Government & School Board

Annexation back on city council’s plate

Annexation is once again on the plate of the Huntington Common Council.

But unlike the annexation proposal rejected by the council in July, this one appears likely to be successful.

It includes only the Hidden Hamlets housing addition, and it's backed by some 94 percent of Hidden Hamlet's residents.

Ed Beckner, representing his fellow Hidden Hamlets residents, appeared before the city council on Tuesday morning, Aug. 26, to present a petition for the annexation of the addition.

Andrews gives two options to town garage contractor

The Andrews Town Council discussed a contract during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 25, that will be presented to the contractor of the town garage construction project.

Council awarded the project to L B Schwartz Brothers Construction, of New Haven, with the selection of its bid for $254,000 on June 9.

A problem has arisen, however, because the company's limited liability company (LLC) license with the Secretary of State's office was allowed to expire.

HCCSC reaching goals for itself and students

The Huntington County Community Schools are closing in on - and in one case surpassing - the goals it has set for itself and its students.

Charles Grable, the corporation's assistant superintendent for instruction, presented that good news to the HCCSC board of trustees during their meeting on Monday, Aug. 25.

Grable's quarterly report card focused on four goals the corporation wants to reach by 2016.

Warpup announces as candidate for school board 3rd district seat

Brian Warpup.
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Brian Warpup, of Warren, has announced his candidacy for the third district seat on the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of school trustees.

The seat is currently held by Ben Landrum.

Warpup is a 1991 graduate of Huntington North High School and a 1995 graduate of Ball State University.

He is a full-time grain farmer in Salamonie Township.

Snyder announces as school board candidate for second district spot

Gary Snyder.
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Gary Snyder has announced that he plans to be a candidate for the second district seat on the Huntington County Community School Corporation's board of trustees.

That seat is currently held by Kevin Patrick, who previously announced that he does not plan to seek re-election. Matt Roth, a local attorney, has also announced plans to seek the second district seat on the school board.

Markle council to help fund sandbagging machine

The Markle Town Council has agreed to give the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency $2,000.

The contribution was approved during the council's meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 20, after EMA Director Lindsie Goss made a plea for a donation toward the purchase of a sandbagging machine.

County council tackles budget reductions

After two days of hearing from every department in county government, the Huntington County Council was able to cut only $34,000 from its 2015 budget.

The county initially needed to make a total of $1.8 million in cuts from the budget, but the cuts made during the hearing and some "tweaking" reduced the amount still to be cut to just $340,000.

County Auditor Cindy Yeiter says the council can pass a resolution to stop this year's spending if need be.

Roanoke residents can expect higher water rates

Water rates are going up in Roanoke after action taken by the town council at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Council passed Ordinance 2014-6, which raises the water rates starting with the minimum monthly charge, which climbs to $21.79 from $13.62.

The ordinance, which does not affect the wastewater rates, also increases the utility deposit to $175 from $62.50.

Council passed the ordinance so that a 20-year bond can be issued that will enable the town to pay for a water tower, iron filter and an expansion project at the water treatment plant.

2015 budget hearings set for Aug. 18-19

The Huntington County budget hearings for the 2015 budget will be held Monday, Aug. 18, and Tuesday, Aug. 19, starting at 6 p.m. both evenings in the GAR room of the courthouse.

The Huntington County Council will address a short agenda on Aug. 18 prior to the hearings of different county departments.

Budget adoption hearings will be Sept. 15 at 8 a.m. in the GAR room. Non-binding budgets will be seen first with regular departments thereafter.


Downtown apartment project wins tax break

Two apartment buildings for Senior citizens - one new, and one refurbished - should be open by this time next year, a representative of the developer told members of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

The Park Lofts at Huntington is being developed by the Miller-Valentine Group, based in Cincinnati, OH, and will include 59 apartments in two buildings at Warren Street and East Park Drive. Miller-Valentine is renovating the former Our Sunday Visitor building on that corner and constructing a new building across the street on the former site of the Huntington YMCA.

Warren council is cool to DCD funding request

A proposal that smaller communities in Huntington County make a financial contribution to the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development didn't go over well in Warren.

"How many times has the DCD been here to help us?" Warren Town Council President Julia Glessner asked DCD Executive Director Mark Mussman.

Andrews council to submit grant request for utility infrastructure

The Andrews Town Council voted to submit a planning grant to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 11, that will fund improvements to the town's utility infrastructure.

The grant totals $53,000 and calls for $45,000 from the state with the town chipping in $8,000 in CEDIT funds.

OCRA granted a third extension request by the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library as work on its expansion project wraps up.

School board discusses bond for ‘much-needed’ building repairs

The Huntington County Community School Corporation board considered the possibility of starting a new general obligation bond process, but spent much more time discussing how to spend it on some much-needed repairs at school buildings.

At its regular school board meeting on Monday, Aug. 11, the board heard from Todd Samuelson of the financial advising firm Umbaugh & Associates, who reported that with the corporation's current debt payoff schedule, HCCSC can consider a general obligation bond for corporate improvements up to $2 million.

Local SWCD to hold meet on Aug. 18

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.



Andrews council sets closed meeting Friday

The Andrews Town Council will meet in executive session on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.

The meeting, which is closed to the public, will be held at the Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

The purpose of the meeting, according to a notice issued by council President Mike Rohler, is "for discussion of strategy with respect to ... initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing."