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Reminder: Old Settlers Days Parade and July Meeting

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Patriots,

Just a reminder that we will have a float in the Old Settlers Days parade tomorrow, and we need as many patriots as possible to join us on the float.  We will meet at Columbia City High School at 4:00pm, and the parade starts at 5:00pm.  Come out and show your patriotic spirit!

 

Also, don’t forget that our July meeting is this Tuesday, July 1st.  We will have several speakers, and many military vets and active service people with us.  Come out and show your support and appreciation for our military.  Shake their hands and tell them, “Welcome home!”  It’s never too late to say that to someone in the military.

God Bless America,
Carrie Beth Youse

Webmistress

and

David Ditton
Senior Webmaster, WCP

Old Settler’s Days Parade

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Patriots,

Once again, the Whitley County Patriots have a float in the Old Settler’s Days Parade on Saturday, June 28th at 5pm.  We need to pack the float with as many people as we can to make a good showing at the parade.  Come on out and have fun while we blast patriotic music from the sound system on our float!  We will start lining up at Columbia City High School at 4pm.

God Bless America,

Carrie Beth Youse
Webmistress, WCP

and

David Ditton
Senior Webmaster, WCP

Labor Union Meddling in Whitley County Wind Debate

It looks like Big Labor has decided to join Wind Capital in fighting for industrial wind in Whitley County!

See the message below from WCCC.

Check it out for yourself at

http://www.windaction.org/documents/34285

This is a big enough controversy without outsiders meddling in Whitley County business.  We don’t need unions interfering in our affairs.

Please come to the Plan Commission Meeting tomorrow night.  The meeting is in the lower level of the Government Building, 220 West Van Buren.  Park in the parking lot on the north side.  The meeting starts at 7PM, but let’s get there about 6PM to get seats.

Let’s show Big Labor that we don’t need their help in making decisions for the future of Whitley County.

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Hello all –

Below is an article posted on the Industrial Wind Action website today.   It concerns Whitley County and the Plan Commission meeting coming up on Wednesday, February 15,  2012.   It appears that the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Carpenter’s Union has been encouraged to attend the Plan Commission Meeting.

We will need to be mindful to do our best to be cordial,  and make sure that our conduct and our attitude remains above reproach.

Article Title: Regional labor unions press for unsafe turbine setbacks in Indiana
Article Link: http://www.windaction.org/documents/34285

Come EARLY (6pm?) to get a seat.
And. . . don’t forget to wear BLUE !

IF WE DON’T GET SEATS  –  THAT’S OK  –
WE’LL BE MORE VISIBLE IF WE’RE STANDING

The Post and Mail floats a whiny wind story…

The Post and Mail has published a story whining about how tough it has been to get the Wind Capital project approved:

From The Post and Mail:

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s most volatile hot-button issue for the past year or more has been wind energy — to embrace the possible arrival of 400-foot-high wind turbines or tell the companies who market the wind harnessers “no thank you, we don’t want them.”
While both sides of this heated debate have been represented through the myriad public hearings and committee meetings, it appears the squeakiest wheel in the debate is about to be lubricated more thoroughly than a wind turbine’s gearbox.
“We thought the project was nothing more than, say, building a silo, building a hog house — a reasonable permit,” said longtime Whitley County farmer Steve Sickafoose. “Boy were we wrong.”

Read the rest at The Post and Mail.

Please go to this story and write your comments.

I have written a comment on the story’s web page…let’s see if it gets published:

I guess I need to take this one paragraph at a time:

“We thought the project was nothing more than, say, building a silo, building a hog house — a reasonable permit,” said longtime Whitley County farmer Steve Sickafoose. “Boy were we wrong.”
An industrial wind turbine that reaches 400 feet into the sky is NOT a hog house!  Hardly reasonable.  Yep, you were wrong.

“According to Sickafoose, and fellow farmers Doug Reiff and Walter Trier, that was before opponents to the installation of windmills in the county began to cry “foul.””
You mean “that was before the County was caught trying to fly this in under the radar.”

