Government & School Board

Students to make up days March 14, May 14

In light of the closing of Huntington County Community School Corporation schools on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21 and 22, make-up dates have been announced.

For Thursday's cancellation, HCCSC students will attend school on Monday, March 22, and for Friday's cancellation, schools will be open on Friday, May 14.

In addition, parents and students are reminded that school will be in session on Friday, March 19, in order for teachers and staff to attend a conference on April 23. Schools will therefore be closed on Friday, April 23.

Markle names offers, administrative coordinator

The Markle Town Council appointed a new president and vice president for 2010 during its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Jeff Humbarger was voted in as president while Tamra Boucher was appointed vice president; the two switched from the seats they held in 2009.

Other items approved include payment to Mark Wickersham of Huntington County United Economic Development and appointment of an administrative coordinator.

Huntington adds new recycling drop site

Effective Jan. 15, the City of Huntington, in conjunction with the Huntington County Solid Waste Management District and Marion Services, is adding a new recycling drop-off site within city limits.

The new site is located at 3050 W. Park Drive at the Midwest Industrial Fabrication building, which is also the site of the new office for Marion Services, the solid waste district's contractor for recycling services. Hours of operation for this recycling drop-off are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Poe says he'll be a candidate for another term as Huntington County surveyor

Jay Poe.
Photo provided.

Jay Poe, 51, has announced his plans to run for another term as Huntington County surveyor. He is currently in his 20th year in this position.

Poe will seek the Republican nomination to the office during the May primary.

His major accomplishment, he says, is getting the Huntington County Council to invest in the Geographic Information System (GIS) of computerized mapping. Poe was also in charge of locating grants which cut the cost by more than half, he says.

First-day election filings


Photo by Jessica Williams.

Don Schoeff (left) fills out last-minute paperwork with Pam Fowler while filing as a county assessor candidate on Wednesday, Jan. 20. It was the first official day to file for the primary election, to be held on May 4, and Schoeff was the first in line. Waiting in line are, from left, Carl Zinsmeister, Tom Carney and Jay Poe.

Possibility of more city layoffs looms

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike received authorization to lay off up to four firefighters and three police officers throughout the year of 2010 on Monday, Jan. 18.

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety passed an oral resolution to authorize layoffs of the employees if it becomes necessary. The action was approved 2-0, with member Shirley Powell absent due to an illness.

Ruth Marsh, city operations manager, said that the subject needed to be presented because a previous authorization to hand out pink slips expired on Dec. 31, 2009.

Park board seeks input on best use of tax dollars

Huntington residents who have ideas about how parks and trails throughout the city can be improved are invited to bring their wish lists to a public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Recreation Center, 745 Condit St.

The park board will use the input received at that meeting as it begins working on its 2011-2015 Park and Recreation Master Plan, explains Denise Bard, superintendent of the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department.

Tourism commission welcomes new members

Fran Felts, Huntington County clerk (foreground), swears in Huntington County Tourism Commission board members (from left) Jim Scheiber, Ruth Marsh, Rich Najuch and Ellen Prange during the commission’s meeting on Jan. 11. Not pictured is Margaret Roush.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington County Tourism Commission met Jan. 11.
Huntington County Clerk Fran Felts installed several board members for two-year terms.

Appointed by Huntington Mayor Steve Updike were Ruth Marsh, city operations officer; Rich Najuch; owner of The New Huntington Theatre; and Ellen Prange, office manager at the Huntington County Chamber.

Also appointed but not present was Margaret Roush, director of alumni relations at Huntington University.

Some property assessment notices returned, but most addresses now correct

About 5 percent of the 15,000 assessment notices sent out at the end of December were returned to the Huntington County Assessor's office because they had been sent to outdated addresses.

County Assessor Terri Boone says all of the returned notices have been put in the mail again, bearing what she believes to be the addresses of the current owners.

"We're caught up right now," Boone said Wednesday, Jan. 13.

School board terminates Horace Mann staffer

Acting on a recommendation by Huntington County Community School Corporation Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer, members of the Huntington County Community Schools Board voted without explanation to terminate the "at-will" employment of special services paraprofessional Alaura Uecker.

The action was taken during the board's meeting on Monday, Jan. 11.

Uecker worked for Horace Mann Elementary School and did not have a contract with the corporation.

Collins will serve again on state board

Perry Collins, of Roanoke, has been re-appointed to the Indiana Military and Veterans' Benefits Board.

Collins works as a consultant for the Indiana Institute of Technology. His appointment was announced Jan. 13 by the office of Gov. Mitch Daniels. Collins' new term expires July 1, 2010.

The Indiana Military and Veterans' Benefits Board manages and develops the Veterans Affairs Trust Fund and the assets of the fund, which considers the immediate needs of veterans and their families. The board's seven members are appointed by the governor.

 

City plan panel looks at signs

The Huntington Plan Commission will discuss a proposed sign ordinance when it meets on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St.

Also on the agenda are election of officers, designation of members of the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Plat Committee, and other annual housekeeping chores.

 

Grant will help develop safer routes to schools

A $75,000 Comprehensive Safe Route grant was recently awarded to the city of Huntington and in conjunction with the Huntington County Community School Corporation.

This grant is a part of the Safe Routes to School Program through the state of Indiana, which tries to improve the safety of students who walk or ride bikes to school.

Anthony Goodnight, assistant director of engineering for Huntington, spearheaded the grant proposal, explains HCCSC Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer.

Judge considers dismissal of request to deny wetland development

A judge will decide whether or not to dismiss legal action filed by the town of Roanoke seeking to halt the development of a wetland mitigation area in Jackson Township by Vera Bradley Designs Inc.

If Administrative Law Judge Stephen L. Lucas of the Indiana Natural Resources Commission denies Vera Bradley's motion to dismiss, a disposition hearing on the stay of effectiveness filed by Roanoke will be scheduled.

Those decisions were made Jan. 14 in a conference call involving the town of Roanoke, Vera Bradley Designs and the Department of Natural Resources.

City cuts funding to local non-profits

Funding cuts for eight local non-profit organizations were approved 6-1 by the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Jan. 12, as city officials continue to struggle with Huntington’s financial crisis.

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