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The public has an opportunity to express opinions on the Warsaw Parks & Recreation Department through a survey both online and in paper form. The survey, which everyone is encouraged by the Park Board and Department to fill out, is available online at https://www.survey- monkey.com/r/WPRDSurvey The department is updating its five-year master plan, and the sur- vey was created to gather input from residents to help guide the process. Patrick Brown, landscape ar- chitect with Sitescapes, Mishawaka, reported to the Park Board at its meeting Tuesday that the five-year master plan is a month ahead of schedule. Initially, he was going to bring the survey to the board at its May meeting, but he and Parks Superintendent Larry Plummer decided to go ahead and get it moving this month. Brown presented the board with drafts of the public and focus group surveys. He said the hard copy of the public survey will be available at the Park Department's office, city hall and other public places. A tag line for the online survey will be on utility bills going out, the department's website and Facebook page and wherever else they can get it plugged, he said. Plummer looked at it and gave his thumbs up to the survey, Brown said. For the last five-year master plan public survey, Plummer said they sent out about 4,600 but only got about 300 back. "We really feel that through this Survey Monkey (website) we can reach more people and make it easier for people to take the sur- vey," Plummer said. City Council representative to the Park Board Diane Quance asked if, under the park mainte- nance set of questions of the pub- lic survey, a line could be added asking if there were concerns over any particular facilities. Brown said he could add that question and send Plummer the updated one today. Other than the survey, Brown said they were working on the background of the parks, have taken a tour of all the parks and will continue to work on the mas- ter plan. Plummer told the Park Board members that he also provided them with a copy of the Park De- partment's mission statement. Brown said every five years it's good for the board to review that and see if anything needs fine tuned. Since the board didn't have a quorum, it couldn't vote on the next presentation it heard, but will bring it up to vote at its May meet- ing. Marci Franks, Warsaw Commu- nity Schools director of food and nutrition services, asked the board for permission to have the Sum- mer Meal Program at Bixler Park. This will be the 10th year for the program that provides meals to children during the summer. She said it provides 2,000 to 3,000 meals per month, depending on the weather. Last year the pro- gram's numbers topped off at serv- ing over 160 on the best days. "We've had very good feedback, very good attendance, and we're hoping you'll consider that again," Franks said. Times-Union Sports Politics Showers likely tonight; storms likely Thursday. Contact Us Phone: 574-267-3111 Email: news@timesuniononline.com Website: www.timesuniononline.com Mail: P.O.B. 1448 Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 Low 56 High 70 Wednesday April 20, 2016 In our 162nd year of continuous service to Kosciusko County Tennis Triton tops Whitko, 5-0. Page 1B New York Trump, Clinton win big, push closer to nomina- tions. Page 7A TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union An osprey works on building a nest on top of the cell phone tower this morning near the intersection of Lake Street and Fox Farm Road. Settling In See PARKS- Page 2A 50 Cents Warsaw, IN Founded 1854 No. 94 WINONA LAKE - Winona Lake Town Council agreed Tuesday to suspend the rental of pier space until they can figure out exactly who has the right of first refusal for space on the town-owned side of the canal. The discussion began when Herbert Teeter, of 112 W. 12th St., a long-time owner of property ad- jacent to the canal, told the coun- cil he wanted to discuss how the spaces were assigned. "I feel that the ordinance should be amended," he said, stating he took exception to Sec. 78-32 (e) of the ordinance regarding canal space rental agreement, pier per- mit. It states, in part, "A person holding a canal space rental agree- ment that expired on Dec. 31 of the year preceding the ordinance from which this article is derived (2004), shall have the right to renew that agreement by complet- ing and submitting an application for a renewal of the agreement, to- gether with the payment of the agreement fee for the canal space to the office of the clerk-treasurer of the Town of Winona Lake on or before the end of the first business day in April. Whenever that person relinquishes the space, priority shall be given to the adjacent landowner on an annual basis. An owner of real estate adjacent to the canal and the canal right-of-way, shall have the first right to the ad- jacent canal space that has not been renewed or that is not sub- ject to renewal by the signing of an agreement and payment of the fee by the April 15 of each year." Teeter contended that as a property owner adjacent to the canal he should have the first right to a pier site directly in front of his house. He said he's been smart enough to take care of that every year for himself, renewing his site between January and April of each year. "I think the way this is worded, it's infringing on my rights as a property owner, that someone else, somebody that had a site the year before, should have the right to it before I have it. I think I should have the right to it," Teeter said. He said the ordinance should be reworded so he has the right of first refusal every year to the site in front of his house. Teeter then said his son, who lives in Illinois but owns a house BY DAVID SLONE Times-Union Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com