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Consultant: schools could save millions by changing energy habits

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The local school corporation could save 20 percent to 30 percent on its annual utility bills by implementing recommendations made by a company that deals exclusively with energy-saving tactics.

Glen Gaines, area representative for the Texas-based company Energy Education, explained to Huntington County Community School Corporation Board members Monday night that the company works primarily with public school corporations around the United States.

Spring clean-up in Warren will be held May 4-9

Spring cleanup days in Warren will be held May 4-9.

Warren residents can bring large household items to the town's utility garage, 316 W. 2nd St., Monday through Friday, May 4 through 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents should plan on unloading the items themselves, although help with unloading may be available sporadically.

Insurance trust board updates school board on its work

The president of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Insurance Trust Board gave school board members an update on their work on Monday night.

Chris Hoke, a science teacher at Huntington North High School who serves as the insurance trust board's president, provided the board with a quarterly update. Hoke's group oversees the corporation's insurance trust, developing and administering the corporation's employee health, life and long-term disability insurance program. School Board members are not part of the trust board, which was established in the mid-'90s.

Council says any new Warren truck route will take businesses' needs into consideration

Any new truck route established in Warren will take into consideration the needs of local businesses that regularly receive deliveries by truck, members of the Warren Town Council said Monday night.

A truck route is being discussed to lessen damage now being caused by large trucks, Warren Town Marshal Dennis Spitler said.

"Semis are tearing up the town," he told residents attending Monday night's town council meeting. "They're hitting houses, hitting poles."

Survey seeks input on neighbor groups

Bryn Keplinger (left), assistant director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, and Marla Stambazze, the DCD’s subdivision coordinator, point out the area in Huntington that will be surveyed April 18.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Do you know your neighbor?

If not, the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) would like to introduce you.

DCD Assistant Director Bryn Keplinger and Subdivision Coordinator Marla Stambazze say they'd like to do that by stimulating the formation of neighborhood associations.

Several target areas for neighborhood associations have been selected, and the DCD will be working first in a neighborhood just east of downtown Huntington.

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.