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April 18th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A longtime problem with waste disposal in the tiny unincorporated town of Coesse is one step closer to a solution after having recently taken a tiny step backward.
For the second time since late last year, the Whitley County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the submission of a grant application for community development.
â€śWe had a technicality that we had to address with our procurement process,â€ť said consultant Lori Shipman Monday afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The aprons were on. The serving tongs were drawn, but something was missing.
Where was the three-year reigning champion cook-off team lead by the fearless Sen. Gary â€śDocâ€ť Dillon?
They were seated in the Church of God auditorium, with nary a drop of sweat on their brows, enjoying the meal with the 400 other The Center for Whitley County Youth Benefit Cook-off feasters.
â€śWe coulda wupped them this year,â€ť said Bob Addison, the master chef behind their previous successes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Excessive wetness is an issue thatâ€™s been at the top of the Columbia City â€śto-doâ€ť list for years.
Last week the townâ€™s Board of Works and Safety heard a presentation from GAI Consultants about a study to help combat at least some of the townâ€™s drainage problem.
â€śThat area has a history of surface flooding problems,â€ť said Columbia City Outside Operations Manager Jeff Walker about an area outlined in what the consulting firm identifies in the South Side Stormwater Study.
â€śItâ€™s a pretty large watershed area.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When contaminated soil was found under railroad tracks in Columbia City earlier this year, it brought to a grinding halt, progress on a sewer extension project planned by the city for some time.
The bureaucratic red tape involved with contacting the Indiana Department of Environmental Management was relatively painless, as government-involved procedures go.
Itâ€™s the delay and its effect on the contractor hired to do some of the work that may prove the most costly to local government entities.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Auditors offices around the area are being inundated with phone calls lately because of taxpayer confusion surrounding the word â€śHomestead.â€ť
â€śWe had 94 calls in two days,â€ť said Whitley County Auditor Jen McGuire.
She said that number is low because itâ€™s just the number of callers who talked to one employee in her office.
â€śHe kept track,â€ť she said.
The confusion â€” the elimination of a three-year homestead credit on Indiana tax bills.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” After months of penny-pinching and budget-hacking, and following a heated debate where proposed state legislation drew the ire of Indiana teachers, Gov. Mitch Daniels and both branches of the state government are declaring some good news on the education front.
In what state lawmakers say is a rare joint announcement, House Speaker Brian Bosma R-Indianapolis along with Senate President Pro Tempore David Long R-Fort Wayne and Daniels announced their support for an additional $150 million investment in K-12 education, emphasizing early learning
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Heartbeats, Parkview Whitley Hospitalâ€™s spring health fair, will be 7 to 10 a.m. May 7 in the lower-level auditoriums of the hospital, located at 353 North Oak Street, Columbia City.
Screenings will include:
Blood Chemistry 17 ($20) â€“ Assesses the health of the major organs as well as cardiac risk. A 10- to 12-hour fast is recommended. Water is permitted.
TSH ($20) â€“ A blood test for the thyroid.
PSA ($20) â€“ A blood test for the prostate.
Hemogram ($8) â€“ A blood test for anemia/iron.
Other screenings and additional healthcare information will include:
Emcee R.D. Schrader, board president of The Center for Whitley County Youth, insisted that all team members competing at the Benefit Cook-off Thursday evening were amateurs.
But could amateurs prepare such delicacies as Coffee- and Coco-dusted Duck Breast or Crostina with Chocolate and Sea Salt?
Whitko Culinary Arts students under the direction of Theresa Daggett can and did, winning two of the three awards given out by Todd Blanton, program director and Jeff Wike, executive director at The Center.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Internet speed in the Whitley County Recorderâ€™s Office continues to be an issue, according to Jim Becher of SDS Communications, who handles information technology for the county.
Becher approached the joint meeting of the Whitley County Council and Board of Commissioners earlier this week to give the two panels an update on all things â€ścomputer.â€ť
â€śLast year we replaced a lot of computers,â€ť Becher said. â€śThings are in pretty good shape at this point.â€ť
One area that is still lacking, according to Becher, is the Internet speed at the countyâ€™s recorderâ€™s office.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees will have hard decisions to make Monday when the nine-person board meets in regular session.
Looming on the agenda, in the wake of the recently signed five-year teachers contract, reduction in force.
Corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor and Business Manager Tony Zickgraf have read the writing on the wall and in recent weeks reported to the board about expected budget shortfalls.