Government & School Board

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.

School board approves adoption of new social studies textbooks

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved the adoption of new social studies books for all grade levels during the May 11 School Board meeting.

The board approved the adoption of all books recommended by a committee of teachers and parents from each education levels - elementary, middle and high school - that reviewed various textbooks, narrowed the choices and then voted on those remaining.

A listing of those textbooks was posted to The TAB's Web site on April 29 titled "School board hears list of recommended textbooks."

School board approves requests

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved several requests during the May 11 school board meeting.

They include:
Field trips
• Huntington North High School (HNHS) French III classes were given permission to visit the Art Institute and French Creperie in Chicago on May 19.

• HNHS AP Spanish classes were given permission to visit the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Chicago on May 23.

Classified employee resignations
• Sharon Biehl, food service at Flint Springs Elementary.

Government meetings calendar May 11-13

Monday, May 11
Markle Park Board, 7:30 a.m., Markle Municipal Building, 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.

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

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

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

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

Andrews sets town clean-up

The town of Andrews will hold its annual spring clean-up on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9.

Residents can bring their unwanted items to the Andrews Town Lot on the west end of Terrell Street beginning at 8 a.m. each day. No hazardous materials will be accepted. Residents must bring their most recent water bill for proof of residency.

For more information contact the clerk's office at 786-3848.

 

Raising awareness


Photo by Andre Laird.

On Wednesday, April 29, Huntington Mayor Steve Updike signs a proclamation, declaring the week of May 4, as Cancer Awareness Week. Also on hand for the signing was Al Sims, president of Cancer Services for Huntington County.

Etna Avenue residents can provide input on road renovation project

Residents who would be affected by a proposed road renovation on Etna Avenue are invited to attend a City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 12, to provide their input on the project.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St.

The road work would affect Etna Avenue from the London Street area to the Wabash River. It would include new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, paving and oversized storm sewers.

School board hears of GED recipients

Several area people recently earned their GED (general education development) diplomas.

Tests were taken in February and March at sites in Huntington and Columbia City.

Don Martin of the Huntington County Community School Corporation is the testing coordinator for both sites. This information was provided to the HCCSC Board of Trustees on April 27.

The dates of testing, individuals who passed the test and their hometowns are:

School board approves resignation, retirement, requests

Members of the Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees approved several requests at their April 27 meeting at the Administrative Services Center.

These include:

Classified employee resignations
• Diane Johnson, Special Services paraprofessional at Salamonie.

• Stephanie Richards, noon recess at Northwest.
Classified employee retirement

• Dianna Folk, administrative assistant for Huntington-Whitley Special Services (HWSS).

School board hears list of recommended textbooks

Social studies textbooks recommended for adoption for all grade levels were presented to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees on April 27.

A committee of teachers and parents from each education level - elementary, middle and high school - looked at and reviewed various textbooks, narrowed the choices, then voted on the remaining selections.

Consultant: schools could save millions by changing energy habits

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The local school corporation could save 20 percent to 30 percent on its annual utility bills by implementing recommendations made by a company that deals exclusively with energy-saving tactics.

Glen Gaines, area representative for the Texas-based company Energy Education, explained to Huntington County Community School Corporation Board members Monday night that the company works primarily with public school corporations around the United States.

Spring clean-up in Warren will be held May 4-9

Spring cleanup days in Warren will be held May 4-9.

Warren residents can bring large household items to the town's utility garage, 316 W. 2nd St., Monday through Friday, May 4 through 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents should plan on unloading the items themselves, although help with unloading may be available sporadically.

Insurance trust board updates school board on its work

The president of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Insurance Trust Board gave school board members an update on their work on Monday night.

Chris Hoke, a science teacher at Huntington North High School who serves as the insurance trust board's president, provided the board with a quarterly update. Hoke's group oversees the corporation's insurance trust, developing and administering the corporation's employee health, life and long-term disability insurance program. School Board members are not part of the trust board, which was established in the mid-'90s.

Council says any new Warren truck route will take businesses' needs into consideration

Any new truck route established in Warren will take into consideration the needs of local businesses that regularly receive deliveries by truck, members of the Warren Town Council said Monday night.

A truck route is being discussed to lessen damage now being caused by large trucks, Warren Town Marshal Dennis Spitler said.

"Semis are tearing up the town," he told residents attending Monday night's town council meeting. "They're hitting houses, hitting poles."

Survey seeks input on neighbor groups

Bryn Keplinger (left), assistant director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, and Marla Stambazze, the DCD’s subdivision coordinator, point out the area in Huntington that will be surveyed April 18.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Do you know your neighbor?

If not, the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) would like to introduce you.

DCD Assistant Director Bryn Keplinger and Subdivision Coordinator Marla Stambazze say they'd like to do that by stimulating the formation of neighborhood associations.

Several target areas for neighborhood associations have been selected, and the DCD will be working first in a neighborhood just east of downtown Huntington.

Markle council to consider change in manure disposal rules

The Markle Town Council will consider a proposed amendment to its zoning ordinance concerning livestock operations at its upcoming meeting on Wednesday, April 15. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is held at the Markle Town Hall Meeting Room, 155 W. Sparks St.

Skateboarders in Roanoke may soon have place to call their own

Skateboarders in Roanoke may soon have a place to call their own, if Roanoke Town Marshal Kip Rupert has his way.
They'll also be held responsible for not following the rules.

