Starke County will be able to implement plans to pave 123 miles of local roads with asphalt over the next decade without raising taxes, according to Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler. He presented options to the county council Monday. They include using money from the Local Roads and Streets and County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds to draw down a maximum three-to-one funding match from the state. Continue reading
Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin can replace several aging patrol cars following Monday action by the county council. They agreed to appropriate money from the Jail CEDIT and Therapeutic Community funds to cover the cost. Continue reading
The Starke County Commissioners will consider a proposed heavy truck route ordinance on third and final reading when they meet tonight.
It looks to maximize three-to-one matching money from the state to pave nearly 120 miles of county roads with hot mix asphalt over the next decade.
Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler says the eventual goal is to have all locations in the county within a mile of a hot-mix asphalt road. Right now Starke County has 10 miles of locally maintained hot mix asphalt roads. Continue reading
The Starke County Council last night cleared the way for a new tenant to move into the long-vacant Stelrema building north of Knox. Continue reading
Starke County officials hope to leverage money from the state to improve the county’s road infrastructure. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler is working on a long-term truck route proposal, under which all routes in the county would be within a mile of a highway or hot mix road. Continue reading
Property owners in Starke County will pay cumulative bridge and capital development taxes in 2018 after a Monday vote by the county council to reestablish both rates. Continue reading
A handful of part-time county employees could be getting pay raises following Monday action by the Starke County Council. They agreed to create a “skilled part-time” wage classification as part of the salary ordinance. Continue reading
A long vacant Starke County industrial building could soon have a new occupant. Chicagoland-area-based gourmet snack food producer Gary Poppins plans to move into the Stelrema building on U.S. 35 this summer and be fully operational in that space by the end of the year. Continue reading
The Starke County Council has tabled a request from Clerk Vicki Cooley to raise the hourly wage for her part-time election clerk until more information can be gathered. Continue reading
The Starke County Sheriff’s Office will be in charge of security at the courthouse once renovations are finished. Sheriff Bill Dulin told the county council last week he will need more part-time officers to handle the responsibility. Continue reading
The Starke County Council will vote to reestablish a couple of tax rates when they meet in a few weeks. The cumulative bridge and cumulative capital development funds have both dropped off and need to have rates set again. Continue reading
The Starke County Council will conduct a public hearing on a couple of tax rates when they meet this evening. They’re required to seek input on the cumulative capital development and cumulative bridge funds. The hearings are the first item on the agenda for their 5:30 p.m. meeting. Continue reading
A group of county officials plans to sit down next week to discuss a new contract with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation. Executive Director Charlie Weaver has worked under the same agreement for 16 years. He agrees it’s time revisit the agreement and exactly what kind of work it entails on behalf of the county. Continue reading
The Starke County Council will discuss a how a proposed change to employee longevity will affect the 2017 budgets during their regularly scheduled meeting this evening. They will also review the salary ordinance for the upcoming year. Continue reading
The Starke County Council has a new member. The Democratic Party recently selected Nancy Dembowski to serve the remaining two years of the late Jennifer Davis’ term. Continue reading
Non-binding action by the Starke County Council this week could soon fill up a vacant commercial building. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver says a company is looking to purchase the vacant Stelrema building on U.S. 35 south of U.S. 30. Continue reading
Starke County EMS will have a new ambulance in service this week. EMS Director Keith Emigh [[AMY]] told the county council the rig was delivered last Monday, but equipment still needed to be installed. He estimated that should be done within a week, and the truck would be on the road. Continue reading
The Starke County Council and Commissioners will discuss a new, federally-mandated overtime policy for county employees during their respective meetings tonight. The Fair Labor Standards Act takes effect Dec. 1. It requires overtime payments to salaried employees who make less than $47,500 a year and work more than 40 hours per week. Continue reading
The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation’s 2017 budget was approved this week. On Monday, the Starke County Council approved a resolution setting the appropriations and tax rates in the district. Then on Tuesday, it was the school board’s turn to consider several budget items. Continue reading
The Starke County Highway Department plans to make some facility updates and an equipment purchase with funds received throughout the year.
The county council Monday approved Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler’s additional appropriation request, which will clear the way for the expenditures. It’s a procedural step to move the money into the necessary account. Continue reading