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Third House Session held at library, February 13

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce held its Third House Legislative Session at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, February 13. The session had about 30 individuals attending.

The session featured State Senators Travis Holdman and Jim Banks along with Dan Leonard, 50th District State Representative; Mayor Brooks Fetters; and County Commissioner Larry Buzzard. Those in attendance heard from the elected officials about city, county and state government activities.

Holdman explained his bill and the position he took on the LGBT legislation within the state. He mentioned that after the RFRA challenges last year, he wanted to put into place laws that would protect the LGBT community as well as the Christian community. Banks spoke to the group on education reform, especially the ISTEP testing, and more. Leonard touched upon road funding, gas tax, and cigarette tax. Buzzard discussed the importance of receiving more funds from the state to repair roads and talked about the two lane highway on 900N between the GM plant and the Town of Roanoke.

Buzzard went on to say Huntington County is responsible for repairing over 700 miles of roads in which chip and sealing costs $1,000 per mile, while black topping the roads costs over $10,000 per mile. Huntington County currently receives $700,000 from the state to keep the roads in good repair. Buzzard stated we simply need more money. Buzzard also talked about the drug problem in Huntington County, the new Courthouse Annex, Courthouse repairs, and the jail. Both the Courthouse and jail need maintenance. Fetters talked about UTEC’s manufacturing leaving the community, the Memorial Park upgrades to include Veterans Memorial Park, the Sports Court Complex, paving of city streets, neighborhood associations, ADA improvements, trails, and the vision for 2016 and beyond.

Each person attending the session was given a piece of paper and pen to write questions for the elected officials to answer. The audience was also given time to ask questions of the officials by raising their hands.

The moderator of the session was John Niederman, president, Pathfinder Services. The session was free and the public was invited to attend.