Archive - Oct 2010 - News Article
Columbia Cityâs hot spot for cooling down faces challenges as it enters into the second half of its first century.
The Burnworth Memorial Pool turned 50 this year and is beginning to show its age like a person of the same number of years â with visible and not-so-visible signs of wear and tear from decades of activity and exposure to the elements.
Columbia City Park Director Mark Green said this week the once state-of-the-art swimming facility is becoming obsolete in addition to age-worn.
SOUTH WHITLEY â The first phase of South Whitleyâs stormwater project is nearly complete.
Members of the council heard a report from David Harvey with Fleis and Vandenbrink who attended the meeting with engineer Nathan Anderson Tuesday. Anderson has been highly involved in the townâs storm water project.
LARWILL - Town council members are still concerned with the property at 202 N. Center Street which was evacuated last spring due to several violations of the townâs unsafe building ordinance per Chief Inspector Craig Wagner with the Whitley County Planning and Building Department.
Whitley County emergency officials and representatives from the Department of Transportation converged on Main Street in the southern end of Columbia City Thursday evening to assist in the transport of large pipes across the railroad tracks. The pipes, which are the base for wind turbines, span 156 feet and weigh 165,000 pounds, are not allowed on interstate highways and are traveling from Tulsa Okla. to Canada. Transporting the pipes is so arduous for truck drivers that it took two hours just to travel 12 miles out of Tulsa.
Traditionally, when the economy slows down, the need for services at public libraries picks up.
Unfortunately, with library funding coming mainly from property taxes, economic slow downs mean library budgets may take a hit, causing decreases in services or staff, just when they need them most.
According to published reports, many of the larger libraries throughout the state are doing just that. The Indianapolis library officials announced at the end of September a cut in hours of operation by 26 percent and a loss of 35 to 40 jobs.
A rate increase for sewer customers in the Tri-Lakes area has been snuffed out, at least for the foreseeable future.
On Monday, the Tri-Lakes Regional Sewer District Authority voted unanimously to rescind the bump in sewer bill payments that, for the residents paying the lowest sewer payments, amounted to a more than doubling of their monthly sewer bills.
The seven-person board voted unanimously to cancel the ordinance that increased monthly payments by $12.83.
Before the hike, Tri-Lakes residents paid sewer bills according to three rate structures.
Just seconds from being approved, an ordinance on Columbia City employee wages, benefits, holidays and vacations reached a snag â the dug-in heels of Councilman Walt Crowder.
The ordinance established new wage ranges for all city employees, with standard hourly rates for each position or job and a range of bottom to top, depending on seniority.
But it was one item on the final page regarding benefits, that created a lift in Crowderâs eyebrow.
At the monthly meeting of the 4-H Inc. board of directors, Bill Leeuw, board president, reported the track wall has been reworked by Superior Excavating, the dirt moved and smoothed by Wigent Excavating and the area has been seeded.
Matt Gibson of 4-H council spoke on behalf of the Beef Club, reporting the organizers of the Beef Show held last weekend at the fairgrounds, Tri State Polled Hereford Club, were very pleased with the facilities and the turnout.
Aaron McDevitt, 4-H Inc. board livestock director said, âI canât tell you how much the people enjoy this fairgrounds.â