Government & School Board

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."


DCD seeks annual fee for services to Roanoke

Mark Mussman, executive director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD), notified the Roanoke Town Council at its Tuesday, Aug. 5, meeting that the department wishes to develop a formal services agreement with the town and receive funding from it for those services.

INDOT to work on two sections of Ind.-5

The Indiana Department of Transportation work on Ind.-5, in Warren, scheduled to begin on July 28 has been postponed until today, Monday, Aug. 4, weather permitting.

The project includes relocating water main and replacement of the culvert box and should last at least three weeks.

The approved local detour is Wayne Street north to CR-900S, then west on CR-900S to Ind.- 5.

Ind.-5 just south of Majenica is also scheduled for closure at or about the same time and will require using Ind.-124 as the detour.

Warren announces Labor Day town, utility closings

The Town of Warren has announced that its office and town utilities will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Trash collection will be delayed to Friday, Sept. 5.


Warren getting ready to start paving all traveled alleys in town

Beginning the week of Aug. 4, employees of Commonwealth Engineering will begin measuring and checking for drainage or any other issues in preparation for paving of all traveled alleys in Warren.

Residents living in proximity to alleys which are stone covered will see more activity then those living near alleys already paved as more foundation work will be necessary prior to paving. Alleys already paved will also see work done.

Huntington Township has fire chief in place on way to starting own dept.

Paul VonBank.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Township has a fire chief in place, the first step in establishing its own fire department.

Paul VonBank, who currently serves as chief of the Poe Fire Department in Allen County, worked his first day as Huntington Township chief on July 21. He was one of four finalists the township advisory board interviewed for the position, says Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy.

"He was just, without a doubt, head and shoulders above the rest," Guy says, citing VonBank's experience in command and grant writing, among other areas.

City council okays purchase of ‘do-it-all’ vehicle

The city of Huntington will soon have a new truck that can, quite literally, do it all.

The Huntington Common Council, during its morning meeting on Tuesday, July 29, approved spending $306,381 for the truck at the request of Bob Caley, director of City Services.

Two growing companies receive boost from county

Much of the agenda of the Huntington County Council meeting on Monday, July 28, was devoted to economic development, as council members approved a tax abatement for one company and heard plans about expansion at another one.

The council voted 6-0 to award a 10-year tax abatement to Gladieux Trading & Marketing Co. after the company filed a request involving plans to install two new storage tanks with a combined capacity of 4.2 million gallons. Councilman Jaime Miller was absent from the meeting.

EMA photographers will document streams, ditches

A representative of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency will be going throughout the county to take pictures of ditches, streams and other lower elevation areas in the county over the next several weeks.

The representative will be photographing from the roadway and other public access locations. These photographs will be used to enhance potential emergency operations that may arise and be used to assist public safety personnel and enhancing pre-existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data.