WINONA LAKE - The Winona Lake Town Council awarded sev- eral bids Tuesday. The largest was for $476,752.45 from Beer & Slabaugh for all three phases of road repair and improvement in Muirfield Subdivision, west of CR 250 and south of Pierceton Road. The two other bids were from Phend & Brown for $610,282.50 and Niblock for $580,752.80. Town engineer Larry Long's esti- mate of the project was $444,058.75. Long told the council Beer & Slabaugh did the work on Prest- wick Subdivision in 2012 and they did an excellent job with no com- plaints about that project. Council President Bruce Shaffner asked what the time pe- riod was for getting the work done. Long said conservatively he gave them 60 days to get started, but they probably can start sooner. The council approved the bid, a notice for the work to proceed and the contract per review of it by Town Coordinator Craig Allebach and town attorney Jim Walmer. The next bid awarded was for $19,922.50 from Phend & Brown for resurfacing of the tennis courts. The other bid was for $27,500 from Niblock. Allebach said the town was BY DAVID SLONE Times-Union Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com SYRACUSE - Milford Elementary Kehoe Kids raised over $13,000 for Riley Children's Hospital. At the Wawasee School Corporation board meeting Tuesday night, students from Milford Elementary announced to the board that the total amount of funds raised is $13,450. Fourth-grade stu- dents will travel to Indianapolis Friday to present the donations. Glenda Ritz, In- diana superintendent of public instruc- tion, will go to Riley with the students. The goal of the Kehoe Kids was to supply children at Riley with a surplus of books to read. So far, over 3,000 books have been purchased. The funds will be used to buy books in the future. Milford School received a $1,350 grant from NFL Play 60 to fund its yearly adventure races on the last day of school. Syracuse kindergarten teacher Jared Knipper was a recipient of the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Inno- vator Award. Knipper told the board that his class has access to power tools, com- puters and 3D printers. His students use problem-solving skills to design their own products. Knipper will travel to Denver this summer to receive training from PBS on digital learning techniques. In other news, Wawasee High School Radio students participated in the Indi- ana Association of Broadcasters State Competition. ISTEP testing began this week in all the schools, and is working better on devices than it has in recent years, according to Joy Goshert, director of curriculum an instruction BY CHRIS TULLEY Times-Union Staff Writer ctulley@timesuniononline.com Warsaw Parks & Recreation Department laborer Andy Wright hangs up one of 36 new banners in Central Park Tuesday. At its March meeting, the Park Board approved purchasing the banners to replace ones that were more than 10 years old. There are two styles, and 18 of each style. One style, like the one Wright is hanging, advertises the Central Park Concert Series on Friday evenings in the summer, and the other says "Welcome - Warsaw Central Park" over a picture of the Biblical Gardens. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union BY DAVID SLONE Times-Union Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com NORTH WEBSTER - Town council voted Tuesday to adopt a street that, up until then, nobody knew even existed. Council members voted to lay up to $1,000 worth of limestone or gravel on Shelly Street, off Blaine between Himes and Effie Mae streets, after resident Chris Francis asked if something could be done. The unpaved, unsigned road is in bad shape, said Francis, a Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department deputy and North Webster-Tippecanoe Volunteer Fire Department battalion chief, which makes it difficult to get his emergency vehicles out of his home. He said he was about to put some gravel down when he realized he should approach the town about it first. Town attorney Jack Birch told coun- cil they have no obligation to care for the road since they never have in the past, but cautioned that if they start, they will be obligated to keep maintain- ing it. Francis didn't ask that the road be asphalted, but even with only lime- stone or gravel, questions arose about drainage, snow plowing and continuing upkeep. Council President Jon Sroufe, who made the motion to lay stone, advised Utilities Manager Mike Noe to plow carefully. Sroufe observed that the stub of road, which extends only halfway to Linda Lane and has only Francis' home on it, was part of a development that never took off. He said past councils didn't stipulate that a developer should build up a road to a certain level before handing it over to the town. "It's a past sin we're paying for today," Sroufe remarked. BY JORDAN FOUTS Times-Union Staff Writer jfouts@timesuniononline.com Local Ted Cruz support- ers will be working to get the vote out for the Republican presidential candidate over the next two weeks. At 2 p.m. the next two Sundays, there will be a sign wave for Cruz on the corners at the intersection of Detroit and Center streets, accord- ing to Teresa Martin, Kosciusko chair for Cruz's campaign. Depending how many people show up, she said they will then spread out to other nearby street corners, and the event should last about 45 min- utes. BY DAVID SLONE Times-Union Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Winona Suspends Pier-Space Rental Amid Dispute Road repair bid approved See PIER- Page 2A See ROAD- Page 2A City Parks Dept. Offers Chance For Public Comment Via Online Survey New Banners Webster To Lay Stone On Shelly Street Milford Kehoe Kids Raise $13K For Riley Cruz Supporters Plan Local Event See CRUZ- Page 2A

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