Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Contributes Matching Funds for North Judson Railroad Project

North Judson Water TowerThe Town of North Judson has more than half of the matching funds needed for an INDOT Transportation Enhancement Project Grant. They’ve applied for $512,066 from the state to replace railroad ties along the town’s rail line. A 20-percent local match of 102,413.20 is required.

During this week’s town council meeting, Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Secretary and Railroad Committee Advisory Member Mark Knebel presented a check to the town from HVRM for $51,015 toward the match and some supplemental work. The town of North Judson has also received $15,000 from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation towards the local match.

In other business, the council agreed to give the owner of a commercial property at 214 Lane Street until April 6 to make substantial progress on repairs to the building. He’s submitted a design plan to the State of Indiana and is waiting for their approval. He’s due to give a progress report to the council in April.

The council is still looking into options to replace part of the carpet at the former bank building on Lane Street that will soon be the town office and should have information to consider at their next meeting.