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Winamac Electric Rates to Increase

The Winamac Town Council members held a public hearing recently to discuss an increase in electric rates.

Customers that reside in the city limits will have a new minimum payment of $122.09 based on 1000 kw of use. Those who reside outside the city limits will have a new minimum payment of $127.09 based on 1000 kw of use.  This is not average usage, but an example of how rates would increase.  The billing will be decided on  how many kilowatts are used in the household.  The increase is 11.2 percent.

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Winamac Town Council Approves Formation of Pool Committee

The Winamac Town Council approved the formation of a committee to further investigate funding options to rehabilitate the town pool.

The pool is not open as extensive repairs are needed to make it safe for swimmers.

Town Manager Jim Conner said several people were in attendance at the council’s meeting to discuss the pool.

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Construction Schedule Set for Winamac Skate Park

Hunger Skateparks produced this rendering of the proposed Winamac Skatepark.

Hunger Skateparks produced this rendering of the proposed Winamac Skatepark.

A portion of Rinehart Park near the Pulaski County Family YMCA will soon be transformed into a skate park. Winamac teenager Clark Gudas took the effort on as an Eagle Scout Project. He told the Winamac Town Council he’s signed a contract with Hunger Skate Parks to begin construction by July 5th. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Approves Sewer Rate Increase

Winamac Town Office

Winamac Town Hall

Sewer rates for Winamac Municipal Utilities customers will go up soon. The Winamac Town Council on Monday approved a rate increase to offset what Eric Walsh with accounting firm Umbaugh and Associates says is a significant drop in revenues since 2011.

“Your revenues have decreased somewhere in the neighborhood of $80,000 to $90,000 on an annual basis,” Walsh told the council. A lot of that drop is due to a change in state law that caps the surcharge amount for customers outside the incorporated town limits. They were paying 50-percent more, but the town had to drop that to 15-percent last year to comply with the law. “There’s a portion of it due to some of your larger users just aren’t using as much water, and therefore their sewage bills are going down as well. The lion’s share of it is the reduction that was made via state statute last year,” Walsh explained. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council, Pulaski County Council to Meet Tonight

Two Pulaski County government agencies will meet tonight.

The Winamac Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. ET in the Municipal Utility Complex. Winamac Fire Chief Bill Weaver will have an update and Chris Smith will have a garbage collection update. Eric Galbreath will have information on the TV Cable and John Julian from Umbaugh and Associates will give the council water and waste water ordinances plus information on the pool.

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Restoration Work on Winamac Water Line Project to be Conducted Next Week

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council learned this week that the company who installed water lines on the north end of town last year will be back next week to finish some work.

Town Manager Jim Conner said the finishing touches should start on Tuesday.

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Winamac Town Council Discusses Town Pool

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council discussed the town pool at length during their regularly scheduled meeting this week.

According to Town Manager Jim Conner, a representative from Reno Sys, a pool rehabilitation company in Indianapolis, discussed plans for the pool. It’s going to be expensive and it’s going to be a large project.

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Winamac Town Council to Discuss Pool during Tonight’s Meeting

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council has a full agenda for their regular meeting tonight.

One of the bigger items the board has discussed as of late is the town pool. The pool will be closed this summer as the maintenance cost to keep the existing pool up and running is too costly. The town is pursuing options to get the pool up and running in 2015.

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Longtime Winamac Clerk-Treasurer Elected to Council

 

Judge Pat Blankenship administers the oath of office to Judy Heater

Judge Pat Blankenship administers the oath of office to Judy Heater

A familiar face in Winamac political circles is the newest member of the town council. Longtime Clerk-Treasurer Judy Heater won the Monday, March 10 Republican Caucus to fill a vacant seat on the Winamac Town Council. James DeArmond resigned as the district 2 council member effective Feb. 14. Heater won unanimously on the first ballot. Pulaski Superior Court Judge Patrick Blankenship swore her into office the following day.

New Waste Removal Service in Winamac Discussed at Winamac Town Council Meeting

The Winamac Town Council recently privatized the waste removal and recycling service and that contract began March 1.

The town conducted the service for a number of years and found that the town could have at last $12,000 a year if the service was conducted by an outside firm.

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Tippecanoe Beverage Property Preliminarily Declared Economic Revitalization Area

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council recently took the first step toward pumping some new life into the Tippecanoe Beverage property. In late January, the council approved a preliminary resolution designating the facility as an Economic Revitalization Area, which, according to Town Manager Jim Conner, is a necessary first step in order to grant tax abatements.

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Winamac Considering Tax Abatement for New Business

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The town of Winamac is considering the possibility of tax abatements for a new business in the town. According to Town Manager Jim Conner, the town council responded favorably to the idea, but a public hearing will need to be held in February before any official decision is made. Conner said Antares is a specialty container manufacturing business, a new business for the city, and this abatement could have positive effects for the town.

Conner also said a local boy scout is working on designs for a possible skate park in the town. He said the youth gave the council an update on the project, and with $27,000 raised toward the project, he hopes to have construction done by July. However, he is still looking into a few more possible grants.

Winamac Town Council Holds First Meeting of New Year

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council this week performed some appointments necessary for the new year, but according to Town Manager Jim Conner, no big changes were made. He said the yearly appointments for the department heads were made with no changes, and several appointments were made to local boards, the planning commission, zoning board and other boards – also with no major changes.

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Final Payouts Completed for Water Line Replacement Project in Winamac

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The water project in the town of Winamac is finally complete, but Town Manager Jim Conner said there will be a few maintenance items to address come spring. The town council this week approved the final payouts for the water project they’ve been working on this summer and all the work is finally complete.

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Town of Winamac Hires Garbage, Recycling Collection Company

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The town of Winamac will save roughly $12,000 a year by privatizing the collection of garbage and recycling in the town, according to Town Manager Jim Conner. Conner told WKVI that the town council this week decided to accept a bid from Advanced Disposal Services to provide garbage and recycling services for the town at a cost of $141,408 for the first year.

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Winamac Town Council to Meet Tonight

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. ET in the Winamac Town Complex.

An update on the Pulaski County Family YMCA will be given by Mike Banta, Mark Kolish will discuss town board tile and AECom will have information on the water project.

The town superintendents will have a monthly update for the board while Town Manager Jim Conner will have a few discussion items as well as Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger.

This meeting is open to the public.

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