North Judson Council Hires Engineering Firm to Evaluate 205 and 207 Lane Street

North Judson officials hope to move forward soon with the demolition of a downtown building. Pulaski Circuit Judge Michael Shurn approved an emergency demolition order Monday morning, allowing the town to tear down the structure at 205 and 207 Lane Street without having to go through a bid process. But before that can happen, Shurn also asked that a structural engineering report be completed, to determine whether Doug Cassel can safely remove several pieces of his personal property. Continue reading

Improvements Planned to Starke County Forest Access Lanes

 

As the Starke County Forest’s drainage issues are being resolved, Forester Bruce Wakeland is turning his attention to improving access throughout the property. He told the Starke County Park Board Tuesday that he’s been taking with Surveyor Bill Crase about building up the access lane to prevent it from washing out. Wakeland said Crase has sand available, but funding is needed to transport it to the forest. Continue reading

Bass Lake Beach and Campground Lessee Credited 2017’s Rent Payment, Following Well Upgrades

The Bass Lake Beach and Campground’s operator won’t have to pay rent to Starke County in 2017, and it’s 2018 payment will be nearly cut in half. The Starke County Park Board decided Tuesday that upgrades to the facility’s well system made by Callahan Development, LLC were capital improvements, meaning the cost could be subtracted from the company’s rent payment. Continue reading

Error in Meeting Minutes Complicates Purchase of Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Vehicles

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department’s two new vehicles are ready, but additional action was required by the county council this week before the department could take possession of them. Sheriff Jeff Richwine said the council voted back in January to let him take out a loan to buy the vehicles and use the department’s commissary funds to make the loan payments. Continue reading