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North Judson Town Board Rectifies Utility Billing

North Judson Water TowerA few North Judson area residents on the fringes of the town limits will soon get monthly bills for trash and hydrant services. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry explains a recent internal audit found three homes have been receiving those services from the town for several years but have not been charged for them. Continue reading

North Judson Town Board Updates Contractors Ordinance

North Judson Water TowerContractors or subcontractors doing business in or with the town of North Judson must obtain a permit from the town and be properly insured. That’s the gist of the contractor permit ordinance passed on final reading Monday night by the town board. The new policy does not apply to homeowners who perform their own renovations. However, anyone hired to build, remodel or renovate a structure is subject to the law. Continue reading

North Judson Adding Lots to Highland Cemetery

North Judson Water TowerThe North Judson Town Board plans to add three additional rows of grave sites to Highland Cemetery. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry tells WKVI news that there is room to do so on the far east side of the existing property. Board members voted Monday night to proceed with surveying and plotting the land. Henry says the expansion will add between 100 and 115 grave sites. They will be available within the next few months. Contact the North Judson Clerk’s Office at 574-896-3340 for more information.

 

 

North Judson Town Board Adopts Social Media Policy

North Judson Water TowerThe Town of North Judson now has a social networking policy on the books for its employees. It applies to all full and part-time workers, elected officials and any other person or persons or department in close association with the town. Board members adopted the policy when they met Monday night. It recognizes that people may use platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites and reminds them that their postings may have an adverse effect on the town or themselves. Employees are urged to monitor content in which they are tagged and only post work-related information with permission. The policy does allow the clerk-treasurer to post information about upcoming town events or needs on social media sites with approval from the council. To read the policy, click here  SOCIAL NETWORKING POLICY-05-19-2014. Continue reading

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 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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Government, School Board Meetings Rescheduled

The weather on Monday caused the postponement of several government and school board meetings. Many of those have been rescheduled.

The Starke County Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday morning at 9 a.m. in the Starke County annex building. EMA Director Ted Bombagetti will have an update for the commissioners, updates will be given on the proposed sale of property in Parkview Heights to the city of Knox, plus a report on landfill monitoring results. Commissioner Kent Danford will provide a report on the meeting of the Knox planning commission and permit fees. The automatic renewal of Kone Elevator’s service contract and a proposed amended agreement from Lawson-Fisher regarding the County Road 300 East and State Road 8 project are also on the agenda for this meeting.

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North Judson Town Council Meeting Rescheduled

The North Judson Town Council has rescheduled their meeting previously planned for last night; it will now take place on Monday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. due to the weather. According to Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry, about 15 residents in the town are suffering from a lack of running water due to frozen water lines, and the town is offering to provide tap water for any affected residents.

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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 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.

Town of North Judson Fall Tax Distribution Less Than Expected

The town of North Judson last week received some financial distributions, but Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry said the funds received were a bit less than what they expected. Henry said the town received their fall property tax distributions and their financial institution tax funds, giving the town $116,452.82 – more than $50,000 less than what they received in the spring and almost $100,000 less than what they received last fall.

Henry said that as a result, the town may have to tighten their belts a little more than what they anticipated.

The town also received funds from the Starke County auditor for sewer liens in the amount of $10,957.70.

Salt Shed Construction for North Judson Delayed to Jan. 14

Because the salt shed construction for the town of North Judson has been delayed, Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry said the town board this week was forced to encumber the funds allocated to the project to allow the construction to take place in January. She said a shortage in crew members caused the project to be delayed until Jan. 14.

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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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North Judson Fire Dept. to Purchase Pressure Washer

The North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department will soon be cleaning their equipment with some real power, after the town board this week approved a purchase order for Fire Chief Joe Leszek to purchase a pressure washer. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry said the pressure washer will be installed in the fire station at a cost of $3200.

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