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Thursday, 18 December 2014


Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day.  It is cold out with light wind and our temperature is at 28 degrees and the wind chill of 24 degrees at 7:29am.  There are no delays and there was no frost on the car windows this morning unless you didn't drive your car anywhere yesterday and it could still have some snow on it.  Do wear your coat this morning since it is cold out and make sure the kids wear their coats as well.

Today we have Annette with SHIP.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Evergreen shutdown affects Kendallville Library.  Kendallville Public Library patrons will be affected by Evergreen Indiana’s temporary shutdown of its library circulation system for upgrades.

From 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, to noon Monday, Dec. 29, Evergreen will be offline. This will affect Kendallville Public Library services.

 

The library will not be able to accept fines, renew or reserve items, and issue replacement or new library cards during this period of time. Check-out will be limited to five items per card. The library’s online catalog and OverDrive downloadable eBook and audio book service will not be available during the shutdown.

Patrons also will not be able to access their Evergreen Indiana account at kendallvillelibrary.org.

The shutdown period also applies to the Limberlost Public Library in Rome City.

Both libraries will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25, for Christmas. The libraries will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27.    Reported by KPC News

Our weather for today is supposed to be:

12/18/2014

Hi: 32°

Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 25°

Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 

 


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Wednesday, 17 December 2014


Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day.  It is chilly out there with our temperature of 27 degrees with the wind chill of 15 degrees at 7:40am.  When I went out this morning around 5:20am to warm up my car there was ice and snow on the car and it was windy out as well.  So you might want to warm up your car and try to defrost if you have any ice or snow on your windshield.  

Not much going on in the senior center today that I know of.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Kendallville plants more trees than it loses.  More than 130 tall ash trees once flourished along city streets and in city parks.

Now there are only 12, according to the Kendallville Tree Commission’s 2014 annual report. Commissioner Dave Christianson presented the report to the City Council Tuesday night.

 

The ash tree population has been devastated by the emerald ash borer infestation. Four infested ash trees were removed this year.

In addition, American Electric Power identified 23 trees for removal and 19 trees for pruning on the west side of the city that were interfering with power transmission lines.

That’s the bad news about the city’s urban forest.

The good news is despite the loss of trees, the city continues to plant more trees than it loses along streets. As of the end of this year, the city will have planted 564 new trees on the street terraces since the urban forest management program began in 2006.

Kendallville relies on grants and money allocated in the city budget for its urban forest management program, which is overseen by Tree Commission members Gwen Christenson, Scott Derby, Jim Nixon, Robert Probst and Christianson.

AEP pays the city $275 for each tree removed, and the Tree Commission will use the $6,325 total to plant approximately 50 new trees around the city, according to the report. The city street and park and recreation departments will plant the trees in 2015. The city replaces trees removed by AEP with trees that grow no taller than 20 feet and won’t interfere with power lines, said Christianson.

This year, the commission received a $12,500 grant from 2013 Indiana Urban Forest Management & Growth Fund to plant 100 new medium and large species of trees along city streets. Those trees were planted in the spring and fall by city workers. Thirteen of the white oak trees planted in the spring did not survive because they were too large to transplant effectively, according to the report. These trees were replaced by swamp white oaks this fall.

Money saved by having city employees plant trees instead of a hired contractor is used to purchase more trees, according to Christianson.

As of the end of October, there have been: 59 hazardous and unhealthy trees removed at a cost of $23,500; 17 stumps removed at a cost of $1,170; and six prunings completed for $1,065.

Grants may not be so easy to come by in the future. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has indicated it will be less inclined to give Kendallville further funding until the city completes a 100 percent tree inventory, according to the report. The cost for an inventory is estimated at $50,000 to $70,000.

“Each tree needs to be checked and its health recorded,” said Christianson. The commission will apply for grants to help pay for the inventory, he added.

For the fifth year in a row, Kendallville was named as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

In other business, the council passed a resolution providing for the transfers of appropriations of several city departments. This end-of-year action refers to appropriations that have unobligated balances. The transfers into different categories from what was appropriated in the 2014 budget allows departments to meet expenses.

The council also reviewed the November Police Department report showing officers responded to 1,597 calls for service during the month, with 84 criminal offenses reported, an increase of five from the previous three-year average for November. Property crimes were down, with the increase in reported crimes coming mainly from battery and drug arrests.     Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

12/17/2014

Hi: 32°

Cloudy. Chance of flurries through the day. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 10 to 20 mph.

