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Bulb project complete

April 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendent Mike Cook reported to the Columbia City Board of Works about his facility’s new lights.
The lights, ultra-violet bulbs that play a key role in the cleaning process of treated sewage before it leaves the sewage plant, were being installed in increments after being purchased earlier this year.
“All the bulbs have been installed and when they (inspectors) sample today, we have to be in compliance,” Cook said.
“We shouldn’t have any troubles this year.”

City crews look for cause of clogs

April 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — City wastewater officials have had their hands full lately at a local housing development.
At the Friday meeting of Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety, Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendent Mike Cook reported a recurring problem with a city sewer lift station at Irish Glen.
According to Cook, pumps at the lift station are being clogged by an as-yet unidentified obstruction.
“We’ve always had an issue out there but this year it’s been unbelievable,” Cook said.
“Today (Friday) will be the third time this week we’ve had an issue out there,” he said.

Local woman injured in Starke County crash

April 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — An employee of the South Whitley Public Library was seriously injured Friday in a three-vehicle crash in Starke County, according to Starke County police.
Virginia Doenges, 76 of South Whitley suffered a severe injury to her right leg after the vehicle she was driving crashed into a semi-tractor trailer driven by Charles Peterson of Dysart, Iowa.
The accident occurred at about 7:23 p.m. near the Grovertown Truck Stop on U.S. 30 in Starke County.

Wind energy presentation scheduled for council meeting

April 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A presentation by a representative of a wind energy company will highlight the agenda of the Whitley County Council this week.
A joint meeting of the Whitley County Council and the Whitley County Board of Commissioners was canceled, according to Whitley County Auditor Jen McGuire.
“They (the commissioners) decided not to have it yet because they’re not ready to talk about it yet,” she said, referring to a budget discussion for the county’s Emergency Medical Service.

City defends use of police car, policy

April 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — City officials are responding to several letters in The Post & Mail accusing the city police, and in particular one mayoral candidate, of waste of government funds.
Letters submitted to the newspaper referenced a perceived misuse of a city police vehicle by mayoral candidate Gary Parrett.
The letter writers M.K. Meeks and local attorney Terry Smith accuse Parrett of driving a police car to his local restaurant while on sick leave from the police department.

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