Archive - 2010 - News Article
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.
Newly-elected Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf said that a desire to win, diligent campaigning and a changing political climate made for the ideal conditions for his Tuesday win over Commission Chairman Mike Schrader.
â€śI think it was just a perfect storm,â€ť said Schrumpf, 58, who ousted Schrader 5,438-4,934 for the lone seat up for grabs on the commission.
â€śIt was a combination of things, but the whole Republican thing...â€ť
Schrumpf refers to a nationwide ouster of Democrats in the wake of growing dissent over the economy and the current administration in the White House.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Council attorney, Dan Sigler, suggested the recent lawsuit brought by several Whitko residents is â€śnot well-motivatedâ€ť and will ask that it be dismissed.
The suit stems from what the plaintiffs in the suit say is violation of the Indiana Open Door Law. A scheduled county council meeting on July 28 was conducted with members of the council voting on the issue to put a tax referendum for Whitko school district on the general election ballot. The council denied the request and the meeting adjourned. An hour later the council reconvened and changed its vote.
Eleven-year-old Payton Jagger will get her wish of a trip to a Florida theme park in December, but the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana is allowing her community to be a part of passing it on.