Project nearly complete in SW

SOUTH WHITLEY — The first phase of South Whitley’s stormwater project is nearly complete.Members of the council heard a report from David Harvey with Fleis and Vandenbrink who attended the meeting with engineer Nathan Anderson Tuesday. Anderson has been highly involved in the town’s storm water project.“With the phase I storm water collection project nearly complete and most of the pipes in the ground, we should be wrapped up by the end of the month,” Harvey said. “Phase II (wastewater treatment facility improvements) as well as some sanitary sewer work will continue on with preliminary design.”Harvey has concerns on bank stabilization and easements required during the project. A meeting is scheduled on Oct. 22 with Region III-A regarding opportunities for grant funding.“We are continuing with design and working with the town staff on review of preliminary and final designs as we move forward,” Harvey said. “There are grants up to $600,000 for these type of projects and we are making contact to see if there are any funds available.”In other business, Craig Wagner with the Whitley County Planning and Building Department, along with current Green Parrot owners Linda and Randy Striggle, were in attendance providing the council with an update on repairs to the Green Parrot’s exposed wall since demolition of the Hicks and Deaton building in June.“Basically, it’s still where it was before since the last time we were here,” Randy said. “Still waiting on the contract to come from my attorney. As soon as we get it, (new owner) Adam Flores will sign it and we can proceed with everything from there.”Wagner and Randy have inspected the building and have determined the south wall will be straightened and insulated by the deadline.“I have been watching the building to see if there has been any movement since removal of other adjoining structure and I have not noticed any movement whatsoever at this time,” Wagner said. “We will, of course, keep an eye on that even after repairs and the two adjoining buildings to the north, I see no movement since the other building has come down.”Wagner also said there is an advantage to the Hicks and Deaton building being demolished because it can no longer pull on the Green Parrot building.“I will work with the contractor on what needs to be done until this is completed,” Wagner said.In other business: • Clerk-Treasurer Mitch Winger said the State Board of Accounts audit has been completed.• Police chief Dave Wilkinson reported on Front Street being closed from 5 to 7 p.m. in front of the South Whitley Public Library on Oct. 23 for the annual fall fun carnival. Next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26.