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September 13th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs 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‚Äôs programs.
Walker said the city‚Äôs two violations weren‚Äôt major ‚ÄĒ a delayed project needs completed, and Walker is required to train all city employees about stormwater and illicit dumping.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A board member of Whitley County Consolidated Schools questioned possible adjustments to Columbia City‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Redevelopment Commission (RDC).
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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel recently announced another citizen engagement component for residents and visitors of Columbia City.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm happy to announce our community now has an Android version of our popular ‚ÄėMy Columbia City‚Äô app,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs tax budget.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As traffic at Eagle Tech Academy continues to increase, concerns have been raised regarding the alley south of the building.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve had complaints of some close-calls,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said. ‚ÄúAs time goes on, there‚Äôs been more and more people at the school using the alley.‚ÄĚ
The alley, which runs between Walnut and Elm Streets, is marked as ‚Äúone-way,‚ÄĚ but is not defined in the city‚Äôs ordinance.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúWe are very optimistic about the future needs of our clients and our ability to serve them with great solutions,‚ÄĚ said Sound Ideas President Dave Hazen.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre building a dedicated creative and production space to meet increased customer demands.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ 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.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ For the students who say they‚Äôll never use superior mathematical equations after they graduate from school ‚ÄĒ teacher Brett Eberly concurs.
Eberly, a math teacher at Eagle Tech Adademy, Columbia City, has taken a new approach to teaching his students ‚ÄĒ giving them skills to last a lifetime.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not realistic to think they‚Äôll use this math for the rest of their lives,‚ÄĚ Eberly said. ‚ÄúMy goal is to help them build problem-solving skills so when they‚Äôre presented with a problem in the working world, they‚Äôll have the experience and can work their way through that problem.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ 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.