Archive - Nov 17, 2010 - News Article
PIERCETON â With the referendum on the Nov. 2 ballot for a tax levy increase unsuccessful for the Whitko Community School Corporation, superintendent Steve Clason commented on the outcome to board members Monday evening.
âIt was unsuccessful and it was soundly defeated,â Clason said. âWe will move forward as we said (and the board said) with the reduction of $1.26 million and 27 staff members.â
Clason does not foresee any further reductions for this year, with hopes that the Indiana Legislative Assembly will put their dollars to appropriate use.
The WCCS School Board has found two ways by which to save the taxpayers money. The Eagle Tech project is a serious undertaking but board members are working with the city to replace a water main that will provide a sprinkler system for Eagle Tech at the Marshall Center.
The boardâs original plan included a water main that would run along Walnut Street. The city had planned to install one running up Elm Street. The board can hook up to the cityâs water main, paying only for the pipe it will take to connect to Eagle Techâfor a fee less than $5,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â In Monday nightâs WCCS School Board meeting, board members listened to Tony Zickgrafâs explanation of plans to conduct a storm sewer study.
By hiring DLZ, Inc., out of South Bend, results are expected to be threefold: (1) measure outlets, inlets, manhole elevations, and hydraulic systems; (2) determine what capacity the system could handle in a 10-, 20-, 50-, or even 100-year ârain event;â and (3) provide up to three suggestions for improvement.
COLUMBIA CITY â The plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Whitley County Council has dropped the suit, according to County Attorney Dan Sigler.
Sigler told the Whitley County Commissioners on Monday that the suit was dropped.
The plaintiff, Steve Sickafoose of South Whitley explained Tuesday part of the reasoning for the decision to drop the suit.
âA taxpayer was going to have to pay for it (the suit) and it was going to come down to nothing more than a slap on the hand and a âdonât do that again.ââ
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety approved on Friday the purchase of equipment that will enable city workers to televise and map underground sewer lines.
Televising equipment, or video cameras designed to view sewer lines and capture digital video images from inside the pipes, have been discussed for some time by the board and street department officials and the city has gone ahead with the purchase of such technology.
The Whitley County Plan Commission is bracing for a public meeting tonight that could make last monthâs hotly-debated forum on wind farms seem like a friendly game of patty-cake.
On Oct. 20 the commission met with the intention to approve an ordinance designed to regulate wind-driven power plants in the county.
The board at that time decided to table the decision for a month, make a few changes to the ordinance and return in November to reconsider the proposal.
The Whitley County Plan Commission will meet tonight for the first time since tabling a decision last month to pass an ordinance designed to regulate windmills.
On Oct. 20, the commission heard a proposed directive called the Whitley County Wind Ordinance.
The document was created in response to some interest in Whitley County by companies specializing in wind powerplants.
Last monthâs meeting drew a packed room of concerned citizens who want to see windmills in the county banned, as well as some who are in favor of the alternative energy.
âThank you, thank you, thank you,â said Mayor Fleck to the veterans in the standing-room-only crowd at the Peabody Library Sunday afternoon.
The Salute to Veterans this year, with a theme of âThe Places Iâve Seenâ was held at the libraryâs new stage area in the basement.
âFreedom isnât free,â said Fleck, âVeterans are the ones who paid the price.â
Janet Scank, director of the library, acted as emcee, introducing the all-local talent at this yearâs event.