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 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.
It’s looking unlikely that North Judson will be able to get grant funding to help demolish a downtown building believed to be in danger of collapse. Part of the structure at 205 and 207 Lane Street already collapsed in on itself on May 11, forcing North Judson to close off a portion of its downtown area.
The legal battle over North Judson’s short line railroad has town officials considering the line’s future. Last July, the town council decided to lease the line to Michigan-based Lake State Railway, but the Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad still hasn’t vacated it.
The Town of North Judson continues making preparations for the demolition of 205 and 207 Lane Street, but a few steps remain, before the building can be removed. A structural report by engineering firm DLZ found the building to be in “critical condition” and unsafe for entry.
Embattled North Judson Town Marshal John Ramos has resigned as part of a settlement agreement with the town. Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins says Ramos submitted his letter of resignation by the close of business on Wednesday, May 31st as was previously stipulated. Continue reading
The North Judson Town Council may revisit its animal ordinance, following complaints about chickens during last week’s meeting. Nearly six years ago, council members voted to prohibit residents from keeping farm animals, including chickens, within town limits. But during last week’s meeting, some residents complained that they continue to see chickens in North Judson. Continue reading
North Judson water and sewer customers will soon have the chance to weigh in on proposed rate hikes. Updated water and sewer rate ordinances were introduced on first reading during last week’s town council meeting. The council’s next step will be to hold a public hearing, before making a final decision. Continue reading
Whether or not North Judson gets curbside recycling pickup, the recycling drop-off site currently offered by the Starke County Environmental Management District will be removed by July 1. That’s what town council member Jane Ellen Felchuk told the rest of the council Monday. Town officials say it’s been difficult to keep the site clean, and they want the bins taken away as soon as possible. Continue reading
North Judson officials hope to move forward soon with the demolition of a downtown building. Pulaski Circuit Judge Michael Shurn approved an emergency demolition order Monday morning, allowing the town to tear down the structure at 205 and 207 Lane Street without having to go through a bid process. But before that can happen, Shurn also asked that a structural engineering report be completed, to determine whether Doug Cassel can safely remove several pieces of his personal property. Continue reading
A downtown North Judson building is on the verge of collapsing. That’s what Town Attorney Justin Schramm told the town council Thursday. Council members met for an emergency session, after neighbors reported that a portion of the building at 205 and 207 Lane Street had collapsed in on itself earlier in the day. Continue reading
North Judson’s fire hydrants are about to get a lot more colorful, thanks to some local students. Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins says 72 fire hydrant designs created by elementary school students were presented to the town council last week. Continue reading
North Judson’s recently-fired town marshal John Ramos will have to wait a bit longer to learn the outcome of his appeal. Ramos was fired by the town council on April 21. He’s since filed paperwork appealing his termination. Continue reading
The North Judson Town Council plans to apply for a state grant to help offset the cost of removing a downtown building. During a special-called meeting last Thursday council members voted to proceed with the blight elimination grant application from the state Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Continue reading
The first Starke County movie in the park event will take place tonight in North Judson. The Starke County Young Professionals Group will host a free screening of “The Jungle Book” at 8:00 p.m. at Norwayne Field. It’s planned to be the first of a series of movies that will be shown the first Saturday of every month through September. Continue reading
The Town of North Judson will be picking up leaves Monday. Residents are asked to place leaves along the curb for pickup. Continue reading
North Judson’s utility rates will be discussed during a special town council meeting this evening. Accounting firm Umbaugh and Associates has been studying the town’s rates. Representatives are expected to share their findings with the town council tonight at 6:00. Continue reading
North Judson taxpayers may see a larger-than-usual jump in their property tax bill this year, but Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins says it’s not due to a big tax hike. Continue reading
Volunteers with the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department will not be allowed to serve simultaneously on another fire department. North Judson Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins says fire department members voted to add the rule into their bylaws, after the question was raised during previous meetings.