“Final coffin nail? — according to Sickafoose, Reiff and Trier it’s a wind turbine setback of 1,500 feet from the property line of anyone who is not participating in the project. “You cannot say for sure that it will be, but it (the 1,500-foot setback) would appear to be a deal breaker. “To my knowledge, it is a greater setback than any other ordinance in the state,” Sewell said.”
Across the globe, setbacks are increasing due to health concerns.  Multiple counties across Indiana have wind ordinances that were slipped in by the wind companies with big promises and little public involvement.  The ‘deal-breaking’ setbacks are indicative of the fact that southern Whitley County is too densely populated to support such a project.

“The three county residents say they are disenchanted with the Whitley County government and some members of its citizenry. They also claim that 60 percent of county residents who have expressed opposition to wind turbines don’t even live in the area of the county where windmills would be erected.
“I’m not too proud of the county right now,” said Sickafoose.”
A wind ordinance for Whitley County would regulate ALL of Whitley County, not just the southwest corner.  Therefore, ALL Whitley County residents should have their say, whether they ‘live there’ or not.

“The three men also say harnessing the wind for energy is nothing new, as evidenced by the century-old structures that still stand in many parts of the country, hearkening back to a day when water was sucked from the ground via pumps powered by spinning windmill blades.
“We are not pioneers here,” Sickafoose said.”
GIVE ME A BREAK!  A 50-foot windmill for a well is NOT a 400-foot industrial wind turbine.  It isn’t a hog barn, either.

Whitley County Patriots stands opposed to wind turbines due to the incredible amount of Federal and local subsidies that are poured into this green-energy boondoggle.  Without massive tax dollars, these projects are unsustainable.

David Ditton
Whitley County Patriots

WCP Food Drive — Fill The Gazebo!

Whitley County Patriots is conducting a food drive for the local food banks in Columbia City, South Whitley, and Churubusco on Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 8:00 until 2:00 PM.  Each town’s collection will be donated to the food bank in that town.

In Columbia City, we are doing a “Fill The Gazebo” event at the Courthouse Square.  Donations to the Grace Lutheran Church Food Pantry.

In Churubusco, we will be “Filling The Garage” at Eagle Do-It-Best Hardware.  Donations to St. John Bosco Food Pantry

In South Whitley, we will be at the Cleveland Twp. Fire Station downtown.  Donations to the South Whitley Energency Food Bank.

Let’s collect tons of food, just in time for the neediest time of the year!

Downtown business owner receives angry letters after welcoming senator to his restaurant

From Talk of the Town:

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

On Tuesday, Columbia City welcomed US Senator Dan Coats for a town hall meeting in downtown Columbia City.
However, what should have been a positive experience for a local business owner — has taken a sour note.
Steve Hostetler, owner of the CC Deli, where the town hall meeting was booked, has begun receiving messages signed “Occupy Wall Street” stating that his willness to welcome Coats to his business means they will not support his business.
“I’ve gotten two notes so far voicing their disappointment with Coats,” Hostetler said. The handwritten notes, signed “Occupy Wall Street” were mailed from Fort Wayne. He’s also received some comments from individuals in person as well.
A portion of one of the notes read, “Sorry to see you hosted Coats at your place. He’s part of the 1%. I will no longer give you my business.” Another read “You’re on our list for hosting Coats.”

Read the rest at Talk of the Town.

Wind Farm to be discussed at Plan Commission Meeting

The presentation of the Whitley County Concerned Citizens Steering Committee Report will occur at the next Plan Commission meeting which will be on Wednesday, October 19th @ 7pm.

WCP opposes the wind farm project due to the federal tax money that is spent to allow these turbines to be built.  Without subsidies, the wind industry would not survive.

Please plan to attend this Plan Commission meeting if you are available —  numbers of people present will send a very important message.  Wear your WCP white t-shirts, for those who have them.

