Government & School Board

Markle council to consider change in manure disposal rules

The Markle Town Council will consider a proposed amendment to its zoning ordinance concerning livestock operations at its upcoming meeting on Wednesday, April 15. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is held at the Markle Town Hall Meeting Room, 155 W. Sparks St.

Skateboarders in Roanoke may soon have place to call their own

Skateboarders in Roanoke may soon have a place to call their own, if Roanoke Town Marshal Kip Rupert has his way.
They'll also be held responsible for not following the rules.

Rupert told members of the Roanoke Town Council on Tuesday, April 7, that skateboarders are frequently causing minor damage throughout the town.

Rupert is investigating possible ordinances to be considered for adoption by the council creating fines for skateboarding in unauthorized areas.

DCD brings on assistant director; fills building inspector, commissioner posts

Bryn Keplinger (right) is sworn in Monday, March 30, as assistant director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (left) . DCD Department Director Nate Schacht observes.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Bryn Keplinger was sworn in Monday, March 30, as assistant director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, ending a three-year stretch of the department operating without an assistant director.

Also sworn in were Shad Paul, as the DCD's building commissioner, and Brandt Finley, the department's building inspector.

Swearing in building inspector


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Brandt Finley (right) is sworn in on Monday, March 30, as the Huntington Countywide Department of Development building inspector by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (left) while DCD Department Direcotr Nate Schacht looks on.

Swearing in building commissioner


Photos by Cindy Klepper.

Shad Paul (right) is sworn as the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development builidng commissioner on Monday, March 30, by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (left) while DCD Department Director Nate Schact observes.

School board members approve summer school proposal

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved a proposal for summer school classes during their meeting on Monday, March 23.

Classes are offered to students requiring remediation or whom teachers think could benefit from them. Courses in both math and language arts will be available for all grade levels, while a few additional courses are offered to high school students.

New town hall in works for Roanoke

The Town of Roanoke will move forward with a plan to make an offer to buy six properties on Main and Vine streets after receiving approval from the Roanoke Town Council on Tuesday, March 17.

On March 4, the Huntington County CEDIT Board recommended that the Huntington County Commissioners award Roanoke $35,000 toward the purchase of the properties.

The site would be developed into a new town hall, public safety center, community center and parking lot.

The commissioners approved the allotment of money, allowing the council to continue with its plans.

Info meeting April 7 for Lancaster tie-in to Mt. Etna sewer system

Mt. Etna officials will hold an informational meeting on April 7 for homes and businesses in Lancaster that will be tying in to the Mt. Etna sewer system.
The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at the Lancaster Wesleyan Church, 3147W-543S.

Approximately 40 homes in Lancaster, the Lancaster Wesleyan Church and Lancaster Elementary School will all tie into the Mt. Etna system. Jim Lauer, of Schnelker Engineering in Fort Wayne, will conduct the meeting and answer questions regarding the connections.

INDOT awards Huntington $2.58 million grant for Etna Avenue reconstruction

A major reconstruction project on Etna Avenue could begin in 2013, made possible by a $2.58 million grant awarded to the city of Huntington by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Rep. Dan Leonard announced the grant on Wednesday, March 25.

"We've been after that (grant) for a few reasons," says Dave Schoeff, assistant director of the city's engineering office. "We'd like to make it a safer route, with all the traffic."

A separately-funded portion of the project would introduce stormwater drainage to the area, Schoeff says.

Salamonie Summer Festival committee members discuss plans with Warren Town Council

Members of the Salamonie Festival committee appeared before the Warren Town Council on Monday, March 23, and discussed plans for the event taking place in July.

"Let Freedom Ring" was the theme chosen by the committee. Committee members requested approval from the council to rent a 30 by 90 foot tent for seating and protection from the weather. The tent would be anchored with stakes in the pavement, they said. The council approved the use of the tent if the committee plugged the holes in the roads following the tent's removal.

Plan comission discusses amending sign ordinance

The Huntington City Plan Commission met Thursday, March 19, and discussed amending the city's sign ordinance.

Community Development Assistant Director Bryn Keplinger has taken on the task of enforcing and regulating signage throughout the city. In the past several months Keplinger has confiscated numerous signs throughout the city which violate the ordinance.

During the winter months signs could be seen advertising a dating service Web site based in Panama, South America. Singles.net hired a marketing company to place the signs throughout cities.

Council approves adding chief deputy position to treasurer's office

The Huntington County Council approved adding the position of chief deputy in the Huntington County treasurer's office during a meeting held Monday, March 23.

Brenda Hamilton, Huntington County treasurer, requested that Deputy Cindy Yeiter be named chief deputy, with a $4,500 salary increase. Hamilton explained to the council what she characterized as her office's slim budget and its fiscally responsible choices. She also referenced former chief deputies' raises and extra training.

County BZA approves property for fire-training center

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the development of a 4.88-acre property owned by Huntington County to become a fire-training center for surrounding counties.

Brandon Taylor of Huntington County Emergency Management came before the board Tuesday, March 24, requesting a special exception for the property, which is zoned for residential use. The property, located off of Indiana Street, will hold a 200 by 125 foot stone pad and a 24 by 32 foot pole barn. Fires will be set within the facility for training purposes.

School board approves requests

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved several requests during its regular meeting on Monday, March 23.
They include:

Personnel

Public turns out in support of board as it weighs options on continuing shutdown religious education program

Local residents came out in force Monday night to lend their support to the Huntington County Community School Board as trustees weigh their options regarding the continuation of the "By the Book" religious education program.

The program came to a grinding halt late last week after a federal judge in Hammond issued an order in the case, explained Joe Wiley, a local attorney representing the school corporation in a lawsuit filed by the mother of a Horace Mann Elementary School student. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is backing the mother in the lawsuit.

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