Triton School Board to Open Construction Bids at Next Meeting

Last week, Triton School Corporation officials held a pre-bid meeting over the school’s construction projects that are being tackled this year.

Before her retirement, Donna Burroughs said the preliminary stages of the project were complete and the construction phase would start soon. She also mentioned that the proposed renovations are estimated to cost over $2 million.

Superintendent Jeremy Riffle talked about the additions and repairs that will be made at both school buildings, “We’re doing an HVAC system at the elementary school and at the high school removing the roof and putting a new roof on and then we’re building an auxiliary gym.” Continue reading

Plymouth City Council to Discuss User Fees

A committee is looking into the user fees for the City of Plymouth to determine any increases needed.

Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver reminded the Plymouth City Council that she asked them in July of last year how a shortfall of approximately $452,000 will be made up due to a loss in property tax revenue. She said the loss could be due to tax abatements, property tax appeals, unpaid property taxes and property tax caps. In August of last year, she asked the council members how they were going to offset the raises for firefighters and police officers. Volunteers offered to form a committee to research user fees and possibly present a restructured fee schedule with increases to help offset the revenue loss.

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Marshall County Council Approves Rainy Day Fund Transfer

The Marshall County Council members approved a transfer of money to the Rainy Day Fund last week.

Auditor Julie Fox said the council is able to transfer 10 percent of the total of all county budgets from the General Fund to the Rainy Day Fund. She noted that the 2018 budget is just under $25 million and she felt comfortable with the transfer of an amount between $1 million and $1.5 million.  Continue reading

Bourbon Town Council Receives Vacant and Unsafe Building Update

At last week’s Bourbon Town Council meeting, the council members heard from Zoning and Building Superintendent Bill Keyser about a few structures in town that fall under the vacant and unsafe building ordinance.

Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Berger explained that there were some limitations before anything could be done, such as notifying the owners and giving them a certain amount of time to respond. Continue reading

New Fees to Take Effect Feb. 1 in Culver

The Town of Culver will require building permits for reproofing projects and installation of solar energy systems in town limits or in the town’s two-mile planning and zoning jurisdiction. The fee schedule goes into effect on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Fees for roof replacements with no structural change will be $50. Permits for micro solar energy systems are $50 while a medium system permit is $100 and $150 for large systems.  Continue reading

National Weather Service Issues Winter Weather Advisory from 10 p.m. Tonight until 7 p.m. Monday

Marshall County EMA announced that a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for portions of northern Indiana beginning at 10 p.m. tonight until 7 p.m. on Monday. Conditions will impact the counties of Marshall, Starke and Pulaski.

Approximately 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected. Plan on slippery road conditions, especially during the Monday morning commute. They report that additional lake
effect accumulations are expected Monday night into early Tuesday, near Lake Michigan.

During an advisory, motorists are advised to practice caution while driving and be prepared for icy, snow-covered roads and reduced visibility at times.

Alleged Vehicle-Theft Suspect Runs Red Light While Fleeing, Results in a 4-Vehicle Crash in Warsaw

Two fatalities and critical injuries have been reported after a vehicle allegedly fled from police and ran a red light Saturday night.

According to an ISP press release, around 9:20 p.m. on January 13th, an Indiana State Trooper was responding to a theft that apparently occurred at the Meijer located at 1200 Lake City Highway in Warsaw. The report indicates that the trooper saw a car that matched the description of the suspect vehicle, which was described as a white 2003 Pontiac Grand Am.

The suspect vehicle reportedly fled eastbound on US 30 and drove through a red light at the intersection of US 30 and Parker Street, crashing into three other vehicles. Continue reading

Marshall County Humane Society Fundraiser in Culver on Monday

A fundraiser for the Marshall County Humane Society will be held at Café Max in Culver soon. The Canines, Cocktails and Pet Portraits event is running from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. ET on Monday, January 15.

For $25, people can have a headshot of their dog taken by pet photographer Tony Straw. Light refreshments and cocktails will be served as well. All proceeds will assist the humane society with operation costs and help them continuing providing for the community’s homeless animals. Continue reading

Proposed Job Description for Part-Time Code Enforcement Officer Goes to Consultant

Marshall County Planning Commission President Stan Klotz was before the Marshall County Council members this week asking to have consultant Waggoner, Irwin and Scheele to put together a job description for a part-time code enforcement officer.

The company’s representatives would finalize the description and recommend a salary range for the position for approval by the county council. The planning commission members recently unanimously approved the proposal to the company for development.

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Bourbon Town Council Unable to Open Community Crossings Bids Due to Date Mix-up

Bourbon Town council members were expecting to open Community Crossings bids when they met Tuesday night. However, according to Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Berger, the bids were not available due to a miscommunication.

She explained, “We did not receive any bids, [we] did find out that JPR sent out to the contractors a different date than what was advertised.”

JPR stands for Jones, Petrie and Rafinkski, the engineering and architecture firm working with the town. Clerk-Treasurer Berger said that they’re currently doing what they can to reconcile the mistake. Continue reading

Large Culver Sign to be Replaced

The large-scale Culver sign at the Culver Town Park will be replaced by the time WinterFest begins on Friday, Feb. 9.

Park Superintendent Anna Campbell told the Culver Town Council members this week that the sign spelling out C-U-L-V-E-R will go in the same place where the plywood sign is now. A mock-up placard that describes the history of the name of the Lake Maxinkuckee town will be included next to the sign until a more concrete structure an be constructed.

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Triton School Board Members Reorganize at First Meeting of the Year

The Triton School board members elected officers and addressed appointments when they met on Monday.

Superintendent Jeremy Riffle said that Amy Middaugh was elected to retain her position as president of the school board while Terri Barnhart was re-elected as school board security. Members voted to have Kevin Boyer remain as vice president of the school board. Continue reading

Tri-County Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Until This Afternoon

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the counties of Marshall, Pulaski and Starke. It will be in effect until 1 p.m. ET/ noon CT.

Officials are anticipating mixed precipitation of sleet, freezing rain and snow to transition to all snow this morning. Snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations up to one tenth of an inch are expected.

Local spots such as  Plymouth, Bremen, Culver, Knox, North Judson, Bass Lake, Winamac, Francesville and Medaryville are listed as areas that will be impacted by these conditions. Continue reading

Plymouth Officials to Discuss Traffic Changes with Residents on Plum Street

The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members and street department officials are going to contact homeowners in the 500 block of N. Plum Street to communicate possible traffic changes at the intersection with Jefferson Street.

In past discussions, parking along that road has led to complaints of safety and the lack of room for two-way traffic. Members of Plymouth EMS, Fire and Police Departments have reported congestion issues when utilizing that road to respond to emergency calls.

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Bremen Downtown Revitalization Preparation Moves Forward

Preparations for a downtown revitalization project in Bremen are moving along. That’s according to Bremen Director of Operations Trend Weldy.

“JPR started inspections in the basements in all of our downtown businesses and all of the sidewalks,” said Weldy “They’re in all of the buildings downtown inspecting the basements to make sure there aren’t any stairways we didn’t know about or vaults we didn’t know about. So they’re in the process of doing that.”

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