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December 17th

Council fills board appointments

December 17, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council made several board appointments Tuesday night at its regular meeting.
The board approved the appointment of Marquis Jones to the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals.
The council also tabbed Don Sexton to be the council’s representative on the City/County Joint Planning and Building Department Advisory Board.
For the Whitley County Economic Development Commission, the board recommended Councilman Roger Seymoure.
Seymoure will have to be approved by the commission for that appointment.

Pollutant limits change to keep city in compliance

December 17, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council made some tweaks to its sewage pollutant concentration regulations with an amendment to its current sewage ordinance.
The amendment was heard in its first reading at the council’s regular meeting Tuesday night.
Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendent Mike Cook told the board the amendments were necessary to keep the city in compliance with Indiana Department of Environmental Management regulations.
“We added one limit and the rest was just a matter of changing verbiage,” said Cook.

City uses Rainy Day Fund to cover expenses

December 17, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council held a public hearing during its regular meeting Tuesday for the purpose of an additional appropriation of $60,000.
According to Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle, the appropriation, from the city’s Rainy Day Fund, was needed to cover costs of equipment purchases in the past several months.
In November, the city’s Board of Works and Safety approved the purchase of televising equipment, or video cameras designed to view sewer lines and capture digital video images from inside the pipes.

City's annual Christmas lighting contest winners announced

December 17, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Councilman Dan Weigold announced the winners of the 2010 Christmas lighting contest at Tuesday night’s meeting of the city’s Common Council.
Weigold and Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendant Mike Cook were the judges for this year’s competition, driving around the city’s neighborhoods assessing the light displays of countless residents’ homes.
“We get pretty picky,” said Weigold when he announced the winners. “But we try to spread it around.”

December 16th

Program would help protect city's computerized data

December 16, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council is mulling a program that could help cinch down its already tight cyber-security to nearly impenetrable.
Don Smith and David Lefever of The Mako Group spoke to the board at its regular meeting Tuesday night and informed the council about recently-issued regulations from the Federal Trade Commission that will apply directly to the city.
The reason — being a municipality with utilities and paying customers.

Snow has street crews working overtime

December 16, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The various city entities, including Columbia City’s Street Department reported a busy recent couple of weeks at the Tuesday night common council meeting.
“We’ve been called in roughly five times already this year, all on overtime,” said Columbia City Street Department Superintendant Kelly Cearbaugh during his report to the board.
The calls Cearbaugh referred to were for street crews responding to the recent winter weather that has blanketed northern Indiana with a layer of slippery snow.

December 15th

Music sets the mood for Christmas season

December 15, 2010

The Blue River Big Band will entertain audiences with the Airmen of Note’s rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy” during their annual holiday concert Sunday.
Along with this new offering, the band will be playing lots of familiar Christmas tunes, and singer Dawn Ward will add to the festive concert with her vocal talents.
The concert is at 7 p.m. Sunday at the First Church of God.
“Even for us, this is one of the signs of Christmas,” said band member Todd Klingaman. “We really look forward to it.”

December 13th

Council to give loan program second reading

December 13, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council will hear the second reading of an ordinance creating a special fund that can make money available to local businesses for economic development-type improvements.
At tonight’s regular meeting of the council, the ordinance establishing a “Revolving Loan Program” is likely to be one step closer to enactment.
Mayor Jim Fleck said last month the city’s redevelopment commission has funds earmarked for economic development.

Local veterans part of latest Honor Flight

December 13, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — A group of local veterans of the second world war received long overdue recognition for having served during the conflict that called upon the “Greatest Generation” to give everything for world peace.
Robert Cornmesser, Robert Brock, both of Columbia City, and Fort Wayne resident Pauline “Polly” Bunyan, formerly of Columbia City, were whisked away to Washington, D.C. Nov. 10 as part of the fifth year of trips designed to take the nation’s oldest war veterans to where their grateful nation has erected monuments in their honor.

December 10th

WCCS works to keep class sizes at peak levels

December 10, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Officials at Whitley County Consolidated Schools have been crunching numbers since last year, trying to ensure the teacher-to-student ratio is manageable in each classroom.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor presented to the corporation’s Board of School Trustees on Monday a report on classroom size for all five elementary schools, the middle school and high school.
“We studied this issue last year, conducting three months of research,” O’Connor said.
O’Connor said a class size taskforce was created to study the issue.

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