Lo: 25°

Cloudy with isolated snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of measurable precipitation 20 percent.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 


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Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day.  It is rainy out and the temperature is around 43 degrees with the wind chill of 40 degrees at 8:20am.  There was a few delays around but none for our county.  Make sure you take your umbrella for today as it is supposed to be cloudy and rainy throughout the day.

Today we have a board meeting this morning.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Library board approves staff pay raises.  Kendallville Public Library employees will receive pay raises in 2015.

In addition to pay increases, the library’s Board of Directors recently approved revisions to the emergency closing, meeting room and educational reimbursement policies, and the closing schedule.

 

The 2015 budget approved by the board includes a 3 percent boost in pay for hourly workers and a 2 percent increase for salaried employees. Workers will see the increase in their first January paycheck.

The revised meeting room policy includes guidelines for the use of meeting rooms C, D and E, and the new space in the lower level. When the rooms are available, the library can accommodate groups of up to 250 people, according to Jenna Anderson, the library’s marketing specialist.

Meeting rooms C and D will cost $50 each or $100 combined when used by for-profit organizations, and will be free to nonprofits. Rooms will be available for parties for a $50 deposit for one or both rooms, and deposits will be returned after the rooms are left in good condition.

Lower-level rooms will be available in early 2015 after technology and furniture are in place.

The revised emergency closing policy spells out when the library is closed due to inclement weather and other emergencies. Under the new policy, the libraries (Kendallville and Limberlost Public Library in Rome City) will close when a “watch” or “warning” local travel advisory has been issued by Kendallville, Rome City or Noble County. When an “advisory” level has been declared, the library system will open at noon.

“Depending on the severity of winter this year, the board hopes this policy will prevent the library from closing as often as it did last winter,” stated Anderson in an email.

Regarding the updated educational reimbursement policy, library staff are required to request a reimbursement 30 days prior to enrolling in a course. If the course is required for state certification and the funds are available, staff may be eligible for reimbursement up to 50 percent of tuition.

A complete list of scheduled closings for 2015 is available at kendallvillelibrary.org.    Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

12/16/2014

Hi: 55°

Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers early this morning...then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers this late morning and afternoon. Patchy fog early this morning. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Lo: 40°

Partly cloudy in the evening...then clearing. Lows around 40. West winds around 5 mph.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 


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DELAYS

Delays
 
 
LaGrange County
 
Lakeland School Corporation: 2-Hour Delay
NE Ind. Special Ed Coop-LaGrange Co.: 2-Hour Delay
Fremont Community Schools-LaGrange Head Start: 2-Hour Delay
LaGrange Head Start - Status: 2 Hour Delay
 
 
Steuben County
 
Fremont Community Schools-LaGrange Head Start: 2-Hour Delay
Prairie Heights Schools: 2-Hour Delay


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Monday, 15 December 2014


Morning Ya'll,

I hope you had a good weekend and that today will be great as well.  It was a very nice weekend out with the weather.  Today should be another warm day as our temperature for this morning is at 41 degrees and the wind chill is at 37 degrees at 7:43am.  There are no delays for school this morning even though when I left for work it was a little bit foggy out there at 5:40am.

We went to our MMA fights in Three Rivers saturday night for some great fights.  Those men and women put on an awesome show for everyone.  Then we relaxed on Sunday since we didn't get home until really late Saturday night.  But other than that it was a quiet weekend for us.

Today we are getting some new windows put in downstairs in the main floor.  At least it is going to be a nice day for them to be put in.

Today we have Hickory Creek coming in to call the numbers for our Bingo players around noon.  So ya'll come on in and join some of that fun!!!

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Homeowner taxes drop slightly in 2014.  Hoosiers paid less in homestead taxes in 2014, but shelled out more for property taxes overall, according to new reports.

The Legislative Services Administration’s property tax reports for every county in Indiana detail and explain changes in property taxation over the past year.

 

The average Indiana homeowner’s bill dropped by 0.9 percent, according to the agency. Total property taxes, meanwhile, increased by 1 percent.

In northeast Indiana, Noble County’s average property tax bill rose 5.4 percent — the largest increase in the region.

Steuben County also saw an increase in its average bill of 2.4 percent.

Meanwhile, the average tax bills in DeKalb and LaGrange counties fell by 0.4 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively.

