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City close to owning street

January 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety listened to details of a dispute between two companies at its regular board meeting Friday.
The issue — poor drainage on Walker Way and the cost of fixing it.
At stake — city takeover of the street.
“The city is not a party to that dispute,” said Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck.
An agreement has been drafted between CLW Investments Inc. and Hooks SuperX, Inc.
Fleck said eventually, once the agreement has been signed by both parties, the town will take over responsibility of the road.

Committee seeks ways to cut government waste

January 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Local officials are paying close attention to Indianapolis, where experts on local government and state lawmakers are discussing strategies that could affect how business is conducted at the grassroots level — townships, cities, counties.
According to the Gary Post-Tribune, a government reduction committee, led by Rep. Chet Dobis of Merrillville, met for the first time Tuesday and heard ideas for minor changes to state law that could add up to larger time and dollar savings for Indiana’s towns, cities and counties.

SWES earns third Top Gainer award at conference

January 28, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Students doing well academically and showing their progress across the board — that is what Whitko School Corporation officials are saying resulted in one of their elementary programs being lauded by the state.
A contingent from South Whitley Elementary School traveled to Indianapolis Tuesday to collect the school’s “Top Gainer” Award at the seventh annual Indiana Conference on Learning.
Principal Bruce Hansen, along with kindergarten teacher and literacy coach Diane Williams and fifth-grade teacher Gina Borton traveled to the state capital to receive the award.

Move leaves county trying to keep grant here

January 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County and the local economic development company began a process months ago to take grant money from Greatbatch Medical and funnel it elsewhere in anticipation of Thursday’s announcement the Columbia City plant will shut down and move jobs to Allen County.
“We asked that the money be transferred to another company,” said Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake. I know Alan Tio (Executive Director of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation) was down in Indianapolis twice trying to get that done in the last couple of months.

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