Town of Culver to Take Part in Stellarbration Activities

Culver Town officials and those who are a part of the Stellar Committee will be joining Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch for a Stellarbration on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon ET at the Indiana Statehouse North Atrium in Indianapolis.

The Town of Culver and the City of Madison were officially named Stellar Communities in the Stellar Communities Designation Program in their respective divisions on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

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Town of Culver Designated a Stellar Community

Two years of hard work has paid off for the Town of Culver. Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch called the Culver Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon and told a crowd of anxious Stellar supporters that the town is officially designated as a stellar community through the Stellar Community Designation Program.

Town Manager Jonathan Leist says the work now starts on several projects listed within the application.

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Stellar Site Visit Today in Culver

The Town of Culver will welcome officials from the Stellar Communities Designation Program today for the official site visit. The town is a finalist in Division 2 in the Stellar Communities Designation Program.

Town Manager Jonathan Leist said today’s event will take several hours.

“We get about three hours to present information to the state review team that includes representatives from 14 different state agencies,” said Leist. “It’s our chance to bring the plan that we presented to them back in August to life. We’ll show them some of the sites where the projects would take place and sell them on Culver while they’re here.”

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Fundraiser Created to Keep Culver Sign

The temporary giant Culver sign located on the pedestrian bridge in the Culver Town Park can stay there on a permanent basis with the community’s help.

The Town of Culver began a “Creating Stellar Places” fundraiser where donors can win prizes for donating any denomination to retain the Culver sign . For example, the first 15 donors will receive a “Stellar Town Year Round” yard sign. Other donors could receive a Culver t-shirt, and a chance to be fire chief or police chief for a day in Culver.

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Town of Culver Prepares for Stellar Site Visit

The Town of Culver is beginning preparations for a visit from officials with the Stellar Communities Designation Program. The event is set for Oct. 5.

The goal of the Indiana Stellar Communities Designation Program is to help rural towns, like Culver, gather the resources needed to invest in improvements for economic revitalization. Those projects could include housing or other community-minded interests to renew spirit to the area or to alleviate decline.

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Town of Culver Awarded Grant Funds

Culver Town Council President Ginny Bess Munroe announced Tuesday night that the town is the recipient of $270,000 in Regional Cities grant funds.

The council plans to use that grant money toward solving a lack of housing for potential residents of Culver. The plan is to build the Sandhill Farms workforce development housing facility on Jefferson Street. The building would include 24 apartments with one, two or three bedroom units. The town match toward the project will fund infrastructure to the proposed housing development which includes water and sewer lines and sidewalks.

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Stellar Video Production Set for Aug. 19

Culver residents have a chance to be a part of the Town of Culver’s quest to be a Stellar Community by participating in a Stellar Video production. This is the second consecutive year Culver has been selected as a finalist in the Stellar Communities Designation Program.

Families and individuals have a chance to have their voice heard on why they choose Culver in a 30 sec video interview. Residents may also be photographed with a sign that explains why they choose Culver to be included in a photo montage.

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Stellar Communities Designation Program Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2017 Stellar Communities Designation Program were announced early Thursday morning.

The Town of Culver was selected a finalist for the second consecutive year. Finalist communities are divided into two different categories based on population for the designation award. Culver will be placed into Division 2 which is for communities that have a population of 5,999 or less. Culver will compete against the Town of Churubusco in Whitley County and the City of Union City in Randolph County.

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Town of Culver to Accept Sidewalk Replacement Applications

Town of Culver officials will begin taking applications for the 2017 sidewalk replacement program beginning Monday, April 3.

Measurements of the sidewalk, curb or combination of both must be included in the application. The application will be reviewed by Street Superintendent Bob Porter and his staff will confirm the dimensions of the potential project. The town council will then approve a project by recommendation of the street superintendent. The homeowner will be notified by letter if a sidewalk replacement project was selected.

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Town of Culver to Update Water Plant

 
 

The Town of Culver is planning a complete overhaul of its water plant.

Culver Town Manager David Schoeff told WKVI that town officials are working to apply for an Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) grant worth $400,000. This will help in obtaining the $1 million needed for the upgrades. The town will also apply for a state revolving loan.

Schoeff said the council members are hoping that the town is approved for the grant this year and construction can start next year.

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Culver Town-Wide Garage Sale Sept. 27 and 28

 
 

The Culver town-wide garage sale is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28. While there are no yard sale permits required to host a sale, there is a benefit to holding a garage sale during the town-wide yard sale dates as more people will be in the area checking out the sales. To have your sale listed on the map, email the information to clerk@townofculver.org or call (574) 842-3140 no later than Tuesday, Sept. 24.

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Marshall County Commissioners Approve GIS Data Request

Culver Town Manager, David Schoeff, went before the Marshall County Commissioners Monday morning to request the use of GIS data in the Town of Culver’s compilation of a comprehensive plan.

Houseal-Lavigne of Chicago is working with the town to develop the plan and the data needed includes parcel information. GIS data for the parcels inside town limits and the two-mile jurisdiction are requested along with some county data.

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Culver Storm Water Project Moving Along, Says Schoeff

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The town of Culver’s storm water project is moving right along, according to Town Manager David Schoeff. He told WKVI the project is now in its design stages, and he’s hoping to have the project out for bids sometime in June.

The project had most recently gone through the drainage board for their approval to work on their drains, and Schoeff said that now that they’ve received that approval, it’s just a matter of making some adjustments on the design. The project’s engineering firm, Commonwealth Engineers, is now working on those changes, and Schoeff said he expects within the next few weeks to have something to review preliminarily before it’s advertised for bids.

The storm water project carries an estimated cost of $892,000, and Schoeff said they’ve received a grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs for $792,000, leaving the town with a $100,000 expense. He said the town has had a lot of luck getting grants for projects like these and, hopefully, the luck will continue.

Cooling Stations Open in Culver

The Town of Culver welcomes you to cool off at two designated cooling stations. You may stop in at Town Hall on 200 E. Washington Street or at the Beach Lodge on Lake Shore Drive. Those locations will be open Tuesday, July 17 through Thursday, July 19 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Town Hall at (574) 842-3140.