Plymouth City Council Considers Commercial Revitalization Rebate

The Plymouth City Council entertained a request from David Fortin from The Very Nice People business downtown for a revitalization project.

“We want to reroof the building that is at 101 N. Michigan Street,” said Fortin. “It’s on the northwest corner of the intersection of Michigan and La Porte Street immediately across from the Rees Theater. We have two quotes and the lower one was $63,480.”

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Marshall County Museum to Present Unique Exhibit in June

The Marshall County Museum will feature another exhibit to keep motors running during the P-town Cruz’n event in downtown Plymouth.

The Indiana Historical Society Auto Indiana “History on Wheels” exhibit is a state of the art traveling interactive exhibit. The 53-foot trailer houses Indiana’s automotive heritage through touch screen displays. The history of auto racing, the industry itself and modern manufacturing are just a few of the lessons provided in this unique educational presentation.

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Culver Redevelopment Commission to Meet in Special Session Today

The Culver Redevelopment Commission (CRC) will meet today to discuss the Sand Hill Farms workforce housing.

The Culver Town Council members made their decision on two resolutions this week and the CRC is expected to discuss the same resolutions during their meeting today. The town council members voted 4-1 to approve a resolution to authorize funding of the project. A separate resolution was approved 4-1 to enter into an agreement between the Town of Culver and Sand Hill Farms, Inc. for the development of the project.

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Bremen Lift Station Project to Move Forward

The Bremen Town Council agreed to move ahead on the project to upgrade the town’s lift stations in the spring 2018.

The plan and design phase is the next step. The council members took action to get that paperwork started this week with the hopes of bidding out the project in November or December. A bid could be awarded in January.

According to Bremen Director of Operations Trend Weldy, the Bremen Redevelopment Commission previously guaranteed the funds for the lift station project. The anticipated cost is around $1 million to $1.5 million.

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Town of Culver to Update Website

The Town of Culver’s website will be getting a facelift.

The Culver Town Council approved a quote from Satellite Software to update the town’s website.

The quote of $1,859 will allow the company to reformat the website to a WordPress template. Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim, Town Manager Jonathan Leist and Park Superintendent Anna Campbell will be trained on how to use the program to easily update the site.

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Local Administrator Named District Principal of the Year

Kyle Coffman was recently announced as this year’s District 2 Assistant Principal of the Year. He holds that title at the Plymouth Community High School. He was nominated by his peers in the district which includes La Porte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Starke, Marshall, Kosciusko, Pulaski and Fulton Counties.

The distinction is awarded by the Indiana Association of School Principals.

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Stellar Communities Designation Program Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2017 Stellar Communities Designation Program were announced early Thursday morning.

The Town of Culver was selected a finalist for the second consecutive year. Finalist communities are divided into two different categories based on population for the designation award. Culver will be placed into Division 2 which is for communities that have a population of 5,999 or less. Culver will compete against the Town of Churubusco in Whitley County and the City of Union City in Randolph County.

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Caucus Scheduled to Elect New Kosciusko County Sheriff

A Republican caucus is set to elect a new sheriff of Kosciusko County.

Former Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine was forced to step down from his duties as a law enforcement officer after pleading guilty in a plea agreement with the state to a felony charge of intimidating a police officer. He was sentenced on Tuesday to a year of reporting probation and 250 hours of community service. As part of the terms in his plea agreement, he cannot own a firearm. Rovenstine must also participate in an Offender Victim Reconciliation Program as an attempt to mend fences with the victim, Warsaw Police Detective Paul Heaton.

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Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety Discusses MOU with Plymouth Schools

Plymouth City Engineer Rick Gaul presented the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members with a proposed Memorandum of Understanding from the Plymouth Community School Corporation concerning the financial guarantee that deals with drainage at the football field.

The school is applying an astroturf surface on the high school football field beginning in June. Gaul explained that the plans call for a proper draining into the city’s system with the alternate type of surface.

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Town of Bremen Acquires Property

The Town of Bremen is now focusing on work on the property at the corner of State Roads 106 and 331. The corner lot once housed a gas station.

Bremen Director of Operations Trend Weldy said preliminary plans call for the demolition and clean-up of the property.

“We’re getting ready to tear out the pumps, tanks, canopy, and the building to get rid of that eyesore,” said Weldy. “We’re going to have a conversation with the state about widening the corners there on highways 106 and 331 so semis can turn easier. We’re going to approach them if they want to work on that corner.”

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Marshall County Community Foundation Match Day is Today

Today is the day to help many nonprofit organizations with an endowment fund through the Marshall County Community Foundation.

In today’s Marshall County Match Madness event, new and existing endowment funds within the Marshall County Community Foundation are eligible for a 10 percent match with up to $50,000 matching dollars total. Donations of any size will be taken for any endowment fund.

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Culver Town Council Approves Resolutions for Workforce Housing Project

The Culver Town Council opened their public meeting last night to members of the community to discuss opinions on the proposed workforce housing development project on Jefferson Street. The building would include 24 apartments with one, two or three bedrooms. A two-bedroom apartment rent pricing example was estimated at $850 a month. If the town wins the Stellar Communities designation, there would be funding available for Phase 2 which includes a second apartment building for income-based housing.

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Warsaw Detective Looks Toward Closure

Warsaw Police Detective Paul Heaton

While Warsaw Police Detective Paul Heaton was satisfied with the sentence of former Kosciusko County Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine, the scars of the two-year ordeal still remain.

The felony charge to which Rovenstine pleaded guilty, intimidation of a law enforcement officer, was the direct result of a conversation between Rovenstine and Detective Heaton. In Heaton’s testimony given during Rovenstine’s sentencing hearing in Kosciuscko Circuit Court Tuesday morning he said that he was doing due diligence on an investigation on inmate Kevin Bronson and another defendant, Mark Soto. Information during the proceedings revealed that Heaton’s investigation also included the fact that Rovenstine was allowing Bronson special privileges such as unrecorded phone calls and other actions not commonly awarded to other inmates. When that came to the former sheriff’s attention, Rovenstine blocked Heaton’s access to the jail.

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