Archive - Feb 25, 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Reflection on tough economic obstacles tempered with cautious optimism â€” city and county officials spoke Friday on the state of the county at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Business Briefing Luncheon.
The theme of the luncheon was the state of the city/county and representatives from Whitley County government and two of the four county municipalities were on hand to discuss challenges and achievements over the past year.
The towns of South Whitley and Larwill were not represented at the luncheon.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A full house greeted South Whitley Town Council members Tuesday evening for a public hearing regarding Phase II of the wastewater treatment facility project.
The town has applied for a $600,000 grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), which is the maximum amount allowed by Region-III-A.
The townâ€™s grant administrator and Region-III-A representative Angela Hoffman told those gathered that the preliminary engineering report is in the finishing stages and the proposed cost of the project is $3.5 million.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Repairs to the Green Parrotâ€™s exposed wall are finally on the horizon.
Town attorney Greg Hockemeyer revealed the results of a property survey to town council members Tuesday evening. The survey was to determine if the existing building encroached on neighboring property.
The ongoing property line dispute is holding up completion of ordered repair on an exposed wall in the downtown business. Hockemeyer ordered a survey in January to determine the property line before repairs can be made.
Eleven years ago a group of women met to discuss a vision two of them had for Whitley County â€” a place for the local homeless to find refuge.
Someone asked, â€śDo we really need this in Columbia City?â€ť
A small ad was placed in the paper and at the first official meeting 50 people showed up. There was a need indeed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” State Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) will be hosting a teachers forum from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, and would like to invite area teachers to attend.
The teachers forum will be held at the Peabody Public Library, located at 1160 East state Route 205 in Columbia City.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with the forum starting promptly at 1 p.m.
Rep. Heuer encourages the teaching community to attend and share their thoughts and opinions with her. She looks forward to hearing from the teaching community in her district in order to bring valuable input back to the Statehouse.