NORTH WEBSTER — The town of North Webster was honored for participating in the National Flood Insurance Program at its January meeting at North Webster Community Center. Kosciusko County Assistant Planner and Floodplain Administrator Matt Sandy presented a plaque from the federal government to the town.
Town Council President Lisa Strombeck and council members David Waliczek and Dan Thystrup accepted the award. It read, “Town of North Webster successfully participated in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System. The community has undertaken a series of meaningful activities to protect its citizens from losses caused by flooding. It has significantly exceeded requirements for IFIP participation in efficient floodplain management.”
The council was brought up to date on town departments. Inframark Utilities Manager Jayne Alger reported Dave’s Electric, Heating, & Cooling, North Webster, had completed installing a new heater in the influent room at the waste treatment plant.
Two bids had been received for the heater for the larger chemical room at the plant. Dave’s was $7,000 and Kozon Plumbing & Heating, Cromwell, was $5,200. The council approved the Kozon bid. The report from the state of Indiana showed no violations for the sewer system and waste treatment plant.
An excessive amount of hydrogen sulfate is being noticed in the waste received from the Knapp Lake Regional Sewer District, particularly in the summer, Alger noted. The council authorized Town Attorney Jack Birch to get with Knapp Lake counsel to discuss the problem and report back on solutions.
Stombeck inquired if the gates for East Washington Street lake access had been ordered yet by the North Webster-Tippecanoe Township Fire Department. North Webster Police Chief Greg Church said he will meet with Fire Chief Jeremy Likens and would find out.
Church reported Officer Dave May’s new car had been delivered. Officers answered 255 calls of service in December with a total of 3,124 for 2018. In December the most were 32, traffic related and 25 citizens assists. For 2018 the most were 508 traffic related and 303 citizen assists.
Police officers worked 577 hours in December and 8,073 hours in 2018, drove 3,796 miles in December and 51,535 in 2018 and used 315.5 gallons of fuel in December with 4,247.6 gallons used in 2018.
North Webster Park Board Secretary reported the free Music in the Park Concerts for the summer of 2019 have been set up. They are held 7 p.m. every Friday beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend featuring a variety of performers. Some are new acts and some are returning favorites.
The next meeting of the council will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the party room, North Webster Community Center, 301 N. Main St.