Government & School Board

Government panels meet Oct. 19 in Huntington

Governing councils from many Huntington County communities will meet Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at 6:15 p.m. at the South Side Fire Station, 1333 Etna Ave., Huntington.

The councils, loosely organized as WHARMM (Warren, Huntington, Andrews, Roanoke, Markle, Mt. Etna) meet quarterly to discuss common concerns.

Councils that may be in attendance include the Huntington Common Council, Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, Huntington County Board of Commissioners, Huntington County Council, and the town councils of Andrews, Markle, Mt. Etna, Roanoke and Warren.


Government meetings for week of Oct. 12-19

Monday, Oct. 12
Markle Park Board, 7:30 a.m., Markle Municipal Building, 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:3 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.
Warren Town Council, 6:30 p.m., Warren Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St.
Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees, 7 p.m., Administrative Service Center, 136 N. Warren Rd.
Huntington County Tourism commission, 7 p.m., Visitor Center, 407 N. Jefferson St.

City plan meet set for Oct. 15

The Huntington City Plan Commission will meet Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St.

The only item on the agenda is consideration of an amendment to the city's ordinance regulating signage.

Andrews council passes golf cart ordinance

The Andrews Town Council passed an ordinance legalizing the use of golf carts on town roadways, with some regulations, at its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Ordinance 2009-11 allows citizens to operate golf carts on any town street not designated as a state highway (except to cross highways), areas where the speed limit is not greater than 30 mph and areas that were intended for motor vehicles.

Roanoke council discusses street projects

The Roanoke Town Council discussed a series of street repair projects proposed by the utility department at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

These projects include resurfacing a section of Main Street to Locust Drive to connect with new pavement on the off ramp from U.S.-24, resurfacing a portion of Second Street and other minor patching, resurfacing and sidewalk repair jobs around Roanoke. The council voted 3-0 to allot up to $80,000 for the projects.

Abandoned railroad bridge will remain standing -- for now

The abandoned Chicago and Erie Railroad bridge over CR 700N became the subject of debate at the Huntington County Commissioners' meeting on Monday, Oct. 5.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

An abandoned railroad bridge in northern Huntington County generated a slew of contro-versy at the Huntington County Commissioners' meeting on Monday, Oct. 5.

Annual Warren leaf pick-up starts this Friday

The Town of Warren will begin its annual leaf pickup on Friday, Oct. 9.

The leaf vac is scheduled to run Monday to Friday each week.

Guidelines for pick up include:
• Leaves need to be raked to the curb, but not out into the street.

• Do not bag leaves and do not mix limbs or yard debris with leaves that are raked to the curb.

• If leaves are bagged, they can be dropped off at the compost pile, 316 W. 2nd St. (utility garage). Empty the bag before adding leaves and debris to the pile.


Huntington BZA to consider three requests

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals will meet tonight, Monday, Oct. 5, to consider three requests for special exceptions to zoning rules.

Melvin Lamphiear has requested a special exception that will allow a single-wide mobile home to be placed on Harris Street in an area zoned residential. The mobile home would be placed two lots north of 975 Harris St.

Joy McFarland has requested a special exception that would allow her to operate a massage therapy business in a home at 1060 Poplar St., which is zoned residential.

Government meetings for week of Oct. 5-10

Monday, Oct. 5
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

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

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.

School board hears update on Project Challenge

Other items discussed on the agenda of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, included normal business items.

Director of Special Programs for Huntington Schools Trace Hinesley presented an update on Project Challenge to newer board members. She explained the program at different levels for the community's students and how students qualify for the program.

Project Challenge is for higher-ability students and allows them to excel, she explained.

HCCSC board reluctantly lets teacher move to energy education specialist role

Chris Hoke, who has taught science and social studies for several years at Huntington North High School, will transfer to the Administrative Service Center as of the second semester of the school year and will no longer teach.

Hoke, who currently teaches one Advanced Placement government class and three physics classes, will wear the cap of energy education specialist come 2010. The position is designed to provide the school corporation information to save energy, explains Dave McKee, assistant superintendent for business.

Health dept. sponsoring shot clinic Wednesday, Saturday at HNHS

The Huntington County Health Department will sponsor a shot clinic Wednesday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 3, at HNHS.

The shot clinic is open only to HNHS students, who will receive Tdap and meningitis vaccines; and to HNHS faculty, staff and their spouses, who will receive seasonal flu shots.

HNHS students can receive vaccinations for both Tdap (tetanus booster) and meningitis. There is a fee for each of the vaccinations, which will be waived for students who present Medicaid cards. Students must also bring their shot records.

Warren Town Council passes budget for 2010; includes property tax hike

The Warren Town Council passed the advertised budget for 2010, including a property tax increase, at the council's meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

The new 83-cent property tax rate for 2010 is about three cents higher than 2009's rate of $0.7983.

However, the budget and tax rate are both subject to change by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. The IDLGF reviews the budget of every municipality in Indiana, and makes adjustments as the department sees fit.

Markle Council to go with assistant

The Markle Town Council decided at its Sept. 16 meeting that an administrative assistant is the best route to take for the town.

Council president Tamra Boucher drafted a list of 12 items that she believes an assistant should be able to help with while working the part-time job in the town hall.

Kiwanis honor Chad Hacker with Officer of Year accolade

Det. Sgt. Chad Hacker (center) receives the Officer of the Year award from Huntington Noon Kiwanis Club President Erv Ebersole (left) and Huntington Police Chief Tom Emely.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Chad Hacker, a 10-year veteran of the Huntington Police Department, has been honored by the Huntington Noon Kiwanis Club as Officer of the Year.