We have also heard that the pro-wind folks will also be gathering a crowd.

The Plan Commission meeting will be held in the lower level of the Government Building in Columbia City, located at 220 W Van Buren St.

Note:  this Plan Commission meeting will NOT be a public hearing (they will NOT be taking public comment at this time).  It will be a report from the WCCC Steering Committee to the Plan Commission.  It is our understanding that there will be a public hearing at a later date.

Time a factor in Columbia City mayor’s race

From The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel:

By Bob Caylor of The News-Sentinel
In Columbia City’s mayoral race, three Republicans from different generations and varied lines of work who are competing for the nomination Tuesday draw distinctions among themselves on several points, particularly the importance of having a full-time mayor.

Donald Sexton, 66, is a vice president at Lake City Bank who’s serving his second term on City Council and has been a banker since 1972. Gary “Big G” Parrett, 42, is a Columbia City police officer who also owns Big G’s Sports Cafe in Columbia City. Ryan Daniel, 26, resigned from his job with the state’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs to run for mayor.

Daniel can be quick with a joke about his youth, but he’s not kidding when he explains the strengths he would bring to the office of mayor after working in economic development targeted for small towns. He said he has worked with more than 20 mayors in northeast Indiana on economic- and community-development projects. He also said he’s been endorsed by mayors in Warsaw, Ligonier, Portland, Nappanee and Huntington.

Parrett says his appetite for hard work would be a great advantage as mayor. He describes growing up in a family that scraped by, and he’s usually worked more than one job at a time in his adult life, often in restaurants, but he also was a foreman for an excavating company before he joined the Columbia City Police Department.

“I don’t hunt, I don’t fish, I don’t golf; my hobby is work,” he wrote in a campaign flier.

Parrett said top priorities for him would be maintaining the level of city services – or restoring the quality of services that have declined – without raising taxes. Providing good trash collection and avoiding big increases in utility costs are crucial. He said he understands city residents’ concern about utility costs, saying he pays $1,500 to $2,000 per month for his home and the sports cafe combined.

Sexton said his career in banking has helped make him the kind of salesman who can sell prospective businesses on Columbia City as a site for relocation or expansion. His top priorities are developing a systematic plan to maintain and improve infrastructure, promoting economic development and stopping “ineffective spending.”

To set a new tone on spending, Sexton said, the city won’t furnish him with a car if he’s elected. The city furnishes a car for current mayor Jim Fleck, a Democrat, who is not seeking re-election.

An important division among the candidates is whether the office of mayor requires full-time hours. Sexton would retain his post at Lake City if he’s elected, but Parrett and Daniel both emphasize that they would be “full-time” mayors. Parrett said he would resign or take a leave of absence from the police department.

Sexton said he can handle both jobs by managing his time.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools will reduce 9 positions to meet budget

From Talk of the Town Whitley County:

It wasn’t the news anyone wanted to hear — but it was news the community has known for weeks would be coming.

On Monday night, the Whitley County Consolidated School board determined that nine positions would be cut in order to meet the school’s budget. Sources say those cuts are likely to fall within vocational positions as well as some maintenance and secretarial positions.

Early retirement will be likely be offered to 11 employees as well.

Read the rest at Talk of the Town Whitley County.

Public shares ideas for Whitley County’s landscape of the future

From Talk of The Town Whitley County:

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

How will the landscape of Whitley County look  10, 20 or 50 years from now?  Utilizing the ideas and perspectives of residents and business owners, Whitley County is in the process of creating a comprehensive land use plan to answer precisely that question.

According to Gene Heckman, who participated in Wednesday’s public planning workshop, the first  land use plan was created in the 1960s and can explain much of the land development we see around us today. David Sewell, executive director of the Whitley County Planning and Building office, said that plan was last updated in 1993 and needs revamped for the future.

About a half dozen residents were present for the afternoon session Wednesday, sharing their thoughts and concerns about a variety of issues in Whitley County.

Read the rest at  Talk of The Town Whitley County.

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