Government & School Board

SWCD sponsors spring tree, shrub sale

The Huntington County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) office is sponsoring a spring tree and shrub sale.

Some of the varieties available are October Glory, Red Oak, Cleveland Pear, Autumn Blaze Maple, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce and Tulip Poplar. For an order form and a complete list of trees and shrubs visit the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington, or go to the SWCD website at www.huntingtonswcd.org.

Tree order forms are due by April 16 with payment.

Trees will be available for pickup on April 23 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fire protection plans proceed amid concerns about annexation

The Huntington Township Advisory Board has moved ahead with arrangements to fund payment for fire protection services from area volunteer fire departments, despite uncer-tainty as to the effect of possible annexation of some areas of the township into the city of Huntington.

Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy told members of his advisory board on Friday, March 14, that two volunteer fire departments - Andrews and Markle - have signed contracts to provide service to areas of Huntington Township on April 15.

Mayor proposes annexation of five areas

This map, provided by the City of Huntington, shows the five areas proposed for annexation by the city over the next eight years.
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A plan to annex more than 3,000 acres of land into the city of Huntington drew protests even before it was formally introduced to the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, March 11.

"You're looking at annexing as much as 40 percent of the unincorporated portion of Huntington Township," Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy told council members.

The annexation would have a negative impact on the township's property tax revenue, Guy said, hampering the township's ability to provide services including fire protection.

City will conribute to downtown apartments

An Ohio-based company will receive some financial help from the city to construct 59 apartments for Senior adults in downtown Huntington.

The apartments will be located in an existing building at 41 E. Park Drive, currently occupied by Coach's Connection, and in a newly-constructed building in a vacant lot across Warren Street that was formerly the site of the Huntington YMCA.

Andrews looks ahead to spring clean-up

The Andrews Town Council set a tentative date for this year's spring clean-up during its Monday, March 10, meeting.

Council expressed interest in making Saturday, May 3, the date to permit residents to place refuse out by their garbage cans to be picked up. Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson said he would contact Waste Management to see if that date would work for them.

Johnson added that steps would be taken to ensure that all units in Vernon Manor Mobile Home Park could participate in this year's cleanup.

Fiber optics being installed in Warren

Fiber optic service is coming to Warren.

Citizens Telephone Corp. has begun installing fiber optic cables in a test neighborhood, Citizens Telephone representative Neal Laymon told members of the Warren Town Council on Monday, March 10.

"It's mainly for Internet speed," Laymon said. "It will allow unlimited Internet speeds."

The century-old Citizens Telephone provides cable television and Internet service in Warren, as well as telephone service.

Director offers review of VNT program

Kelly Renier, director of Viking New Tech, provided an update on that program during the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees meeting on Monday evening, March 10.

Viking New Tech was instated four years ago at Huntington North High School.

"Our instructional approach is centered on project-based learning, a culture that empowers students and facilitators and integrated technology in the classroom," Renier says.

Community members can have say about ordinance regulating wind farms at plan commission meeting March 12

Community members are invited to comment on the Huntington County ordinance regulating wind farms during a meeting of the Huntington County Plan Commission on Wednesday, March 12.

The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Huntington North High School, 450 MacGahan St., Huntington, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

House page


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Kathleen Jacobs (left), a student at Huntington North High School, served with State Rep. Dan Leonard (right) as an Indiana House page during the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Students serving as pages can tour the statehouse, see where the governor works and observe sessions of the House, Senate and Supreme Court. They also learn how a bill becomes a law as they watch legislators debate issues on the House floor and work alongside legislators, legislative assistants and interns.

Staving off floods


Photo by Steve Clark.

A construction worker peers into a hole along Taylor Street across from Hier's Park on Friday, Feb. 28. The hole eventually became home to a pump station, designed to alleviate flooding on the south side of Huntington such as occurred during heavy rains last April. During that incident, a large amount of water flowing by gravity in a drainage ditch at Hier's Park backed up through a manhole near Ace Hardware on South Jefferson Street, triggering flooding throughout the neighborhood, explains Anthony Goodnight, the city's director of public works and engineering services.

Applications for tax exempt status are due May 15

Organizations that may be exempt from property tax must file a property tax exemption form in the Huntington County assessor's office no later than May 15, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone has announced.

The application, which can be used for both real and personal property exemptions, must be filed every two years on the even year.

City offices to close for meeting today

All Huntington city offices will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, March 6, for an employee meeting.

Hurlburt to seek second term as Huntington County commissioner

Leon Hurlburt.
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Huntington County Commissioner Leon Hurlburt has announced that he plans to seek a second term in that office.

Hurlburt has filed for the Republican nomination in the first commissioners' district. He has an opponent in the Republican primary, Rob Miller.

"I believe the core foundation of government is to represent the people's views and be their voice in county government," Hurlburt says. "I am against big government and any new taxes.

Assessment forms need to be turned in by May 15

Assessment forms for business and farm personal property must be turned in at the Huntington County assessor's office by May 15, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone has announced.

The requirement includes churches and exempt entities. No filing extensions will be granted, she adds.

Neither the assessment forms nor reminder cards will be mailed this year, Boone says.

UTEC gets tax abatement on new equipment

A local company will receive a tax break as it purchases and installs nearly $1.5 million worth of new equipment to be used in both manufacturing and research and development.

The 10-year tax abatement for United Technologies Electronic Controls was unanimously approved Tuesday, Feb. 25, by the Huntington Common Council.

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