Knox Officials Attempt to Secure Funding Assistance for Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Knox City officials are once again applying for a Community Development Block Grant through OCRA’s Wastewater Drinking Water program to help fund an improvement project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The Kankakee Iroquois Regional Planning Commission (KIRPC) is serving as the grant writer and administrator for this project. KIRPC Community Development Planner Emily Albaugh attended Tuesday night’s Knox City Council meeting and presented some information during the public hearing over the grant application.

She informed council members that this grant application will differ from the initial one since they’re now permitted to apply for even more funding. Continue reading

Indiana Main Street Representatives to Visit Winamac in December

Winamac Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger informed town council members about an upcoming event during their meeting Monday night.

She explained, “Indiana Main Street is going to be visiting. If anyone is able to attend, can you let me know? They would really love to see local involvement, especially with the county officials and town officials.”

She said officials will be in town for a two-day workshop on Thursday, December 6th and Friday, December 7th. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Approves Multiple Ordinances Related to Clerk-Treasurer Duties

Multiple ordinances were up for consideration during Monday night’s Winamac Town Council meeting.

One of the ordinances was permitting adjustment to be made to water and sewer bills due to undetected water leaks. Another ordinance establishes policies and procedures for declaring bad credit uncollectable and the last ordinance approved credit adjustments to be made due to clerical or read errors. Continue reading

Public Vet’s Neuter Scooter to Visit Knox Next Week

In order to help control the cat population in the City of Knox, Public Vet’s “neuter scooter” will be in the area next week. Despite the name of the mobile clinic, they also provide spaying services as well.

At Tuesday night’s Knox City Council meeting, Mayor Dennis Estok announced that they’ll be in town on Tuesday, November 20th. He also reminded members and meeting attendees that the exact location of the mobile clinic is not revealed until online registration is completed. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Approves Fire Chief’s New Hires

There will be a handful of new faces on the Winamac Volunteer Fire Department, following a decision made by council members Monday night.

Fire Chief Bill Weaver came before the board to discuss a recent application process that resulted in four individuals being selected to join the department.

The chosen applicants are Cody Fox, Brandon Degroot, Frances Check and Cody Spencer. Chief Weaver said all of the applicants were very energetic during their interviews and they seemed like they’d all be good fits for the department. Continue reading

There’s Only One Week Left to Sign-Up for the 2018 Knox Peppermint Parade!

Whether you’re looking to promote your business or organization or just want to show off your Christmas spirit, you don’t want to miss your chance to be a part of the Knox Peppermint Parade.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 22nd and the parade will take place on Saturday, December 1st. Line-up for the parade starts at 2 p.m. and it begins at 3 p.m. Continue reading

North Judson Town Council Takes Steps to Secure Funding for a Comprehensive Plan

North Judson officials took an important step last Monday to secure financial assistance for the creation of a comprehensive plan. An up-to-date comprehensive plan is one of the requirements for the county-wide Regional Stellar Initiative.

The total cost of the comprehensive plan project is $44,000 which is $6,000 less than what was originally anticipated. To help pay for the plan, the Town is applying for $39,600 Community Development Block Grant that is offered through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Continue reading

North Judson Officials to Look at Alternative Splash Pad Providers to Compare Prices

Now that North Judson officials have received a few different splash pad designs from Vortex Aquatic Structures, they’ll be looking into some different companies to ensure they’re making the most financially feasible decision.

When Town Council members met last Monday, Councilman James Young said he’ll be bringing the two new renderings from Vortex to the next meeting. He also encouraged his fellow council members to check into some alternative splash pad providers. Continue reading

Salvation Army Bell Ringers Needed in Starke County

It’s nearly that time of year again, when Salvation Army bell ringers pop up all across the country, collecting funds to assist local families in need. Salvation Army Bell Ringer coordinator Joe Lopez said they’re currently looking for volunteers to pitch in at the Starke County locations.

Unlike many places where Bell Ringers have to stay outside, Starke County volunteers have the chance to do their work inside. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council will Consider Multiple Ordinances at Tonight’s Meeting

Multiple ordinances will come before Winamac Town Council members when they meet tonight at 6 p.m. ET.

Members will consider an ordinance permitting adjustments to the water and sewer bills due to undetected water leaks, one that would establish a policy and procedure for declaring bad debt uncollectable and another ordinance approving credit adjustments due to clerical or read errors.

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Navy Veteran Joins Sheriff’s Department as Officials Deliver Wreaths to Starke County Cemeteries

Justice Center Warden Phill Cherry, Maintenance Director Tony Mildice, Jail Commander Nathan Caudill, Chief Detective Adam Gray, Navy Veteran Chuck Johnson and Sheriff Bill Dulin

Navy Veteran Charles “Chuck” Johnson accompanied officials from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department Friday morning as they placed wreaths on the entrances of local cemeteries to commemorate service members who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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North Judson Town Attorney Recommends Appointing a Separate Safety Board

North Judson Town Attorney Justin Schramm encouraged town council members to appoint a safety board when they met Monday night. Currently, North Judson Town council members also serve as members of the safety board.

The attorney referenced an Indiana code that regulates the discipline and removal of firefighters and police officers which gives individuals the right to a hearing where they can appeal to the safety board if they face a suspension exceeding 5 days.

Schramm said that can lead to a bit of an issue when safety board consists of the same people who serve as town officials.

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