Government & School Board

Roanoke soon to hear report on new design guidelines for buildings

Roanoke's Design Review Committee will soon report on new design guidelines for buildings in Roanoke, says David Harris, a member of the DRC.

Harris gave an update on the committee's progress to the town council at the council's meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Government meetings for week of Aug. 3-10

Monday, Aug. 3
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., Commissioners' Room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 am., mayor's conference room, first floor of City Building.
Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals, 6:30 p.m., Council Chambers, third floor of City Building.

Tuesday, Aug. 4
Roanoke Town Council, 7 p.m., Roanoke Town Hall, 126 N. Main St.

Dillon says he's not running for re-election in 2010

State Sen. Gary "Doc" Dillon (R-Columbia City) has announced that he will not run for re-election in 2010.

"It's an honor and a privilege to serve the people in Senate District 17 and I'm thankful for their support and encouragement over the years," Dillon says. "I look forward to spending more time with my wife, four children and our five grandchildren."

Since 2002, Dillon has represented Senate District 17, which includes Allen, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, Wabash and Whitley counties.

Stimulus money will hlep repave three Huntington County roads

The Huntington County Commissioners approved a measure that secures a nearly $3 million grant to resurface several of the county's roads at their meeting on July 27.

The grant is a slice of the $27.5 billion designated for highway projects in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 17, 2009.

Budget crunch could cut out city's curbside recycling

Budget constraints may prompt what Huntington Mayor Steve Updike terms a "temporary suspension" of curbside recycling services in Huntington.

Updike told members of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, July 27, that he wants to cancel the city's contract with Marion Services, the company that currently provides curbside recycling in the city.

City EDC has new schedule

The Huntington Economic Development Commission has announced a new schedule for its remaining meetings of 2009.

The commission will meet Aug. 2, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

All meetings are at 1 p.m. in the mayor's conference room on the third floor of the City Building.

 

Government meetings for week of July 27-Aug. 3

Monday, July 27
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Historic Review Board, 3 p.m., Room 204 of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Warren Town Council, 4 p.m., Warren Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St.

Huntington County Council, 7 p.m., G.A.R. Room, second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Tuesday, July 28
Huntington Common Council, 6:45 am., mayor's conference room, third floor of City Building.

Counlty zoning board has six requests on agenda

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will consider six requests when it meets on Tuesday, July 28.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse. It is open to the public.

Items on the agenda include:
• A request by Joseph Mandarino, requesting a special exception that would allow him to sell and store scooters at 838 S. Broadway.

Huntington Board of Appeals has several requests on agenda

Five requests for variances from and special exceptions to zoning guidelines will be placed before members of the Huntington Board of Appeals in August.

The board will meet on Monday, Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building.

Items on the agenda are:
• A request by Kroger to place two additional non-illuminated building signs on its fueling center kiosk at 2718 Guilford St.

Roanoke Town Council hears school board plan to put dish on Roanoke water tower

The Roanoke Town Council, during its July 21 meeting, was notified by the Huntington County School Corporation that construction could begin to put a satellite dish on top on the existing Roanoke water tower located on school property next to Roanoke Elementary.

The new plan is an alternative to the original proposal of building a stand-alone wireless communications tower.

The Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals had previously denied the school corporation permission to build the new, taller tower.

Andrews to halt burning for time being

The town of Andrews won't do any more burning for a while, Town Council members decided during their July 29 meeting.

Andrews resident Becky Howard came to the council with concerns about the town burn pile located near her home. She says the smoke was extremely thick and made it difficult to breathe, especially during a burn on July 16 and 17.

Town Operations Manager Van Juillerat explained that the smoke was thick those dates due to wood chips accidentally catching fire and smoldering. The council agreed to close the area until a better alternative could be found.

Prosecutor says snoooping not a crime

Huntington County Commissioner Jerry Helvie "should have known better" than to read e-mails sent by Huntington County employees, a special prosecutor has ruled, but his actions were not illegal.

School board holds elections, discusses new algebra teaching concept

The annual election of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees officers was held at the beginning of the Monday, July 20, meeting.

Serving as president again for the next year is Kevin Patrick. He was voted in 6-0, with board member Rick Brubaker absent.

Serving as vice president again for the next year is Brubaker, Rex Baxter was appointed secretary and Shelia Howe will be treasurer with David McKee serving as deputy treasurer, all by unanimous votes.

The stipend for board members was kept the same, $2,000 annually.

School board also discusses textbook rental, HNHS renovations

Other items discussed during the Huntington County Community School Cooperation Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, July 20, included some adoptions and updates.

The board of trustees approved the adoption of a new animal science textbook for Huntington North High School.

Textbook rental fees were established so the information could be given out prior to student registration.

New phone law could be challenging

A new law effective July 1 bans teens under 18 from using cell phones while driving.

Huntington County Sheriff Kent Farthing, however, thinks it will be challenging to make sure teen drivers obey.

"It's not going to be easy to enforce," Farthing says.

Officers would have to stop each vehicle where a driver is using a phone, he says, and check identification to make sure the driver is indeed over 18.

"It's tough to tell (whether) someone driving down the road is 18 or not," he adds.

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