Warsaw Times Union 07 22 2017 E Edition Page 1A

For more than 30 years, some residents around the Barbee chain of lakes sought to construct a sewer system that would replace outdated septic systems and boost the environment. On Friday, the efforts came to fruition. But given the extensive time it took - as a conservan cy district in the early years and later as a sewer district - not everyone who carried the vision lived to see Friday's celebratory moment. On Friday, local support ers, as well as representa tives for three members of Congress, celebrated the completion of a $28 million Lakeland Regional Sewer District with a ribbon cutting at the sewer plant on CR 100N - five miles south of the sewer district. District officials, in tipping their hat to those involved, made it a point to recognize everyone who had helped. Spouses of two of the orig inal sewer district board members, Lowell Gilmore, who died in 2010, and Bob Sanders, who died earlier this year, attended the event. "On behalf of former and current board members," said district board president James Haney, we offer "a heartfelt thanks for everyone who made this project come from concept to reality." The perseverance of those involved from the beginning was apparent to many at the event. "This is a very unique project in that it outlived most of the people who start ed it," said Casey Erwin, a project manager for DLZ who oversaw the work. Construction began in 2015 and the first customers began sending their waste to the plant in March, but origi nal efforts began in the 1980s with the establishment of a conservancy district that attempted to do the work under a voluntary system with property owners. But that effort lost steam in the face of residential opposition and the organiza tion eventually disbanded in about 2003. The sewer district was established about 10 years ago and $350,00 in tax rev enues that had been collected by the conservancy district TIMES UNION $1.00 8 2 32320 00002 Today: High 85 Low 71 Thunderstorms likely. Sunday: High 83 Low 66 Few showers. TIMES UNION July 22 & 23, 2017 WARSAW, IN - $1.50 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 172 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com State I.U. report tal- lies employee sexual misconduct. Page 8A Politics Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary. Page 8B Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Sports Busch has plenty of memories at IMS. Page 1B Fab Holsclaw Jan Orban Buying or Selling? Call us at 574.268.1899 Weekender IN OUR 163RD YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY The I wrote last week about the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer. Junior said he got noth ing usable from the meet ing. I posited the theory that Junior got played. I still believe that. Last weekend - after the column was published - I read an Associated Press story about a Russian lob byist who was in the room, too. He claimed the Russian lawyer gave Junior a folder full of information about how Hillary received illicit donations from Russians. Of course, who knows if you can believe any of this, right? But what was interest ing to me was how the notion of Hillary potential ly "colluding" with the Russians was completely ignored by the media. Only Junior's ties were of any interest. If Hillary was tak ing ill gotten cash from Russians, isn't that worth looking into? Junior's meeting was ill advised and stupid. And there are plenty of iffy business ties between Russians and several Trumpites. Attorney General Jeff Sessions communicated with the Russian ambassa dor before he became attorney general and was less than forthcoming about it during his confir mation. Michael Flynn got paid for a speech in Russia and lied to the vice president about his conversations with Russian officials. Paul Manafort, then candidate Donald Trump's campaign chairman, served as an adviser to the pro Russian Ukrainian presi dent. Another adviser, Carter Page, had energy deals with Russian companies. All this stuff is worth looking into. Certainly, the shining light of public scrutiny should be shined upon them. The only one of those folks left in the administra tion is Sessions. The others got fired or never were part of it. So please, big media, investigate all those ties to Russia. Seek out the collu sion. And report on it robustly and fairly. But at the same time, could ya do the same thing on the other side of the News Views News Views, a column of local opinion, appears each Saturday in the TIMES-UNION . See VIEWS- Page 2A Media Must Investigate All Of The Collusion BY GARY GERARD TIMES-UNION General Manager ggerard@timesuniononline.com $1.50 Warsaw's Gone Country Raelynn (left) starts the evening off at Central Park's free country concert. Rodney Atkins (right) wows the crowd during Friday night's Country Concert for St. Jude. Photos by Gary Nieter, TIMES-UNION Mayor Joe Thallemer's comments at the end of the Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Friday afternoon got him into an argument with local land lord Chad Zartman and blog ger Kyle Babcock and it put the city's assistant city plan ner in the middle. Zartman and Babcock took their concerns recently to the Indiana Public Access Counselor alleging a viola tion of the Indiana Open Door law after learning members of the Board of Works on two occasions were voting on issues through email conversations. The two men received city documents after they filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the city, seeking documents involving the "alley activation" project in downtown Warsaw. Thallemer's comments Friday began with him pub licly acknowledging Assistant City Planner Justin Taylor's work on the alley way. "There was some insinua tion that there was some problems there, but Justin followed every state statute and local ordinance to a 'T.' Initially, he requested an esti mate, which didn't have a BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Mayor, Landlord Share Difference Of Opinion Street Superintendent Jeff Beeler report ed to the Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety Friday that microsealing of roads begins Wednesday, weather permitting. It will continue for about a month until all city streets are completed. Microseal is a protective coat that extends the life of pavement and a cost effective method to renew road surfaces, seal minor cracks and other irregularities. The roads effected next week will include those in Helser & Sons, Paths of Deerfield and Meadowbrook additions. Signs and door hangars will be put out one day before the application process. A phone number will be provided on the door hangars. "If a person has medical needs, that will need to be accommodated so they can get to and from their home," Beeler said. "Any vehicles ... in the roadway after 7 a.m. the day of application will be towed so that work can be completed." A map of the project locations will be posted on the city's website and Facebook page. Updates will be in the news media as well as the Facebook page so residents can Microsealing of roads begins Wednesday in Warsaw additions BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com See SHARE- Page 2A See ROADS- Page 2A Ribbon-Cutting Highlights Years Of Sewer Planning BY DAN SPALDING TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dspalding@timesuniononline.com James Haney, president of the Lakeland Regional Sewer District board of trustees, prepares to cut the ribbon Friday at a grand opening of the sewer plant. He was joined by about 20 other people associated with the project. An open house is scheduled for today at the plant. The public is invited. Photo by Dan Spalding, TIMES-UNION See YEARS- Page 2A WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign chairman are dis cussing being privately inter viewed by a Senate commit tee investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 elec tion, the panel confirmed Friday. The committee initially called for Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort to appear publicly next week. But the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee now say the men are negotiating the terms of their appearances, Trump Jr., Manafort In Talks With Senate Panel See TRUMP- Page 2A

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