In Noble County, homestead tax increases were the driving force behind its increase. Tax bills on existing homesteads jumped by 8.9 percent this year, according to the report, “mainly because of higher homestead assessments and a drop in local property tax credits.”

Those contributing factors — higher assessments and lower tax credits — reflect overall trends for Indiana’s 92 counties.

The total assessed value of Indiana property, before deductions, rose by 0.6 percent this year.

Around the state, local property tax credits dropped. Larry DeBoer, professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, explained the decline, writing for Capitol Comments in October.

Credits from local option income taxes reduce property tax bills in many counties, DeBoer said. The state collects local income taxes and then distributes the money back to counties.

But in 2012, the Indiana Department of Revenue realized it sent back too little. Because it was too late to give back the money for that year, it gave a credit for tax bills in 2013.

“In 2014, they snapped back to normal, and credit rates fell,” DeBoer writes. On average, credit rates dropped by about 2 percent.

The report explained Steuben County’s increase as similar to Noble County’s, attributing it to higher homestead assessments and a drop in local property tax credits, in addition to higher tax rates.

While homeowners generally saw taxes go down, farmers saw theirs go up. Between 2013 and 2014, the average Hoosier agricultural tax bill rose by 6.3 percent.

Farmland assessments continued to rise in 2014, due to high corn and soybean prices, as well as low interest rates. The assessed value of agricultural land jumped 6.9 percent.

Homeowners in rural counties have the farmers partially to thank for their lower rates, according to DeBoer.

“The growth in property tax revenues is controlled by state rules,” DeBoer explained. “So if farmers pay more of this controlled amount, homeowners pay less.”

DeBoer wrote that he expects farmland assessments to continue increasing in coming years.

The LSA reports can be found on the General Assembly’s website at iga.in.gov/documents/bec7ef25

They include tax numbers for counties, towns, school districts and all other local government entities.     Reported by Caleb Whitmer KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

12/15/2014

Hi: 48°

Cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Rain likely in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Lo: 42°

Rain. Lows in the lower 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Take care and be safe.

Shelly

 

 


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Friday, 12 December 2014


Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day and a wonderful weekend.  It is cold this morning again with frost on the car windows and some fog out there as well, so do be careful if the fog gets worse.  There are no school delays for this morning.  Our temperature is at 25 degrees with the wind chill of 15 degrees at 7:03am.  Just remember to warm up your car to get those windows defrosted if you car is outside.  What kind of plans do you have for this weekend since it is going to be warming up?

We had a good time yesterday at the Christmas Carry-In dinner.  We had the East Noble Middle School singers to entertain our Seniors before the dinner with some Christmas songs.  They were awesome!  Thank you East Noble Middle School for giving our seniors some great songs by your choir singers.

Today we have our Euchre players coming in around 1pm to have their card game.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Schools locked down during police chase.  Five East Noble schools were locked down for about 30 minutes Thursday morning, Superintendent Ann Linson said in an email notice to parents and guardians.

North Side Elementary School, South Side Elementary School, the Alternative Learning Center, East Noble Middle School and East Noble High School were locked down for about 30 minutes, Linson said.

 

“The Kendallville Police Department contacted the school to inform us of an individual in the area who was possibly carrying a weapon,” Linson said. “Administrators were quickly alerted, front doors were locked and staff was instructed to keep students in their classrooms.

“Students did a great job of following instructions and doing what they needed to do,” Linson said.

Police contacted the schools to report the subject was in custody and normal operations could resume, Linson said. Students were aware of the lockdown and were not in any danger. The lockdown measure was a precaution, Linson said.

The subject in question was Logan M. Lewis, 27, of Kendallville, who was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of criminal mischief filed against him in September, according to Noble County Superior Court II records.

Kendallville Police Sgt. Mike McCann said he recognized Lewis when he saw him at the intersection of Mitchell and Sheridan streets and tried to get him to stop. Lewis fled on foot, heading southbound, McCann said.

The pursuit was called into Kendallville dispatchers at 10:43 a.m., McCann said. Police had reason to believe at the time that Lewis might be armed.

Since Lewis was running in the direction of the schools, and particularly toward the middle school, the schools were advised to lock down as a precaution, McCann said.

The foot pursuit went through an apartment complex and various lawns and yards, McCann said. The Kendallville police and Noble County sheriff’s departments set up a perimeter and closed in on Lewis.

Lewis was apprehended about 30 minutes after the chase started in the 500 block of East Diamond Street, about one block from the middle school, McCann said. Officers determined Lewis was not armed. No injuries were reported.

