Government & School Board

Roanoke Town Council pays for new emergency services software

The Roanoke Town Council paid for new emergency services computer software at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The board agreed to pay a bill for $11,461 to Spillman Technologies for the software. All public safety agencies in Huntington County are transitioning to the software, with towns chipping in 2.5 percent apiece toward the total cost of the software while Huntington City and Huntington County cover the majority of the cost.

Gov. Holcomb appoints Jamie Groves to fill last year of retiring Hakes’ term

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Jamie Groves

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has announced Jamie M. Groves as his appointment to the Huntington County Circuit Court.

Groves will succeed Judge Thomas M. Hakes, who retires Dec. 31.

The appointment is for the remainder of Hakes’ term, which ends Dec. 31, 2018.

Groves currently serves as the chief deputy prosecutor in Huntington County. He has been with the Huntington County Prosecutor’s Office for the past 20 years and has served as its chief deputy for the past 10 years.

Etna Avenue project soon wrapping until spring

A car proceeds down Huntington’s Etna Avenue, which has been the scene of various construction projects from Jessup Street to the Wabash River. Residents and property owners on the street recently received a letter outlining upcoming work to be performed in the area.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A recent letter sent to property owners and residents outlines the upcoming work schedule for the Etna Avenue construction that has been ongoing between Jessup Street and the Wabash River on the city’s south side.

Contractor Phend & Brown, Inc. has set the following timeline:

• Now to Dec. 29 – Install the storm sewer main on the east side of Etna Avenue, from 200 feet south of Jessup Street to the end of the new storm sewer main (approximately 200 linear feet north of Jessup Street).

• Jan. 1 – No work.

Two precinct boundaries in city could be changed by commish order

The Election Division of the Office of the Secretary of State of Indiana has determined that a proposed order by the Huntington County Board of Commissioners, to change certain precinct boundaries within this county, would comply with state law.

Chatting with constituents

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ind. Sen. Andy Zay (standing) talks about the subject of education with Huntington County Community School Corporation Superintendent Randy Harris (left) and Steve Yager, of Fort Wayne, during a “Coffee with the Constituents” event held Thursday, Dec. 22, at Nick’s Kitchen in downtown Huntington.

Commish to have exec meet Friday

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session on Friday, Dec. 29, at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Andrews Town Council finds Community Crossing grant won't fund storm water infrastructure project

The Andrews Town Council discussed storm water infrastructure projects during its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

Warren town office to be closed Dec. 22, 25, 26

The Town of Warren’s office will be closed on Dec. 22, 25 and 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

The office will also be closed on Dec. 29 and Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.

The holiday schedule for trash collection for those on town routes is Thursday, Dec. 28, for Christmas week and Thursday, Jan. 4, for New Year’s week.

To notify in case of a utility emergency such as power outage, water main break or other service emergency, call the Utility Garage number, 375-3424 and wait until it is transferred to the utility manager.

Roanoke Town Council dissolves park board

The Roanoke Town Council dissolved the town’s park board at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Council President Dave Tucker made the recommendation to disband the board, citing low membership, which routinely prevented it from functioning due to lack of a quorum.

Until a new park board can be formed, the town council will assume its responsibilities. Tucker noted that Park Employee Bob Scott and Park Liaison Ryan Smith would continue to serve in those roles.

Proposed cuts at middle schools have several upset at school board meeting

The gallery was once again full as anxious middle school teachers attended the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting Monday, Dec. 18.

They wanted to know what was being planned, in light of news – and rumors – surrounding proposed cuts to the middle school teaching staff and adding more class periods.

County council to fund enclosure of rec yard at jail

The Huntington County Council voted to fund the enclosure of the recreational yard at the Huntington County Jail at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 18.

Tom Wall, president of the Huntington County Commissioners, and Scott Carnegie, of structural engineering firm DLZ, presented the lowest bid for the project to the board, which was a $347,488 proposal from Hamilton Builders.

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles closing down Dec. 23-26 for holiday

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches will be closed Saturday, Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Branches will resume regularly-scheduled business hours on Wednesday, Dec. 27.

In addition, branches will be closed Saturday, Dec. 30, through Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

All branches will resume regularly-scheduled business hours beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Norwood meet moved

Due to a scheduling conflict, the regularly scheduled Norwood Regional Water and Sewer District meeting has been postponed until Saturday, Dec. 23, at 9 a.m. at the Andrews Town Hall.

Knowles announces for Hgtn. Twp. trustee

Carl Knowles

Huntington resident Carl Knowles has announced his intention to run for Huntington Township Trustee when current Trustee Tim Guy steps down after his term ends next year.

Knowles, a Republican, placed his hat in the ring after meeting with Guy several times and expressing his eagerness to “continue moving Huntington Township in the right direction.”

