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October 25th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” The title â€śmayorâ€ť can mean a variety of roles and responsibilities, dependent on who sits behind the desk and what city that desk is in.
Several of Columbia Cityâ€™s Councilmen agreed that the cityâ€™s mayorâ€™s position is worth more than its current salary â€” $56,600.
â€śI want to come up with a plan to pay our mayor more,â€ť Councilman Dan Weigold said. â€śWhen you look at what all Columbia Cityâ€™s mayor is responsible for, itâ€™s quite extensive â€” heâ€™s running a multi-million dollar operation.â€ť
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SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Town officials reviewed appraisals on South Whitleyâ€™s water and infrastructure at Tuesdayâ€™s council meeting.
An average value of $1.4 million was derived from two appraisals.
The assessment was conducted when town leaders started to entertain the idea of selling the townâ€™s water utility to American Water, a company that services 1.2 million people in 126 communities throughout Indiana.
Town Council member Steve Smith wanted clarification that the bid for sale might differ from the appraised value.
PIERCETON â€” A vote to reconstruct Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s administrative office in Pierceton passed 4 to 1.
As construction plans and designs are beginning for a new Pierceton Elementary School, the district had the opportunity to revisit where the administrative offices should be located.
Currently the offices are attached to Pierceton Elementary School, but with the current structure slated to be demolished and replaced with a new elementary school, board members discussed in September the possibility of moving the corporationâ€™s offices to a more central locale.
PIERCETON â€” Numerous negative comments encircled Indianaâ€™s ISTEP+ testing process when computer malfunctions upset the online assessment.
However, at Pierceton Elementary School, faculty and students celebrated some good news that came from the standardized test.
Ryan Brown, now a fourth grader at PES, achieved a perfect score on the test in the spring.
At Mondayâ€™s school board meeting, much applause was given to the boy for his academic success.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioners discussed a two-year plan for spending CEDIT funds.
Commissioners agreed to not â€śskimpâ€ť on maintenance for the Community Corrections Work Release building.
When air conditioning units leaked into the walls and insulation, costly repairs started accumulating.
â€śThis is a jewel of the community,â€ť Commissioner Don Amber said. â€śI donâ€™t want to short the building.â€ť
Courthouse maintenance was on the list and included plans to make roof repairs and install carpeting.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A decline in enrollment turned out to not be as grim as initially forecasted.
Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) adopted its 2014 budget officially Monday. A total general fund of $7,498,714 was passed 4-0.
The situation is assisted by transfer numbers, which boosted enrollment. For the district, Fleetwood projected a decline of 12 students. It ended up being just a decline of five from last year.
Superintendent Galen Mast said that approximately 100 students in the school system have transferred in from outside the district.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A woman accused of violating the terms of her probation will have the matter resolved next month.
Rita Elswick,19, was sentenced to eight years, with four to serve and four on suspended sentence, for dealing in methamphetamine.
She received this sentence in September. However, Judge James Heuer placed her on suspended sentence until March 17, 2014.
There were several reasons for this decision. Elswick is expecting a child in February.
Heuer also wished for Elswick to complete her high school education at the T.R.O.Y. Center.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” â€śI was just here to serve dinner.â€ť
Jill Daniel, owner of Daniel Menu & Party Consulting, expressed her surprise at receiving the Whitley County Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Small Business of the Year Award Tuesday night.
So many local merchants were nominated, that Chamber Executive Director Doug Brown said there was not time to name them all.
He cited Daniel for the hard work of her local business, and read notes of congratulations to her from her sons â€” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Jeff Daniel.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the first frost of the season hitting the county less than a week ago, many find it hard to believe winter is just around the corner.
Tuesday evening brought the seasonâ€™s first snow showers, and Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department is already prepared for the upcoming winter weather.
While Tuesday nightâ€™s flurries didnâ€™t amount to any accumulation, this yearâ€™s Farmerâ€™s Almanac is predicting a â€śbitterly coldâ€ť winter â€” â€ścold, wet and white.â€ť