Government & School Board

Roth wins school board seat over 3 others

Two voters cast their ballots at the Huntington Church of the Nazarene on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The church served as the polling place for Huntington 11A and Huntington 12.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Local attorney Matt Roth will take a seat on the Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees in January, after coming out on top of a four-man race in the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election.

Roth will represent the board's second district, which is currently represented by Kevin Patrick. Patrick did not seek re-election.

Roth received 638 votes, more than 100 votes ahead of second place finisher Stephen Geders, who accumulated 522 votes.

Roanoke TC to hold special session tonight

The Roanoke Town Council will hold a special session on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Roanoke Town Hall, 141 W. Third St., Roanoke.

The meeting will take the place of the normally scheduled council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The main item on the agenda is the re-adoption of the 2015 budget levy and rates due to a technical correction. Other topics may be discussed.


Markle council meets today

The Markle Town Council will hold a special meeting today, Monday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor of the Markle Town Hall, 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.

The purpose of the meeting is to re-adopt the 2015 budget to concur with the adoption date posted on the state's Gateway Program.


Voting books are being replaced by iPads during upcoming election

Printed books containing the names of registered voters are being replaced by iPads during this fall's general election.

The electronic poll books have been used during early voting in the county clerk's office, says Pam Fowler, voter registration and election deputy in the clerk's office.

They're getting people through the line more quickly, she says, and she expects additional benefits when the iPads are put into use at polling places throughout the county on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

New Huntington Fire Department lineup

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

One new firefighter was sworn in as a member of the Huntington Fire Department and three other firefighters were promoted to new positions during a ceremony held in the council chambers at the Huntington City Building on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Participating in the ceremony were (from left) David Teusch, who was promoted to deputy chief and fire marshal; Curan Burnau, who recently joined the HFD as a firefighter; Wayne Huff, who was named assistant chief; Mayor Brooks Fetters; Tony Johnson, who was promoted to lieutenant; and Fire Chief Tim Albertson.

Three looking for two openings on Roanoke Town Council this year

Roanoke Town Council candidates are (from left) Cory Cartwright, Troy Karshner and Brian Secor.
Photos provided.

Three men are vying for two positions on the Roanoke Town Council this year.

Newcomer Brian Secor is running against incumbents Cory Cartwright and Troy Karshner, who are both also looking to retain their positions on the council.

Roanoke residents will be asked to select two of the three during the Nov. 4 election.

Cartwright, the most recent addition to the town council, has worked as a driver for Erie Haven for 13 years. He lives at 497 Posey Hill St., Roanoke, with his wife Connie and two young children.

All 3 council seats, C-T job up for grabs in Zanesville

All three seats on the Zanesville Town Council, as well as the town's clerk-treasurer position, are up for grabs this election cycle.

There are five contenders for the trio of council seats and three hopefuls for the clerk-treasurer's office.

Vying for a council seat is incumbent John Schuhmacher, Democrat; Kenneth Edwards, Republican; Dave Frick, Republican; Dennis Kammerer, Republican; and Barbara O'Connor, Democrat.

County treasurer reminds citizens that fall property taxes are due Nov. 10

The fall installment of property taxes is due on Nov. 10, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton reminds taxpayers.

The treasurer's office, located on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, is open to accept payments Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours will be held on Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to noon. The courthouse will be closed on Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Early voting for fall general election to end Monday, Nov. 3

Early voting for the fall general election will end on Monday, Nov. 3, at noon.

Any registered voter is eligible to vote early. Voters must present a valid photo ID whether voting early or casting their ballot on Election Day, Nov. 4.

Early voting takes place outside the Huntington County clerk's office on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse. The polling place is open today and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon.

City BZA has three requests for its Nov. 3 meeting

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals has three requests on its agenda during its meeting on Monday, Nov. 3.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington. It is open to the public.

Tim Fulton has requested a special exception to allow an electrical contracting business as a home occupation at 190 Columbia St., Huntington. The property is zoned residential.

Rose M. Wall is requesting a variance of use to allow a single-family dwelling at 819 W. Park Drive, Huntington. The property is zoned for industrial use.

Election workers won't get raise this year

The Huntington County Council declined to consider increasing pay for poll workers this year during its meeting on Monday, Oct. 27.

Ken Zuk, a member of the Huntington County Election Board, made the request to council, which Council President Kendall Mickley says was simply not possible to grant.

"We already finalized that money at the beginning of 2014," he explains. "The discussion was made with all of the department heads that, hey, any reviews of positions and increases would be effective 2015 budget year.

City council tables bonuses, building and alley

There was a lot of talk, but not much action, at the Oct. 28 meeting of the Huntington Common Council.

The council tabled action on year-end bonuses for all city employees, funding to get the ball rolling on the construction of a $1.4 million city services building and the vacation of an alley just south of Convenience Corner.

Council members did, however, approve a recommendation by the Huntington Plan Commission to rezone three parcels of land south of Convenience Corner from residential to business.

Andrews goes online to find leaf vacuum

Andrews Town Council members believe they have found a solution to the town's leaf issues.

"This is something that we have been talking about for the last four to five months," An-drews Town Council President Mike Rohler said during the council's meeting on Mon-day, Oct. 27.

After an extensive search for a vacuum suitable for removing leaves from residents' yards, the council found what it needed on Craigslist.

Schools' $52.4 million budget gets board's OK

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees got a lot done in a short amount of time at its meeting Monday, Oct. 27, adopting the 2015 budget as well as the general obligation bond and school bus replacement plan, among other items of business.

The $52.4 million 2015 budget, which includes $36.3 million in the general fund, received quick approval with a 6-1 vote, with board member Scott Hoffman voting no.

Board President Kevin Patrick says the school system is doing a good job of doing more with less.

Jackson Township trustee has challenger in upcoming election

Sheila Hines, a nine-year veteran of the Jackson Township trustee's office, has a challenger in fall balloting.

Hines, a Republican, and Democrat challenger Kevin G. Murray will face off on the Nov. 4 election.

Hines, 60, a Jackson Township resident for most of her life, served three years on the Jackson Township Advisory Board before becoming Jackson Township trustee, an office she has held for the past nine years.