The Starke County Council will discuss the establishment of a parks and recreation board in greater detail during a work session on Friday, Sept. 6 and could act to formally set up such a body during their regular September meeting. After quite a bit of discussion, council members decided more input is necessary before creating a new department within the county. Perennial problems at Bass Lake Beach and Campground led the commissioners to recommend establishment of such a board to oversee that attraction and other non-municipal facilities within the county like Boa Shores, the public beach at Koontz Lake and other properties there, the Starke County Forest and the park in San Pierre. The board would not manage the attractions but would serve as a liaison between the management and county government officials. Commissioner Jennifer Davis notes that all aspects of managing public areas that would fall under the purview of such a body are very time consuming for elected officials. Recently issues at Bass Lake Beach and Campground have dominated the commissioners agendas. However, an Aug. 1 inspection by a state health inspector found both were in “reasonable compliance.”
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.