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July 13th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Common Council approved an ordinance amending Chapter 99 of the Tree Plan.
âThere was a letter from the Tree Board that came last meeting, and it had some changes in there,â said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
âThey were mainly administrative changes in regards as to who is holding the tree plan and who is basically the individual in charge of the trees.â
The amendment called for the person authorized to exercise powers to read âTree Board Presidentâ instead of âDirector of Community Development.â
COLUMBIA CITY â On the long list of scams that currently exist, a new one is making its way across the United States and has homeowners believing the government is offering assistance to cover utility bills.
âWe just want to make local people aware of it. It is a scam and they need to pay attention,â said Gene Donaghy, vice president of member services at Northeastern REMC.
Since this scam has been on a national level for a few days, Donaghy warns local Northern Indiana residents to be aware.
COLUMBIA CITY â As Kelly Cearbaugh, street superintendent of Columbia City, gave his report to the City Council Tuesday, he noted the department would be wrapping up chipping downed trees this week after the storm which swept through the city June 29.
âWe are continuing to work on this and get it done,â said Cearbaugh.
Along with the report, Cearbaugh thanked his workers for staying on task during the four days temperatures reached over 100 degrees.
COLUMBIA CITY â At the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday, the council amended the fire prevention code on second reading. The change regards burn permits.
During the councilâs meeting in June, when it was passed on first reading, Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue explained how this eliminates the verbiage that gives the City of Columbia City, the Board of Works and himself the right to issue burn permits.
LaRue said people would need to comply with state law as well as IDEM standards on this rule.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Republican Party has selected a replacement for the countyâs assessor who announced her resignation earlier this year.
âIt was uncontested, so Rita Sauders will be the new Whitley County Assessor,â said Matthew Boyd, chairman of the countyâs Republican party.
Sauders was selected in a caucus Tuesday to replace Angie Heath, who announced she would resign effective July 7.
âIt was a good turnout. There were 26 of us who showed up for an uncontested race so I was pleased,â said Boyd.
âHow To Beat a Bad Hair Day,â presented by reVision Womenâs Ministry, is a free workshop open to all women, Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This workshop will teach practical tools in emotional, time and physical management. The workshop is free, but a free will donation is encouraged. Refreshments will be served. Childcare will not be provided. The event will be at the Super 8 Hotel off U.S. 30, in the conference room. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot call 244-3656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Master Gardeners will present garden seminars Tuesday, July 17 at the Ag Museum at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City.
Available seminars include:
CHURUBUSCO â Members of Smith-Green Community Schools showed their concern for students with disabilities during the public work session Monday night.
Greg Wehling from Moake Park Group showed the board the final architectural drawings for a proposed building project.
Wehling explained the $6 million project which includes a new cafeteria for the elementary school, five new classrooms, ADA bathrooms, a new special needs classroom and a new security system at the main entrance at CES.
CHURUBUSCO â Ralph Bailey took charge of the board meeting at Smith-Green Community Schools Monday. The board asked Bailey to be interim superintendent July 2 at a special meeting after the surprise departure of Steve Darnell June 29.
Bailey is a long-time educator who served for many years at Whitley County Consolidated Schools and since retirement has been interim superintendent at many schools in northeast Indiana.
COLUMBIA CITY â Business and community leaders in Whitley County were âlocked upâ for an hour jail sentence Tuesday to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The fundraiser was held at Paigeâs Crossing in Columbia City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Allison Eckert, fundraising coordinator, said the sheriffâs department was helping to pick up people and drop them off at Paigeâs Crossing.
âThey âarrestâ them and bring them in, and some people decide to turn themselves in just depending on what their schedules are,â said Eckert.