Archive - 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â An unsafe building notice was sent to William Hinen who owns a property in Laud that is vacant and has served as a dwelling place for animals and large swarms of bees. Neighbors spoke to the commissioners in August and paper work was filed to notify the property owner of his due diligence.
At Mondayâs meeting, Craig Wagner, chief building inspector for the county, gave an update on the Hinen property.
âIt seems Mr. Hinen has complied with the order,â Wagner said. âWindows are boarded up and there has been some significant changes to the structure to enclose it.â
COLUMBIA CITY â In recent weeks, Whitley County officials have made several requests to commissioners in regards to neglected properties.
Scott Wagner, environmental health specialist for the county, updated the Whitley County Commissioners on the status of the property located on CR 400 South in Columbia City, owned by Thomas Ebetino.
Earlier this month, Bob Sutton, a homeowner on CR 400 South, came before the commissioners to complain about the excessive junk piling up at Ebetinoâs property and the overgrown, neglected yard.
COLUMBIA CITY â An ongoing water issue at Tri-Lakes Park has kept Whitley County Health Department officials searching for answers.
Water in the park bathrooms was deemed contaminated after a failed water test. Scott Wagner, environmental health specialist for the county, said the issue may have been caused by a deteriorated well casing.
âWeâve had the well tested and have done several things to try and solve the problem,â Wagner told County Commissioners Monday. âAt this point, the only way to get water to the park is to drill a new well.â
COLUMBIA CITY â An announcement was made at Mondayâs Whitley County Commissioners meeting that The Oaks and The Pointe have been sold and will no longer be managed by Parkview Whitley Hospital.
In February, a press release was issued by the hospital stating its intentions to search for a buyer.
Pete Mallers, a legal representative of the hospital, told commissioners that BVM Whitley County LLC, is purchasing the business and real estate attached to The Oaks and The Pointe.
CHURUBUSCO â Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl reported to Churubusco Town Council members that 36 residents have signed up for the town-wide garage sale, slated for Sept. 27 and 28.
This is the second year for the sale, and Sade-Bartl said the turnout so far is âoutstanding.â
âWe always have a lot of people sign up at the last minute,â she said. âThat number is going to grow considerably.â
Last year, more than 70 garage sales occurred throughout Churubusco. The event brings countless shoppers to the town, supporting Churubusco merchants.
CHURUBUSCO â Members of Churubuscoâs Town Council have been anxiously waiting to make an official announcement about a new business relocating to the town.
In June, town leaders discussed an incentive to ensure that Inwelligent Healthcare Inc. would move itâs medical operations from Boston to Churubusco, bringing with it the opportunity for new jobs.
However, after months of waiting, a state incentive is still in the process of being awarded to the company.
SOUTH WHITLEY â When a business considered moving into South Whitley, town leaders worked with the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation to come up with a solution to acquire the former Dwyer building on First Street.
A zero-interest loan was applied for that would allow the town to lease the facility to the incoming business.
However, when the business backed out, the town was faced with a decision â to go forward with the loan process to purchase the building or not.
Columbia City High Schoolâs Youth Council joined Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (front) in a proclamation against texting and driving in the Council Chambers Monday morning.
The council, pictured from left: Hannah Cotter, Kiersten Thomas, Stacy Quinn, Eryn Schinbeckler, Gabby Anglin, Brett Roberts, Emily Temple, Chase Emmert and Morghan Wilcoxson. Not pictured: Hunter LaRue.
WHITLEY COUNTY â Despite testing difficulties and internet connection issues, ISTEP+ results have been released for local schools.
The testing, which occurred earlier this year, was fraught with problems for students who took it online.
Test-takers had difficulty connecting to the server, and at other times, students would be kicked off of the testing website at random.
COLUMBIA CITY â Itâs slated to be an âextremely beneficialâ fair for seniors.
The Whitley County Council on Agingâs Senior Fair is set for Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City.
Jackie Hake, the centerâs director, said the fair will feature 35 vendors and several free screenings and health services.
âWeâve labeled this as food, fun and freebies,â Hake said. âThe fair is free. There are so many things for the seniors to take part in. They will also get a lot of free information and things to take home with them.â