Government & School Board

Markle also discusses golf cart ordinance

The Andrews Town Council conducted regular business at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

A main point of discussion concerned a new ordinance, 2009-11, which would permit the use of golf carts on public streets in town limits. The necessity for the measure comes becauase of a new Indiana law which prohibits the use of golf carts on public roadways unless a municipality decides otherwise. Similar measures have been or are being considered in Warren and Roanoke.

Andrews discusses golf cart ordinance

The Andrews Town Council conducted regular business at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

A main point of discussion concerned a new ordinance, 2009-11, which would permit the use of golf carts on public streets in town limits. The necessity for the measure comes because of a new Indiana law which prohibits the use of golf carts on public roadways unless a municipality decides otherwise. Similar measures have been or are being considered in Warren and Roanoke.

Roanoke council awards contract for sewer replacement

The Roanoke Town Council awarded a contract for the Fourth and Main street project to Earth Construction at the council's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The project is another phase of a sewer replacement plan in the town that is part of an agreed order by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, said Paul Swain, town superintendent.

Board hears wrap-up on religious trailer, discusses HNHS renovations

Huntington County Community School Corporation attorney Joe Wiley offered a conclusion to the recent court decision for the "By the Book" religious release time at the beginning of the Monday, Sept. 14 HCCSC Board of Trustees meeting.

In a handout given to members, Wiley said many aspects were considered prior to settling the case.

He talked with the Associated Churches of Huntington County, the parents of third and fourth grade students in the corporation and HCCSC's liability insurance carrier.

Government meetings Sept. 14-21

Monday, Sept. 14
Markle Park Board, 7:30 a.m., Markle Municipal Building, 155 W. Sparks St.

Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 am., commissioners' room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Andrews Town Council, 6 p.m., Andrews Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

Warren Town Council, 6:30 p.m., Warren Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.

Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees, 7 p.m., Administrative Service Center, 1360 N. Warren Rd.

SWCD to hold fish sale

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office is sponsoring a fish sale, with orders due by Oct. 1.

Fish available include large mouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, channel catfish, fathead minnows, northern jumbo bullfrog tadpoles and grass carp.

For more information or an order form, contact the district office at 356-6816, extension 3, or visit 2040 Riverfork Drive.

 

'Bible trailer' education could return in different form

Students in the Huntington County Community Schools could be back in the "Bible trailer" before the end of the year.

The return of the voluntary religious education classes depends on two things.

First, a federal judge must approve an agreement reached by parties in the federal lawsuit that halted the program last spring.

Then, the program's sponsor must find sites near, but not on, school property where the classroom trailer can be parked.

Roanoke's budget request draws fire

A public hearing concerning the Town of Roanoke's proposed budget for next year became a source of controversy at the town council's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The advertised budget for the town includes an 11 percent increase in the town's levy for 2010. This levy is a distribution of property and other taxes and fees collected by the county, which is then redistributed to the town, per approval by the state government.

Roanoke Clerk/Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner said that the increase is normal for towns.

Rep. Burton takes it to the people with town hall meet at Flint Springs

Sylvia Kaufman (front right) of Huntington, makes her feelings known with her sign as she listens to Tep. Dan Burton discuss healthcare reform at a town hall meeting at Flint Springs Elementary School on Thursday, Aug. 27.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Health care reform was the topic of a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) at Flint Springs Elementary School on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Burton discussed his disagreements with H.R. 3200, the so-called "universal health care bill," while citizens on both sides of the issue fervently expressed their opinions on reforming the nation's current health care system.

"The for-profit system is what the greatest country in the world is built on," Burton said.

School board approves reading programs purchase

The Huntington County School Corporation Board of Trustees has approved the purchase of two extensive reading programs, System 44 and Read 180, that Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer says will help the corporation reach a goal.

The purchase was approved during the school board's meeting on Monday, Aug. 24.

State construction closes some county roads

The Indiana Department of Transportation has several road construction projects going that have resulted in road closures in Huntington County.

All three projects began Monday, Aug. 24.

County Road 300S over I-69, 3.4 miles north of Ind.-124, is closed through late October for the construction of a new bridge deck. There is no official detour. The road is expected to re-open in late October.

HNHS renovation, alternative school discussion top school board meeting

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees discussed numerous topics and approved the release of its 2010 budget during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 24.

Huntington County Red Cross Program Director Christine Kelty presented information on CPR classes the school corporation is talking about offering to staff and students.

While presenting, Kelty said she is excited about the opportunity to get the schools involved in the training.

Republicans select Fran Felts to replace Stoffel as county clerk

Fran Felts.
Photo provided.

Andrews resident Fran Felts was selected to become the new Huntington County clerk during the Republican Party caucus on Aug. 18.

The caucus was called after the current clerk, Vicki Stoffel, announced her resignation effective the end of this year.

Stoffel decided to resign after her husband, Terry Stoffel, expressed interest in running for sheriff in 2010. Because the clerk's office is in charge of elections, Stoffel felt that it was necessary to leave to avoid any accusations of inappropriate behavior.

Wall announces candidacy for state senate seat to be vacated by Dillon

Tom Wall.
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Tom Wall, eight months into his first term on the Huntington County Board of Commis-sioners, says he plans to run for the Indiana Senate seat currently held by Gary "Doc" Dillon.

Dillon, who has represented Senate District 17 since 2002, announced in late July that he would not seek re-election. He will leave the Senate when his current four-year term ends in November 2010.

District 17 includes Huntington and Whitley counties and parts of Allen, Grant, Kosciusko and Wabash counties.

Markle board also discusses water tower project

Another topic discussed at the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, August 19 was a draft of a proposed water tower project.

David Harvey, from Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc., gave the council a draft copy of the findings of the water tower survey.

He said they ran hydrant tests for water pressure. An issue that was found is in the industrial area, near I-69, wherethey need about 3,000 gallons per minute but they are currently only getting 1,000 gallons per minute.

Harvey told the council the water system is well maintained in Markle.

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