Winamac Park Board Decides Not to Hire Outside Mowing Contractor

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

The Winamac Park Board has decided not to contract out the mowing of the Town Park, but may use some extra part-time help on an as-needed basis. Park Manager Dave DeLorenzo told board members last week that he’s been able to get some help from other town departments, and when that’s not available, he can get someone to help him part-time. “I know that I have the ability to make a phone call and get a little part-time help,” he said. “I mean a day here or a day there. I’m not going to abuse that, at all.”

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Pulaski County Commissioners to Open Bids for Paving, Lawn Care, Snow Removal, Dump Truck

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

The Pulaski County Commissioners will open bids for various projects this evening. One of those involves several miles of paving work on County Roads 200 South and 400 East. The commissioners had approved a contract with Central Paving of Logansport for nearly $1.2 million, but they later repealed that decision to allow the project to be bid out formally. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Opens Bids for Cemetery Mowing Contract

Winamac town council members opened mowing bids for the town cemetery when they met last Monday.

Council President Tom Murray opened two bids for the mowing contracts. The first came from Councilman Dan Vanaman for $1,950. President Murray mentioned that an insurance certificate came with the bid and that it indicated that the price for mow and trim for each time.

The second bid came Compton Lawn Care for $2,875 per mowing. President Murray said he believed they couldn’t meet the terms of the bid since it indicated that payment terms due five business days after invoice and the invoice would be submitted immediately after the mowing job. Continue reading

INDOT Mowing Operations Set To Begin Across Northwest Indiana

Mowing operations are set to begin soon along state rights-of-way in the La Porte District, says INDOT. While many drivers may be surprised to see grass along the right-of-way growing longer than the typical lawn, INDOT wants to remind drivers that with thousands of acres to maintain, keeping the vegetation as short as the regular lawn is not possible.

INDOT says they predominantly use a three-cycle process to mow state roadways, which includes all interstates, state roads and U.S. routes. That means each right-of-way will be mowed three times a year. The Borman Expressway (I-80/94) and State Road 912 are on a five-cycle process.

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North Judson Unable to Provide Funds Toward Starke Co. Fireworks

Front Row: Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry, Board members Ralph T. Cummins, Wendy Hoppe, and Jane Ellen Felchuk, Attorney Cassandra Hine. Back Row: Town Marshal Doug Vessely, Fire Chief Joe Leszek and Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann. Photo by Town Photographer Peggy Bohac

Bad news for the Starke County Fireworks: the town of North Judson will be unable to provide monetary support for the event. According to Henry, the board contacted the State Board of Accounts and were told there are a significant number of conditions that must be met, including the adoption of a town ordinance indicating what any fundraisers would support. Ultimately, the board decided that they will be unable to provide the support.

A new banner will fly above the Highland Cemetery in North Judson, informing passersby that the cleanup of decorations should be completed by April 15 in order for the mowing crew to mow the cemetery without the risk of damaging any decorations. Previously, the town would only put advertisements in local media such as newspapers and radio, but the banner will help inform the public of the deadline to remove decorations.

The individual to handle the mowing of the cemetery is still unknown, as the man who previously handled the mowing has told the board that he will be unable to keep the same cost as last year to handle the mowing due to rising fuel costs. As a result, the town board must receive sealed bids for the mowing and decide to whom to award the bid.