Efforts to prevent erosion in the Bass Lake Beach area have hit a funding snag. The Starke County Park Board has obtained glacial stone, and the county commissioners agreed to let the Highway Department install it.Continue reading
A standing ovation ushered in conversations surrounding the announcement that Starke County is a finalist in the Regional Stellar Communities Designation Program.Continue reading
Work continues to address safety concerns at the Bass Lake Beach House patio. The facility’s operator, Callahan Development, LLC has made temporary repairs to the patio’s railing. Starke County Park Board Member Rik Ritzler gave an update during last week’s meeting, according to County Attorney Marty Lucas.Continue reading
Starke County recently received a portion of reimbursement funds from last year’s flooding event.Continue reading
Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler anticipates the reopening a road that’s been closed for about a decade.Continue reading
Crews with the Starke County Highway Department are looking ahead to projects this year.Continue reading
After a six month break between meetings, the Starke County Park Board has picked up its discussion on the Bass Lake Beach House patio. On Tuesday, board members directed the facility’s manager, Larry Clarich, to get quotes for what it would cost to have an engineer visit the site, while making short-term repairs in the meantime.Continue reading
The Starke County Park Board has gotten $5,000 toward a planned Yellow River access point, but where exactly it will be built remains to be determined. Starke County Community Foundation Director of Development Jessica Martinovic presented the park board with a check during Tuesday’s meeting.Continue reading
The Starke County Park Board welcomed two new members Tuesday. Attorney Richard Ballard was appointed to the board by Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall, following the resignation of Roger Chaffins. Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler had been appointed by the county council back in January, replacing Debbie Mix. Ballard and Ritzler both took their seats on the park board for the first time Tuesday, during the board’s first official meeting since last September.Continue reading
The Starke County Park Board will meet tonight for the first time in more than six months. All of the meetings since September had been canceled. Board members had planned to resume meeting last month, but severe weather and road conditions kept them from meeting.Continue reading
The accreditation process will begin soon at the Starke County Highway Department and Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the commissioners last week that a new policy will be presented every month.Continue reading
Update: Tonight’s Starke County Park Board meeting has been canceled due to weather. The next regularly-scheduled meeting is Tuesday, March 12.
The Starke County Park Board will meet tonight for the first time in more than five months. It will be the first meeting for new member Rik Ritzler, who was appointed by the county council last month. Ritzler previously worked with the park board on various projects, in his capacity as county highway superintendent.Continue reading
During the first meeting of the Starke County Commissioners to open 2019, Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler reported light winter operations due to the lack of snow. Ritzler said the picture changed drastically after that report and the information was completely opposite in his most recent update.
“The mild weather in December – as you know we reported last month we saved about $78,000 in snow and ice removal. If you look at the comparison in 2018 and 2019 in January, we went $68,000 more this month. It really highlights how our budget has to be flexible and weather really dictates our spending. I couldn’t highlight that more than in the last two months.”
Ritzler noted that crews worked 26 days in a row, but found relief this past weekend with warmer temperatures.
In an asset management chart compiled by the new Asset Manager with notes submitted by Ritzler, new drivers improved and the wet snow proved to be hard on the mailboxes. On Wednesday, Jan. 30, the subzero temperatures caused precautions to keep trucks operating as drifts formed from winds. The overall performance and attitude of the drivers was rated as excellent.
Crews continue to maintain equipment in between storms and monitor roads with snow melt and rainfall.
The commissioners expressed their appreciation to the highway department and all emergency services for their efforts during the inclement weather experienced in January.
Though it’s likely you’re enjoying this week’s moderate temperatures far more than last week’s frigid weather, unfortunately, those fluctuations can cause ideal conditions for pothole formation.Continue reading
The Starke County Commissioners will meet today where Sheriff Bill Dulin will present several ordinance amendments and additional ordinances for consideration. He stated previously that those ordinances will address noise, animals running at large, vicious dogs, false alarms, and the golf cart ordinance concerning open containers.Continue reading
The Starke County Commissioners finalized paperwork for the purchase of two pieces of highway equipment from the Marshall County Highway Department.Continue reading
Two pieces of equipment from the Marshall County Highway Department will be added to the fleet at the Starke County Highway Department.
Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the county commissioners last week that he’s planning to ask the county council members next week to approve some additional appropriations.
Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the commissioners this week that he submitted four projects for consideration for the fall Community Crossings grant round.
The Starke County Commissioners will meet tonight.