Archive - Nov 2010 - News Article
FORT WAYNE â Does a dead cat bounce? Economists would say yes, but not because they tried it with a real cat.
The theory is that if you have a live cat and a dead cat and you drop them both off a building, the dead cat will bounce higher than the live cat. Or, the longer and deeper the recession, the stronger and more robust recovery there will be when it hits bottom, as opposed to a shallow recession with a shallow recovery, or the âlive cat.â
By BECKY HAND
WHITLEY COUNTY â A new group is organizing meals for those down on their luck, by a new church which meets in the Ag Museum, âThe Warehouse.â
Called âThe Forkliftâ the meals will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays at The Center for Whitley County Youth, 201 W. Market Street, Columbia City.
âJeff Wike has worked tremendously for us,â said organizer Hank Workman. They had to bring the kitchen up to Health Department standards which required quite a bit of renovation. But the work is done, inspection completed and they are ready to serve.
Whitley Countyâs proposed wind power ordinance isnât dead, but it has fallen into a coma.
And the responsibility for inducing the proposalâs deep sleep falls on a determined citizenry, articulate lawyers and an error in judgment by a county plan commissioner.
More than 200 people crowded the sweltering lower level meeting room in the Whitley County Government Center, some having to listen to the proceedings out in the hall, as eight members of the nine-member board listened to public input on the controversial Whitley County Wind Ordinance.
Police in Whitley County, as well as U.S. Marshals are on the lookout for a local convicted sex offender who is wanted for more sex-related charges.
DeWayne E. Stewart, 47, is wanted in Whitley County for child seduction and failing to register as a sex offender.
Stewart has a prior conviction for sexual misconduct with a minor, according the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department.
The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorneyâs office filed charges of child seduction May 24 and issued a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender on July 28.
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.