Warsaw Times Union 01 05 2019 E Edition Page 1A

Warsaw's City Hall is offi cially paid off. The 30,000 square foot, three story building at the corner of Buffalo and Center streets was once the head quarters for the First National Bank of Warsaw. It was acquired in December 2010. The city purchased the building from the Maish fam ily for $1.3 million, according to previous stories in the TIMES-UNION . At the time of the purchase, amid weak economic conditions, the building was appraised for $1 million. Despite that controversy at the tail end of former Mayor Ernie Wiggins' tenure, city officials today say it's turned out to be a great move. The city spent roughly $2.2 million in renovations and the purchase of a build ing to the west, according to Mayor Joe Thallemer. The move was sorely needed, according to many, because the old city hall at High and Market Streets was under sized and was suffer ing from roof problems, among other things. Wiggins and other city leaders had been looking at several options, including constructing a new building at the north end of North Buffalo, at the site of the old Indiana American Water facility, but also wrestled with advice from a Hyatt Palma study that urged the city to move from the old city hall and look at a site in the immediate downtown. The topic became an issue in the mayoral election at the time when then councilman Joe Thallemer was running for mayor. Kyle Babcock, a city coun cilman who was also running for mayor, strongly opposed the idea of buying the former bank building. Another coun cilman, Jeff Grose, also had misgivings at the time. But at Friday's board of works and safety meeting, of which Grose is a member, he said he slowly came around to the idea, in part, because the cost to build a new facili ty turned out to be too much per square foot. Today: High 45 Low 32 Partly cloudy. Sunday: High 38 Low 35 Mostly cloudy. TIMES UNION January 5 & 6, 2019 WARSAW, IN - $1.50 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 4 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Nation Groups fight food waste to feed the hungry. Page 5A Entertainment Kevin Hart says he'd consider hosting Oscars again. Page 8B Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Sports Warsaw, Valley win conference games. Page 1B TIMES UNION $1.00 8 2 32320 00002 Weekender IN OUR 165th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY Photo by Dan Spalding, TIMES-UNION Photo by Dan Spalding, TIMES-UNION The A story on Associated Press this week caught my eye. It was about Tesla, the U.S. electric automaker. I've never been a big fan of government subsi dies for this technology or that technology. That's because, as I've watched these things over the years, I've noticed the gov ernment is usually a pretty lousy venture capitalist. Seems to me that if something isn't mar ketable in the private sec tor, no amount of govern ment money thrown at it will make it marketable. If pricey electric cars are marketable, consumers will buy them and they would be profitable whether they were subsi dized or not. Of course, the converse of that also is true. If pricey electric cars are not marketable, consumers won't buy them regardless of the subsidies. Take the Chevy Volt. The Volt, a plug in hybrid by General Motors, came to life in 2011. G.M. announced in November that it would stop making Volts in March. From 2011 to the end of October, sales of the Volt and its derivatives world wide came to about 177,000 units. Automotive sources say that level of sales makes the Volt family of vehicles the world's all time best selling plug in hybrid vehi cle. It's also the all time top selling plug in electric car in the U.S. So G.M. is halting pro duction of the all time, top selling plug in electric car. That says a lot by itself. But how much money did the government pour into a car that not many people wanted to buy in the first place? Well, when you total up all the tax breaks, outright subsidies and $7,500 tax credits to people who bought a Volt, it comes out around $3 billion. Divide that by the number of cars sold and you come up with around $17K per car. Then along comes Tesla, which also reaped some $3 billion in subsi dies. The story this week noted that Tesla made about 9,300 more vehicles than it delivered last year, raising concerns among industry analysts that News Views News Views, a column of local opinion, appears each Saturday in the TIMES-UNION . See VIEWS- Page 2A Not Sure People Want Electric Cars BY GARY GERARD TIMES-UNION General Manager ggerard@timesuniononline.com See CITY- Page 2A $1.50 Adams Seeks Third Term As Winona Clerk-Treasurer Republican Kent Adams, whose career in public service has included a wide range of positions, announced re elec tion plans as clerk treasurer for the town of Winona Lake. Adams is finishing his sec ond term as clerk treasurer and will seek a third when he files next week at the Kosciusko County Clerk's office. Filing for municipal and town elections begins Wednesday and continues until Feb. 8. The primary is May 7. Adams has never lost an election. He is a former Indiana state trooper and served 16 years in the Indiana General Assembly, retiring from the State Senate in 2004. His first elected position was in Bremen, where he worked as a township trustee. He also served as Kosciusko County treasurer for one term and on the Warsaw Community School Board for one term. During his years in public service, he's campaigned as a fiscal conservative who is pro family and pro business. During his tenure as clerk treasurer, the town has improved physical access to the clerk's office. The town has no debt, and Adams suggested the town is the only municipality he knows of that can make that claim. "We have made a number of improvements in the fiscal and physical areas of the clerk treasurer's office since assum ing office that have benefited the residents, businesses and visitors of the town," Adams said in the news release. "We flatlined and reduced budgets that parallel the great history and legacy that is Winona Lake," he said. "We have an outstanding office and administrative staff who take very seriously carry ing out the duties and respon sibilities in serving the public trust. The door is always open." BY DAN SPALDING TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dspalding@timesuniononline.com Warsaw moved its city hall to an old bank building at the corner of Center and Buffalo streets about six years. BY DAN SPALDING TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dspalding@timesuniononline.com A view of city hall's lobby. The city on Friday paid off the bond used to buy the building. Warsaw Pays Off City Hall Bond Kent Adams Photo Provided The first baby of the new year born at the Lutheran Health Network Birthplace in Kosciusko County was Molly Lauren, who arrived at midnight on Wednesday. Molly weighs 7.5 pounds and is 20 inches long and is pictured with her parents, Amy and Patrick. First Baby Of The Year MILFORD - A Milford man is facing a list of charges related to a two year poach ing investigation, a violation of a protective order and a Wednesday police pursuit. Terry Jean Howard, 42, of 4569 W. CR 1000N, Milford, was arrested and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 9:48 a.m. Wednesday on preliminary charges of invasion of privacy and resisting law enforcement. His initial bond was set at $5,250. A news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued Friday night states that Howard also is facing charges of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, resisting law enforce ment and perjury. He will face misdemeanor charges of theft, illegal possession of whitetail deer and taking of whitetail deer by artificial light. On Wednesday morning, Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office deputies were dis patched to Howard's resi dence regarding Howard vio lating a protective order. Conservation officers, KCSO deputies, Indiana State BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com 2-Year Investigation Ends In Chase, Arrest Terry Howard See ENDS - Page 2A

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