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
Plans are being finalized for this weekend’s North Judson Mint Festival. Continue reading
The Town of North Judson is starting to make plans or its sesquicentennial celebration this year. Continue reading
The North Judson Town Council took steps Monday to decide which of its members will represent the town on various boards. Continue reading
The Town of North Judson is moving ahead with efforts to rehabilitate its two water towers. The Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission had determined the town was eligible to receive grant funding for the work. Continue reading
The North Judson Town Council voted Monday to renew the town’s fire protection contracts with Jackson and Wayne Townships. The agreements let the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department cover areas outside of the town. Continue reading
North Judson will have a new clerk-treasurer in January. Democrat Alicia Collins beat incumbent Republican Donna Henry by a six-point margin, while incumbent North Judson Council President Wendy Hoppe fended off a challenge from Democrat Joan Haugh to hold onto her seat. That race was also decided by a six-point margin. Continue reading
The North Judson Town Council got an update on tree removal at Pioneer Cemetery during its meeting Monday. Continue reading
The Town of North Judson’s getting a new hand-held radar gun thanks to a grant from Kankakee Valley REMC’s Operation Round Up program. The program raises money for local causes by giving customers the option to have their electric bill rounded up to the next highest dollar, with that extra money going to the program. Continue reading
People doing business with the town of North Judson will soon be able to pay online with a credit card. Continue reading
During their Monday evening meeting, the North Judson Town Council adopted a resolution to approve a town credit card for the utility department. The Council also discussed a resolution dealing with the re-certification of ordinance 2012-06. Continue reading
The North Judson Mint Festival committee is hard at work preparing for their 37th annual event with this year’s theme of, “Mint Is Supreme in 2014!” The committee held their first meeting this season for the festival, and they are excited to get the festival preparations underway.
Because the salt shed construction for the town of North Judson has been delayed, Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry said the town board this week was forced to encumber the funds allocated to the project to allow the construction to take place in January. She said a shortage in crew members caused the project to be delayed until Jan. 14.
The town of North Judson is making progress toward its proposed town maintenance building. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry explained the town board held the public hearing for the structure on Nov. 12 to give the public an opportunity to hear details about the project and ask questions, but no members of the public were present; only a guest from First Farmers Bank and Trust, with whom the town is likely to sign a lease agreement for the building, was present.
The town of North Judson is making some progress in constructing the new salt shed, according to Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry. She said the concrete floor has been poured for the shed, and materials for the building will be delivered on Nov. 27 with construction expected to begin on Dec. 3.
Henry said a public hearing will also be held next Tuesday, Nov. 12, to provide details on the upcoming lease agreement for the soon-to-be-constructed town garage. The hearing has been advertised in the paper, and afterward, Henry said the board will be able to sign the lease agreement.
Hopefully, Henry said, construction of the town garage will begin this year.
The North Judson Town Board last week reviewed two bids received for the mowing of the cemetery before accepting a bid for $900 per mowing. Council President Wendy Hoppe explained that Altman Lawn Care presented the bid, and included proof of liability insurance, while Lawrence Lawn and Landscape offered a bid of $850 per mowing – a lower price, but the bid packet did not include proof of insurance.
Starke County Commissioner Jennifer Davis attended the most recent meeting of the North Judson Town Council to express, on behalf of the commissioners, their thanks to the North Judson Park Board, Council, and anyone else that had anything to do with the Christmas light display at Norwayne Field. Davis said the lights were spectacular and a fine representation of the community and Starke County.
The North Judson Town Board this week adopted their new salary ordinance upon its third reading, and the ordinance will soon go to the local newspaper for publication. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry explained the board also held the third reading of the zoning variance request by Osborne Realty, a business wishing to move their real estate office into a single-family residential building.
The Board of Zoning Appeals during their October meeting approved the business’s request, and the town board is now passing an ordinance to confirm the variance. The building will soon be rezoned to general business.
The public question presented to voters in North Judson was approved by more than 78 percent. Only 129 voters said no to the question of whether or not the town board should be increased to five members, while 480 voters voted in favor of the change.
The proposed golf cart ordinance for the town of North Judson is slowly gaining substance, as councilman Tim Cummins presented the ordinance to the town board this week. The board reviewed the ordinance and made a few grammatical revisions, and Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says they plan to have it advertised next week and have it presented for first and second readings at their second meeting in October.