McCann said residents also assisted during the pursuit, telling officers in what direction Lewis fled.   Reported by Bob Braley KPC News

Also Avilla police warn of scams.  The Avilla Town Marshal’s Office is warning the public of a pair of scams that have become prevalent in recent days.

In one scam, a caller claiming to be an IRS agent threatens the victim with arrest if that person doesn’t provide all of his or her personal information over the phone. According to Town Marshal Glen Wills, the IRS would never make a call such as this.

 

In the other scam, victims have been receiving calls from a person claiming to represent a large national bank. The caller says if the person invests $10, the bank will turn it into $1,000. The catch is that the caller has to provide bank account routing numbers to facilitate the transactions.

Wills said people should never provide personal information to an unknown caller, and it is always best to verify such claims with their local financial institution or police department.   Reported by KPC News

Today and the weekend's weather is supposed to be:

12/12/2014

Hi: 38°

Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Lo: 28°

Cloudy through midnight then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

12/13/2014

Hi: 42°

Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 35°

Mostly cloudy through midnight then becoming cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

12/14/2014

Hi: 48°

Cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 40°

Cloudy. Lows around 40.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.  Be safe.

Shelly

 

 

 


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Thursday, 11 December 2014


Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day!  It is cold out and your car windows will be frosted over unless you are able to park in a garage.  Our temperature is 25 degrees with the wind chill of 16 degrees with a light wind at 7:42am.  But there is supposed to be a warm up for a few days and then temperatures drop back down a bit from what I have seen on the news.

Today we have our monthly dinner which is our Christmas Dinner at noon today.  There will be blood pressure checks and I do believe there will be entertainment from one of the schools choir.  

We will have Annette with SHIP here today as well.

The Red Hat Ladies will be here to have their monthly meeting after the Christmas Dinner.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Albion's Bosch awards $24,000 to schools.  The Bosch Community Fund awarded $24,000 Wednesday to three educational organizations in Noble County.

Receiving grants were Central Noble Community School Corp., West Noble School Corp. and the Cole Center Family YMCA in Kendallville. They were announced at the Robert Bosch LLC plant in Albion.

 

Albion Bosch plant manager Michael Sagan said the funding announced Wednesday was for “three very valuable programs in the community.”

“Bosch and the BCF’s mission is to partner with organizations that help impact environmental and STEM education for students and teachers,” Sagan said. “These programs help develop the workforce of the future by fostering interest among students in the areas where we need them most: science, technology, engineering and math.

“We are proud to contribute to organizations that encourage creativity and innovation, and we commend those teachers who bring innovation to their teaching as they seek to find creative ways to pique students’ interest.”

West Noble received a $13,920 grant awarded for startup funds for the Charger Environmental Awareness Program. The program aims to instruct middle and high school students in hands-on science activities within their local environment, including river habitat, maintenance and water sampling.

The grant will directly fund the purchase of canoes to allow students to participate in river water testing.

West Noble Middle School Principal Melanie Tijerina said the grant would benefit the project for a long time. “It’s not very often that people ask to meet with you, offer to give you money and then do it,” she said of meetings with Bosch.

“It’s so awesome to invest in kids this way,” said West Noble Superintendent Dennis VanDuyne.

A $5,520 grant for the Cole Center Family YMCA supports “Walk into My Future Day.”

The goal of the event is to expose students to higher education, giving Noble County kindergarten through third-grade students an opportunity to visit the campus of Huntington University.

Lisa Walter of the YMCA said the children made the trip Oct. 1, going to stations on the campus to learn more about what they could pursue as careers.

Central Noble received for a $4,560 grant will provide kindergarten students with science kits, activities and literature that encourage collaborative problem solving. Science will be integrated with other curricula, such as reading, writing and math.

Earlier this year, Central Noble received from Bosch an $11,000 grant to provide team support for the Destination Imagination program at Central Noble schools. Destination Imagination is a challenge-based program that encourages teams to take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM concepts, the arts and service learning.

The teams compete in local tournaments with the possibility of advancing to state, national and global finals. Central Noble teams have competed in the global finals on multiple occasions.

Central Noble Superintendent Chris Daughtry said the grants fund activities kids will remember 15 to 20 years down the road.

Since it began issuing awards in 2012, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded nearly $105,000 to various organizations in Noble County.

