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.
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
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 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 North Judson Town Council will get an update from Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver tonight. Recently, Weaver’s been discussing plans to bring U.S. 30 up to freeway standards in the northern part of Starke County, as well as efforts to develop properties around North Judson and elsewhere.
The North Judson Mint Festival is set to get underway this evening, in spite of an unsafe building on Lane Street. “We knew that this was a possibility and so we had a plan B and we’re working with plan B and it’s going fine,” says Mint Festival President Donna Henry.
The City of Knox is no longer offering drop-off recycling. Mayor Dennis Estok told the city council last night the Starke County Environmental Council pulled the two bins located at the corner of Shield and Mound Streets at his request last Friday. Continue reading
A structurally unsafe building in downtown North Judson will not be able to be torn down before this weekend’s Mint Festival. The town only received one quote to demolish the structure at 205 and 207 Lane Street, and it was for more than $250,000. The council last week formally voted to reject it, citing a lack of detail in the specifications as well as the price. Continue reading
A tradeshow products business is up and running in North Judson. Outstanding Tradeshow Exhibit Services (OTES) moved into the Thermo Products building west of town on State Road 10. The company produces exhibit booths for tradeshows, as well as banners for a variety of uses.
The drop-off recycling bin at the corner of Sycamore and Railroad Streets in North Judson has been removed. Continue reading
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.
North Judson will soon have a new town marshal. Continue reading
The North Judson Town Council approved the payment of over $31,000 in lift station bills this week. The bulk of that is to replace the control panel and pumps at the 3rd Street lift station, after it was damaged by a hit-and-run driver last month.
North Judson residents will soon have curbside recycling. The town council voted Monday to enter into a five-year contract with Republic Services. Under the arrangement, residents will get a new recycling tote. Recycling will be picked up every other week, likely starting in August.
Water and sewer rate hikes were approved by the North Judson Town Council Monday. The average sewer bill will go up 25 percent or just over nine dollars, according to accounting firm Umbaugh and Associates. Water bills will increase by 30 percent or $4.60, on average. The last time North Judson increased its rates was in 2008. Continue reading
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.
The resignation of Town Marshal John Ramos, utility rate hikes, and curbside recycling will all be discussed during tonight’s North Judson Town Council meeting.