Government & School Board

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.

Drug Drop-Off Day among items on county health board meeting agenda

The Huntington County Department of Health has scheduled a Health Board meeting for today, Monday, July 20, at 7 p.m. on the first floor of Courthouse Annex, 354 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington.

Items on the agenda include presentations and reports about Drug Drop-off Day and the NALBOH Conference; reports from the Public Health Nurse, Sanitarian and the Regis-trar/Clerk; discussion of the local assessment of the public health system with Purdue University and the discussion of the Food Protection Ordinance.

For more information, contact the Health Department at 358-4831.

Nature's Fuel project moving along

A Fort Wayne-based company will soon be accepting all solid waste from the city of Huntington and leaving no pollution behind, using a new facility that will be the first of its kind in the United States.

Nature's Fuel has been in talks with local and state officials for months concerning the opening of a new solid waste transfer and processing plant at the City of Huntington Landfill.

Huntington Council to re-evaluate position on Etna Ave. project

The Huntington Common Council has decided to re-evaluate its position concerning the proposed - and once voted down - Etna Avenue project after new information and funding sources were presented to the council at its meeting on Tuesday, July 14.

And one city councilman plans to hold his own public meeting to find out what the community thinks about reviving the project.

Warren, Salamonie Township squabble over fire truck funding

Differences over money between the town of Warren and Salamonie Township have crossed over to a fire truck purchase.

According to a letter read aloud by Warren Town Council President Bill Cartwright dur-ing a June 29 Town Council meeting, Warren can put up its share.

"Town monies are budgeted for a truck purchase and are within various budgets of the town. Those monies in the cumulative fire fund are set aside solely for a fire truck purchase," Cartwright read.

Warren Town Council discusses bases, spraying

Warren Town Council held an abbreviated meeting Monday, June 29. It was a rescheduled meeting from June 22.

One item that was discussed, but was tabled until next meeting, was a letter from the Warren Baseball Association explaining why the group pulled the safety bases that were used in the league.

DCD director seeks stricter adult business controls

Members of the Huntington County Plan Commission will consider beefing up a county ordinance regulating the location of adult businesses.

The discussion will take place during the Plan Commission's regular meeting on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The local action was prompted by a situation in nearby New Haven, where an adult novelty shop had planned to open in a residential area.

Common council to discuss ordinance setting a fee for dumpster permits

An ordinance setting a fee for a dumpster permit is scheduled to be introduced at the regular meeting of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, June 30.

The council will meet at 6:45 a.m. in the City Building.

Also on the agenda are resolutions dealing with amendments to the city's capital improvement plan and additional rules of order for the conduct of meetings and hearings.

NNORC celebrates its success with wrap-up luncheon on June 18

Linda Bordeaux, director of the Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NNORC) program, explains the group’s accomplishments over the past 14 years during a wrap-up luncheon Thursday, June 18, at the LaFontaine Center.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

NNORC, the people trying to make it easier for older adults to continue living in their own home as they age, celebrated its success Thursday, June 18, at what may or may not have been a wrap-up luncheon.

"We're counting down to the end," Linda Bordeaux, director of the Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities program, told guests at the luncheon. "We don't know if there will be any continuation."

Huntington Farm Service Agency to hold ACRE meetings

The Huntington Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Wabash FSA will hold two meetings to cover the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE).

The first meeting will be held on June 25, at 7 p.m., at the Wabash REMC, 350 Webcor Ave., Wabash.

The second meeting will be held on July 1, at 8 a.m., in Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Representatives from the FSA, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resource Conservation Services and Cargill Inc. will present various topics and answer questions.

Roanoke council gets new VP and new member

Due to the resignation of Roanoke Town Council Vice President Michelle Schwieterman at the May 19 meeting, the council had interviews to appoint a new member and took recommendations and voted for a new vice president at the June 16 meeting.

Troy Karshner was unanimously voted in as council vice president, with the movement made by Councilman Nick Altman and the second by Councilman Brian Young.

Karshner has been on the council since mid-2007.
He is the council's liaison to the fire department.

Cool heads prevail in dispute over Andrews park work

Hot tempers were cooled and a tense atmosphere was relaxed after the Andrews Town Council helped resolve a dispute at its meeting on Monday, June 15.

Problems arose around the reconstruction of the pavilion at Andrews Park, which was being done at no cost to the town by the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department.

Andrews Fire Chief Tom Wuensch says that a few members of the Andrews Parks Commission, which had been overseeing the cleanup of the park, believed that some members of the fire department were "stealing" materials from the work site.

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