Winamac Council Member Proposes Beach, New Programs for Town Park

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

Attracting more visitors to the Winamac Town Park is the goal of several ideas presented to the town’s park board last week. Town Council Member Dave Schambers said he’d seen pictures of a beach that existed decades ago in the park and wondered if that might be a cheaper alternative to building a new swimming pool.

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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The Winamac Town Council has repealed an ordinance holding landlords responsible for utility bills, following a change in state law.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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Public Nuisance Ordinance Adopted for the Town of Winamac

Winamac Town Council members considered an ordinance to regulate public nuisances on private property when they met Monday night.

Members reviewed the ordinance which states that in the interests of protecting public safety, health and welfare as well as for the purpose of enhancing the environment for residents of the town, property owners and occupants are prohibited from allowing an environmental public nuisance to exist.

It lays out relevant definitions utilized throughout the document and sets regulations related to vegetation, grass height, yard debris, refuse and drainage and stormwater management. Continue reading

Ordinance to Regulate Public Nuisances on Private Property Addressed at Winamac Town Council Meeting

The ordinance book for the Town of Winamac has been updated and council members considered a quote for the upgrades submitted by the company American Legal Publishing during their meeting on Monday.

Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger said the company updated the book to include ordinances spanning from July 16th, 2016 through December 31st, 2017. The quote provided by American Legal was for $1,985. Members voted unanimously to approve the quote.

Additionally, Winamac’s Town Council members are anticipated to consider an ordinance pertaining to public nuisances on private property in the near future. Continue reading