Government & School Board

Local Democratic party sets March 4 meeting

The March meeting of the Huntington County Democratic Party will be held on Wednesday, March 4, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting’s discussion topic will be “Politics: Local, State and National.”

The meeting is open to the public.

The Huntington branch is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Wall new Region 3-A Commission chairman

Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall was elected chairman of the Region 3-A Regional Planning Commission at their Feb. 20 meeting.

Also during the executive board election, Avilla Town Council President Paul Shepherd was elected vice-chairman and Wabash County Commissioner Brian Haupert was elected secretary. They will hold these roles for all of 2020.

Strick to deliver State of City address at Pathfinder Services on Feb. 28

Huntington Mayor Richard Strick will deliver a State of the City address on Friday, Feb. 28, at Pathfinder Services, in Huntington, at 7:30 a.m.

Today, Thursday, Feb. 27, is the last day to reserve a seat at the event, which is required in order to attend. Reservations are free and can be made by emailing or calling 356-5300.

Strick will discuss his administration’s plans for 2020. A question-and-answer session will follow.

School board saves big money on laptops

Summertime and the school year ahead dominated the agenda of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting Monday, Feb. 24, with multiple items up for approval.

But board members were most excited about approving next year’s curricular material fees, topped by the purchase of new laptops that will save parents about $100 per student in fees next school year.

Andrews council discusses ending of clean-up process at Antioch MHP

The Andrews Town Council discussed the conclusion of the cleanup process at Antioch Mobile Home Park at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 24.

Marla Stambazze, of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, reported that the final 1-1/2 mobile homes needing to be removed from the park had been demolished and taken out.

With the removal of those units, the park, which is located at 200 Wabash Ave., is now in compliance with DCD’s order of enforcement, she said, which was issued last July.

Markle Town Council warns citizens that cutting Ind.-116 noise, speed won’t come about quickly

More discussion was heard at the latest Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, about the excessive noise, speed and damage cause by large trucks rumbling through town on Ind.-116, but councilmen warned it won’t be a quick fix to right the problem.

Markle resident Ben Gerber presented findings he made of how Bluffton and Decatur handle similar issues and what restrictions the cities have put in place, saying truck traffic has picked up, making it a “hard push” to get it off of Ind.-116.

Working for constituents

Photo provided.

Huntington County elected officials recently attended the Association of Indiana Counties’ 2020 Legislative Conference in Indianapolis. Pictured are (front row from left) Councilwoman Kittie Keiffer, Auditor Jill Landrum, Clerk Shelley Septer, Commissioner Rob Miller and Councilman Terry Miller; and (back row from left) Councilman Ron Kline and Commissioner Tom Wall.

Strick talks state of city at council meeting

Mayor Richard Strick delivered his State of the City address to the Huntington Common Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

In a departure from previous years, city department heads did not present their annual reports to council at the meeting. Rather, those reports were submitted to council members in written form, with members invited to approach department heads if they had any questions.

The accomplishments of the city’s departments in 2019 were summarized by Strick in his address.

Commish to meet with sewer district group

The Huntington County Board of Commissioners and Huntington County Regional Sewer District Board of Trustees will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. in the GAR Room 207 of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

Updated filing list for county offices

As of Feb. 6, the following individuals have announced their candidacy for nominations for Huntington County offices in the primary election on May 5.

Those individuals are:

County Treasurer
Brenda S. Hamilton.

County Coroner
Rod Jackson.

County Commissioner, 2nd District
Terry Stoffel.

County Commissioner, 3rd District
Tom Wall. *

HCCSC board gives approval for no-fee textbook, lunch account card

Textbook rental fees and lunch account charges for Huntington County Community School Corporation students will soon be payable with a credit card that won’t assess parents and guardians an extra fee.

The change was announced at the HCCSC Board of School Trustees meeting Monday, Feb. 10, by Assistant Superintendent for Business and Classified Staff Scott Bumgardner, who said the corporation has partnered with the company e-Funds for Schools to offer online payments for studentts’ meals and fees.

Andrews council discusses Antioch clean-up again

The Andrews Town Council discussed the status of the clean-up process at Antioch Mobile Home Park at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.

Council President John Harshbarger stated that one of the two remaining mobile homes at the park needing to be removed had been partially demolished on Feb. 5. That work, he said, had been done at the direction of Brian Salerno, the managing member of Antioch Mobile Home Park LLC.

Roanoke Town Council discusses recycling

The Roanoke Town Council discussed recycling in town at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Resident Dick Smart inquired if a new recycling location would be established in Roanoke. The previous location had been in the town parking lot on Third Street and featured dumpsters provided by the Huntington County Commissioners. While those dumpsters were strictly for recyclable materials, and were accompanied by signage that specified that, non-recyclable items were placed in them on a regular basis, which led council to order their removal last July.

Stumping for the nomination

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Carlos Marcano, a Democratic candidate to represent the state’s third congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, makes his case to voters at a meeting of the Huntington County Democratic Party on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Marcano is a resident of Roanoke. The group of about 20 people also heard from Marcano’s Democratic opponent, Chip Coldiron, and from Jonathan Weinzapfel, Democratic candidate for Indiana Attorney General.

Huntington County Redevelopment Commission to meet this afternoon

The Huntington County Redevelopment Commission will meet today, Monday, Feb. 3, at the Huntington County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Huntington County Commissioners’ Office at the courthouse, which is located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.