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November 17th, 2010
COLUMBIA CITY â The plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Whitley County Council has dropped the suit, according to County Attorney Dan Sigler.
Sigler told the Whitley County Commissioners on Monday that the suit was dropped.
The plaintiff, Steve Sickafoose of South Whitley explained Tuesday part of the reasoning for the decision to drop the suit.
âA taxpayer was going to have to pay for it (the suit) and it was going to come down to nothing more than a slap on the hand and a âdonât do that again.ââ
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety approved on Friday the purchase of equipment that will enable city workers to televise and map underground sewer lines.
Televising equipment, or video cameras designed to view sewer lines and capture digital video images from inside the pipes, have been discussed for some time by the board and street department officials and the city has gone ahead with the purchase of such technology.
The Whitley County Plan Commission is bracing for a public meeting tonight that could make last monthâs hotly-debated forum on wind farms seem like a friendly game of patty-cake.
On Oct. 20 the commission met with the intention to approve an ordinance designed to regulate wind-driven power plants in the county.
The board at that time decided to table the decision for a month, make a few changes to the ordinance and return in November to reconsider the proposal.
The Whitley County Plan Commission will meet tonight for the first time since tabling a decision last month to pass an ordinance designed to regulate windmills.
On Oct. 20, the commission heard a proposed directive called the Whitley County Wind Ordinance.
The document was created in response to some interest in Whitley County by companies specializing in wind powerplants.
Last monthâs meeting drew a packed room of concerned citizens who want to see windmills in the county banned, as well as some who are in favor of the alternative energy.
âThank you, thank you, thank you,â said Mayor Fleck to the veterans in the standing-room-only crowd at the Peabody Library Sunday afternoon.
The Salute to Veterans this year, with a theme of âThe Places Iâve Seenâ was held at the libraryâs new stage area in the basement.
âFreedom isnât free,â said Fleck, âVeterans are the ones who paid the price.â
Janet Scank, director of the library, acted as emcee, introducing the all-local talent at this yearâs event.
Three churches will open their doors to host Thanksgiving services next week. The public is invited to attend any of the services.
Two groups are also planning Thanksgiving dinners for those who have nowhere to go or are unable to afford Thanksgiving dinner
Author of âMistaken Identity,â Newell Cerak, will be the headliner for the Whitley County Youth For Christ (YFC) â2010 Piece Rallyâ at the Eagleâs Nest Event Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with coffee and dessert available.
Cerak is the father of Whitney Cerak, a Taylor University student who survived a tragic automobile accident in 2006, but was mistakenly identified as another student.
Coesse Elementary School students have been taught well about the importance our veterans have played in the American freedoms we enjoy.
Thursday, they presented a Veterans Day program under the direction of Becky Walter, choir director, honoring veterans from their community, many with direct descendants in the school.
Called âAmerica, the land of Heroesâ the program guide stated âPatriotism is little hands holding little flags.â Throughout the various patriotic songs, that is just what the students did, making the bleachers a sea of waving red, white and blue.
LARWILL â The property located at 202 N. Center Street was evacuated last spring due to several violations of the Larwillâs unsafe building ordinance per Chief Inspector Craig Wagner with the Whitley County Planning and Building Department.
Owner of the unsafe structure is Ralph Fitch, who was represented by Katrina Osterman last spring.
At that time, Osterman agreed with the council to make repairs to the property by Nov. 1, with updates reported every two months to council members.
Columbia Cityâs Brownfields Committee was formed earlier this year with the express purpose of assessing what can be done to make good use of city business properties that have potential benefit to the town.
And the seven-person panel hopes to get some help from the community in doing so.
Lori Shipman serves as a consultant for the committee. She said a public forum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.
A Brownfield is described as real estate that is either abandoned or inactive and which might not be serving its potential.