Marshall County Commissioners Reappoint Department Heads

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

The Marshall County Commissioners approved department head appointments during a special meeting Friday morning.

Commissioners Mike Delp, Kurt Garner and Kevin Overmyer reappointed Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Doug Masterson, Jail Maintenance Supervisor Gary Masterson, Marshall County Historical Society Museum Director Linda Rippy, EMA Director Clyde Avery, IT Director Michael Marshall, Veteran’s Service Officer Pam Schweizer-Betz, and Building Inspector Chuck DeWitt. As previously reported, Jason Peters was reappointed as highway supervisor, but the county engineer/director position has yet to be filled.

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Applications Needed for Habitat for Humanity Project in Culver

Officials with the Town of Culver and Marshall County Habitat for Humanity are looking for a qualified individual to help build his or her own home in Culver.

Application information can be found the Town of Culver’s website at www.townofculver.org for a building project at an available site at the Sand Hill Farms workforce housing development project off of West Jefferson Street in Culver. The project is anticipated to begin in late 2018 or early 2019.

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Culver Town Council Approves Grant Fund Appropriations

The Culver Town Council members discussed grant funds that were appropriated during the year at their meeting this week.

Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim commented that the town was fortunate to receive several grants in 2017 that weren’t recognized in the budget. She recommended that the list be available to inform the public of all funds awarded and spent, and on the record for the Department of Local Government Finance.

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Plymouth Woman Charged with Welfare Fraud and Theft

Hester Dills

A Plymouth woman is charged with receiving Supplemental Security Income Benefit Program (SSI) benefits in a fraudulent manner.

According to court documents, Social Security Administration Special Agent Brett M. Yonkus from the Office of the Inspector General in Indianapolis alleges Hester Dills, 55, applied for SSI on Nov. 23, 2005 and revealed she was married and living with her husband and children. Yonkus stated in an Affidavit of Probable Cause that she was denied benefits at that time. She reportedly applied for benefits again on Dec. 6, 2011 and stated that she was not married in her application, but still residing at the same address on Washington Street in Plymouth, according to the report. She was granted benefits from 2011 to 2017 totaling $45,284.

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Police Looking for Hit-and-Run Driver

Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a hit-and-run driver in a Wednesday evening crash.

According to police, 21-year-old Hope Fish, of Plymouth, was traveling south on State Road 17 around 6:30 p.m. and slowed to turn onto 12th Road near Lake LaTonka. A car following Fish failed to yield and ran into Fish’s vehicle on the rear driver’s side. Police say the vehicle then fled the scene.

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Phase One in Rees Theater Restoration Complete

Phase one in restoration efforts at the Rees Theater in downtown Plymouth is now complete.

Rees Project Committee Co-Chairman Randy Danielson said VANADCO workers finished installing LED lights on the marquee just in time for Christmas. The marquee was fully lit for Christmas and they will be on during New Year’s Eve. This was the last of the repairs to the masonry façade which included the rehabilitation of the playbill cases.

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Culver Town Council Approves Second Reading on Traffic Ordinance

The Culver Town Council members approved the second reading of the proposed traffic ordinance when they met Tuesday night.

The traffic ordinance designates a congested motor vehicle traffic and pedestrian area on Lakeshore Drive and signage will be placed between 508 Lakeshore east to 824 Lakeshore Drive. The ordinance also creates a no parking zone for 50 feet from the intersection on both sides of the street on Batabano and South Plymouth Street.

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John Glenn School Board Approves Stipends

The John Glenn School Board members approved stipends for a member of the custodial staff and bus drivers when they met last week.

According to Recording Secretary Lisa Sleek, the custodial director has been out on sick leave since June. The employee filling in was given a $7,000 stipend for performing duties above and beyond his normal duties.

The school board approved a stipend for bus drivers to charge buses when they are at their residences. A $100 engine block stipend was approved to keep up with costs associated with running the buses.

Culver Town Council to Meet Tonight

The Culver Town Council members will meet in regular session tonight.

The council members will act on additional readings of the traffic ordinance and the salary ordinance.

The traffic ordinance designates a congested motor vehicle traffic and pedestrian area on Lakeshore Drive and signage will be placed between 508 Lakeshore east to 824 Lakeshore Drive. The ordinance also creates a no parking zone for 50 feet from the intersection on both sides of the street on Batabano and South Plymouth Street.

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Plymouth Man Arrested after Accident

A Plymouth man was taken into custody Wednesday night after reportedly driving under the influence and causing an accident.

According to Plymouth police, Dustin Bradfield, 28, lost control of his vehicle and drove into the side of another vehicle at the entrance of Centennial Park. Police reportedly found that Bradfield was intoxicated at the time of the accident and tested three times the legal limit.

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Marshall County Commissioners Approve Ordinances

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

The Marshall County Commissioners considered two ordinances on second and third reading when they met Monday morning.

Planning Director Ralph Booker presented an ordinance amendment approved and recommended by the Marshall County Planning Commission that changes the side yard fence height to “six feet in height and must be of uniform, color and style construction materials.” The ordinance amendment pertains to L-1, T-1, C-1, C-2, and industrial districts. Agricultural districts are excluded.

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John Glenn School Board Considers Superintendent’s Contract

The John Glenn School Board considered the superintendent’s contract retroactive to July 1, 2017. The contract is valid through June 30, 2019.

The contract included a two percent increase as that is in line with increases approved for the staff at the school corporation. The base salary was advertised at $117,346 with a $5,000 annuity. The school corporation will pay all but $1 on a life insurance premium on a $110,000 term life insurance policy which is $171 a year. The corporation will also pay all but $1 of the Corporation Family Health/Dental/Optical Insurance plan until the superintendent reaches the age of 65. The cost will be $23,363 a year.

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BMV Branches to Close for Holidays

If you need to conduct business at your local BMV branch, you may want to get it done as soon as possible as the branches will be open limited hours between today and Tuesday, Jan. 2.

All branches of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be closed Saturday, Dec. 23 through Tuesday, Dec. 26. Branches will open again on Wednesday, Dec. 27, but will close again on Saturday, Dec. 30 and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan 2.

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Two Arrested for Theft, Drugs in Separate Incidents

Plymouth Police Department officers arrested two people on Tuesday after separate shoplifting incidents were reported.

Police say 22-year-old Jay E. Johnson, Jr., of Walkerton, took items from Walmart and ran from the store. The officer reportedly saw him trying to hide behind vehicles in the parking lot, but he was eventually detained. Officers reportedly found Johnson, Jr. to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was booked into the Marshall County Jail on preliminary charges of theft and possession methamphetamine. He has a cash bond of $3,005.

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Commissioners Ratify Advertisement for County Engineer/Director

The Marshall County Commissioners ratified an action taken to expedite the process in hiring a county engineer/director for the highway position.

The county council last week approved an amended job description for the position. Since the advertisement for the position under the old job description already took place, a new advertisement needed to be done that spells out the new responsibilities.

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