Culver Town Council Approves Tax Abatement Request

A public hearing to hear comments concerning a tax abatement request from Elkay Products was held last night during the Culver Town Council meeting.

Owner Brian Meek is planning a technology upgrade at the facility at a cost of approximately $3.9 million. More jobs will be created as a result of the upgrade in equipment. Meek said this project will help make the Culver Elkay plant the leading manufacturer of cabinets within the corporation. He said there is an Elkay facility in Minnesota where the company has made a similar investment.

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Plymouth Business Faced with Culvert Issue

A Plymouth business is asking the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety to help pay for the replacement of a culvert with proceeds from the sale of a portion of the property.

The request comes from Dave Miller from Vanco Development, a family-owned real estate development company on Pioneer Drive. Miller reminded the board members that the company agreed to split the net proceeds in land sales with the city. The agreement allows the city to support the infrastructure serving the tech farm along with adjacent development. The city would receive the net proceeds through a monetary gift fund. The funds would be used to benefit the future businesses on the land there.

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Improvements Continue on New EMS/Food Pantry Building

Work continues on the new EMS and food pantry building in Bremen.

The building at 1237 Plymouth Street was purchased by the town last fall. Bremen Director of Operations Trend Weldy told MAX 98.3 FM News that the town council members had eyes on another building that would have been an investment of over $400,000, but acquired the current location after submitting the winning bid at an auction. Weldy said the purchase price was less than $200,000, which left room in the budget for necessary remodeling.

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Earthworks Receives Grant for Animal Watching Equipment

Arrowhead Country Resource Conservation and Development members Howard Conner, Stan Moore and Joe Skelton present a check to Earthworks Coordinator of Earthcare Education Cheri Ringer. (Photo provided by Earthworks.)

Local children have the chance to learn about nature during Earthworks’ summer program. Earthworks is an environmental learning center run by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ as part of The Center at Donaldson. Continue reading

Prayer Breakfast Scheduled in Plymouth

The local observance of the National Day of Prayer is set for Thursday, May 4.

Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter welcomes Bishop Kevin Rhoades as the keynote speaker for the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast set for May 4 at 6:30 a.m. at the Christos Banquet Center at 830 Lincolnway East in Plymouth.

Rhoades has served as Bishop of the Diocese of Fort-Wayne South Bend since 2010.

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Plymouth City Council Approves Firefighter/Paramedics Salary Increase

Plymouth Fire Chief Rod Miller and council member Don Ecker, Jr. presented information to the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety and the Plymouth City Council members Monday night about the need for more full-time firefighters and paramedics.

Chief Miller said he’s having trouble maintaining staff members. Pay for full-time firefighters is not competitive with surrounding communities to entice personnel to stay. Information given to the board showed Plymouth as one of the lowest paying fire departments in the area.

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Marshall County Highway Department to Look into Dump Sites

Marshall County Highway Supervisor Jason Peters told the commissioners last week that he is researching sites to dispose of materials to be reused for road projects.

“The county is going to have to have a dump site which will have to be state approved,” explained Peters. “We’ll have to have an archeological study done and wetland lineation sites approved where we have that documentation for federal aid projects. They can dump millings or road gravel on those sites. That’s something that’s surfaced this year and we’ll have to have that done.”

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Hoosier Racing Tire Receives Governor’s Half Century Business Award

Hoosier Racing Tire is celebrating 60 years in business this year, and on Monday the company was honored by Governor Eric Holcomb. During a ceremony at the Statehouse, Holcomb recognized 34 Indiana businesses with the Governor’s Century or Half Century Business Award. According to information released by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Hoosier Racing Tire is recognized as the world’s largest race tire manufacturer. Continue reading

Culver Farmer’s Market Coming Soon

Vendors are getting ready for the Culver Farmer’s Market which is set to begin in May.

Information on vendor set up is available now. Email Tracy Fox at donandtracyfox@gmail.com.

In addition to usual feature of fruits, vegetables and homemade items, members of non-profit organizations are welcome to set up a table/tent to highlight services available to local residents. Entertainers are also welcome to share talents at the Culver Farmer’s Market.

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Plymouth BOW, City Council to Meet Tonight

The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members will open bids for the signalization improvements at the Oakhill/Soice intersection when they meet tonight. Street Superintendent Jim Marquardt will present 2017 sidewalk projects for the ADA transition plan and discuss a sidewalk request at 801 S. Michigan Street. City Attorney Sean Surrisi will present a memo for the Schuh Ditch hydrologic and hydraulic study proposal for engineering services.

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More High School Graduates Prepared for College, According to Commission for Higher Education

More Indiana high school graduates are prepared for college, but the Indiana Commission for Higher Education says there’s still more work to be done. State officials say in spite of recent improvements, nearly a fifth of recent high school graduates are still not ready to take college courses that count toward their degrees. That’s particularly true in the area of math. Continue reading