Government & School Board

McIntyre's informal task force recommendations draw fire, discussion

Recommendations from an informal task force organized by Huntington Common Council member Steve McIntyre - including an assertion that the Huntington Police Department has 10 too many officers - were presented to the council on Tuesday, March 9, setting off an exchange that prompted a union official to characterize city government as "dysfunctional."

Sale of bonds to pay for wastewater improvements passes council

The sale of $13.5 million in bonds to pay for improvements to Huntington's wastewater treatment system, along with a 20 percent increase in sewage fees for city residents, sailed through the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, March 9.

Markle Town Council reschedules meeting to March 17

The Markle Town Council has postponed its next meeting until Wednesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Markle Town Hall.

The meeting had been scheduled for March 17.


Helvie announces for re-election to county commissioner seat

Jerry Helvie.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jerry Helvie has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination to stand for re-election to the Huntington County Commissioner seat he has held for the past eight years.

Helvie represents the first district, which covers Jackson, Clear Creek, Warren and Dallas townships. However, voters throughout Huntington County are eligible to vote for all commissioners, regardless of the district they represent.

Board hears options for remodeling at HNHS

New Tech at Huntington North High School is beginning to take shape.

Dana Wannemacher, a project architect with Barton, Coe and Vilamaa of Fort Wayne, presented some design options to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees on Monday night, March 8.

The location for the first year or two of the program is projected to be a 10-classroom block beside the cafeteria and the high school radio station, which is currently home to foreign languages and English classes.

Roanoke Town Council approves use of golf carts on town streets

The Roanoke Town Council approved the use of golf carts on town streets with some restrictions at the council's meeting on Tuesday, March 2.

Councilman Nick Altman has overseen the ordinance, which is based on a similar ordinance passed by the town of Ossian in 2009.

Golf carts were banned from municipal streets by a 2009 Indiana law, but towns and cities were given permission to create exemptions.

Roanoke will allow the vehicles to be operated from March 1 to Nov. 30 during daylight hours.

Council to discuss wastewater rate increase

The Huntington Common Council will meet on Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m.

The agenda includes public hearings on a proposed wastewater rate increase and proposed changes to the zoning code concerning signage. Both proposals are expected to be brought to the council that evening for an initial vote.

In addition, the council is scheduled to vote on a resolution regarding longevity payments to city employees and on a bond for improvements to the sewage treatment plant.

Roanoke library board meets Tuesday

The Roanoke Public Library Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. at the library.

The meeting agenda includes the establishment of a 2010 spending plan.

Following the regular meeting, the board will meet in executive session to conduct job performance evaluations of library employees.


City public hearings set for next Tuesday, March 9

Public hearings will be held on Tuesday, March 9, on two ordinances under consideration by the Huntington Common Council - a proposed increase in sewage treatment fees, and proposed changes in regulations for commercial and noncommercial signs.

Both hearings will be held in the council chambers, located on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St. The hearing on sewage fees will begin at 7 p.m., with the public hearing on the sign ordinance beginning immediately after the end of the first hearing.
The council will also hold a regular meeting that evening.

2009 tax appeals down from 2008

The number of Huntington County property owners who filed appeals of their tax assessments in 2009 is down 70 percent from the number of appeals filed in 2008, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone has announced.

The deadline for filing an appeal of the 2009 assessment was Feb. 16. As of that date, Boone says, 244 appeals had been filed. In 2008, she says, 774 appeals were filed.

BOW member wants trash decision review

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, acting on a request by board member Shirley Powell on Monday, March 1, will revisit the trash pick-up decision during the first board meeting of May.

Powell, who has been absent from board meetings for an extended amount of time due to illness, asked to discuss Mayor Steve Updike's announcement made on Feb. 11 to move garbage pick-up to twice a month from weekly. Powell said she wants to make sure that the decision is still necessary to save money.

Mickley declares for county council seat

Kendall Mickley.
Photo provided.

Kendall Mickley has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination to the second district seat on Huntington County Council.

Mickley says he believes his financial experience gives him the resources to deal with property tax caps and other revenue shortfalls county government is currently facing.

New trash pick-up schedule starts this month

Huntington's every-other-week trash collection begins this month.

The Huntington Street Department will collect trash the first full week of the month and the third week of each month. A week that begins on a Sunday or a Monday is considered a full week.

The specific day on which a resident's trash is picked up will not change.

School board narrowly approves pay increase for superintendent

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees approved a 2.25 percent raise for Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer on Monday, Feb. 22.

Shafer's compensation was approved by a close 4-3 vote. The raise is retroactive to July 2009. Those voting with the majority were Rick Brubaker, vice president, and members Dr. Jennifer Goff, Troy Smart and Tom King. Those voting against the compensation were Kevin Patrick, president; Rex Baxter, secretary; and member Scott Hoffman.

Carney announces as Republican for sheriff

Tom Carney.
Photo provided.

Tom Carney, a 21-year veteran of the Huntington County Sheriff's Department, has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination as sheriff.

Carney has served as major, the department's second in command, under Sheriff Kent Farthing for both of Farthing's terms in office. Farthing is limited by state law to two four-year terms.

Carney also served as a reserve officer with the Sheriff's Department before being hired on as a full-time officer in 1988.