Special Meetings for Starke Council, Commissioners Today

The Starke County Council will meet in a public work session today at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the establishment of a parks and recreation board in greater detail, and could potentially 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 a parks and recreation 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.

The council will also discuss possible reductions to the county’s budget for 2014 and the re-adoption of the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation’s 2014 budget.

Prior to that, however, the county commissioners will meet at 2 p.m. to discuss the redistricting of the county council.

The meetings will take place in the meeting room at the county annex building, located at 53 E. Mound St. in Knox.