Culver Stellarbration Set for Nov. 8

The state recognition of the Stellar Communities Designation Program designees is set for today from 10 a.m. to noon ET in Indianapolis. Officials from the Town of Culver and the City of Madison will attend today’s festivities as a Stellarbration of becoming stellar communities.

Culver’s local Stellarbration will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Culver Beach Lodge. Town Manager Jonathan Leist told the Culver Town Council Tuesday night that Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch will attend the local event that begins at 3 p.m. with an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. The public is invited to attend.

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Plymouth BOW Ratifies Bid

Plymouth Street Superintendent Jim Marquardt asked the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members Monday night to ratify a bid presented to them at the prior meeting for street and sidewalk work.

Plymouth City Attorney Sean Surrisi opened bids for the projects during the Oct. 11 meeting. Following the meeting Chris Marshall with the city engineer’s office reviewed them and the lowest bid provided by Walsh and Kelly was found to be within the specifications requested. Continue reading

Plymouth, County Officials Meet with Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Officials are actively seeking industries to fill the void of outgoing companies in the Plymouth area.

Marshall County and Plymouth City officials recently met with Indiana Economic Secretary of Commerce (IEDC) Jim Schellinger, two of his top Cabinet people and the Director of the IEDC Elaine Bedel to network and make the area a priority for economic development.

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Plymouth BOW to Continue Discussion Concerning TechFarm Land Proceeds

Discussions will continue concerning mechanics within a proposed lease between the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety and Van Vactor Farms.

David Miller from Van Vactor Farms presented a proposal to the board during their meeting earlier this month and the company’s attorney drew up a simple agreement that was presented to the board Monday night that gives guidance on how money sold from land sales from the techFarm be allocated. Continue reading

U.S. 31 Project Remains on Schedule

The U.S. 31 construction project should wrap up on time. That’s according to INDOT Northwest District Director of Media Relations Doug Moats who mentioned that the weather this week and the addition of the railroad crossing reconstruction should only delay the project a little. The project is set to wrap up the first week of November.

The resurfacing project has been ongoing all summer from 13th Road to State Road 10. The U.S. 31 resurfacing project was bundled with the State Road 17 project. Crews worked on both projects simultaneously at times to keep on schedule. The State Road 17 project has been complete for a couple of months while crews continue to finish U.S. 31.

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Culver Town Council to Meet Tonight

The Culver Town Council will meet tonight where an update will be given on where to go now that the town was named a Stellar Community that will be followed by Jonathan Leist’s report on town activities.

Becca Pazin from the Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee Visitor Center will present information during tonight’s meeting and Kathy Clark will have a contract request on behalf of the Southwest Conservancy District.

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Town of Culver to Take Part in Stellarbration Activities

Culver Town officials and those who are a part of the Stellar Committee will be joining Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch for a Stellarbration on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon ET at the Indiana Statehouse North Atrium in Indianapolis.

The Town of Culver and the City of Madison were officially named Stellar Communities in the Stellar Communities Designation Program in their respective divisions on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

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Plymouth BOW, City Council to Meet Tonight

The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety will meet tonight where Utility Superintendent Donnie Davidson will present a change order for the Richter Road project. The change order should officially complete the project that includes better connectivity by looping the water connections from Baker Street down to Richter Road and then reconnecting at Jefferson and Warana. The board approved a request at the last meeting to hold a retainer of $6,230.25 upon the punchlist items and those items should now be complete.

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Speed Limit Ordinances Nearly Complete

The Marshall County Commissioners will be reviewing two speed limit ordinances at their upcoming November meeting.

County Attorney Jim Clevenger told the commissioners this week that he’s still working on an ordinance that would reduce the speed limit on 10B Road adjacent to Ancilla College. It was suggested to lower the speed limit to 35 mph on that road for the safety of students who walk along the road by the Lake House. Clevenger is still researching the distance to include in the ordinance.

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John Glenn Education Foundation Grants Approved

Nine grant applications were recently approved to receive funds from the John Glenn Education Foundation.

Superintendent Richard Reese told the John Glenn School Board members this week that $7,500 to $8,000 worth of grants were awarded to teachers who applied for project funding. He added that the names of teachers who applied for the grants will be released at the next school board meeting in November along with the specific projects and grant amounts.

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Town of Culver Designated a Stellar Community

Two years of hard work has paid off for the Town of Culver. Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch called the Culver Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon and told a crowd of anxious Stellar supporters that the town is officially designated as a stellar community through the Stellar Communities Designation Program.

Town Manager Jonathan Leist says the work now starts on several projects listed within the application.

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Marshall County Commissioners Receive Preliminary Bridge Plan

The Marshall County Commissioners received a preliminary comprehensive bridge management plan Monday morning from Ben Beer, Business Development for USI Consultants.

“This is really in conjunction with what is now required by INDOT and LTAP. They have a Bridge Asset Management Plan. This is kind of used to support that document, but now if you want to go for Community Crossings money or other grant money every LPA county has to have a Bridge Asset Management Plan,” said Beer. Continue reading

John Glenn School Board Approves Resolution to Reduce Appropriations

The John Glenn School Board approved a resolution Tuesday night that would reduce an appropriation by $69,000 to carry over into next year’s budget.

Business Manager Tom Bendy explained that the school board has purchased all of the school buses they are going to purchase this year and the board has the opportunity to move the unused funds to next year’s budget.

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Plymouth Police Department Investigating Fatal Accident

The Plymouth Police Department and emergency responders were called to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 30 west of Oak Drive in Plymouth around 6:14 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, Michael O’Hara, 57, of Etterik, Wisconsin, was driving his vehicle westbound on U.S. 30 when a vehicle traveling eastbound crossed the median, entered the westbound lane and collided with O’Hara’s vehicle. That vehicle then stopped in the ditch area on the north side of the road. Continue reading