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March 25th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck is calling on his townâ€™s department heads to come up with ways to help reduce â€śpain at the pump.â€ť
The mayor said earlier this week at the regular meeting of the Columbia City Common Council, and reiterated on Friday to the Board of Works and Safety, there is seemingly no end in sight to elevating gas prices.
â€śWe do have a need to create a plan within your department,â€ť Fleck told the townâ€™s department heads Friday morning.
Fleck said he realizes a â€śone size fits allâ€ť approach will not work.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck addressed the townâ€™s Common Council on Tuesday and warned the five-person panel that the city could see another financial hit coming in the next year or more.
Fleck reported at the tail end of the boardâ€™s regular session that heâ€™d attended a conference with other Indiana mayors and received word regarding an â€śover-distributionâ€ť to local governments across the state of about $660 million.
â€śIn effect, they (the state of Indiana) gave us a loan. Itâ€™s not anybodyâ€™s fault,â€ť Fleck said, â€śit's the fault of the system and the recession.â€ť
Thereâ€™s a new face behind the desk at the Extension Office.
Lisa Schrader is replacing Kay Walter as 4-H secretary, on her own beginning Monday as last Friday was Walterâ€™s last day.
â€śIâ€™m off to a good start,â€ť Schrader said. â€śIâ€™m trying not to get too worked up about things.â€ť
She comes with a good deal of experience having worked in human resources as an administrative assistant at Guardian Automotive in Ligonier, and six years as a receptionist. Since then, she has been a stay-at-home mom for her two daughters Abbigail, age seven, and Molly, five.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” More repairs to Columbia Cityâ€™s half-century-old public swimming pool are being discussed.
City Parks Director Mark Green reported to the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday that the kiddie pool section of the Burnworth Memorial Pool is in need of renovation.
â€śWeâ€™ve had problems with leaking, weâ€™ve had problems with stability,â€ť said Green.
â€śItâ€™s repairable, but itâ€™s not in good shape.â€ť
Green told the council that estimates for the kiddie pool repairs are at about $27,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An alert agency employee is responsible for putting a Whitley County sex offender and fugitive from justice behind bars.
According to police and several people connected with the Huntsville, Ala. Salvation Army, DeWayne E. Stewart, 47, formerly of Columbia City, was arrested Friday when he attempted to get an Alabama driverâ€™s license.
Huntsville police confirmed the arrest on Monday.
Stewart was reportedly living in a shelter for the homeless run by the Huntsville Salvation Army chapter and was attending a six-month drug and alcohol treatment program.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City street crews will be making their annual rounds to gather limbs from the past winter, according to Street Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh.
â€śWeâ€™ll have the sweeper out picking up sand and other stuff that accumulated over the winter,â€ť said Cearbaugh to the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday during his department report.
Cearbaugh announced the limb pickup program, which begins April 4.
The program has been initiated as a means to dispose of limbs and branches from storm-related events and small pruning projects, according to Cearbaugh.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local emergency officials are teaming up with experts at the national level to raise awareness and preparedness in the event a disaster the likes of which rocked Japan should strike the Midwest.
The event, called the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will be observed in April and will involve more than one million people, according to a press release issued by the Whitley County Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security.
The event is being organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium and will involve 11 states, including Indiana.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A company with its roots in northeast Indiana is planning to grow into Whitley County.
Advanced Materials Development, LLC, a manufacturer of premium metal alloys, announced today that it will locate a new operation in Columbia City, creating up to 68 new jobs by 2014.
Advanced Materials Development, LLC plans to invest $12.9 million to renovate the 115,000 square-foot former Fort Wayne Foundry building, and purchase production equipment that will enhance capabilities and increase capacity in support of current operations.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s auditor is taking steps to make sure residents donâ€™t commit homestead fraud â€” either intentionally or inadvertently.
County Auditor Jen McGuire said this week her office is sending out â€śsoft lettersâ€ť to residents who she said could be claiming the standard homestead deduction on residences in more than one county.
â€śWe want to make sure theyâ€™re not double-dipping,â€ť McGuire said.
Indiana state law reads that individuals and married couples are limited to one homestead standard deduction.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As consulting firm Ground Rules, Inc. begins the study process of wind energy in preparation for the eventual drafting of a new Whitley County Wind Ordinance, it will have a nine-member panel to provide input.
Dave Sewell, Whitley Countyâ€™s Executive Director of the Building and Planning Department presented a nine-member steering committee to the countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners Monday.
The committee has been called for from an outcry by residents who oppose the installation of 400-foot-plus windmills near their property.