Government & School Board

Andrews Council talks ordinances, FEMA buyout process

Town ordinances and a FEMA buyout were the main focus of the Andrews Town Council meeting held in the evening on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department.

Kim Hostettler, of the Department of Community Development, provided information for how the process for a FEMA buyout would work for a small group of properties in the town of Andrews.

The properties in question were listed in order by priority, and according to Hostettler, the bill for that property will be paid by the town, and the town will be reimbursed by FEMA.

School board discusses agreements, virtual option students

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees meeting only lasted about 30 minutes on Monday, Aug. 10, but school board members took care of several housekeeping items during the short session.

Among those items:

Redevelopment Commission to meet on Friday

The Huntington County Redevelopment Commission will be holding a meeting on Friday, Aug. 14, at 9 a.m.

The meeting will be held at the Huntington County Commissioner’s office, room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Banks introduces Qualified Immunity Act in attempt to establish Supreme Court precedent

On Friday, Aug. 7, Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) introduced the Qualified Immunity Act, that would codify clearly established Supreme Court precedent in favor of qualified immunity and the protections it provides for law enforcement agents into statutory law.

The bill has already received praise from police groups, such as The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the Indiana State Police Alliance, the National Center for Police Defense and the Police Officers Defense Coalition have all endorsed it.

Town of Warren awarded nearly $1 million to build a new water tower

The Town of Warren has been awarded $700,000 to build a new water tower and to demolish its old tower.

The grant is part of a $15.3 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure in 24 rural Hoosier communities announced by Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

Additionally, the town will rehabilitate an additional water tower, build a new well house and convert a submersible pump into a vertical turbine pump.

City’s Common Council to meet in exec. session

The Common Council of the City of Huntington will meet in an executive session on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 6:15 p.m. in Council Chambers, third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

School Board meets tonight at Salamonie Elementary School

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in a regular meeting tonight, Monday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School, 1063E-900S, Warren. 

The meeting will be available via LiveStream and the link will be posted on the corporation website at in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

Huntington gets grant to rehab stone race at Memorial Park

The City of Huntington has announced it has been awarded a $20,000 Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) matching Historic Preservation Grant to develop rehabilitation plans for an aging stone water race at Memorial Park.

The grant is one of 14 federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants totaling more than $481,000 for historic preservation and archaeology projects in Indiana communities.

Banks letter requests broadband expansion

Congressman Jim Banks recently led a group of Indiana Representatives, Rep. James Baird, Rep. Susan Brooks, Rep. Larry Bucshon, Rep. Trey Hollingsworth and Rep. Jackie Walorski in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requesting he allow state, local and tribal governments to use CARES Act funding for broadband expansion.

Banks introduces telehealth for vets legislation

On July 30, Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Susie Lee (D-NV) introduced bipartisan legislation, the VA Telehealth Expansion Act, to improve and expand telehealth services for veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  

This bill seeks to expand access to VA telehealth by authorizing the VA to give grants to outside partners to create and improve telehealth access points for veterans.

Roanoke TC discusses Posey Hill mobile home park code violations

A mobile home on Lot 30 in Posey Hill mobile home park sits dilapidated and full of debris on Tuesday night, Aug. 4. The owner of Posey Hill, Justin Vela, has been ordered by Roanoke Town Council and the Huntington County Department of Community Development to clean up the mobile home park. An agreement between Vela and the town council is slated to be adopted at the council’s next meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 18.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld

The Roanoke Town Council held a public hearing in regards to violations of code at the Posey Hill mobile home park, located at 669 Posey Hill St.

Justin Vela, owner of the park, approached the council, requesting that the code violations, which were ordered by council and the Huntington County Department of Community Development in February, be removed so that he could more easily secure funding to clean up the park.

Banks introduces COVID justice bill

Congressmen Jim Banks (R-IN) and Lance Gooden (R-TX) have introduced the Civil Justice for Victims of COVID Act to allow Americans to sue China in federal court for its role in causing the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill consolidates previous efforts to hold Communist China accountable and serves as the House companion to identical legislation introduced by Senators Marsha Blackburn, Martha McSally, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley, Mike Rounds, Thom Tillis and Lindsey Graham on Monday, July 20.

FSSA’s Be Well Crisis Helpline is now operational

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has announced the launch of the Be Well Crisis Helpline, a confidential resource available through Indiana 211 that will allow Hoosiers to call and speak with a trained counselor 24/7.

The free Be Well Crisis Helpline was established by FSSA’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction in direct response to the elevated levels of stress and anxiety Hoosiers are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

School Board OKs 2020-21 calendar changes

More changes are coming to Huntington County Community School Corporation, as the Board of School Trustees adopted a reworked 2020-2021 school calendar during its regular meeting on Monday, July 20.

Superintendent Charles Daugherty outlined the changes to the calendar, beginning with moving four makeup days from March 29 to April 1 to Christmas break. The holiday break would run from Dec. 21 to Jan. 8 under the new calendar, with students returning to school on Jan. 11.

Sewer line project ‘in the works’ for Roanoke

The Roanoke Town Council approved Superintendent Philip Hibbert’s request for funds to replace the sewer line on Western Avenue during their July 21 meeting.

Hibbert said he responded to a sewer issue on Western Avenue on July 7.

He said he spent the last two weeks researching the issue and meeting with contractors, and he intends to use the funds to,

“Replace the old six-inch line that is on Western now.”

Council’s approval will allow funds not to exceed $50,000 from the sewer fund to be allocated for the project.