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WINONA LAKE - Residents of Winona Lake will not see an increase in their wastewater or trash rates in 2019. At the Winona Lake Town Council meeting Tuesday evening, Town Coordinator Craig Allebach said, "We had done an analysis of our rate and, based on the current cir cumstances that we're under, we feel that a rate increase is not warranted at this time, at least for the year 2019. We always evalu ate it every year, and after we ran the numbers, what we have in the current fund, as well as the projections of the cost that will be assessed to us from Warsaw for 2019, we still have enough capacity to handle that. So at this point, we're recommending that there be no increase for 2019." He said bills will go out in the first part of January or sooner, with the rate for residents the same in 2019 as in 2018. "That's great," said Council President Bruce Shaffner. "Same thing with the trash?" Allebach responded with a yes, adding, "There's a $5 surcharge for the trash and that remains the same, too." "OK. Wonderful. Great news," Shaffner said. Next, the council approved a 2019 agreement with town engineer Aaron Carl for his services and two 2019 town attorney agree ments. The first town attor ney agreement was with current town attorney Jim Walmer, and the second was with Adam Turner. Allebach explained, "In 2019, the town is going to transition to a new attorney, Adam Turner, effective Jan. 1, 2019. So as we go through this transition into the new year, there's still items Jim has to follow up on and so the two attorneys will kind of be coordinating things as we move into the new year. And Adam Turner will be with us at the next meeting, and so we will also have a contract with Adam Turner for 2019." After the meeting, TIMES UNION December 19, 2018 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 298 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Lifestyles Is it unethical to give your cat catnip? Page 6A Opinion Trump sabotag- ing himself by pandering to his base. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 38 High 43 Sports Local wrestling teams seeing more female participants. Page 1B Mostly cloudy tonight; isolated rain Thursday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Wednesday IN OUR 164th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY Photo Provided See HIKES- Page 2A See TOWN- Page 2A $1 Bruce Shaffner (L) attended his last Winona Lake Town Council meeting Tuesday night as a councilman. He did not seek re-election this year and his seat will be filled by Jim Lancaster. The town also is transitioning to a new attorney, Aaron Turner, for 2019 and current town attorney Jim Walmer (R) will assist with the change. Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Syracuse Gets New Town Manager SYRACUSE - Former North Webster utilities man ager Michael Noe was named the new Syracuse town man ager at Tuesday's year end town council meeting. Noe will replace Henry DeJulia, whose retirement was announced at the November council meeting. DeJulia will work with Noe on a part time interim basis as a trainer and assistant town manager until March 27. On weeks without a holi day, DeJulia will work four days at eight hours each, and BY MARK HOWE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer mhowe@timesuniononline.com Photo by Mark Howe, TIMES-UNION Retiring Syracuse Town Manager Henry DeJulia (L) welcomed Michael Noe to the position at the Syracuse Town Council meeting Tuesday night. Syracuse Elementary School fifth-grader Lily Lawrence (L) wanted to show appreciation for the efforts of school crossing guards who are out in all kinds of weather conditions. At Tuesday night's town council meet- ing, Lawrence, with the encouragement of Police Chief Jim Layne, presented Deb VanderReyden (C) and Ed Batesla with plaques expressing that appreciation. Pictured (L to R) are, front row: Josette Rider, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana; Little Brother Robert; Jennifer Montague, NIP- SCO; middle row: Dana Berkes, Aaron Schaffer, Big Brother Josh, Monica Mendoza, Little Sister Marlena, Laura Kapp-Miller; back row: Bill Becker, Tony Tranquill, Little Brother Addam, Big Brother Paul, Little Brother Tyson, Big Brother Patrick, Wade Owen, Jerry Wood and John Marshall. FORT WAYNE - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana (BBB SNEI) unveiled at a press conference Tuesday its first ever STEM programming ini tiative: The NIPSCO Academy: Mentoring Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The announcement and celebration focused on a $50,000 contribution pre sented by NIPSCO from the NiSource