The fund awards up to $3 million annually to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

In the United States, Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, health care telemedicine and software solutions.    Reported by Bob Braley KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

12/11/2014

Hi: 35°

Clear then becoming partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Lo: 28°

Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 

 

 


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Tuesday, 9 December 2014


Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day.  It started off foggy this morning when I was heading to work but an hour later it was lifted but still misty out there.  There was no fog delays this morning.  Our temperature is 35 degrees with the wind chill of 29 degrees at 7:51am.  

Today is one of our NTS Driver's birthday so if you see Dick out there and about wish him a Happy Birthday!!

Today we have our Senior Shopping Trip down to Glenbrook Mall for some Christmas shopping done!

Today we also have our Bridge players coming in around noon to have their card game.

Don't forget that this Thursday, December 11th is our Christmas Carry-In Dinner at noon.  So make sure you bring in your sides to go with Ham and Potatoes.  And always your yummy desserts!  We sure hope that you will come on in and enjoy some good food and entertainment.  There will be blood pressure checks also before and after dinner.  The Red Hat Ladies will have their monthly meeting after the dinner.  

Lets see what's going on in the news.  State plans to stop operating lake gauges.  The state of Indiana is planning to stop operating gauges on a lake in Noble County, the Noble County Board of Commissioners heard Monday.

Commissioners received a letter from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources saying it plans to stop operating gauges monitoring water depth on Waldron Lake as of Oct. 1, 2015. Waldron Lake is part of the West Lakes chain near Rome City.

 

The DNR cited rising costs to operate the gauges as its reason for doing so. The eight gauges on Waldron Lake cost about $4,000 per year to operate, the state said.

The letter left open the possibility of negotiating with the DNR on the continued operation of the gauges.

Also Monday, the commissioners learned that work to install a new culvert pipe in a half-mile stretch of C.R. 200W just north of U.S. 6 has been completed.

Dirt still needed to be filled in at the site as of Monday morning Noble County engineer Zack Smith said.

CPI Supply installed the new culvert pipe along the road next to a railroad underpass using a technique called slip-lining.    Reported by Bob Braley KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

12/9/2014

Hi: 38°

Cloudy. Areas of drizzle in the morning. Highs in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph becoming north 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of measurable precipitation 20 percent.

Lo: 28°

Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s. North winds 10 to 15 mph.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 


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Monday, 8 December 2014


Morning Ya'll,

I hope you had a good weekend!!!  This morning it is chilly out there so make sure you wear a warm coat or jacket!  Our temperature is 30 degrees and the wind chill is 29 degrees at 7:52am.  So there is very light wind if any right now.

How many of you went to the Christmas parade Saturday?  We were in Fort Wayne so we didn't get to go to it.  If you did I do hope you had fun and it had alot of floats and bands.

Today we have Avalon Village coming in to call the numbers for our Bingo players around noon today.  So come on in and join the fun!!!  Can't wait to see you all here!

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Destiny Church wins top parade prize.  The float by Destiny Family of Faith was judged as the overall winner in the 46th annual Kendallville Christmas parade held downtown Saturday afternoon.

More than 30 entries took part in the parade, with the theme of “A Christmas Story.”

 

Parade theme winner was Faith United Methodist Church. The Girl Scout Troupe 10101 took second place. In the most unique category, Hickory Creek took first place and the 12 and under Kendallville Heat traveling team took second place.

KPC Media Group and radio stations WAWK and The Hawk were the coordinating sponsors of the parade, which has been held in downtown Kendallville continuously since 1969.

The Main Street Business Association and the Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce also supported the event.   Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

12/8/2014

Hi: 38°

Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming cloudy. Chance of drizzle in the morning. Rain...possibly mixed with snow in the afternoon. No snow accumulation. Highs in the upper 30s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain and snow 90 percent.

Lo: 32°

Cloudy. Chance of rain...possibly mixed with snow through midnight...then chance of snow...drizzle and freezing drizzle after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the west after midnight. Chance of measurable precipitation 50 percent.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 


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Friday, 5 December 2014


Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day and weekend as well.  It is cold out this morning with light wind.  The temperature is 31 degrees with the wind chill of 25 degrees at 7:50am.  There were no school delays from 5:15am when I checked and outside looked clear with no fog.

Any fun plans for the weekend?  We are going to do some more Christmas shopping and I do hope we can get it done!  Tonight we are going to a Christmas dinner for work and that will be about all we do for the weekend.

