Government & School Board

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.

Parkview says Roanoke EMS facilities are substandard

A complaint that the facilities for emergency medical service personnel in Roanoke are inadequate was discussed at the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Parkview Huntington Hospital, the main provider of emergency medical services in Huntington County, stations ambulances and paramedics for extended periods of time in Roanoke.

However, Parkview says the current facilities are substandard in regards to being able to house medical staff overnight, according to a letter sent by Parkview to the town of Roanoke.

Commissioners re-open proposal to rehab Rangeline Road bridge

The Huntington County Commissioners re-opened a proposal to rehabilitate the Rangeline Road Bridge over the Wabash River at the commissioners' meeting on Monday, Oct. 26.

The crossing had been a topic of discussion over the past two decades in various county commission administrations, but was tabled each time.

Council to hold hearing on LOIT at Oct. 26 meet

The Huntington County Council will hold a public hearing on the Local Option Income Tax (LOIT) at its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room at the Huntington County Courthouse.

Options including increasing, changing or leaving the tax rate alone will be discussed.

Any member of the public wishing to voice an opinion must submit the opinion in letter form to the Huntington County Auditor's Office in Room 103 of the courthouse by Friday, Oct. 23.

For more information, contact the auditor's office at 358-4804.


Jail tour by commissioners brings several issues to light

Huntington County Commissioner President Tom Wall (left) inspects the roof of “D block” at the Huntington County Jail, as Jail Commander Steve McIntyre explains repairs the jail will need in the near future on the commissioners’ tour of the facility.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

A tour of the Huntington County Jail brought maintenance and modernization issues at the facility to the attention of the Huntington County Commissioners

Commissioners toured the facility as part of their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 19.

Jim Shively, head of maintenance at the jail, pointed out a number of items at the facility that need repaired or replaced.

Shively said that one of the biggest concerns it the buildup of rust in the ventilation system for the jail.

The rust "can't be repaired," he said.

Huntington getting set for annual leaf pick-up

The Huntington Street Department will be testing its leaf machines today and Tuesday, Oct. 19 and 20.

The street department will begin its annual leaf collection program on Oct. 26.

There will be three machines used to remove the leaves from terraces. Leaves should be on terraces, not in the street.

The first leaf machine will start at North Jefferson Street and work west to the city limits. The second machine will also start at North Jefferson Street, but will work east to Broadway.

DCD seeks to start neighborhood association

Residents living inside this area are invited to attend a meeting Oct. 26 ex;loring the organization of a neighborhood association.
Graphic provided.

The Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development is hosting meetings to get a neighborhood association started in a pilot area.

The next meeting will be held on Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., in the basement of Trinity United Methodist Church.

The area includes Harrison, Leopold, Wilkerson, Byron, Court, East Franklin, East Mar-ket, East Washington, Railroad, First, Second and Third streets and Woodlawn and Lincoln avenues.

The church is located at the corner of Guilford and Market streets.


Sheriff's sales now on Web site

Capt. Steve McIntyre, Huntington County jail commander, explains how to access the link to Sheriff’s sales on the county’s Web site. McIntyre designed the link, which now gives detailed information on properties that will be sold.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Effective immediately, postings of upcoming Sheriff sales within Huntington County, will now be posted on the county's Web site, according to Commissioner Tom Wall.

"I'm happy that we have a county employee, Capt. Steve McIntyre, who saw the need to get us up-to-speed with something like this and took the initiative to do so," Wall states.

McIntyre says after getting the go-ahead from Major Tom Carney, he modeled the look of the site after the one similar to Tippecanoe County's, with one exception.

HCCSC board passes administrative salary schedule

Other topics discussed during the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 12 include passing the administrative salary schedule, the personnel report, budget action and appointing a trustee to the Warren Library Board.

The administrative salary schedule was approved 5-2. Those voting with the majority were board Vice President Rick Brubaker and members Dr. Jennifer Goff, Tom King, Troy Smart and Rex Baxter. Those opposed were Board President Kevin Patrick and member Scott Hoffman.

School board hears HNHS, Salamonie have most pressing maintenance needs

Salamonie School and Huntington North High School have the most pressing maintenance needs of any school buildings in Huntington County.

That's according to a presentation made Monday, Oct. 12, by Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer and Assistant Superintendent for Business David McKee to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees.

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.