Starke County Park Board to Meet Tonight for First Time Since September

The Starke County Park Board will meet tonight for the first time in more than six months. All of the meetings since September had been canceled. Board members had planned to resume meeting last month, but severe weather and road conditions kept them from meeting.

The most recent agenda called for updates on the Starke County Forest and the Bass Lake Beach and Campground. The condition of the Bass Lake Beach House patio was a topic of concern during the park board’s last meeting in September. For months, board members had been discussing potential repairs with the facility’s operator, Callahan Development, LLC.

Tonight’s meeting will also be the first for new member Rik Ritzler, who was appointed by the county council in January. Ritzler previously worked with the park board on various projects, in his capacity as county highway superintendent. Additionally, Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall tells WKVI News that his appointment to the park board, Roger Chaffins, resigned last month. Hall says he’s appointed local attorney Richard Ballard to fill the vacancy.

Tonight’s Starke County Park Board meeting starts at 6:00 in Starke County Annex Building No. 1.