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The moving of power lines near Warsaw Municipal Airport has hit a ver bal snag, reported Ken Ross, engineer ing consultant, at the Board of Aviation Commissioners meeting Tuesday night. Ross, of NGC Aviation Consultants, told the board American Electrical Power said they may have to "tweak" the plan to lower electrical lines east of the airport. By lowering the lines, the airport's east west runway's entire length can be used, rather than the Federal Aviation Administration's restrictions coming in to play. When Ross told the FAA of AEP's use of the word "tweak," federal officials balked. Essentially, AEP is willing to modify the plan as the lines are being lowered to accommodate any unforseen circumstances once the work begins. But the FAA wants to know exactly what work will be done before its offi cials will sign off on the plan. So Ross is working with AEP to finalize a plan to sub mit to the FAA, which will take longer than Ross or any one else would like. In other business, Nick King, airport manager, reviewed the facility's expenses for February, citing three out of the ordinary expenses. One is an annual fee of $3,901.89 to AEP for markers on the power lines that are to be lowered; that fee should go away after this year. The second expense was for $1,956 to BIT computers for an iPad and a software application that will permit airport personnel to talk to pilots while in flight. The third was for additional runway de icing materi als, as weather conditions forced maintenance workers to use 500 gallons for a single clearing. Normally, the air port has around 1,500 gallons of material on hand, enough to clear ice off the runway between four and six times. The board's next meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. April 9 at the city hall council chambers, 102 S. Buffalo St. BOURBON - Bourbon Town Council met for over two hours Tuesday, with much of the discussions on how to legally proceed to handle junk or abandoned vehicles. Town attorney Tony Wagner presented a rough draft of an updated junk vehicle ordinance. Wagner said he included language from ordinances in other towns as well as specifics pertaining to Bourbon issues. Wagner asked the board members, Larry Wattenbarger, Les McFarland and P.J. Hanley, if they wanted to limit the number of days that vehicle owners would be allowed to meet the criteria in the ordinance after being issued a citation. McFarland said, "We have wording in our comprehen sive plan to make the town look good." He also indicated that he felt the police depart ment should communicate with vehicle owners face to face whenever possible before taking legal action. The matter was tabled until the April meeting to give board members time to TIMES UNION March 13, 2019 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 61 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Nation U.N. says envi- ronment is deadly, but not hopeless. Page 8B Opinion Nancy Pelosi's threat to free speech. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 51 High 64 Sports Tourney tips off with service projects, banquet. Page 1B Showers likely tonight and Thursday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Wednesday IN OUR 165th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY BY CAROL ANDERS TIMES-UNION Correspondent See BOURBON- Page 2A $1 The grounds at Washington STEM Academy and the Warsaw Community Schools Central Administration Office recently were named a Wildlife Habitat by the Indiana Wildlife Federation. Pictured is Washington kindergartener Ezra Burden (L) showing the certificate to school board member Randy Polston. Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION Bids for the secured entrance at the Warsaw Community High School Student Activity Center were approved by the school board Tuesday. The entrance replaces the Warsaw Community Schools employee health clinic that was originally designed to be a part of the SAC, though the school corporation is retain ing its clinic at MedStat. Chief Financial Officer April Fitterling asked for the bids to be voted on and awarded Tuesday. "That way we can send out the con tracts to the individual con tractors on the project and they can get started." The board approved them 5 0, with two board mem bers not present. The approved total for the secured entrance is $1,711,611. The approximately 65,000 square foot SAC will include athletic and academ ic spaces and is expected to be completed by July. WCS Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert explained after the meeting: "Originally, we talked about doing it designed as a health clinic. As we looked at that and we looked at some of our short term needs, we're actually changing that to make sure that there's a grand entry way into the Career Center and it'll have a safe and secure entryway and vestibule much like our ele mentary and other schools, and even our main entry at the high school. But as we looked at the security of that, we felt like that was a larger priority to start off with right now." He said the off site clinic will continue and the school corporation will look at other places to put that. "It's using the same shell, it's using the same