their opinions Wednesday, May 14, as members of the Huntington County Plan Commission listened to their views on wind farms.

The plan commission scheduled the special workshop, held in the Huntington North High School Auditorium, to allow the public to weigh in on the county's existing wind energy conversion system ordinance. The ordinance establishes guidelines for items such as setback distances, safety design, installation standards and decommissioning for wind turbines.

Hgtn. Street Dept. closed Memorial Day

The Huntington Street Department will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.

For residents whose normal trash day would be Monday, May 26, trash will be picked up on Tuesday, May 27, starting at 7 a.m.

All other trash pickup days will remain the same.

 

 

Zanesville council will have two seats open for fall election

The Zanesville Town Council discussed seats that will soon be opening up on the council during its meeting on Thursday, May 15.

President Patsy Brock and Councilman Danny Miller both stated that they did not intend to seek reelection.

"It's been a privilege and an honor to do this for this town," said Brock, who's served since 2000.

Brock noted that the time had come for the council to be populated with fresh faces.

School hours return to usual today

Today, area parents will pick up their students a bit earlier from school, and buses will be dropping students off at home earlier, too.

Huntington County Community School students return to their normal schedule for dismissal today, Monday, May 19.

For the last 47 school days, adding up to more than nine weeks of school, students have been attending school for an extra hour each day.

The hour was added to assist in making up a slew of snow days accumulated during the snowier-than-normal winter we saw in Huntington County.

Huntington council vacates parts of three alleys

The Huntington Common Council vacated portions of three undeveloped alleys during a brief meeting on Tuesday, May 13.

Council members also established an economic revitalization area that will allow developers of a Senior housing complex to apply for tax abatements, and approved documents submitted by several businesses showing that they are complying with terms of tax abatements already granted.

School board hires one coach, extends contracts of two more

The Huntington County Community School Corporation approved the hiring of Heidi Lawson as the girls' head basketball coach for Huntington North High School on Monday evening, May 12, in addition to extending for one year the contracts of the school's head boys' basketball and football coaches.

The decision came after much controversy followed the board's decision to table the issues at their last meeting, Monday, April 28.

The six school board members who were present at the April 28 meeting tabled the issue because of Board President Kevin Patrick's absence.

Town to partner in grant request for new Warren park

The Warren Area Chamber of Commerce's plan to build a park near downtown got a boost on Monday, May 12, as the Warren Town Council agreed to work with another group, Historic Warren, to secure a $10,000 state grant for the project.

The chamber has been raising funds to outfit the park with shade trees, benches and an area where small groups can perform, providing a green space near downtown Warren. The park will be located near the Warren Post Office, on land cleared when the town council demolished two dilapidated houses several years ago.

Future of Andrews Post Office in doubt

The Andrews Town Council learned at its meeting on Monday, May 12, that the town's post office may be in danger of closing.

Councilman Ray Tackett said that he had learned that the Andrews Post Office had been contacted by the United States Postal Service (USPS) out of Indianapolis and that letters will soon be sent to patrons the post office currently serves, informing them of a meeting to be held at the Andrews Town Hall on June 26 where the post office's future will discussed.

Cleanup dates set in Roanoke

The Roanoke Town Council selected spring cleanup days during its meeting on Tuesday, May 6.

Council established Friday, May 30, to Sunday, June 1, as the cleanup period. During that time, bins will be placed in the town hall parking lot and citizens may dispose of refuse. Receptacles will also be in the alleyway next to the town hall and electronic waste may be disposed of there.

In other business:

Wajer’s job is to cut clutter and keep city looking good

Greg Wajer is the new city ordinance officer for Huntington.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Greg Wajer is Huntington's new city ordinance officer.

He took over the reigns four weeks ago, and he says he has been busy learning the job.

"This is all brand new to me," he says. "I am former military, and law enforcement always kind of intrigued me.

"This opportunity came about and its something that just piqued my interest. I've been trying to figure it out as we go."

Wajer says the department is currently working on 70 to 80 properties "that have a lot of clutter and trash - old junk cars, parts - stuff like that piled up on them."

Miller, Eller join list of incumbents winning Republican primary

Winners of the contested races in the Huntington County Republican primary election on Tuesday, May 6, take time for a photo after the election results were announced.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Before Huntington County's 36 precincts began reporting their totals, the 768 absentee ballots cast before Tuesday's primary told much of the story of who would win the election for the Republicans.

Those candidates who started out ahead never lost ground.
Each contested county race stayed relatively steady, with little deviation in the final percentage of votes cast after the last precinct reported in.

County primary goes off without a hitch, and with relatively few voters

Huntington County Recorder Cheryl Schenkel (left) and her husband Roger pay close attention to a monitor displaying Huntington County Republican primary election results at a Republican gathering at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Tuesday, May 6.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Tuesday's primary election went off without a hitch, election officials say.

It also went off with relatively few voters, garnering a turnout of just 16.41 percent.

Four years ago, when the same offices were on the ballot, Huntington County saw a turnout of 33.20 percent.
But even though the offices were the same in 2010, the competition was different.

"We had a sheriff's race, and that made a difference," County Clerk Kittie Keiffer said of the 2010 primary. "And there were several contested races with three and four people for one position."

Huntington County primary election results

Here are the unofficial results of contested races in the Huntington County primary election on May 6, 2014, with 36 of 36 precincts reported.

Superior Court Judge
Jeffrey R. Heffelfinger (incumbent) 2486
Justin R. Wall 1911

County Auditor
Pamela J. "Pam" Updike 2011
Cindy Yeiter (incumbent) 2333

County Surveyor
Monty Doctor 1523
Jay D. Poe (incumbent) 2728

County Commissioner District 1
Leon Hurlburt (incumbent) 1950
Rob Miller 2436

SWCD meeting is May 20

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

Due to possibility of lack of quorum, contact the District Office at 356-6816 ext. 3 to confirm that the meeting will be held.

 

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