Charitable Foundation. The grant will allow BBBSNEI to introduce STEM activities to its Bigs and Littles enrolled in the Big Futures mentoring program, Commissioners Deny One Petition, Approve Another Kosciusko County Commissioners followed the rec ommendations of the Area Plan Commission on a pair of petition hearings presented Tuesday at the final county commissioners meet ing of the year. They denied a petition by Jeff Heffelinger, who asked the county to vacate the 20 foot wide EMS B60D Lane, that runs behind his home on EMS B61L Lane. The road hasn't had significant traffic in years, and a previous owner had placed a shed on the lane as well. There are stairs that encroach on the right of way as well. The road provides access to a little used pub lic beach. The shed is in violation of county code, and Heffelinger, represented by attorney Steve Snyder, sought the road vacation rather than moving the shed. Brad Jackson, northern district commissioner, suggested Heffelinger petition the county's Board of Zoning Appeals for an exception for the shed to stay in place. Commissioners also approved rezoning a seven tenths of an acre plat on Ind. 13 from agricultural to commercial. Edward Woenker wants to use a wooded area in the rear of the property, about a quarter mile south of East CR 500N, for a stormwater retention pond. In other news, the commission ers: Approved a 46 board and department head appointments for 2019. Signed a three year contract with Purdue University related to services and information provided to the county's Purdue Extension office. Agreed to allow the sheriff's department to pursue a state Department of Natural Resources grant for boat patrols, storage and maintenance and other related expenses. The county has received the grant each year for more than two decades. Changed the county's online payment system to a Value Payment Systems service. The three year contract will make it cheaper for cit izens to pay taxes online. Signed an interlocal agreement with Kosciusko County Convention, Recreation and Visitor's Bureau that will permit the county auditor to serve as the controller for the group. Chose commissioner Cary Groninger to serve as president in 2019. The next county commissioners meeting will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 8. BY MARK HOWE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer mhowe@timesuniononline.com Two Candidates Seek Etna Green Clerk's Job Two people have filed paper work seeking to be the next clerk treasurer of Etna Green. They filed declarations of candidacy for the job Monday afternoon about an hour apart, said Kosciusko County Republican Chairman Mike Ragan. The deadline for filing was noon Tuesday. The two applicants are Patricia K. Cook, who lives on East High Street, and Amanda C. May Ewing, who lives on North Walnut Street. The GOP caucus became nec essary after longtime clerk trea surer Laura Baker resigned in November. Baker served for 23 years and never faced an opponent when seeking re election to the office. The caucus process is compli cated by the fact there is only one precinct committeeman in the Etna precinct, Steve Sechrist. Ragan said that according to procedure, when there is only one precinct committeeman available for a caucus, the party's county chairman will make the appointment. Ragan said he confered with Sechrist and will announce the appointment at noon Friday at the county clerk's office in Warsaw. This appointment will be effective Jan. 1, he said. BY DAN SPALDING TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dspalding@timesuniononline.com The Beaman Home announced this morning that Dr. Jennifer Hayes is its new executive director. Hayes comes to The Beaman Home with a strong nonprofit background and has lived in Kosciusko County for over 20 years, according to a news release. She recent ly completed her doctoral degree in organizational lead ership at Indiana Wesleyan University. She holds a Master of Management degree and an undergraduate degree in human resources. "I am excited to serve the staff and clients of The Beaman Home and am thank ful to The Beaman Home Board of Directors for the opportunity to provide sup port for families in our com munities," Hayes said. She has been involved as a volunteer for special events and fundraising over the years at Combined Dr. Jennifer Hayes Beaman Home Announces New Executive Director STAFF REPORT See BEAMAN- Page 2A No Sewer, Trash Hikes In Winona Photo by Mark Howe, TIMES-UNION Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives $50,000 Grant To Launch The NIPSCO Academy See GRANT- Page 2A

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