Culver Community School Board Approves Cafeteria Prices

Prices for lunch will increase for all schools next year at the Culver Community School Corporation.

Food Services Director Carin Clifton said the lunch price variables were put into a calculator as part of the Indiana Department of Education paid equity requirements. It was determined this year that the price will go up another 10 cents. The statistic is based on students who are not on free and reduced lunch.

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Tyler Road Culvert Work to Create Detour

A culvert replacement will cause detoured traffic between St. Joseph County and Marshall County beginning on Monday.

Marshall County Highway Administrator Laurie Baker told the commissioners this week that St. Joseph County highway workers would like to use three roads in Marshall County as a detour while the culvert issues are addressed. Lilac Road, King Road, and First Road will be utilized as a route around the construction.

Commissioner Kurt Garner noted that the area doesn’t carry much traffic so the proposed detour should not be an issue.

The commissioners unanimously approved the request. The culvert work is expected to be complete on Friday, May 26.

BMV Branches to Close During Memorial Day Observance

All branches of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be closed Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

Branches will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, May 30. The Plymouth branch is open on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the work week. Saturday’s hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Walkerton Branch is open Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For online assistance, visit www.myBMV.com.

Milling and Paving Project to Impact Michigan Road in Plymouth

Traffic on Michigan Street in Plymouth will slow as road crews from Walsh and Kelly, Inc. will mill and pave the road for two weeks beginning Monday, May 22.

According to Doug Moats from the Indiana Department of Transportation, crews are finishing ADA sidewalk ramps and will start the road paving project on Monday. The project will begin on 7C Road and work south on Michigan Street.

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John Glenn School Board Approved Technology Proposal

The John Glenn School Board approved the bid for Chromebooks for the students in the One-to-One computer initiative.

In the corporation’s program, freshmen get their computer and it is theirs through the duration of their high school career. Seniors turn in their Chromebook at the end of the school year, or they can purchase them at a discounted rate. Seventh grade students use their computer for two years.

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Culver School Board Receives Update on Stellar Communities Project

Culver Town Manager Jonathan Leist presented an update on the Stellar Communities application to the Culver Community School Board that involves school grounds.

Improvements on a field behind the corporation office and improvements at the baseball fields are included in this year’s application. Leist said site control and which entity would be in charge of funding was brought up in last year’s process. Leist said he thinks he has found a solution and brought the idea to Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell.

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Argos School Board Approves Administration Hires

The Argos Community School Board approved the appointments and hires of several staff members this week.

Rebecca Vamos was appointed as the elementary principal after serving in the interim position since the start of the second semester this year. The contracts of Nick Medich as the junior/senior high school principal and Dean of Students/Athletic Director Jon Alcorn were renewed for one year. Charles Nettrouer was also appointed as the director of maintenance, building and grounds on a one-year contract.

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Marshall County Commissioners Approve Quit Claim Deed

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

James and Jean Klinedinst can now stop paying taxes on lake water now that all of the legal paperwork is complete.

County Attorney James Clevenger explained that the pair appeared before the commissioners a few years ago asking the commissioners to take back part of the property that they’ve been paying taxes on that is deeded in Kreighbaum Lake. It was found that they had been paying property taxes on 18 acres of the lake. Traditionally, all bodies of water in the county are owned by the local governing body, but somehow a mistake occurred and the Klinedinsts have been paying taxes on that portion of the lake for years.

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Plymouth Hero Assists Incapacitated Driver

A Plymouth man is credited with taking the effort to take the wheel from an incapacitated driver in a time of a medical emergency Tuesday morning.

According to the Plymouth Police Department, Dan Sutton, 27, observed the driver of a vehicle begin to convulse as the victim’s car crossed the intersection of Jefferson Street and Oak Road and aimed for the cars behind him.

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Plymouth Redevelopment Commission to Move Forward with Renovation Project

Plymouth City Building

The Plymouth Redevelopment Commission held a public hearing last night to gather opinions on the proposed city building renovation project.

The project includes construction of improvements and expansion of the city office at 124 N. Michigan Street including the clerk-treasurer’s office, mayor’s office, city attorney’s office and the council chambers.

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Argos School Board Considers Bond Issue for Capital Projects

The Argos Community School Board is looking to get a General Obligation Bond in order to complete several capital projects.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Robert Boyd said the bond would be for $2 million.

“The board is entertaining a proposal that would allow the corporation to infuse some cash into its General Fund operation and to take care of some capital needs that need to be done in terms of boilers for the facility as well as parking lot repairs.”

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Bridge 81 Construction Bid Letting Delayed

The work on getting paperwork done for the upcoming bridge replacement project on Hickory Road continues with various reports conducted by engineering firm DLZ.

Laurie Johnson from DLZ told the Marshall County Commissioners this week that the archaeological report is complete and approved by INDOT and no project impediments have been identified on the grounds. Title work for the mitigation site has been received and the permit for waterway construction will be reviewed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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Culver School Board Approves Technology Contract

Students in the Culver Community School Corporation will be using Apple iPads in the sixth year of the One-to-One Computer Initiative.

Technology Director Daniel Medesi said students in grades seven through 12 will be able to take their computers home while the addition of users in the third through sixth grades will leave theirs at the school. Kindergarten through second grade students will get to use the 10 iPads available in each classroom.

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John Glenn School Board Approves Additional Appropriation

The John Glenn School Board held a public hearing last night in order to take action on an additional appropriation resolution and ordinance for the debt service fund.

Business Manager Tom Bendy explained that items were purchased with the common school loan. The final portion of the funding was spent in November of last year and once that is done, a schedule is sent to the corporation on repayment. That revenue was not in the 2017 budget to be spent. Bendy said the Department of Local Government Finance said the revenue portion was able to be put into the budget, but could not change what was advertised for the budget in October. The additional appropriation would allow the corporation to make the payment in June.

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Culver Town Council to Hear Public Input on Housing Project

The Culver Town Council will be opening up a public input session for discussion of the Sand Hill Farms workforce housing development project.

Town Manager Jonathan Leist explained that the project has been in the town’s comprehensive plan since the plan’s adoption in 2014. The lack of housing was identified as one of the main issues in the plan. Leist said a committee was formed to look into the project.

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Culver Amphitheater Crowdfunding Effort Underway

It was announced Monday morning that the Town of Culver is part of a crowdfunding campaign to gather funds to build an amphitheater in the Culver Town Park.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) is partnering with the town in this effort where the agency will match $30,000 if the town can raise $30,000 toward the project. The town has until June 30 to round up donations. About a third of it has been collected so far.

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Shady Rest to go Back into County Hands

The Shady Rest Home will be going back to the Marshall County Commissioners as new regulations cannot be reconciled between the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and the Bowen Center, according to Kurt Carlson from the Bowen Center.

“There were some regulations that were part of the Division of Aging under which the Bowen Center operated Shady Rest that were in direct opposition to some of the patient rights,” explained Carlson. “For instance, residents under the POCO regulations had the right to eat what they wanted, when they wanted and where they wanted. Under the Division of Aging standards, you have to have dietician approved menus with food served at specified times. That was irreconcilable. We decided that there really wasn’t going to be an approval for a waiver.”

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Culver School Board Hires New Dean of Students

The Culver Community School Board Monday night approved the hire of Mike Zehner as the new corporation Dean of Students.

Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell said that Zehner has been with the corporation for a year and feels that his move to administration is the best fit for the school as a whole. He will be taking the place of Julie Berndt who is moving to the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation as the new elementary school principal.

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