The City of Knox is looking to crack down on illegal dumping. The city council approved an ordinance Tuesday that bans people who live outside the city limits from bringing their trash into the city for collection. It also raises fines to $150 for the first offense and $500 for all subsequent violations.
Plans for a confined animal feeding operation in rural Pulaski County remain up in the air, but a decision will be made one way or another by the end of this summer.
North Judson will be picking up brush tomorrow. Residents should place brush along the side of their alley if they have one, or next to the street if they don’t. Brush piles should be kept clear of any other debris.
North Judson officials hope to nail down some plans for water and wastewater upgrades this morning. The town plans to upgrade its combined sewer overflow system to bring it into compliance with Indiana Department of Environmental Management regulations. Upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant and water facilities are also planned.
The Knox City Council will consider an illegal dumping ordinance on first reading tonight. Mayor Dennis Estok previously told council members that someone has been dumping 20- to 30-pound bags of animal waste in park trash cans. Continue reading
A Winamac man is dead after colliding with a Kouts police car Sunday night. The Northwest Indiana Times says Robert Lindsey, 45, was driving northbound on Baums Bridge Road around 9:15 p.m.
The chicken debate is heating up in North Judson. Last week, the town council voted to have police officer Frank Thomas enforce the town’s existing animal ordinance by removing all remaining chickens in town, after next month’s county fair. But one resident says the action unfairly singles her out.
The Town of Winamac will soon get a visit from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to see if the town’s swimming pool rebuilding project deserves grant funding. A site visit is scheduled for Thursday, July 13, according to Park Board Secretary Kim Burke.
North Judson’s streets that need to be repaved will have to wait a year. During last week’s town council meeting, Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann said the town wouldn’t be able to do paving this year. But he went ahead and got two quotes, so the town will be ready to go next spring. Continue reading
Pulaski County’s efforts to create a system of bike routes are moving ahead. The project has been in the works for over a year, as part of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ Hometown Collaboration Initiative. But progress was delayed, while the county waited for permission to run the bike routes on state highways.
A rural LaPorte County man is in serious condition after allegedly crashing a pickup truck into the side of a moving train while over three times the legal limit for alcohol. Police say it happened just after 8:00 a.m. Sunday about five miles south of Michigan City.
North Judson may soon revisit its golf cart ordinance. Police Officer Frank Thomas told the town council Monday that residents are buying vehicles expecting to be able to register them as golf carts. But he said they’re clearly not what the ordinance envisioned. Continue reading
The Pulaski County Council continues working on the county’s salary matrix. Recently, a question has come up about whether pay raises based on longevity should take effect in January or on the actual anniversary date of when that employee was hired.
The removal of dying ash trees continues to be a concern for the Winamac Park Board, as it puts together its 2018 budget. Park Manager Dave DeLorenzo estimates about 75 ash trees remain at the town park. He told the park board Monday that about six of those will soon have to be cut down by a contractor. Many of those are in danger of falling on shelters.
Pulaski County is hoping to cut costs by reevaluating its copier lease and maintenance agreements. Auditor Laura Wheeler told the county commissioners Monday that a lot of money is being spent on copiers, and she wanted to know how much a buyout would cost.
The search is on for a compliance officer for North Judson. The part-time employee would issue warnings and citations for tall grass and other code violations.
The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the three-year-old boy run over by a tractor Wednesday. Edward Burek-Phillips, called “Bubby” by his family, was riding his bike on his family’s farm when it happened, according to police.
Pulaski County is moving ahead with efforts to tear down a dilapidated Medaryville home. Back in April, the county commissioners approved a purchase agreement for the house formerly owned by Don Foust.
A recovering addict from the North Judson area wants to make Narcan more widely available in Starke County, so local residents can live to have a chance at recovery. Kevin Glisic says he was an active addict for nearly 20 years. Now, he serves as the executive director of Moraine House, a recovery-based transitional house in Valparaiso.