This Saturday, Plymouth Has Plenty of Ways to Get You into the Halloween Spirit

This Saturday, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event that will supply sugary sweets to costumed kiddos a few days before Halloween. Downtown Trick-or-Treat will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. Michigan Street will be closed between Laporte Street and Washington Street from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Pilot News is hosting a costume contest starting at noon and MAX 98.3 will be on the site at 214 N Michigan Street doing a live remote describing the spooky scene.

Children will be divided into three different categories based on age. In order to be included in the costume contest, kids must be registered by 12 p.m. today Friday, October 27th. To make sure your child has a chance to compete, call 574-936-3101 to register. Continue reading

Join Mayor Mark Senter’s Effort to Help Save Local Lives

Mayor of Plymouth Mark Senter will be hosting a blood drive today at the Plymouth Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. until noon. All blood donated will remain within the community and could potentially save up to three local lives.

The drive can be found at the corner of Garro and River Street. To make an appointment, visit givebloodnow.com and enter Plymouth as the sponsor code or contact the Mayor’s Office at 574-936-6717. Walk-ins are also welcome. All donors will receive a complimentary mug from The Medical Foundation.

Municipal Excise Surtax, Wheel Tax Ordinance Dies

A proposed ordinance that would help raise revenue for the construction and rehabilitation of roads and streets within the City of Plymouth died for a lack of a motion Monday night.

The Plymouth City Council members held a public hearing on a municipal excise surtax and municipal wheel tax ordinance earlier this month and called a first reading on the ordinance. The ordinance was up for second reading during a specially-called meeting last week during budget discussions. It was tabled and brought up for discussion on Monday night.

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Thomas Chamberlin Memorial Bridge Unveiled Friday Afternoon

The sun was shining down on Michigan Street in Plymouth Friday as Marshall County residents gathered together to celebrate the memory of former sheriff Tom Chamberlin with a bridge dedication in his honor.

Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter started out by giving personal thanks to the Chamberlin family for sharing Sheriff Tom with the community for as long as they did. Tom’s wife of 37 years Lea Ann was there with their three children, Rachel, Meredith and Tom Jr. Continue reading

Plymouth Police Chief Addresses Traffic Flow around Lincoln Jr. High School

Plymouth City Police Chief David Bacon presented the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members with a solution to a traffic flow issue on school days around the Lincoln Jr. High School.

Chief Bacon said Mayor Mark Senter and City Attorney Sean Surrisi met with the Director of Safety and Security and the Transportation Director from the school corporation to address traffic issues. He said traffic gets snarled around the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up portions of the school day at Lincoln Jr. High School.

“Traffic gets backed up on Gibson onto Liberty so we looked at ways to remedy that,” said Chief Bacon. “One solution is no parking on the south side of Gibson from Liberty Street to the circle drive. That will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days only.”

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Plymouth City Council Discusses Wetland Mitigation Easement

The Plymouth City Council received paperwork concerning Marshall County’s wetland mitigation project and easement. The plan has also been presented to the Plymouth Park Board for approval.

The wetlands area is located at the end of Plum Street and Walnut by the river. The area is part of the county’s Hickory Road bridge project.

Steve Knies from DLZ said the plan includes the planting of trees along with shrubs native to that area. The plan includes a list of over 1,000 native grasses and other vegetation that is included there.

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Prayer Breakfast Scheduled in Plymouth

The local observance of the National Day of Prayer is set for Thursday, May 4.

Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter welcomes Bishop Kevin Rhoades as the keynote speaker for the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast set for May 4 at 6:30 a.m. at the Christos Banquet Center at 830 Lincolnway East in Plymouth.

Rhoades has served as Bishop of the Diocese of Fort-Wayne South Bend since 2010.

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Officials Break Ground for Runway Project

The Plymouth Board of Aviation Commissioners, project engineers and city dignitaries, helped break ground on a $2.5 million runway project at the Plymouth Airport last night.

Mark Shillington, the project manager, and engineer, says the Indiana Department of Transportation Office of Aviation found that the runway did not meet minimum standards for service in a pavement condition report.

“They gave us the indication that they would support us going for federal funds to repave the runway,” said Shillington. “Because of the soils underneath the runway, we have to go through and dig up the entire runway and work underneath it as well.”

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Plymouth Chamber Conducting Jack Greenlee Memorial Food Drive

The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce is collecting items for a local food pantry in memory of a late public servant. Jack Greenleee died last month at the age of 85. He served as mayor from 1992-2000. Greenlee is credited with establishing the Annual Prayer Breakfast and Christmas Parade. He also served on the county board and city council. Mayor Mark Senter recently presented Greenlee a Key to the City. Continue reading

Officials Break Ground for Freedom Park

Children with physical disabilities will soon have a playground to call their very own.

Plymouth City officials and project representatives were among two dozen people to witness the groundbreaking event for Freedom Park Tuesday afternoon.

Freedom Park Project Co-Chair Tony Gamble has a son with a disability and Tuesday’s event presented a very special moment for him. He said the park system in Plymouth is great, but there just isn’t the infrastructure available for his son to enjoy playing at a playground.

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Funeral Services Tomorrow for Former Plymouth Mayor

Former Plymouth Mayor Jack Greenlee will be laid to rest tomorrow. He died Monday at his Rex Street home. Greenlee was 85. He served as mayor from 1992-2000. He’s credited with establishing the Annual Prayer Breakfast and Christmas Parade. He also served on the county board and city council. Mayor Mark Senter recently presented Greenlee a Key to the City. Many regard him as Plymouth’s biggest cheerleader. Continue reading

Plymouth Airport Receives $2.2 Million FAA Grant

The Plymouth Airport will get a wider runway and more improvements thanks to an FAA grant worth $2.2 million. Matching funds from the city and state of $126,805 each brings the total to a little over $2.5 million.

Mayor Mark Senter said the project has been in the works for many years but the current infrastructure needed to be upgraded before the runway could be restructured.

“We had buildings here in awful shape,” explained Mayor Senter. There were garage doors that would barely open, roofs that leaked, dimly lit hangers with airplanes that shivered in the cold winter, cracked sidewalks, an office area styled for the 1970s, and a pilot’s lounge that was indescribable. Let’s fix what we have first, then we can start talking about a mile-long runway.”

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