Winamac Park Board Considers Replacing Dead Ash Trees

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

After years of removing dying ash trees from the Winamac Town Park, park officials are now beginning to look into replacing them.

Park Manager Dave DeLorenzo brought the issue to the park board Thursday.

He estimated that 90 to 95 trees have been lost to the emerald ash borer, although there are some that remain. He asked the park board about working with the Tree Committee to gradually plant a variety of new trees over the next few years.

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Winamac Park Board to Talk with Neighbors Before Allowing Changes to Veterans Memorial Park

The idea of expanding the green space in Veterans Memorial Park was again brought up during last week’s Winamac Park Board meeting. Fred Zahrt, who helped develop the park as part of the town’s tree committee, said replacing some of the gravel area with grass was part of their original plan.” The plan that I presented . . . included the whole property,” he explained, “and that included a tree or two back here and so forth.”

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Cost Estimate for Swinging Bridge Lighting Feature to Be Presented to Winamac Park Board

The Winamac Park Board may soon have a firmer cost estimate for a proposed lighting feature for the Town Park’s Swinging Bridge. “Apparently, someone was up with Mr. [Greg] Henry, came up and saw him and have made another appointment. But they did some measurements on the bridge, as far as the lighting,” Park Board President Courtney Poor told the rest of the board last week. “And so he hopes to have some of that information, hopefully, maybe for the January meeting, as far as just estimates from that company. I had requested they have it by the 15th of January, I think.”

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More Trees Removed in Winamac Town Park

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

Tree removal continues in the Winamac Town Park, but some new ones are also being planted. Practical Tree Service has completed the removal of 15 trees according to the town’s specifications, according to Park Manager Dave DeLorenzo. He told the town’s park board last week that he also plans to remove some smaller ash trees himself, and he’s already cut one down by the volleyball courts.

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Winamac Town Council Public Hearing Prior to Regular Session

 

The Winamac Town Council is holding a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. ET in order to discuss the town water project. Last month, the council agreed to combine the $550,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs with money borrowed from the town’s Electric Depreciation Fund. Community members are encouraged to attend and share their views about the planned water upgrades and facility improvements.

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Winamac Park Board to Discuss Member Disclosure Policies

Winamac Park Board: John Chapman, Chris Schramm, President Courtney Poor, Vice-President Brad Zellers
Winamac Park Board: John Chapman, Chris Schramm, President Courtney Poor, Vice-President Brad Zellers

The Winamac Park Board is expected to finalize a few of the policies for board members, when it meets this evening. Based on discussion at the board’s previous meeting, board members will be presented with policies regarding the disclosure of potential nepotism and conflicts of interest. Continue reading

Zhart Requests Inmates’ Assistance in Planting Trees

Pulaski County Commissioners Tracey Shorter, Kenneth Boswell, Michael Tiede

The Pulaski County Commissioners were approached at their biweekly meeting on April 18 by Fred Zhart with the Winamac Tree Committee. Zhart requested approval of the use of inmates to help him dig holes to plant 28 trees this weekend.

Zhart told the commissioners that he has enlisted the assistance of inmates before, and he reminded them that he did not allow smoking or contact with other people while the inmates were assisting him. Zhart went on to say that inmates were not only grateful to get out and work, but when the returned to work they are much easier to manage.

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