NORTH WEBSTER — North Webster Town Council was approached by representatives from Webster Lake Conservation Association and The Watershed Foundation at its Tuesday, March 20, meeting in the North Webster Community Center. They presented a study done in 2002 by J.F. New & Associates about storm drain run off and how it impacts Webster Lake, as well as information of the economic impact of the lakes on Kosciusko County compiled by Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College.
Mike Wyrick and Dawn Meyer spoke for WLCA while Terry Frederick, president, and Lyn Crighton, executive director of TWF, were also present. In years past, the town utility crews had done deep cleaning of the storm drains on the east side of SR 13 that all drain directly into the lake. More than 69 tons of debris and silt arrive in Webster Lake in this manner.
The town was asked to do the deep cleaning using a factor as part of regular maintenance as opposed to the surface cleaning currently being done. Council was unaware the deep cleaning was not being done. In the absence of Inframark Utility Manager Mike Noe, Council President Jon Sroufe assured the group the town would work with them to help alleviate their concerns.
North Webster Park Board Secretary Tammy Waliczek read a letter of resignation from the board written by Brian Sand. He had served as president for the past two years. Waliczek praised him for a job well done. A search is underway for a new board member.
Council passed an amendment to salary ordinance 2017-1228-2 reflecting the new position being held by Candace Smythe. Mary Jo Lundy, police clerk, recently retired. Smythe began her duties as well as some others Saturday, March 17, according to Police Chief Greg Church.
It was announced by council member Lisa Strombeck an information meeting on a proposal for a fire territory will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Tippecanoe Township Building.
Church’s police report showed 195 calls of service for February 2018. By far the most, 47, were traffic related. Officers worked 766 hours, drove 3,437 miles and used 307.9 gallons of fuel.
The next meeting of the council will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, North Webster Community Center, 301 N. Main St.