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September 13th, 2013

Stormwater audit nets two minor violations

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Stormwater Department recently underwent an audit by the Indiana Department of Enviornmental Management (IDEM).

While two deficiencies were noted, Stormwater Superintendent Jeff Walker said overall, he received positive feedback from IDEM about the city’s programs.

Walker said the city’s two violations weren’t major — a delayed project needs completed, and Walker is required to train all city employees about stormwater and illicit dumping.

Possible TIF changes raise concerns

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A board member of Whitley County Consolidated Schools questioned possible adjustments to Columbia City’s Tax Increment Funding (TIF) area at a recent meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Jill Western requested WCCS Attorney John Whiteleather be present at a future meeting to discuss the legal authority the school board has on the downtown TIF area, which is expected to be adjusted by the city’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC).

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September 13, 2013

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Col. City produces engagement app

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel recently announced another citizen engagement component for residents and visitors of Columbia City.

“I’m happy to announce our community now has an Android version of our popular ‘My Columbia City’ app,” said Daniel.

Last September, the City of Columbia City rolled out an iPhone/iPad app that allows for citizens to locate the nearest city park, retrieve elected official information, or view the city’s tax budget.

City will make alley one-way

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As traffic at Eagle Tech Academy continues to increase, concerns have been raised regarding the alley south of the building.

“We’ve had complaints of some close-calls,” Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said. “As time goes on, there’s been more and more people at the school using the alley.”

The alley, which runs between Walnut and Elm Streets, is marked as “one-way,” but is not defined in the city’s ordinance.

Firm adding new facility to enhance capabilities

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Sound Ideas, a locally based creative firm, recently announced the company will be breaking ground on a new facility.

The 4,400-square-foot office space will be located at the intersection of Ind. 14 and CR 600 East in Whitley County.

“We are very optimistic about the future needs of our clients and our ability to serve them with great solutions,” said Sound Ideas President Dave Hazen.

“We’re building a dedicated creative and production space to meet increased customer demands.”

PRIESTLY: Sigler has smooth first year at St. Paul

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church is everything Father Gary expected it to be.

Sigler, who has been with the church for more than a year, said he always thought St. Paul would be a wonderful place to be.

"I used to tell people if I could have any parish in the diocese, it would be St. Paul of the Cross in Columbia City," Sigler said. "So when the Bishop offered it to me, I was just amazed because it was the parish I've always wanted."

Sigler said St. Paul was his church of choice because of the community and size of the parish.

HOMETOWN EVENT: Plow Day entertains, benefits community

September 13, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — A hometown event that began in 2006 with 800 people will return for its seventh year.

The 7th Annual Plow Day and Benefit will be held Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., south of South Whitley on Ind. 5 at 9621 S. 350 W.

Hosted by Roy and Mary Rubrake, Dan and Deb Michel and Stoner and Marta Harshbarger, the event will center around plowing fields.

RELEVANT EQUATIONS: Eberly gives purpose to math problems

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For the students who say they’ll never use superior mathematical equations after they graduate from school — teacher Brett Eberly concurs.

Eberly, a math teacher at Eagle Tech Adademy, Columbia City, has taken a new approach to teaching his students — giving them skills to last a lifetime.

“It’s not realistic to think they’ll use this math for the rest of their lives,” Eberly said. “My goal is to help them build problem-solving skills so when they’re presented with a problem in the working world, they’ll have the experience and can work their way through that problem.”

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Tio proposes blanket ERA in city

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s council is taking a blanket Economic Revitalization Area (ERA) under consideration.

ERA is a specific designation required for business owners to request a tax abatement for economic development.

Currently, economic development and revitalization areas within the city limits are patchy and numerous — there are 25-30 different designated areas.

Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio said putting a blanket ERA designation throughout the city limits would help simplify the tax abatement process.

 

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