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State board uncovers mowing issue

April 21, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A discrepancy discovered by officials with the Indiana State Board of Accounts threw a monkey wrench into a long-standing deal regarding the mowing of a portion of Whitley County-owned land.
Thorncreek Township Trustee Gene Heckman had been mowing the county park on Fish Hatchery Road.
Earlier this week Heckman appeared before the Whitley County Board of Commissioners and reported that when this long-standing arrangement became known to state officials, it raised eyebrows.
“I told him (representative of the State Board of Accounts) we’ve been doing it that way since we got the park,” Heckman said.
“He said, ‘well, you can’t do this.’”
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