Bourbon Town Council Unable to Open Community Crossings Bids Due to Date Mix-up

Bourbon Town council members were expecting to open Community Crossings bids when they met Tuesday night. However, according to Clerk-Treasurer Kimberly Berger, the bids were not available due to a miscommunication.

She explained, “We did not receive any bids, [we] did find out that JPR sent out to the contractors a different date than what was advertised.”

JPR stands for Jones, Petrie and Rafinkski, the engineering and architecture firm working with the town. Clerk-Treasurer Berger said that they’re currently doing what they can to reconcile the mistake. Continue reading

Large Culver Sign to be Replaced

The large-scale Culver sign at the Culver Town Park will be replaced by the time WinterFest begins on Friday, Feb. 9.

Park Superintendent Anna Campbell told the Culver Town Council members this week that the sign spelling out C-U-L-V-E-R will go in the same place where the plywood sign is now. A mock-up placard that describes the history of the name of the Lake Maxinkuckee town will be included next to the sign until a more concrete structure an be constructed.

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Triton School Board Members Reorganize at First Meeting of the Year

The Triton School board members elected officers and addressed appointments when they met on Monday.

Superintendent Jeremy Riffle said that Amy Middaugh was elected to retain her position as president of the school board while Terri Barnhart was re-elected as school board security. Members voted to have Kevin Boyer remain as vice president of the school board. Continue reading

Tri-County Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Until This Afternoon

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the counties of Marshall, Pulaski and Starke. It will be in effect until 1 p.m. ET/ noon CT.

Officials are anticipating mixed precipitation of sleet, freezing rain and snow to transition to all snow this morning. Snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations up to one tenth of an inch are expected.

Local spots such as  Plymouth, Bremen, Culver, Knox, North Judson, Bass Lake, Winamac, Francesville and Medaryville are listed as areas that will be impacted by these conditions. Continue reading

Plymouth Officials to Discuss Traffic Changes with Residents on Plum Street

The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members and street department officials are going to contact homeowners in the 500 block of N. Plum Street to communicate possible traffic changes at the intersection with Jefferson Street.

In past discussions, parking along that road has led to complaints of safety and the lack of room for two-way traffic. Members of Plymouth EMS, Fire and Police Departments have reported congestion issues when utilizing that road to respond to emergency calls.

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Bremen Downtown Revitalization Preparation Moves Forward

Preparations for a downtown revitalization project in Bremen are moving along. That’s according to Bremen Director of Operations Trend Weldy.

“JPR started inspections in the basements in all of our downtown businesses and all of the sidewalks,” said Weldy “They’re in all of the buildings downtown inspecting the basements to make sure there aren’t any stairways we didn’t know about or vaults we didn’t know about. So they’re in the process of doing that.”

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The Proposed Program Submitted to the Shady Rest Advisory Committee

Gregg Erickson and Ted Hayden

During Wednesday night’s Shady Rest Committee public hearing, some background information was provided about the proposed program “David’s Courage” that Ted Hayden and Gregg Erickson are seeking to implement at the county-owned building.

County Commissioner and Shady Rest Committee member Kurt Garner stated that initially, the committee received four proposals and they requested that Hayden and Erickson combine their plans since they had similar ideas.

Hayden presented the goal of the organization, “Our mission is to have a lasting change on the spiritual, emotional, physical and financial health of those who are struggling with addiction. We will provide a therapeutic community where a safe, consistent and caring environment creates an atmosphere that is conducive to change.” Continue reading

Marshall County Council Approves Appropriation for Community Crossings

The Marshall County Council members voted to appropriate money toward the Beech Road paving project as a Community Crossings project.

E&B Paving worked on resurfacing Beech Road from U.S. 6 to 3B Road last year. The project was included in the 2017 projects to be done in 2018, but the project was complete in 2017 as Highway Supervisor Jason Peters preferred that work to be done as soon as possible.

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Bourbon Town Council Reorganizes

Bourbon town council members reorganized when they met Tuesday evening. Les McFarland was voted to the president’s position and Larry Wattenbarger was elected to serve as vice president of the council.

There was unanimous council approval to retain existing department heads. With that decision, Steve Stacy will still be water/wastewater superintendent, Roger Terry will serve as street superintendent and Bill Keyser will remain the zoning and building superintendent. Continue reading

Salaries for Triton School Board Members Remain the Same, Nepotism Forms Submitted

According to Triton Schools Superintendent Jeremy Riffle, the Triton School Board members’ salaries for 2018 will remain the same as last year.

Riffle said the salary is set at $1,500 per year, regardless of the position that an individual holds, meaning that a board president doesn’t make more money than any other board member. Continue reading

Judge Makes Decision in Restitution Reimbursement Motion

A hearing regarding the return of restitution to former Marshall County Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck was held in Marshall County Superior Court No. 1 before Judge Robert O. Bowen Thursday morning.

Haeck and his attorney, Stanley Wruble, filed a motion requesting the return of restitution and Community Corrections fees after the Indiana Court of Appeals overturned Haeck’s conviction on a theft charge in 2016.

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Shady Rest Committee to Take Public Input Under Advisement Before Making Any Recommendations to Commissioners

Shady Rest Home

Last night’s Shady Rest Committee public hearing was emotionally charged with various members of the community coming out to show support, ask questions and express concerns over Ted Hayden and Gregg Erickson’s proposal to utilize the county building for an addiction recovery facility.

Those speaking in favor of the “David’s Courage” program taking occupancy of the Shady Rest Home included County Health officials, recovered addicts and family members personally impacted by addiction, as well as people who wanted to see the historic structure utilized to help the community. Continue reading