The North Judson Town Council may revisit its animal ordinance, following complaints about chickens during last week’s meeting. Nearly six years ago, council members voted to prohibit residents from keeping farm animals, including chickens, within town limits. But during last week’s meeting, some residents complained that they continue to see chickens in North Judson. Continue reading
The process of replacing a member of the North Judson-San Pierre School Board has led to confusion for both the board and the North Judson Town Council. The school board decided Tuesday to put off choosing a replacement for Mike Sharkozy until applicants can be re-interviewed in public. Continue reading
North Judson has a new town attorney. The town council approved a contract with attorney Justin Schramm. Continue reading
The Town of North Judson is hoping to save some money by purchasing a refurbished dump truck, rather than a new one. Continue reading
More details have been revealed in the planned lease of North Judson’s short line railroad. Last month, the town council selected Lake State Railway to lease and operate the line. Continue reading
The Town of North Judson is looking to crack down on unsafe building violations. During Tuesday’s town council meeting, it was reported that a verbal notice was given last week to the owner of one property deemed to be in need of repairs. Continue reading
After months of searching for a new town marshal, the North Judson Town Council has decided to offer the position to John Ramos. The council voted Tuesday to make the job offer, with council president Wendy Hoppe opposing the measure. Continue reading
Ongoing cemetery tree removal was discussed during last Thursday’s North Judson Town Council meeting. Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins told the council there are too many problem trees to remove them all at once. Continue reading
North Judson residents are mourning the sudden death of a lifelong resident and longtime public servant. Town Marshal Doug Vessely died Friday morning at a South Bend Hospital following a brief illness. Family members, friends and town officials lined the streets for a hastily-organized homecoming escort late Friday afternoon, led by the Starke County Sheriff’s Office. Continue reading
Giving residents easy access to healthy food choices is a challenge in many of the rural communities in the local area, but during the past year, officials in Starke County found a way to keep one town’s grocery store open. Continue reading
The Town of North Judson is looking into the addition of a new community center. Resident Bill Crase brought up the possibility of getting grant funding for a new community center during Monday’s town council meeting. He was previously involved in getting a grant for the town’s volunteer fire department. Continue reading
The North Judson Town Council reorganized and made some additional appointments when it met Monday for the first time in 2016. Wendy Hoppe has once again been selected to serve as council president. She will also remain the council’s representative on the Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors. 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
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
Republican voters in North Judson will select a nominee for the Ward 2 town council seat this week. A town convention is scheduled Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the new fire station. Continue reading
Construction is scheduled to begin Saturday, Aug. 9 on Starke/Pulaski Habitat for Humanity’s fifth home. It will be located at 712 South West Street in Winamac. Work will take place on Saturdays until the home is finished. Volunteers are needed to help with construction, clean up and meal preparation for the work crew. Construction volunteers must be 16 or older. On-site supervisors will provide hands-on training, so prior building experience is not a requirement. Tools will be provided, or volunteers may bring their own. Continue reading
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.
North Judson will soon be the host of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns quarterly roundtable.
Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says she and town board president Wendy Hoppe had attended the previous roundtable in Demotte in August, and she says each roundtable has a different topic. The August roundtable was focused on budgets, and Henry says she asked the organization if the North Judson Town Board could hold one of the upcoming roundtables in North Judson.
Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board Member Wendy Hoppe has been named the recipient of a Northwest Indiana Most Influential Woman Award, presented at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville on May 31.
This was the second year for such awards, with Hoppe being named as the Most Influential Woman in the category of construction.
This is the second year a SCEDF Board member has won an award. Diane Thalman, vice president, was the inaugural winner in the 2011 category of Most Influential Woman in Economic Development.
Wendy Hoppe is currently the North Judson Town Council president for 2012. She was the first licensed female plumbing contractor in Indiana. Wendy is well known at the state level and is sometimes the subject of referrals when other females inquire about the possibility of obtaining a plumbing license.
Her next goal is to hold classes for females in the community to learn the basics of plumbing so that they might feel comfortable in performing some of the more routine tasks that they might face. Hoppe is in her eighth year on the Starke-Pulaski Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.
The North Judson Town Board reorganized during the Board’s regular meeting on Monday night. Wendy Hoppe was elected Board President.
The Board appointed Wendy Hoppe to the Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board and Rich Akers was reappointed to the Park Board. The Board has many other appointments and re-appointments to make including the Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission, Town Superintendent, Town Attorney, Building Inspector, Solid Waste Board, Emergency Board, and the Railroad Board.