Etna Green may be a small town, but under the watch of the surest town council it is running like a well-oiled machine. The town addresses issues quickly and efficiently, and as a result there is never a real need for any large scale changes. The council will be made up of the same group of members in 2015 as it was in 2014, including Town Clerk-Treasurer Laura Baker, President Andy Cook, Vice President Keith Claassen and Councilman Todd Slabaugh.
Though the winter of 2013-14 was considered one of the harshest in Kosciusko County history, Cook explained Etna Green escaped with hardly any damage, “We fared very well. We had no water mains break. I know a lot of towns had problems with water mains breaking but we didn’t have any problems with ours,” and then finished “We had nothing but a lot plowing.”
Baker echoed Cook’s sentiment, and stated, “Its been a good year, everything seems to be flowing well. We have a lot of long-standing employees and the town of Etna Green is doing really good. You have glitches every now and then but for the most part it runs pretty well.”
Among the areas of the town receiving touch-ups in 2014 were the Triton Junior Football League field, which was re-seeded. Baker explained this was important due to the fact “it brings a lot of people to town during the few months of the Junior Football League season.” The pavement near the bandstand at Rememberance Park also benefited from a re-surfacing.
Looking to 2015, Etna Green appears to be in good shape with many long term projects already taken care of. “We just had out water tower painted inside and out, so that is good for another 10-15 years. The electric lines have been updated and out water and sewer lines have been updated. We have Winona Corp. in town now so we are doing okay. Infrastructure wise we are doing well,” explained Baker.
Etna Green town council elections will take place in the fall.