Government & School Board

New Tech program approved for HNHS

A tight vote Monday night, Nov. 9, resulted in a decision to roll out New Tech for fall 2010 at Huntington North High School.

The decision was made in a 4-3 vote by the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees.

Those voting in favor included board members Troy Smart, Dr. Jennifer Goff and Tom King, along with Vice President Rick Brubaker. Voting against the motion were member Scott Hoffman, Secretary Rex Baxter and President Kevin Patrick.

Roanoke Town Council agrees to two sewer projects

The Roanoke Town Council agreed to pursue two sewer projects to be complete by the end of 2011 at the council's meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Roanoke entered into an agreement with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in 2005 that calls for the town to complete five different projects to alleviate sewage overflow. Those tasks involved portions of 8th Street, 4th Street, Canal Street, Commercial Street and Posey Hill Street.

So far, 8th, 4th and Canal Streets have been completed or are nearing completion, said Andrew Dodzik, Roanoke town engineer.

Solid waste district pick-ups are changed due to Veterans Day

The Huntington County Solid Waste Management District announces that weekly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and E-Waste collection will not be done on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Collection hours for the week will be Thursday, Nov. 12, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Huntington County Solid Waste Management District, located at 517S-300W.

For more information contact the District office at 358-4886.


Layoffs of six firefighters due to budget shortfall to close Condit Street station

Shirley Powell, Mayor Steve Updike and Barry Cochran (from left), the three members of the Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, listen to comments from firefighters and other city employees who filled the meeting room Friday, Nov. 6.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The layoffs of six Huntington firefighters will result in the closing of one of the city's three fire stations, Huntington Fire Chief Matt Armstrong says.

But without those layoffs, Huntington Mayor Steve Updike says, there's no way the city can dig itself out of its current financial bind.

"The day of reckoning is here," Updike told city employees assembled Friday morning, Nov. 6. "At the end of the year, there will be no money in the checkbook to pay people."

Huntington mayor to propose garbage pick-up fee to help cover budget shortfall

Just days after ordering the layoffs of six city employees - including his wife - Mayor Steve Updike plans to urge the Huntington Common Council to institute a $10-a-month fee for garbage pick-up in the city.

"If we don't get the fee, the insurmountable thing will be more layoffs," Updike says.

Commissioners lay out specifics for wind farm zoning in county

The Huntington County Commissioners unanimously passed an amendment to Huntington County's zoning laws concerning wind energy facilities and equipment, at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 2.

The new regulations, also known as Ordinance 2009-17, lay out the specifications and requirements of wind farms to be built in Huntington County. Commissioner President Tom Wall and Commissioner Kathy Branham voted in favor of the bill, and Commissioner Jerry Helvie was not present to vote.

"People want to get off the grid," said Wall.

Long-term control plan to be discussed at next city meeting

The next Huntington City Council meeting is Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of the City Building.

The meeting is being held to discuss the Long Term Control Plan, developed by the City, Citizen's Advisory Committee and the City's consultant.

The cost of the projects proposed in the LTCP and corresponding sewer rates will also be discussed.

The City Building is located at 300 Cherry St.


Drainage ditch done on Joe Street

County and city officials worked together to get a new swale constructed nar Joe and Briant streets to help alleviate flooding problems in the area.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Flooding on the south side of Joe Street near Briant Street has been a source of misery for residents in the area.

But, now that a new drainage ditch has been complete near the street, the flooding has disap-peared.

The small ditch, known as a swale, connects the area west of Evergreen Road to the Amiss drainage ditch near Salamonie Avenue.

The project was completed in late August as a result of a collaborative effort between Huntington County and the city of Huntington.

Fall property taxes are due Nov. 10, reminds County Treasurer Hamilton

Huntington County fall property taxes are due on Tuesday, Nov. 10, County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton has announced.

Taxes can be paid at most banks in Huntington County or at the Treasurer's Office in Room 104 of the Courthouse. Hours for the Treasurer's Office are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Crime Stoppers needs help with vehicle theft

This 2008 Polaris Ranger Browning was stolen from a rural Huntington County home. Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the theft.
Photo provided.

Crime Stoppers is asking for help in solving a theft that occurred in Huntington County.

On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, around 9 p.m., someone entered the property at 4945 N. Rangeline Road and stole a 2008 Polaris Ranger Browning edition. The utility vehicle was last seen in the area of CR 700N and CR 750W.

The Huntington County Sheriff's Department and Crime Stoppers are asking that anyone who has seen this vehicle or who has seen anything suspicious in the area, day or night, to call with information.

Plan commission meets Wednesday

The Huntington County Plan Commission will meet Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The plan commission will discuss a proposed wind ordinance.

In addition, the plan commissions of Roanoke, Andrews, Mt. Etna, Warren and Markle will also meet. Along with the county panel, those boards will discussed a proposed change to fees, charges and expenses filed by the Department of Community Development.


Markle passes ID theft prevention program

The Identity Theft Prevention program was passed during the Oct. 21 meeting of the Markle Town Council.

Steps to prevent identity theft have already been implemented by the town, but a formal program had to be adopted by law.

The council also said that it has received about 40 applications for the administrative assistant job and members are to look over them, pick out their top candidates. An executive session will be held to go over the applications.

Governors open new sections of 'Fort to Port'

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was joined by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland at the Indiana-Ohio state line on Thursday, Oct. 29, to open new sections of the U.S.-24 "Fort to Port" highway, fulfilling a commitment by both states to "meet at the line in 2009" and marking another step toward connecting Fort Wayne with the Port of Toledo.

Board of Works to have exec session

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety will meet in executive session on Monday, Nov. 2, at 8:30 a.m. in the mayor's conference room on the third floor of the City Building.

The stated purpose of the meeting is "for discussion of strategy with respect to initiation of litigation and/or the purchase or lease of real property by the governing body."


School board fires assistant football coach

Thom Duncan has been released from his football assistant coaching duties at Huntington North High School.

Duncan will, however, keep his job as a social studies teacher at Huntington North High School.

The firing was approved 6-1 at the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Oct. 26.