Marshall Co. Commissioners Support Highway Dept. Request for Funds

The Marshall County Highway Department will be asking the county council for some additional funds and money transfers in order to pave more county roads this season.

Highway Supervisor Jason Peters told the county commissioners that he’ll be requesting $550,000 to $600,000 in an additional appropriation before the county council on Monday, Sept. 11. Continue reading

Culver Town Council to Meet Tonight

The Culver Town Council will meet tonight where a few items will be discussed.

The council is expected to approve the second and third reading of a rezoning ordinance for 1213 Hoosier Lane and 1201 West Shore Drive. The ordinance that previously passed on first reading would change the zoning from Residential (R-1) to Lake District (L-1). This would combine two lots into one lot and grant lake access. A public hearing on the matter was held at the council’s last meeting with no comments given. The adoption of the ordinance is expected tonight.

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Plymouth City Council to Meet in Special Session Tonight

Plymouth City Building

The Plymouth City Council will meet in special session tonight.

The members will discuss an ordinance regarding a municipal motor vehicle license excise surtax and a municipal wheel tax. The ordinance was called as first reading during the council’s regular session on Monday, Aug. 14. The ordinance would help gather funds for the construction and rehabilitation of roads and streets. It was suggested that implementing a wheel tax could take some relief off of other line items in the budget to help with other General Fund needs.

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Marshall County Commissioners to Meet Today

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Mike Delp, Kevin Overmyer, Kurt Garner

The Marshall County Commissioners will discuss the construction of a multi-purpose building at the Marshall County Fairgrounds in Argos when they meet this morning.

Shannon McLeod will be before the governing body to discuss the project spearheaded by the Marshall County 4-H Fair Association. The association was applying for an OCRA grant in the amount of $500,000 to assist in the construction of the building that the members hope will host many functions including wedding receptions, meetings and other community-type gatherings. The county will act as a pass-through vehicle for the purpose of obtaining the grant. County Attorney Jim Clevenger will present a memorandum of understanding between the county and the association that states that the county is not financially liable for this project.

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Blueberry Bicycle Cruise set for Sept. 2

An annual fundraiser for the Ancilla College Alumni Association is set to take you on a scenic tour through Marshall County on your bicycle.

The Blueberry Bicycle Cruise is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 and will cover 31, 41, or 62 miles as it has for the past 27 years. The event, in association with the annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival, serves as a fundraiser to help give scholarships to Ancilla College students every year.

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Marshall County Council Discusses Health Educator Position

The Marshall County Council discussed adding full-time position for a health educator/emergency preparedness coordinator when they met this week.

Health Administrator Christine Stinson explained that the person in the department would assist in her department and with Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery. She said a local health maintenance fund grant along with the emergency preparedness grant will help fund this position with the rest coming from the health department’s budget.

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Rees Theater Project Gaining Ground

Exterior work on the Rees Theater has started, but more funding is needed before immediate repairs can be done before the winter season.

Brent Martin from the Wythougan Valley Preservation Council and architecture firm SRKM said the roof is bulging from the south side of the building. Immediate repair is also needed indoors as a portion of the ceiling collapsed on the auditorium floor. The repair is expected to cost around $120,000. While grant money won’t be available in time for this work to be complete before November, donations are being sought of any denomination. An account has been set up at gofundme.com/reestheatre for donations as a crowdfunding effort. When you make a donation, that notification can be shared on social media to alert other community members about the opportunity to give to a community landmark event. Continue reading

Bremen Businesses Apply for Façade Grants

Four businesses in downtown Bremen are actively seeking to apply for the town’s matching façade grant program.

Bremen Director of Operations Trend Weldy said the matching grants are $5,000. The business owners are getting contractors lined up for the proposed projects this fall. Weldy said 10 companies originally wanted to sign up for the program, but only four are actively going through all of the process to complete projects.

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Seven Arrested on Drug Charges

Seven people were arrested on Wednesday night after officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Green Street in Plymouth.

As a result of a search of the home, Marshall County Drug Task Force officers along with officers from the Plymouth Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department filed charges of dealing marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and visiting a common nuisance.

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Town of Bremen Awarded Regional Cities Funds

The Town of Bremen is the recipient of some Regional Cities money to aid in a housing project in town.

Bremen Director of Operations Trend Weldy said the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation notified the town that an $80,000 award will assist the developer to help keep a housing project going. The developer bought approximately 14 acres on the southeast edge of town to build condos, villas and homes on 55 lots. There are about five lots that are already occupied with developments with a small home, duplexes and a villa.

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Plymouth Redevelopment Commission to Fund Downstream Study

The Plymouth Redevelopment Commission will fund a downstream study in the TechFarm area that may ultimately result in the replacement of a culvert under Pioneer Drive.

According to David Miller from Vanco Development, a larger culvert needs to be constructed in the area. The current equipment has the potential to cause drainage and flood plain issues when projects develop on the TechFarm site and the surrounding area. A 100-year flood study was recently released which puts that area in a flood prone zone. All of those findings have led up to the needed downstream study to see how that culvert replacement could affect water flow downstream in the case of a flood event. Continue reading

Plymouth Street Projects Continue this Fall

Plymouth City Engineer Rick Gaul informed the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members this week that several street projects will be contracted out this fall.

“Essentially what we’re looking at doing is having a fall contract,” said Gaul. “I guess most of this list are community crossings projects that we need to get done. What we’re looking at doing is starting as soon as we can this fall. We’ll have 30-some projects.”

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John Glenn School Board Approves Teacher Longevity Gifts

Teachers at the John Glenn School Corporation who have been in the education profession for 20 years or longer will receive an appreciation gift. Gift cards will be purchased from the Swan Lake Resort.

Superintendent Richard Reese asked the school board for permission to purchase seven gift cards in the amount of $190 for non-certified and certified teachers who have been dedicated to education for at least two decades. Continue reading