design. ... We had already advertised and already had those pieces in place. But as we looked at it and began talking with them, we just felt like this was a better entryway and specific use of that area," Hoffert said. He said Wiegand Construction is still doing the project. BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Emergency Management Agency Director Ed Rock said Kosciusko County will participate in the statewide tornado drills at 10:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. If weather conditions warrant postponing the drill, it will be moved to March 20. Every year, on average, Indiana is hit by 21 tornados. Too often warnings go unheeded, are not heard, or people don't know where to safely shelter. The National Weather Service, Indiana Department of Homeland Security and Kosciusko County Emergency Management are urging everyone to be prepared for all dis asters by: Being aware of conditions. Use a weather alert radio or an app on your phone that will notify you any time of the day or night when you are at risk. Have a plan of how you and your family will react to the haz ardous situation. Ensure all members in your household know where to go for shelter. The location to move to in severe weather is ideally a base With an abundance of enthusiasm mixed with a lit tle caution, Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer delivered the annual State of the City address Tuesday at 2517 Banquet Center. The enthusiasm came from the many positives citi zens of Warsaw enjoy such as a stable, fairly flat tax rate in recent years, expanding the tax base through annexation and quality of life based ini tiatives. The caution stems from the need to continue to work hard and sustain success. Thallemer paraphrased one of his predecessors. "I think former Mayor Jeff Plank paraphrased it some what like this: 'If you are not moving your community for ward, you are moving back ward,'" Thallemer said. "I would modify that a bit to say, 'If we are not moving our community foreward, then our progress is not sustain able.' We all have work to do." In his 33 minute speech, Thallemer, in his eighth year as mayor and running for re election, praised his fellow elected officials at the city and county level. "They have diligently worked overtime, on their own and in commit tees, to tackle the difficult issues that must be addressed," he said. Among those challenges Thallemer spoke of is the traffic on U.S. 30, the need for affordable housing and child care and the need to elimi nate drug abuse, particularly opioid addiction. He cited an example of solid financial footing the city enjoys, saying its Standard and Poor's bond rating is AA minus, as of October. "The stability of this rat ing is based upon the accept ance of our financial prac tices and polices, budgetary performance, flexibility and liquidity," he said. "A good rating favorably impacts bond interest rates, which can save our taxpayers (money) significantly over the life of the bond." He said the population has grown 8.7 percent over the last eight years. "Few rural communities enjoy that positive growth, which is a key indicator of a communi ty's vibrancy. "We have expanded our tax base 10 percent, which is $87 million over the past four years. Last year alone accounted for growth of over $38 million, roughly 4 per cent. That by itself impacted the tax rate by 4 cents. "Growth doesn't just hap pen. Years of planning, driven by community vision and col laborative leveraging of pub lic and private dollars are the catalyst." Thallemer outlined six strategies to maintain the city's progress. They includ ed growth management, business retention and expansion, business attrac tion, neighborhood revital ization, improved communi cations and downtown growth strategies. Thallemer acknowledged there have been complaints about tax and sewer rate increases, but the city was in a position where there were no other options. "Our citizens also contin BY MARK HOWE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer mhowe@timesuniononline.com Photo by Mark Howe, TIMES-UNION Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer delivers his State of the City speech Tuesday at 2517 Banquet Center. 'Tweak' In Lowering Power Lines Delays Airport Runway Plan BY MARK HOWE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer mhowe@timesuniononline.com Mayor Touts Success, Sees Work Ahead In State Of City Bourbon Town Council Mulls Problem Of Abandoned Vehicles WCS OKs Bids For Secure Entrance At Student Activity Center; STEM Academy Gets Donation Via Credit Union is again sponsoring Washington STEM Academy's Junior Robotics League. Michelle Peterson (third from left) presented a $2,500 "giant" check to the school at the Warsaw School Board Tuesday. Pictured with her are Washington students, school board members, Washington Principal Tom Ray (back, middle), Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert (back row, second from right) and STEM coach David Burden (back row, far right). Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION See WCS- Page 2A County To Participate In Statewide Tornado Drills Tuesday STAFF REPORT See DRILLS- Page 2A See MAYOR- Page 2A

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