Government & School Board

Board of zoning appeals to hear pair of requests at Jan. 28 meeting

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will consider two requests during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the GAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The two requests on the agenda are:

• A request by John R. Rosen for a variance from development standards to allow a flag lot on property located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Ind.-9 and Ind.-105.

Fire house open house

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Fire Department Office Manager Judy McCullough (right) cuts cake as firefighters Steve Gray (left) and Wayne Huff enjoy refreshments during the open house at the newly-renovated Fire Station 1 on Friday, Jan. 17. The station, located at 747 Condit St., now includes the department's administrative offices.

Zanesville to pay ball park's electric bill

The Zanesville Town Council made a $1,000 donation to the Zanesville Lions Ball Park electrical bill during its Thursday, Jan. 16 meeting.

Council made the donation in response to a letter from the Zanesville Lions Club requesting monetary assistance for 2014. The $1,000 total will be paid directly to the park's electricity provider, United REMC.

Council approves new zoning map for Markle

Residents in Markle will have an easier time of making improvements to their properties, after town council members adopted a new zoning map at their Wednesday, Jan. 15, meeting.

The council agreed by consensus to consider Ordinance 2014-1 in one meeting. The proposed ordinance was presented by Mark Mussman of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, with a favorable recommendation from the Markle Zoning Board.

Heffelfinger seeks to retain court judge position

Jeffrey Heffelfinger
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jeffrey R. Heffelfinger has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination as judge of the Huntington Superior Court in the May primary.

Heffelfinger currently holds the office of Superior Court judge.

Commissioners seek to slow wind farm plans

Huntington County Commissioner Larry Buzzard (center) goes over paperwork with commissioners Tom Wall (left) and Leon Hurlburt during their regularly-scheduled meeting Monday, Jan. 13.  At the meeting, Buzzard was elected president of the commissioners.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington County Commissioners bantered back and forth at their meeting on Monday, Jan. 13, on a possible attempt to force a wind farm developer to put plans on hold until the commissioners study the county's wind ordinance and hear more input from the public.

Tourism commission swears in 3 new members

Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer (left) swears in new Huntington County Tourism Commission members (from left) Marvin McNew, Chad Cirullo and Eric Harris.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Three new members of the Huntington County Tourism Commission were sworn in on Monday, Jan. 13, by Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer.

Newly installed members, who will serve two-year terms, are Chad Cirullo, general manager of the Huntington Applebee's, and Marvin McNew, retired director of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, both appointed by Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters; and Eric Harris, co-owner of Two EE's Winery, who was appointed by the Huntington County Commissioners.

First Mayor’s Night In for 2014 scheduled for Feb. 3

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters has announced that he will be hosting a series of Mayor's Night In meetings during 2014.

The program will involve an evening each quarter where Mayor Fetters will schedule individual meetings with citizens in his office from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

County Council makes last-minute adjustments to employee salaries

About 20 Huntington County employees got their pay raises in the nick of time, after the Huntington County Council approved a change in the salary ordinance to give them the money.

Andrews closer to fire pact with Hgtn. Twp.

The Andrews Town Council moved closer to agreeing on a contract to provide fire protection to Huntington Township during its Monday, Jan. 13, meeting.

Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy notified council that a contract spanning April 2014 to April 2015 was prepared and available for council and the town's legal counsel to review. Guy stated that he would send copies of the contract to Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson, who would then distribute them to council members and the town's attorney, Michael Hartburg.

City will use surplus to 'play catch-up' on deferred expenses

The city's expenses continue to run well below its income, providing what Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters sees as an opportunity to get caught up on projects deferred during leaner economic times.

"There were about five years when nothing was able to happen," Fetters said.

His plan to spend $921,000 of the city's surplus funds in a variety of areas ranging from purchasing police radios to awarding cash bonuses to city employees won approval from the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Schools to consider options for fire protection

"I have become a little concerned," says Kevin Patrick, Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees president.

"There is a, for lack of a better word, a feud going on between the township and the city (of Huntington)," he noted during the Monday, Jan. 13 meeting of the HCCSC board of trustees.

Local students will make up snow days

In Huntington County students finally returned to school on Monday, Jan. 13.

Students received an extended winter break last week, after a blast of winter weather caused Huntington County Community Schools to close Jan. 7 to Jan. 10.

In all, four days of school were canceled, and as of press time, those days are slated to be made up later this school year, says Cindy Gray, executive secretary of administration.

First to file

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Voter Registration Deputy Pam Fowler (far left) explains how to fill out the new statement of economic interest form to Jay Poe (R), the first candidate to file his intention to run for office on Wednesday, Jan. 8. as County Clerk Kittie Keiffer looks on. Party-affiliated candidates have until Feb. 7 at noon to file their paperwork.

Roanoke council to meet on Tuesday, Jan. 14, for special session at town hall

The Roanoke Town Council will meet in a special session on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Roanoke Town Hall, 141 Third St.

The main agenda topic will be consideration of bids for the annual Town insurance renewal for 2014.

Other topics may be discussed as deemed necessary by the Town Council president.