The Winamac Town Council has repealed an ordinance holding landlords responsible for utility bills, following a change in state law.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.Continue reading
The Town of Winamac may soon be expanding its park property. During last week’s park board meeting, member Jon Chapman said a resident is interested in donating some land south of Washington Street, across from the Town Park.Continue reading
Winamac’s pool project was officially put to rest by the town’s park board Thursday. Members voted to stop pursuing the pool project and focus on a splash pad instead. Board member and town manager Brad Zellers abstained from the vote. This follows similar action by the town council last month.Continue reading
The Winamac Park Board welcomed its newest member Thursday. Steve Miller took his seat on the board, replacing Courtney Poor. Meanwhile, Chris Schramm was chosen to take over Poor’s former position of board president.Continue reading
Efforts to upgrade Winamac’s tennis and pickleball facility have come to a standstill. Back in July, the town’s park board approved a $7,000 quote from Leslie Coatings to resurface the Town Park’s tennis court, but stripe it for both tennis and two side-by-side pickleball courts.
A public hearing over the designation of an Economic Revitalization Area (ERA) was held by Winamac Town Council members when they met earlier this month. Continue reading
A public hearing in order to consider the establishment of a public revitalization area will be held by the Winamac Town Council tonight at 6:00 p.m.
At the regular session immediately following the hearing, Tony Calabrese is scheduled to discuss the golf cart ordinance during public input. Continue reading
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
Tonight’s Winamac Town Council meeting features a light agenda.
Members will hear from Jon Frain about vacating an alley and the proposed community swimming pool will be discussed again during public input. Continue reading
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
A request to vacate an unused easement in Winamac was considered during last Monday’s Town Council meeting.
Town Manager Brad Zellers told the council members that Funeral Home Director Jon Frain contacted the office about an easement that he and neighboring property owners would like to have vacated. Continue reading
Winamac Town Council members are expected to discuss the status of the Local Income Tax (LIT) Issue with the county when they meet tonight at 6 p.m. ET.
The council will also consider a quote for the updated ordinance book and Town Attorney Justin Schramm will discuss arbitrage correspondence. The Jefferson Township fire contract will be up for approval and two ordinances will be considered. Continue reading
Winamac may be getting a new adult softball league, but the idea has led to larger questions about insurance requirements. Park Manager Dave DeLorenzo told the park board last week that he’s heard from someone who’s interested in using the large softball diamond for an over-18, coed league. DeLorenzo was told that almost 60 people have expressed interest.
Parking issues at a Winamac establishment were addressed when town council members met last Monday.Councilman Alvin Parish asked about addressing an issue with regular vehicles parking in the spots designated for motorcycles and golf carts at a downtown restaurant on Market Street.
Council President Tom Murray said he believed the police should be ticketing the vehicles but said they are currently unable to do so since there isn’t a specific town ordinance prohibiting the parking. Continue reading
Winamac Town Council members were alerted about an overlooked law that took effect in 2012 regarding small town primary elections and districts when they met Monday night. Town Attorney Justin Schramm explained that the law requires towns under a population of 3,500 to pass an ordinance recertifying their districts two years after a decennial census is conducted. The last census took place in 2010.
Schramm stated, “Between 2012 and 2017 there had to have been some type of ordinance or resolution recertifying the districts within the Town of Winamac.” Continue reading
The Francesville Town Council members will be researching more information on wind turbines and the formation of a Francesville Plan Commission.
In order to ensure that no money is owed to the United States Treasury, Winamac Town Council members agreed to allow Umbaugh and Associates to assess the status of their existing bonds when they met last Monday.
Winamac Town Attorney Justin Schramm explained that whenever the town bonds a project, the bonds are tax-exempt since they were governmental bonds issued for a utility project.
He added that typically, bonds are subject to arbitrage regulations and if any excess interest or income earned are invested into higher yielding bonds for additional proceeds. However, since the town’s bonds are tax-exempt, different rules apply. Continue reading
Winamac Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger proposed updating the town’s ordinance book during the town council meeting Monday night.
Berger explained that American Legal Publishing is the company that takes care of updating their code of ordinances book. She informed the council members that the last update cost around $3,000 and took place back in July of 2016.
Since about 18 months has passed, she asked council members if they’d like to update the book again. Continue reading
The Winamac Park Board has reorganized for 2018. During Thursday’s meeting, board members elected to keep Courtney Poor as board president for another year. Meanwhile, Chris Schramm moves into the position of vice-president.
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