Plymouth Clerk-Treasurer Permitted to Carry out Year-End Financial Obligations

Plymouth Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver sought permission to carry out year-end financial obligations during the city council meeting Wednesday night.

Clerk-Treasurer Xaver asked board members for the go ahead to make year-end transfers and encumbrances as necessary. She added that the figures will be added to the minutes from the meeting. Continue reading

Proper Christmas Tree Disposal Urged by State Fire Marshal’s Office

As the holiday season continues, Hoosiers are reminded to keep an eye on the live Christmas trees in their homes. The average Christmas tree lasts for about a month after purchase, before it begins to dry out and become a fire hazard, according to the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office. When a tree’s needles drop, it’s time to remove it.

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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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Plymouth Street Superintendent Announces Completion of Safe Routes to School Project, Opens Bids for 2018 Fuel and Street Supplies

Plymouth Street Superintendent Jim Marquardt alerted members of the Board of Public Works and Safety that all work on the Safe Routes to School project has officially been completed.

Marquardt explained the final step was to receive board approval and get the Mayor’s signature on the project. Board members unanimously approved his request to finalize the Safe Routes to School project.

Additionally, Marquardt opened bids for 2018 fuel and street supplies. The city received two bids for fuel supplies. Continue reading

Plymouth City Council Members Approve all Appointments as Presented

Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter and City Council members unanimously approved all appointments as presented during Wednesday night’s city council meeting. The council appointed Billy Ellinger and Mike Miley to the Redevelopment Commission. Each of them will serve a 1-year term, ending December 31st 2018.

The Mayor’s report included appointing Ken Houin and Joe Mersch to the Aviation Commissioners, Robert Listenberger to the Park and Recreation Board and Art Jacobs to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Each of those members will serve 4-year terms, ending December 31st 2021. Continue reading

Year-End Tax Tips from the Internal Revenue Service

For most tax payers, December 31st is the last day to take actions that will impact 2017 tax returns, according to the IRS.

For instance, charitable contributions are deductible in the year made. This means donations charged to a credit card before the end of the year count for the 2017 tax even if the bill isn’t paid until 2018 and checks made to a charity count for 2017 as long as they’re mailed by the last day of the year.

Taxpayers are urged to refrain from preparing their tax returns until all necessary forms and documents are received. Needed documentation includes W-2 forms from employers and 1099 forms from banks and other payers. Continue reading

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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Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety and City Council to Meet Tonight

The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members will open bids for 2018 fuel and street supplies when they meet tonight at 6 p.m. ET. The City Engineer is scheduled to discuss 2017 Community Crossing Matching Grant Project contracts. Reports will be presented from various department heads, the City Attorney and the Secretary and Finance Officer. Mayor Mark Senter will also provide board members with a report.

Additional business includes a discussion over traffic on Plum Street and accepting November 2017 reports from the Water and Wastewater departments.

At 6:30 p.m., or immediately following the first meeting, Plymouth City Council members will convene. Members will first address any unfinished business including any tabled ordinances, resolutions or other items. Continue reading

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ to Celebrate 150 Years in America

In 2018 the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ will celebrate 150 years of their presence in America. A number of activities are planned for the coming year to acknowledge a century and a half of service from these dedicated congregation members. To kick off the year-long celebration, an opening prayer service and public reception is scheduled at The Center at Donaldson on Sunday, December 31st from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. ET.

Back in 1868, while our country was dealing with the aftermath of the Civil War, the foundress of the congregation, Catherine Kasper, missioned the first Poor Handmaids to America. Continue reading

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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Indiana Tobacco Quitline Can Help Guide New Year Resolution Plans

As the year draws to a close, many people may already be establishing their new year’s resolutions. If giving up tobacco is on your 2018 to-do-list, the Indiana Tobacco Quitline is a good resource to utilize.

The free, phone-based counseling service can assist a variety of tobacco users including expectant mothers, former smokers seeking relapse prevention and tobacco users in any stage of readiness to quit. The telephone service can also assist friends and relatives of tobacco users who wish to offer support to their loved ones.

When someone calls into the service, a trained Quit Coach will provide an assessment of readiness to quit, a customized quit plan, motivation and problem-solving advice and up-to-date information about nicotine replacement therapy. Continue reading

State Fire Marshal Provides Alternative Heating Tips

Around this time of year, many people are doing whatever they can to keep the effects of winter weather out of their homes. However, for your own safety, there are a few things you should know before you do so.

According to State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson, alternative heating sources are one of the leading causes of home fires and account for 19 percent of home fire deaths in the U.S. Marshal Greeson advises Hoosiers to take particular precautions if alternative heating equipment is utilized in order to ensure safety this season.

He advises residents to never leave space heaters on in unoccupied rooms and to only have one heater plugged in to each electrical outlet. Be to keep heaters away from loose or flammable objects such as clothing, curtains, bedding and furniture. Continue reading