The Culver Town Council members held a public hearing last
week concerning a request to amend a traffic ordinance that regulates traffic
around the Culver Schools during student drop-off and pick-up times.
Max’s Playhouse owner Brandy Pohl purchased two residences at
454 North School Street
and 450 North School Street
for day care services. The homes are on
the east side of the street, opposite of the school corporation. She asked the town council members to amend
the traffic ordinance to allow two-way traffic on School Street during pick-up and drop-off
times so it accommodates her clientele by not having students cross the
street. The current ordinance restricts cars
from going north from Lake Shore
Drive to College
Avenue during the time periods of 7:45 a.m. to
8:15 a.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
If the ordinance is not amended then she said at the time
that she would need to install a parking lot, to which the surrounding
homeowners are opposed.
In a work session held last week, Pohl updated the council
to say that the Board of Zoning appeals denied a parking lot at 454 School Street,
but said she could put in a driveway with three parking spots and a
Culver Community School Superintendent Karen Shuman
commented that the number one priority is student safety and that one-way
directional traffic is best in that area.
Culver Police Chief Wayne Bean also stressed safety and that one-way
traffic on School Street
during student drop-off and pick-up should stay intact.
Pohl argued that elementary school students can simply be
let off at the school while parents at her preschool have younger children that
need to be taken into the facility and they need to give instructions to update
the staff on the status of toddlers and infants.
In the end, the option of making School Street a two-way street during
school drop-off and pick-up was not feasible.
A driveway was found to be the best option, and an update will be
provided in a future meeting.
Hamlet officials continue debating how to get a new home
built on a piece of town-owned land at Lincoln
streets. During last week’s town council meeting, President Dave Kesvormas once
again suggested selling the lot and then refunding the purchase price once a
home is built to the town’s specifications.
The Culver School Board has approved a
plan to separate the athletic director position from the middle/high
school assistant principal position. The approval came during a
special session Monday, following a discussion during a work session.
With the start of the school year
approaching, the Culver School Board will be considering some
personnel items tonight. Board members are expected to discuss
personnel during a work session scheduled for 6:00 p.m. EDT. Then,
they’ll convene a special meeting at 7:00, where personnel items may
As the Oregon-Davis School Corporation
considers potential facilities upgrades, some parents are thinking
outside the box, to find ways to keep costs down. During a facilities
tour Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. Don Harman noted that the baseball
field could use a new press box, as well as some other improvements,
while the bleachers at the track need a new foundation to help with
Upgraded heating and cooling systems, a
new secure entrance, and some athletic facility improvements are some
of the needs that the Oregon-Davis School Corporation will have to
address in the coming years. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman and Head
of Maintenance Scott Taylor led the school board on a facilities tour
To try to keep the Oregon-Davis School
Corporation’s finances in the black, parents are now brainstorming
ways to boost enrollment. During a school board work session
Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. Don Harman said the pace of the
enrollment decline has exceeded the projections he made during the
referendum discussions in late 2017.
The Oregon-Davis School Board will look at some of the challenges facing the school corporation during a work session tonight. Following a facilities tour, board members will hear presentations on the strategic action plan and the corporation’s finances.
The Oregon-Davis School Board is being
asked to step up its recruitment and retention efforts. During
Monday’s discussion about a proposed high school administrative
restructuring, several community members felt the school corporation
needed a long-term strategy for addressing ongoing enrollment
Input from a community task force has led to some tweaks to Knox Community Schools’ facilities proposals. Tom Neff with architectural firm Schmidt Associates reviewed some of the task force’s suggestions with the school board during a work session Monday.
The Knox School Board will continue to
discuss potential facility upgrades during a work session tonight.
Representatives from architectural firm Schmidt Associates will share
the results of the findings of a community task force. The group met
five times between December and March to review the existing
facilities and determine some goals for the future.
The Culver-Union Township Fire Department still needs another $100,000 for a new aerial truck. After finalizing specifications, Fire Chief Terry Wakefield says the department has settled on a 101-foot ladder truck. “We thought we wanted a basket,” he told the town council during a work session Tuesday. “We kind of went away from getting a basket. What we did was we came up with a vehicle that fits in our station, that we won’t have to alter the height or width of the doors.”
Culver officials will meet tonight to discuss plans for the purchase of an aerial fire truck. The Culver-Union Township Fire Department had hoped to raise $200,000 in donations, but only got about $169,000 by the end of the fundraiser in November. Money has continued coming in, though, and Fire Chief Terry Wakefield is expected to give an update to the town council tonight.
Culver-Union Township EMS will have to
wait until February for a decision on its proposed rate increase.
Back in October, EMS Director Kathy Hart presented proposals to raise
rates by 20 or 25 percent. But up until now, no public hearing has
been scheduled to move ahead with the process.
Discussions continue at Knox Community Schools over a potential building project. Back in September, the school board hired architectural firm Schmidt Associates to develop plans for future construction, after the firm had previously completed a facilities study for the corporation. Representatives will give an update to the school board, during a work session tonight at 6:00 at the Knox Schools Administrative Office.
The Culver Town Council members will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET where they will gather information about an Eagle Scout project in the Culver-Union Township Park. They will also consider a Fall Fest special event request and get an update on projects within the town’s Stellar Communities Designation Program.
The Winamac Park Board is looking to clarify who’s responsible for what, when it comes to the maintenance of the Town Park. Board member Jon Chapman raised the issue during Thursday’s meeting, noting that there are a lot of moving parts, when it comes to running the park, “Some of which are handled by Power from the Past, some of which are handled by [Park Manager] Dave [DeLorenzo], some of which are handled by Dave with help from the town, some of which are handled by other parties. Dave asked from the time we became a board for kind of a list of what the priority things are, and we really haven’t ever done that,” Chapman said.
The Pulaski County Advisory Plan Commission will continue working on updates to the county’s wind turbine regulations tonight. The goal is to come up with a list of proposed changes to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance, to address concerns over a proposed wind farm. But after multiple meetings, the plan commission still hasn’t created anything solid enough to present for a public hearing.