The Culver Town Council met in a work session Tuesday afternoon to discuss the 2018 budget.
Council President Ginny Bess Munroe commented that every department worked hard to trim $17,000 from next year’s budget. The budget will be published with the public hearing on the budget set for a modified meeting date of Wednesday, Sept. 27.
The Knox Board of Public Works discussed a proposal for services to conduct a stormwater separation project in the alley between Washington Street and Lake Street, west of Main Street.
The project will include installing a new storm line in the alley and abandoning the existing storm sewer connections into the current sanitary sewer. The lines would be rerouted into the new storm sewer.
The Culver Town Council considered the first reading of an ordinance that creates the Culver Economic Development Commission, a board that can approve residential tax abatements.
The commission will have three members: one appointed by the Marshall County Council, the second appointed by the Culver Town Council President and the third appointed by town council. The years are staggered with the town council president appointee serving three years, the county council appointee serving two years and the town council appointee serving one year. After those terms expire, the successor will serve a four year term. Qualified members can be a county resident, a business owner in Culver or work in town of Culver.
The Knox Board of Public Works opened bids Wednesday morning for the demolition of 420 Maple Drive and 322 W. Spruce Street.
Three companies submitted bids for both structures. Mark Milo had a total bid of $17,840, Jackson Trucking and Excavating submitted a total bid of $18,998 while Chem Check, Inc. submitted a total bid of $43,000.
A significant number of vehicle thefts have been reported to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department and police are asking for help in identifying suspects allegedly involved in the thefts.
Investigators have approximately 50 open cases of theft from vehicles and another 50 are open with other agencies in La Porte County and surrounding departments. Several cases involve forced entry. The items reported stolen were left in plain sight. Electronics, money and firearms have been taken from vehicles.
The finishing touches are complete on the Stellar Strategic Investment Plan for submission to the Stellar Communities Designation Program committee for the Town of Culver.
Culver Town Manager Jonathan Leist said Union Township submitted a letter of support toward the project along with a $40,000 contribution toward the effort. The Marshall County Community Foundation, in coordination with the Vonnegut Fund through the organization, contributed $80,000 toward the bike and pedestrian trail project and Elkay Manufacturing is partnering with the town to provide cabinetry and plumbing fixtures for the proposed Sandhill Farm workforce development housing project.
The Knox Board of Public Works members will review a project design today for the stormwater separation project in the alley between Washington Street and Lake Street, west of Main Street in downtown Knox.
The Culver Town Council will meet tonight where a few items will be discussed.
The council is expected to approve the second and third reading of a rezoning ordinance for 1213 Hoosier Lane and 1201 West Shore Drive. The ordinance that previously passed on first reading would change the zoning from Residential (R-1) to Lake District (L-1). This would combine two lots into one lot and grant lake access. A public hearing on the matter was held at the council’s last meeting with no comments given. The adoption of the ordinance is expected tonight.
Angela Osterman Meyer, Ph.D., an astronomy instructor at the Culver Academies, will present a solar eclipse program on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. and noon ET at the Culver-Union Township Public Library. The library staff will also distribute solar eclipse glasses during her presentations.
Two Knox residents were arrested on drug charges after a month-long investigation conducted by investigators from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office.
Police say they found 31-year-old Matthew Bradley hiding in a residence in the 3,000 S. block of 100 W. in North Judson on Tuesday, Aug 15. Bradley was detained along with 25-year-old Haley Marshall after methamphetamine-related items were found inside the room where Bradley was found, according to the report.
Why do you choose Culver? Your answer can be featured in a video set for taped interviews this Saturday at the Culver Beach Lodge.
Fans of Culver of all ages are welcome to participate. You can sit in front of the camera and explain why you choose Culver. The time limit is 30 seconds. If you don’t want to speak but would like to include a sign of why you choose Culver, it will be featured in a photo montage.
Another firefighter left the Culver-Union Township Fire Department and the fire chief is attempting to hire more to keep a healthy roster.
Fire Chief Terry Wakefield told the Culver Town Council last week that one other firefighter submitted his resignation recently which leaves the department at 14 firefighters. This makes four firefighters who have left the department since March.
Graphic Designer Shelley Schrimsher from Unlocked Creativity presented a new logo for the Town of Culver during the Culver Town Council meeting last week.
Schrimsher said she has worked on getting the right logo for the past few years and did extensive research on how to go about creating something just right for the Town of Culver. She said words like history, memories, home, lake, and Mayberry were among the few she came up with when talking with residents young and old. A committee was also formed to provide input into what to include in the logo.
The sixth community leadership training class in Starke County begins Sept. 22.
The class meets once each month from September to May from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at different locations in Starke County. The program provides new and established leaders a chance to get a new perspective on Starke County including history, culture, challenges, opportunities, and more. Attendees will learn leadership skills, networking, social services, local government, economic development, education, law enforcement, and personal development.
A Rainbow Splash Fun Run and Walk is set for Sunday, Aug. 20 at 8 a.m. CT at the Hamlet Fire Station and all of the proceeds will benefit kids in Starke County. The event is part of this year’s Yellowstone Trail Festival.
This is an opportunity to meet with your friends for a morning of fun. Run or walk this event and get splashed with color at points along the route. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Starke County Youth Club
Irene Szakonyi from the Starke County Youth Club said sign up is easy.
Officers from the North Judson Police Department are investigating a burglary that occurred at the St. Peter Lutheran Church on Talmer Avenue.
Police say the incident happened during the overnight hours of Sunday, Aug. 6. While police initially thought a broken window was the entry point into the church, they learned that the suspects entered the building in a different manner.
Some railroad signs and pavement markings will be updated soon in Starke County.
Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the commissioners this week that INDOT recently conducted a railroad crossing audit for the county. Crews found 23 crossings that needed improvement with updated pavement markings or signs.
Ritzler said he is working on funding to update these crossings.
The Culver Tree Commission members will plant 25 trees this fall. Several trees were removed due to the Safe Routes to School sidewalk replacement project, while other areas around town could use new plantings.