He cites being in printing management for 25 years among his qualifications for the job.

Roanoke library board of trustees set to meet today, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

The Roanoke Public Library Board of Trustees will meet today, Monday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Roanoke Public Library’s Program Room for its regular December meeting. 

This is one week earlier than usual due to the Christmas holiday. 

Banks’ staff member to be at Ligonier, Huntertown sites

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Ligonier and Huntertown on Tuesday, Dec. 19, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The meetings will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the town hall at 301 S. Caven St., Ligonier, and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the town hall at 15617 Lima Rd., Huntertown.

Local school administrators not happy with new grad pathways

The Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE) has approved new graduation pathways for Indiana’s high school students, which are intended to give all students the skills and experiences they will need to take the next step in their educational journeys and to secure good jobs.

However, local school officials say the move is too hasty and hasn’t been fully thought out, especially in regard to how schools will pay for it.

Huntington County Commissioners to have exec session on Tuesday

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 103A. 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Indiana Sen. Zay to meet with his constituents Dec. 22 at Nick’s Kitchen

Indiana Sen. Andy Zay will meet with constituents Friday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 a.m. at Nick’s Kitchen, in Huntington.

As part of his district tour, Zay will listen to concerns and priorities for his work in the Indiana Senate and share the latest updates for Indiana and Huntington County.

Nick’s Kitchen is located at 506 N. Jefferson St.

Huntington Common Council receives Porter/FMC update

The Huntington Common Council received an update on the cleanup process at the H.K. Porter/Friction Materials site at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Andy Maguire, on-scene coordinator with the Environmental Protection Agency, delivered the update to the board. Maguire reviewed the EPA’s activities at the site from July through October and previewed its agenda when work resumes in mid-January next year.

Andrews council hoping to use additional funding for more storm water infrastructure projects

The Andrews Town Council wants to see a storm water infrastructure project initiated on East McKeever Street.

Council just doesn’t want to see it happen twice.

GOP to caucus twice on Dec. 20 to fill vacancies

The Huntington County Republican Party will be holding two caucuses on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Huntington Township Fire Station to fill two vacancies.

Precinct Committeemen from Precincts Dallas 1 and 2 will meet at 6:30 p.m. to fill the vacancy of Dallas Township Trustee Brenda Kitt, who will be resigning at the end of the year. Precinct Committeemen from Precincts 7, 7A and 8 will meet at 7 p.m. to fill the vacancy of City Council District 4, created by Councilwoman Erin Covey, who is moving out of the district.

Banks’ staffer to be in Hgtn. Dec. 14 at courthouse

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The staff member will meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Special meeting for Common Council

The Common Council of the City of Huntington will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the City Building.

The meeting will include a pubic hearing and for the council to receive information and possibly act on matters brought before it.

State commissioners association elects Wall as group’s secretary

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Tom Wall

Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall was elected 2018 Secretary of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners (IACC) during their recent annual conference.

As secretary, Wall will represent the elected county commissioners in the 92 counties of the state. The IACC is represented by six districts in the state. Wall will be secretary of the IACC’s Executive Board of Directors, which determines policies and legislative goals for the association.

Zay announces state senate now accepting applications for pages

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) has announced the Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the Senate Page Program.

This full-day interactive program gives students in grades six through 12 the opportunity to tour the Indiana Statehouse, observe session debates on the Senate floor and assist staff with age-appropriate tasks. Students will also meet with their state senator.

Roanoke Park closer to getting new pedestrian bridges

The installation of new pedestrian bridges at Roanoke Park is one step closer to happening, the Roanoke Town Council learned at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The town’s supervisor of operations, Phil Hib-bert, announced that the town had received a $20,000 grant from the Huntington County Community Foundation for the project. The pursuit of the grant was a joint effort between the town and the Roanoke Beautification Foundation.

County council votes to add four more jailers at Hgtn. County Jail

Four jailers will be added to the staff of the Huntington County Jail, despite budgetary concerns expressed by two members of the Huntington County Council.

Councilman Shane Bickel had no such concerns.

“This involves human beings. This involves safety,” he told fellow council members during their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 30. “This is the most important priority we have right now.”

Sheriff Terry Stoffel and Jail Commander Jeff Kyle said hiring more jailers would allow for additional staff in the evenings and on the weekends.

Cub Scout donation

Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Roanoke Lions recently presented a $200 donation to Roanoke Cub Scout Troop 3131. Lions Club Treasurer Charles Crawford (left) presents the check to Scouts (front from left) Cameron Proffitt, Spencer Proffitt and Mason Donajkowski, while looking on are (back from left) Den Leader Scott Proffitt and Lions member Celia Bandelier.

Local SWCD to have monthly meet Dec. 14

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 4:30 p.m. at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.