Government & School Board

City to hail project end

The City of Huntington will hold a celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 15, to mark the substan-tial completion of its sanitary sewer separation improvements project.

All sewer lines have been installed and restoration items including asphalt paving will be completed in the spring.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the Huntington City-Township Library, at 10 a.m. After the ceremony, a reception will be held inside the library.

City staff will then demonstrate the effectiveness of the stormwater treatment system in-stalled in Area 1 of the project.

BZA to meet on Tuesday

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. to consider a request to place a wireless communication tower near Andrews.

JB Towers, LLC, is asking for a special exception to place the tower on property zoned for agricultural use. The property is located along Ind.-105 near Andrews.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the GAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

 

Board of works proposing cut to shelter for animal control

In another cut in spending for 2010, the Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety announced on Monday, Dec. 7, that an agreement is being proposed between the city of Huntington and the Huntington County Humane Society to reduce the amount the city pays to the Humane Society for animal control services by $12,000.

The new contract is to be created by attorney John Branham.

The services include animal control calls from city dispatch during business hours, as well as emergency calls after hours dealing with sick, injured or aggressive animals.

Commssioners OK new fee schedule for DCD

The Huntington County Commissioners approved an ordinance on Monday, Dec. 7, that will change fees for numerous permits related to construction at businesses and residences in Huntington County.

The new ordinance, officially named 2009-20, is actually an amendment to the existing fee schedule for permits issued by the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development.

Nate Schacht, director of the DCD, says that the fees are being raised to help the department cover expenses associated with the department issuing such permits.

City finds 'stop-gap' to keep 2010 budget in black; seeks long-term solutions

A bare-bones spending plan, concessions from employees and an infusion of cash from city savings accounts may be enough to keep Huntington's 2010 budget in the black -- but more needs to be done, noted Mayor Steve Updike.

"This is a stop-gap; it's not a long-term solution," Updike told members of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Dec. 8. "We're keeping the wheels slowly turning, but we're not answering the long-term question."

Roanoke council tables raising permit fees

The Roanoke Town Council tabled an amendment to the current Roanoke Zoning Ordinance, Section 360, which would raise fees charged for permits and other construction-related government expenses at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The new ordinance, proposed by the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, would override Roanoke's current policy, which allows most temporary signs to be placed without a permit free of charge.

Dillon invites students to serve as Senate pages

Sen. Gary Dillon recently invited area middle and high school students to make the Indiana Statehouse their "classroom for a day" by serving as Senate pages during the 2010 Indiana General Assembly.

During the legislative session, pages spend one day at the Statehouse working with their senator and Senate staff.

Final leaf pick-up of season in Huntington to be week of Dec. 7

Final pick-up of leaves in Huntington that are curbside will be made the week of Dec. 7.

The city street department asks to have all leaves raked the curb by Monday, Dec. 7.

 

Commissioners asked to back grant to fund Andrews library renovation

The Andrews/Dallas Township Library is looking to make its 83-year-old home handicap accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act through a construction project that will potentially add ramps, an elevator and a new restroom, said Nancy Disbro, Andrews Library director.

SBA offers free Internet workshop Dec. 15 to provide guidance

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a free Internet small business workshop.
The online workshop will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Parrett completes training at Fort Sill

Army National Guard Pvt. Marc O. Parrett recently graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, in Lawton, OK.

During the nine weeks of training, Parrett studied the Army mission and received instruc-tion and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and tradi-tions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed com-bat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

He is a 2008 graduate of Huntington North High School.

HCCSC income numbers also down this year

The numbers tossed around at the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Nov.23, could suggest HCCSC finances are following those of the city of y, but Assistant Superintendent for Business David McKee says that the circumstances are different.

Three existing HNHS courses to be recognized as senior year math credits

Three of Huntington North High School's existing courses will now be recognized as senior year math credits.

The decision was approved 4-0 during the Monday, Nov. 23 Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees meeting, with Vice President Rick Brubaker and members Dr. Jennifer Goff and Troy Smart absent for the vote.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Charles Grable said those classes are Machine Trades, Agricultural Economics and Family Economics and Financial Education.

Trash pick-fee up to rise $3 in Warren

The cost of trash and recycling pickup in Warren will increase by $3 per household, the Warren Town Council learned at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 23.

The service provider, Marion Services, told the council that rates would have to be increased in order for the company to continue to provide the best service to the town.

Costs will be increased by $3 to $9.49 per household.

Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison noted that Warren is a high recycling town, which means that a large percentage of residents participate in recycling.

Council shoots down two revenue proposals; mayor says more layoffs in store

Huntington Common Council members Erv Ebersole and Brooks Fetters (from left, backs to camera) listen as Huntington resident Mark Krumanaker discusses a proposed trash fee during a packed public hearing Monday, Nov. 23, at Heritage Hall.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A shocked Mayor Steve Updike was left trying to figure out what to do next after the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Nov. 24, shot down both of his proposals for keeping the city from drowning in red ink.

"I am just overwhelmed," Updike said as he stood in his office following the two-hour council meeting. "I am speechless. I thought that vote was in."

The result, he says, will be the loss of more city employees.

"Layoffs are coming," Updike said. "I have to save money.

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