Today we have our Euchre players coming in around noonish to have their card game.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Board considers East Noble High School improvements.  An architectural and engineering firm told East Noble School Corp. Board of Trustees members Wednesday night it could complete installation of new boilers and chillers in the high school by Aug. 1, 2015.

At the same meeting, Umbaugh & Associates, a Mishawaka-based accounting firm, presented two short-term bond issuance options for the mechanical upgrades expected to cost about $2 million. Capital projects that cost $2 million or less don’t have to go through a remonstrance.

 

Last month, the board heard a proposal from representatives of Emcor Group Inc., an environmental systems construction and engineering firm with operations in Fort Wayne.

Trustees are moving quickly to upgrade the East Noble High School’s nearly 50-year-old heating and cooling systems that are partially inoperable, out of date and unreliable. They want to hear proposals from different companies before making a decision, and have a new system operating by the start of the next school year.

The high school has two boilers installed in 1966 and another boiler installed in 1996. One of the 1966 boilers is decommissioned and its parts are used to keep the other one operating, according to Brian Leitch, the school corporation’s business manager. There are no parts available for the two oldest boilers.

Parts for the 1996 boiler are becoming scarce, East Noble Maintenance Director Bill Knox told trustees. That boiler cannot heat the entire building by itself.

The school has a 48-year-old water-cooled chiller and an 11-year-old air-cooled chiller for air conditioning. The water-cooled chiller is out of date and should be replaced.

Barton-Coe-Vilamaa, the Fort Wayne-based architectural and engineering business that designed and engineered the North Side and Wayne Center elementary buildings, proposed Wednesday night to replace the boilers with three new condensing boilers described as “95 to 96 percent efficient.” Ryan Bollinger with Barton-Coe-Vilamaa estimated the current heating system is 70 percent to 75 percent efficient.

“A new highly efficient condensing system will not only provide enough heat but save you money on heating,” he said.

Barton-Coe-Vilamaa is also proposing to replace the existing chillers with two new chiller barrels that would go where the decommissioned boiler is now after it is removed.

Both Emcor and Barton-Coe-Vilamaa would replace the high school’s existing pneumatic control system for heating and cooling with a more efficient digital control system.

Emcor proposes to design, engineer and construct the mechanical upgrades. Barton- Coe-Vilamaa would design and engineer the project and seek bids for the construction.

Todd Samuelson with Umbaugh & Associates presented the board with two-year and three-year financing options by issuing a general obligation bond for $2 million.

The two-year option would involve bond payments in 2016 of about $1.022 million and in 2017 of about $1.025 million, with a total debt service including interest of $2,048,096. This option would add about 10 cents each year to the tax rate.

The three-year option would have bond payments on the interest of about $46,000 in 2016 and 2017 and payments of about $1.018 million in 2018 and $1.017 million in 2019 for a total debt service of $2,127,349. Extending the repayments from two to three years would mean higher interest.

This option would not add to the tax rate because the school corporation’s debt service is projected to decrease in 2018 and expire in 2019.

Samuelson cautioned trustees about extending the bond payments too far out because they have to consider the impact of any project related to East Noble Middle School on the debt service and the apparent need for a new roof on the high school in the near future.

He also cautioned against using the capital projects fund to replace the high school’s boilers and chillers because it could be affected by the property tax caps. Property taxes support the school corporation’s capital projects fund and transportation fund.

Indiana enacted the circuit-breaker law in 2008 and began to phase it in with taxes payable in 2009. Caps were placed on the maximum tax increase for homesteads (1 percent), residential (2 percent) and commercial and personal property (3 percent). This has resulted in property tax relief for taxpayers but a loss of revenue to local governments, public schools and public libraries, Samuelson said.

East Noble presently has about $3.1 million in its capital projects fund, according to Leitch. Approximately $2 million of that is earmarked for technology upgrades.   Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today and weekend's weather is supposed to be:

12/5/2014

Hi: 38°

Cloudy. Chance of rain and patchy freezing drizzle in the morning...then rain likely in the afternoon. Light ice accumulation possible. Highs in the upper 30s. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Lo: 32°

Rain. Lows in the lower 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.

Saturday

12/6/2014

Hi: 38°

Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Lo: 22°

Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 20s. Highs in the mid 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday

12/7/2014

Hi: 35°

Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 20s. Highs in the mid 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph.

Lo: 28°

Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.

Take care and have a safe weekend.

Shelly

 

 


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