Winamac Water Surveys Complete, Data Being Compiled

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The last of the necessary surveys has been received to qualify for grant funds.

The Town of Winamac has expressed interest in exploring for additional water resources. Currently, there are two wellheads in the same water source that Winamac pulls from to bring water to local homes. Concerns over safety and contamination, however, have prompted the town to solicit funds to explore for a new source of water.
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Winamac Dog Park Fencing Complete

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Town of Winamac has nearly completed a new addition to the town park.

During Monday night’s Winamac Town Council meeting, updates on the fencing for a new dog park were received. The dog park was suggested due to conflicting schedules between the 4-H club and youth baseball and softball teams who were using the fields for practice.
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Winamac Town Council Considers Development of Solar Park

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Town of Winamac could soon help prevent resident’s energy prices from spiking with the seasons.

During last night’s Winamac Town Council meeting, a special meeting was considered for discussions on a possible solar energy park. The Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) has expressed interest in developing the solar park.

Town Council member Richard Denney says the project may take a while.

“It’s not going to happen in 2015 and more than likely it won’t happen in 2016,” says Denney. “This year’s construction is underway for three units and next year’s is pretty much solid.”

IMPA currently has three solar parks in Frankton, Rensellaer, and Richton.

Its 59 “member communities” have been asked to help develop the solar parks. In order for any development to take place, however, 20 acres of land would need to be found for sale. The Town of Winamac is currently eyeing space at the Industrial Park, north of the County Home.

Once land is secured, IMPA staff would handle development, construction, fencing, and mowing.

Town Manager Brad Zellers says the Town of Winamac would have a small role to play in the upkeep.

“The only thing we have to do: they would like our crew once or twice per week to drive through and see if the green light is on or if the red light is on,” says Zellers. “If the red light is one, then there’s a problem. Call them.”

Solar parks are incentivized due to a spike in energy demand during the summer months. By implementing solar energy, it is anticipated energy peaks would largely be eliminated for consumers.

A presenter from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency will be invited to give the Winamac Town Council more information.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust

A vehicle headlight ultimately led to the arrest of a Winamac resident on drug charges.

According to a press release, Pulaski County Police were on patrol in the area of Narrow and Franklin Streets in Winamac when they noticed the vehicle in question. Authorities made a note that occupants of the vehicle were behaving nervously.
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Winamac Website Offers New Services; Works Through Glitches

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Town of Winamac recently launched its new website, and they hope it will eventually provide better services for residents.

The Winamac Town Council was updated on the website’s progress at their February meeting. Now that the website has been launched, officials with the Town say there are a few glitches needing to be worked out.
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Winamac Town Employees Working To Retrieve Income Surveys

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

Income surveys continue to be gathered in Winamac.

The Town has decided to apply for grant funds to help fund for the exploration of a water well in the area. Part of the OCRA grant is meeting income requirements. Surveys with two questions were sent out to several Winamac residents to complete the task.
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Winamac Launching New Website

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Town of Winamac will soon be able to provide some better services for its residents.

A new Town website is anticipated to launch this week. The websites’ development was started in October of 2014. The company developing the site has spent the last several months gathering information from the Town to better supply residents with proper information.
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Town of Winamac Changes Checking Accounts After Fraud Attempt

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Town of Winamac was recently clued into an alleged attempt to commit a fraudulent transaction by a piece of returned mail.

During last night’s Winamac Town Council meeting, it was learned that the Town received mail containing a check that was considered undeliverable to the eastern portion of the U.S. The Town’s return address was used in the fraudulent check.
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Winamac Town Board Leaves Park Decisions Up To Managers

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

The Winamac Town Board says it won’t be making the decisions when it comes to opening and closing the Town Park in winter.

During Monday night’s Board meeting, it was suggested the back portion of the park be closed during the colder months. The change could potentially save money, reduce hassle, and protect residents from dangerous or icy conditions.
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Winamac Announces Town Manager Hire

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

After a bit of a search, the Town of Winamac now has a new leader at the helm.

It was announced during last night’s regularly scheduled Winamac Town Council meeting that Brad Zellers was offered the Town Manager position. His hire comes after interviews for the position were conducted last week.
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Winamac Town Board To Meet After Town Manager Interviews

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

Interviews were conducted last week, but now the Winamac Town Board is anticipated to make a hiring decision.

The Town of Winamac has been without a Town Manager for several weeks. Searching for a potential candidate to fill the position follows the termination of previous Town Manager Jim Conner.
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Winamac Loosens Police Living Requirements

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

Police in Winamac can expand their living arrangements to the adjacent counties.

On Monday, the Winamac Town Board considered, and approved, a measure making the change. Previously, Winamac Police were required to live in Pulaski County. The move follows a review of the previous policy by the Board.
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Winamac Town Council Appoints New President

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Board has reinstated several department heads within their government, but has seen a change in one of the board positions.

During their meeting Monday night, the Winamac Town Board elected Kenneth McFarland to serve as its next President. The term will be carried out over the next four years.
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National Weather Service Issues Tippecanoe River Flood Warnings

Flood warnings have been issued for the Tippecanoe River near Ora and above Winamac until further notice. Recent heavy rainfall has caused minor to moderate flooding, according to the National Weather Service. The Ora warning takes effect this evening. Late this morning the river was at 10.9 feet and rising. Flood stage near Ora is 12 feet. It’s expected to rise above that tonight and crest near 13.5 feet early Tuesday morning. At 14 feet extensive flooding of homes and low-lying areas begins. The Tippecanoe River above Winamac is also on the rise. At noon today it was at 7.9 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. It’s expected to exceed that very early Sunday morning and crest near 11.1 feet around 8 p.m. Tuesday. At 11 feet extensive residential flooding is in progress. Continue reading