Archive - Nov 2010 - News Article
The average American might reflect daily on the household budget, the rising cost of essentials like fuel, food, clothing or how to pay for the childrenâ€™s higher education.
Not much thought is probably given to the benefits associated with increased economic development.
Following that logic, the â€śman or woman on the streetâ€ť may not have much understanding at all of what a TIF, or Tax Increment Financing district is or what role it plays in a communityâ€™s growth.
Does your blood pressure go up as soon as the stores begin piping Christmas melodies over the sound system?
Are you dreading the tradition of baking trays of cookies and preparing another family meal?
Does the thought of decorating give you hives?
Or are you looking forward to the baking, but have found your family and friends are all dieting or diabetic and donâ€™t appreciate your sweet efforts?
The solution to all these pressing issues can be found at the 4-H Holiday Celebration, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the 4-H Center.
The 4-H Inc. board met Tuesday evening at the 4-H Center and discussed some big-ticket items for improving the 4-H grounds.
The addition of restrooms to the north end of the commercial building, a new sound system and revamping the bleachers were discussed.
â€śI give more priority (to the bleachers) even than the restrooms,â€ť said Jon Kissinger, as this is a safety issue.
Aaron McDevitt had one company looking at the bleacher situation and reported when asked for their recommendation they said, â€śNever let anyone on those bleachers ever.â€ť
Columbia City Councilman Don Sexton updated the rest of the Columbia City Common Council on progress regarding an abandoned property in town that has the attention of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The former Dana plant, located at 643 W. Ellsworth Street on the west side of Columbia City is under scrutiny by Indianaâ€™s environmental protection agency.
Maybe you havenâ€™t been as good a boy or girl as you should have been this year. But how can you get back into Santaâ€™s good graces?
Santa is in trouble. His little house is in need of repair and his local elves are dwindling.
Santa is looking for a few good men ... er, big boys and girls to help him keep the little ones coming to ask for their heartâ€™s desire this Christmas.
The Santa house has been an institution at the courthouse for at least 60 years, according to Mrs. Santa Claus, aka Jill Winebrenner.
A series of break-ins Sunday night have Columbia City police asking for help in locating and arresting a suspect.
According to Det. Tim Longenbaugh of the Columbia City Police Department four homes and one business were broken into Sunday evening between 8 and 9 p.m.
So far, he said only minor items, small amounts of cash and loose change, have been reported missing.
Unlike a series of break-ins last month in the city, Longenbaugh said no one was home during the recent incidents.
Columbia City will be cutting down more than 200 ash trees around the city, hopefully beginning in the next few months.
The cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety discussed the tree issue at its regular weekly meeting Friday.
According to Mayor Jim Fleckâ€™s office, the project is being undertaken to combat and avoid the consequences of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that compromises the integrity of the tree and creates potential danger of collapse.
â€śOne of those trees coming through the roof would far exceed what it would cost to remove the tree in the first place,â€ť Fleck said.
The nearly month-long ban on open burning has been lifted, according to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners and the Whitley County Fire Chiefsâ€™ Association.
The two county entities, working in tandem, attributed the decision Thursday to the gradually improving conditions, cooler weather and precipitation in the forecast.
The fire chiefs want to caution everyone that conditions are still not ideal for open burning, but have improved enough to lift the ban.
They added that taking advantage of frost and dew is a good way to minimize chances of a controlled burn getting out of control.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ultra Electronics-USSI, local manufacturer of electronic, electro-mechanical, and hydro-mechanical sensor and sensor systems with applications for the military, homeland security and commercial use, requested a tax abatement of the county council Wednesday morning.
The company, located in the Park 30 Business Center, has grown so much recently, they are expanding operations to the old Autoliv building, recently purchased.
Whitley County Council approved transferring current property tax abatements and providing additional property tax abatement.