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North Judson Town Maintenance Building Nearing Completion

he North Judson Town Council members held discussion on a number of topics during their Monday meeting.

Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann told the council members the new maintenance building should be completed by the end of the month. The project was to be complete a few months ago, but the weather and other unforeseen circumstances delayed the start of the project until late March. The town employees have been working on the building’s interior.

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North Judson Council Sets Budget Workshop

North Judson Water TowerMembers of the North Judson Town Council will meet Thursday, July 31 at 8 a.m. at the community center to work on the 2015 budget. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says that meeting is open to the public. The initial hearing on the spending proposal will take place Monday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the community center. A final adoption date has not been set yet pending a non-binding review by the Starke County Council. That’s new this year and will take place sometime in October. Starke County is part of a pilot program for that process.

North Judson Town Council Approves Purchase of Fire Truck

The North Judson Town Council members approved the purchase of a new fire truck for the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department.

According to Fire Chief Joe Leszek, the department will be purchasing a used KME pumper truck with a five-man cab. The truck will be the first truck out on structure fires and auto accidents.

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KVREMC Sets Little League Light Poles

The little league diamond at the North Judson Town Park is shining brightly, thanks to a recent assist from Kankakee Valley REMC. A crew from the utility company set the three new light poles the town purchased for the park. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says the town board sent them a thank you letter.

Interior Work to Start Soon on North Judson Maintenance Building

North Judson Water TowerThe Town of North Judson’s new maintenance building should be ready for occupancy within a month or so.

Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry tells WKVI news the exterior of the structure is finished, and the garage doors will be installed today. Town maintenance employees will then do the interior work.

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North Judson BZA Members Sworn In

North Judson BZA The North Judson Town Board honored a longtime board of zoning appeals member who is stepping aside after 15 years of service.

Jim Kersting will continue to serve as a senior consultant. Jerry Jernas is replacing Kersting on the North Judson BZA. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry swore him in Monday night along with Teena Hittle and John Silhavy, who have each agreed to serve another two-year term. Marv Peters and Chris Konefsky are in the second year of their two-year terms of service.

North Judson Town Board to Hold Special Public Meeting on Wednesday

The North Judson Town Board will hold a special public meeting on Wednesday, April 2 at 8:30 a.m. CT at the building that currently houses the First Farmers Bank and Trust building at 310 Lane St.

Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry told WKVI that the bank is vacating the building to move to a different location in town. First Farmers Bank and Trust recently bought Bank of Indiana and will be moving to that location.

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North Judson, Winamac Residents Urged to Keep Running Water

Though today is the last day residents in the city of Knox and town of Hamlet are asked to run their faucets to prevent frozen pipes, residents of North Judson are still encouraged to run their taps until April 1, according to Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry. She told WKVI this week that Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann has asked residents to continue running water until the first of April to prevent any further freezing problems.

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North Judson Town Board Approves Purchases for Fire, Street Depts.

The North Judson Town Board held their regular meeting this week and according to Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry, it was a pretty short meeting with only a few agenda items. Among those, Henry said, was a purchase order for the fire department that requested the purchase of three new handheld radios.

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New Town Garage Structure Arriving in North Judson

These structure components will soon be constructed into the new North Judson town garage.

These structure components will soon be constructed into the new North Judson town garage.

A new building is being delivered to North Judson, and crews are eager to get started on constructing the new town maintenance building. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry said Mortons Buildings will start construction on the building in about a week and a half, and after the shell has been erected, Henry said the utility crew will install plumbing, electric and finish other work as well.

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Credits Offered For Running Water to Prevent Frozen Pipes

With the cold weather comes frozen pipes, and many area residents are suffering from the inconvenience and expense of having no running water. However, many municipalities have offered residents a credit for letting their water run to prevent pipes from freezing.

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North Judson Town Board Reviewing Ordinance, Handbook

The North Judson Town Board is still reviewing the contractors’ permit ordinance and the employee handbook, according to Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry. She told WKVI that the board is still trying to determine whether or not any revisions are necessary for the contractor’s permit ordinance to ensure it is adequate, and the board is reviewing information from the state and county regarding their applications for contractors.

Henry said the matter will be discussed again at the next meeting.

In addition, the board is reviewing the employee handbook, but that matter was also tabled pending further review, Henry said.

North Judson Residents Still Affected By Frozen Pipes

The town of North Judson is still plagued with frozen water meters and pipes, with four or five residences currently suffering from the effects of this winter’s frigid temperatures. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry said the difficult part of this situation is the fact that most of the pipes are frozen on the side of the pipes maintained by the town, but the ground is so frozen that crews are unable to get to the pipe to fix it.

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North Judson Unsafe Hearing Authority to Meet Next Week

The North Judson Unsafe Hearing Authority will meet next week to discuss four properties housing potentially unsafe structures. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry said the property owners have been notified in writing of the meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Judson Civic Center.

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North Judson Town Board to Meet Today

The emergency storm situated caused a number of meetings in the area to be rescheduled, including the regular meeting of the North Judson Town Board. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry yesterday released a notice indicating that the meeting will be rescheduled for today at 6:30 p.m. at the North Judson Community Center, with items to be discussed including a review of the contractor’s permit ordinance.

In addition, Henry said the meeting will include a review of the process regarding the reading of ordinances, with the possibility of a reading to be held regarding the proposed ordinances. She said the board will also elect the new board president, and appoint the town marshal, town superintendent, town attorney, and board member positions as necessary.

North Judson Town Board Approves 2014 Salary Ordinance

The North Judson Town Board this week approved the second and third readings of the salary ordinance for 2014, according to Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry. The ordinance has now been sent for publication, and Henry said the ordinance represents a two percent raise overall for full-time employees.

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North Judson Executes Lease for Maintenance Building

The town of North Judson has executed its lease with First Farmers Bank and Trust to proceed with the construction of a town maintenance building. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry explained the town board has been in contact with Morton’s Building, who will be constructing the building, and they are working with them on the schedule.

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Delay in Construction of North Judson Salt Shed

The North Judson salt shed construction has been put on hold, according to Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry, who told WKVI that Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann received a notice from ClearSpan informing him of the delay. Henry said ClearSpan is constructing the structure for the shed, but due to a shortage of crew members, the work must be postponed.

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