Rupert told members of the Roanoke Town Council on Tuesday, April 7, that skateboarders are frequently causing minor damage throughout the town.

Rupert is investigating possible ordinances to be considered for adoption by the council creating fines for skateboarding in unauthorized areas.

DCD brings on assistant director; fills building inspector, commissioner posts

Bryn Keplinger (right) is sworn in Monday, March 30, as assistant director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (left) . DCD Department Director Nate Schacht observes.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Bryn Keplinger was sworn in Monday, March 30, as assistant director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, ending a three-year stretch of the department operating without an assistant director.

Also sworn in were Shad Paul, as the DCD's building commissioner, and Brandt Finley, the department's building inspector.

Swearing in building inspector


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Brandt Finley (right) is sworn in on Monday, March 30, as the Huntington Countywide Department of Development building inspector by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (left) while DCD Department Direcotr Nate Schacht looks on.

Swearing in building commissioner


Photos by Cindy Klepper.

Shad Paul (right) is sworn as the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development builidng commissioner on Monday, March 30, by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (left) while DCD Department Director Nate Schact observes.

School board members approve summer school proposal

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved a proposal for summer school classes during their meeting on Monday, March 23.

Classes are offered to students requiring remediation or whom teachers think could benefit from them. Courses in both math and language arts will be available for all grade levels, while a few additional courses are offered to high school students.

New town hall in works for Roanoke

The Town of Roanoke will move forward with a plan to make an offer to buy six properties on Main and Vine streets after receiving approval from the Roanoke Town Council on Tuesday, March 17.

On March 4, the Huntington County CEDIT Board recommended that the Huntington County Commissioners award Roanoke $35,000 toward the purchase of the properties.

The site would be developed into a new town hall, public safety center, community center and parking lot.

The commissioners approved the allotment of money, allowing the council to continue with its plans.

Info meeting April 7 for Lancaster tie-in to Mt. Etna sewer system

Mt. Etna officials will hold an informational meeting on April 7 for homes and businesses in Lancaster that will be tying in to the Mt. Etna sewer system.
The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at the Lancaster Wesleyan Church, 3147W-543S.

Approximately 40 homes in Lancaster, the Lancaster Wesleyan Church and Lancaster Elementary School will all tie into the Mt. Etna system. Jim Lauer, of Schnelker Engineering in Fort Wayne, will conduct the meeting and answer questions regarding the connections.

INDOT awards Huntington $2.58 million grant for Etna Avenue reconstruction

A major reconstruction project on Etna Avenue could begin in 2013, made possible by a $2.58 million grant awarded to the city of Huntington by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Rep. Dan Leonard announced the grant on Wednesday, March 25.

"We've been after that (grant) for a few reasons," says Dave Schoeff, assistant director of the city's engineering office. "We'd like to make it a safer route, with all the traffic."

A separately-funded portion of the project would introduce stormwater drainage to the area, Schoeff says.

Salamonie Summer Festival committee members discuss plans with Warren Town Council

Members of the Salamonie Festival committee appeared before the Warren Town Council on Monday, March 23, and discussed plans for the event taking place in July.

"Let Freedom Ring" was the theme chosen by the committee. Committee members requested approval from the council to rent a 30 by 90 foot tent for seating and protection from the weather. The tent would be anchored with stakes in the pavement, they said. The council approved the use of the tent if the committee plugged the holes in the roads following the tent's removal.

Plan comission discusses amending sign ordinance

The Huntington City Plan Commission met Thursday, March 19, and discussed amending the city's sign ordinance.

Community Development Assistant Director Bryn Keplinger has taken on the task of enforcing and regulating signage throughout the city. In the past several months Keplinger has confiscated numerous signs throughout the city which violate the ordinance.

During the winter months signs could be seen advertising a dating service Web site based in Panama, South America. Singles.net hired a marketing company to place the signs throughout cities.

Council approves adding chief deputy position to treasurer's office

The Huntington County Council approved adding the position of chief deputy in the Huntington County treasurer's office during a meeting held Monday, March 23.

Brenda Hamilton, Huntington County treasurer, requested that Deputy Cindy Yeiter be named chief deputy, with a $4,500 salary increase. Hamilton explained to the council what she characterized as her office's slim budget and its fiscally responsible choices. She also referenced former chief deputies' raises and extra training.

County BZA approves property for fire-training center

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the development of a 4.88-acre property owned by Huntington County to become a fire-training center for surrounding counties.

Brandon Taylor of Huntington County Emergency Management came before the board Tuesday, March 24, requesting a special exception for the property, which is zoned for residential use. The property, located off of Indiana Street, will hold a 200 by 125 foot stone pad and a 24 by 32 foot pole barn. Fires will be set within the facility for training purposes.

School board approves requests

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved several requests during its regular meeting on Monday, March 23.
They include:

Personnel

Public turns out in support of board as it weighs options on continuing shutdown religious education program

Local residents came out in force Monday night to lend their support to the Huntington County Community School Board as trustees weigh their options regarding the continuation of the "By the Book" religious education program.

The program came to a grinding halt late last week after a federal judge in Hammond issued an order in the case, explained Joe Wiley, a local attorney representing the school corporation in a lawsuit filed by the mother of a Horace Mann Elementary School student. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is backing the mother in the lawsuit.

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