Winamac Council Repeals Ordinance Holding Landlords Responsible for Water, Electric Bills

The Winamac Town Council has repealed an ordinance holding landlords responsible for utility bills, following a change in state law. In November, the council passed an ordinance allowing water and electric bills at rental properties to be put in the name of the landlord, due to concerns about renters leaving town with unpaid bills. But shortly after that, the state legislature passed House Enrolled Act 1347, which prohibits towns from doing that.

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Questions Raised Over Particular Appointment at Winamac Town Council Meeting

During Monday Night’s Winamac Town Council meeting, while on the topic of appointments, the position of “Pulaski County Family Y Representative” was brought up. Councilwoman Judy Heater was previously appointed to this position. However, she said she had no absolutely no interest in serving on that board again.

Council President Tom Murray asked what they would need to do with this position since the organization now operates as the Community Wellness Center of Winamac and is no longer a Family YMCA. Continue reading

Winamac Pool Fundraiser to Take Place this Evening, as Confusion Remains About Project’s Future

Rendering of rebuilt Winamac pool.

The Winamac Pool Committee continues to raise money for the town’s swimming pool rebuilding project, but confusion remains about how exactly the project will proceed. A fish fry fundraiser is taking place this evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Winamac VFW. The need for private fundraising has increased in recent weeks, after the Town of Winamac pulled its official support.

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Winamac Town Council Discusses Future of Community Pool Project

The Winamac Town Council met for a special session last night to discuss a few matters, including the future of constructing a new community pool.

Funds that were previously expected from Pulaski County are not available due to a shortfall in local income tax revenues. An account that existed for the old pool was set aside for recreational purposes once the old pool was closed. In the past, that account typically contained around $40,000 but it had to be dipped into to help balance Winamac’s budget to make up for the difference that was not received from the county.

The town did not receive the DNR LWCF grant they applied for which also set the project back. For these reasons, certain council members were questioning the practicality of going forward with the proposed pool project. Continue reading