Archive - Feb 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s first comprehensive plan in more than 20 years is one step closer to reality.
A short-handed Whitley County Plan Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to allow the planâ€™s authors to create a fourth version of the document and present it to the panel in next monthâ€™s meeting for possible adoption.
â€śWeâ€™ll prepare Draft D as quickly as possible,â€ť said Brad Johnson of Ground Rules, Inc., the consulting firm that has created and revised the document over the past several months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Fort Wayne man escaped serious injury Wednesday when he was side-swiped by a semi tractor-trailer on U.S. 30 west of Columbia City.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Donald Gotsch, 55, of Fort Wayne, was traveling east on U.S. 30 near County Road 300 East when a semi tractor-trailer driven by Jason Roberts, 37, of Marble Hill, Mo. changed lanes and shoved Gotschâ€™s vehicle into the guardrail.
Bob Hoffman, winner of the Chili Cookoff at the Fire and Ice Winterfest presented checks totaling $500 â€” $250 for winning, plus he matched it with another $250 â€” to the Whitley County Humane Shelter Tuesday. In case of residual effects from the hot chili, â€śChanceâ€ť the fire dog and a fire extinguisher stand by. Pictured from left are Sara Lochner-Goff, president of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, Hoffman and Karen Friend-Bowman, director of operations at the Humane Shelter. Chance and many other dogs and cats are available for adoption at the shelter. â€” Post & Mail photo/Becky Hand
Cassandra Petrie of Churubusco, earning the title of Whitley County 2011 Junior Miss last fall, leaves this weekend for the state program and a chance to become Indianaâ€™s Junior Miss.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man who was found bloodied and incoherent, walking along Main Street in Columbia City Tuesday is in serious condition at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Ralph Anderson, 78, was taken to Parkview Whitley Hospital before being transferred to Fort Wayne where he was listed in serious condition this morning.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, a 911 call came in at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday of a man with â€śaltered levels of consciousness.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Concerned citizens can view the third incarnation of Whitley Countyâ€™s newest comprehensive plan during an open house today, according to the countyâ€™s Building and Planning Department.
Dave Sewell, the departmentâ€™s executive director said last month there have been few changes between the planâ€™s second and third draft, citing mostly semantics, grammatical and spelling changes, adding the most notable changes stemmed from public input meetings and involved windmills.
Sewell said the public comments have pertained to wind energy, turbines and alternative energy devices.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In an effort to continually improve the townâ€™s park facilities and recreational programs, the Columbia City Park Board has created a public survey in order to seek the communityâ€™s input.
â€śWe appreciate the publicâ€™s use of the parks facilities â€” we encourage it,â€ť park board president Kelley Sheiss said at the January monthly meeting. â€śAnd in doing so, we are trying to provide the best facilities with the resources we have available at this time with a limited budget.â€ť
LARWILL â€” Chief Inspector Craig Wagner with the Whitley County Planning and Building Department was in attendance at the Larwill Town Council meeting last Thursday to provide updates on the property located at 202 North Center Street.
The property was evacuated last spring due to several violations of the townâ€™s unsafe building ordinance.
Owner of the unsafe structure is Ralph Fitch, who has been represented by Katrina Osterman
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners approved the countyâ€™s first Commissioners Tax Certificate sale at its regular meeting last week.
Tim Rushenburg, representing SRI Incorporated spoke to the commissioners about the sale, which will be held online in June.
â€śIt seems like the internet sale is the way to go,â€ť said Commissioner Don Amber.
Rushenburg told the three-man board his company would receive 15 percent of the total proceeds for a â€śliveâ€ť sale and only 10 percent of an internet sale.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several new appointments to county boards were announced to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners last week.
David Sewell, Whitley Countyâ€™s Building and Planning Department Executive Director, contacted the commissioners regarding a recommended new member to the countyâ€™s Board of Zoning Appeals.
â€śI would like to recommend Tim Denihan as a citizen member of the Whitley County Board of Zoning Appeals,â€ť said Sewell in a letter to the three-man board.