The Starke County Commissioners reorganized during their first meeting of the year. Charlie Chesak was appointed as commission president, Kathy Norem was appointed Vice President while newly-elected Commissioner Bryan Cavendar was appointed secretary. County Attorney Marty Lucas was retained as counsel.Continue reading
The fire service contracts for Center and Jackson Townships were presented at Tuesday night’s Knox City Council meeting.
Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston informed the council that the contracts will remain the same except they will only be for 1 year versus 2 years. Continue reading
A bill that aims to reduce the number of townships in the state will soon be considered by the full Indiana House of Representatives. Under House Bill 1005, townships with a population of less than 1,200 would be required to merge with other townships by 2023. That would impact townships in Marshall, Starke, and Pulaski counties.
According to Starke County Election Deputy Clerk Crystal McCarty-Taylor, people can file for a declaration of candidacy starting today anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and they have until February 9th at noon to file.
Interested individuals must come into the Starke County Clerk’s Office to file. She added that no exceptions will be made if the February deadline is missed.
Officials up for election in Starke County include the County Sheriff, Assessor, Coroner, Recorder and Auditor as well as the Prosecuting Attorney and Circuit Court Clerk. Elections will also be held for the County Commissioners in District 2 which includes California, Center and Davis Townships. Continue reading
The 2018 fire protection agreements between the City of Knox and Center and Jackson Townships were up for approval at the Knox City Council meeting Tuesday evening.
Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston stated that the proposed agreements are essentially the same as past years except they did one year rather than two year agreements this year. He said that decision was made because an election will be coming up and incoming groups can not be legally bound to an agreement. Continue reading
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board welcomed two new members and elected a new president Tuesday. Jackson Township Representative Gerald Bacon and Railroad Township Representative Susan McCormack were both sworn in, according to Superintendent Annette Zupin.
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will welcome some new members next week. Last Friday, Gerald Bacon was appointed as Jackson Township’s representative. The township board chose Bacon over Denise Cultice, after current school board member Michael Shireman did not seek reappointment.
The Knox Volunteer Fire Department will continue to provide fire protection service to Center Township and the northeast part of Jackson Township for the next two years. Continue reading
The City of Knox does not have a Fire Department. That was explained to the Knox City Council this week by City Attorney, David Matsey. The discussion was held after Mayor Rick Chambers read a letter asking the City to sign a contract to provide fire coverage in Jackson Township.
Matsey explained that the Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department is incorporated. It is funded by the city of Knox ($115,000 yearly) and Center Township ($30,000 annually) but is an entity of its own.