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Mayor thanks the many who've assisted with Blue River Trail expansion project

Well, the countdown begins toward the end of the Mayan Calendar. No one knows if the World is actually going to end. However, I do know is that if for some reason it doesn’t end, your City Government will be working hard making sure the snow gets plowed and the water still comes out of the faucet.
As the Blue River Trail and Bridge project continues to move ahead, it is important to recognize a few individuals who made this wonderful project possible. First, I want to thank Rex Schrader, John Whiteleather Jr., Craig Langhor, and Bob Smith for their very generous donation of the land for the trail. Without these individuals donation, the whole project would have gone up in smoke. Secondly, I’d like to thank the numerous financial donors like the Dekko Foundation, Whitley County Community Foundation and the DNR. Finally, the many people who give their time and talents to ensure this project move forward: Lori Shipman, Niblock, Mark Green, the Hamilton Hunter Bridge Company, Jeff Walker, Jim Fleck and the Park Board. Our north side residents will finally have an easy passage over US 30 without the danger of being struck by a vehicle.
Last weekend, I participated in the Dashing Through The Snow 5K. While it was a wet and rainy night, the enthusiasm from the crowd was great! Many people don’t realize that this event is actually a fundraiser for our Splash Pad. The money raised, a couple hundred dollars, defrays the cost of running and maintaining the free splash pad for our residents. A special thanks to the Parks Department and the sponsors of the race for their work.
A new stormwater project will begin within days! Wigent Excavating will be working on South Line Street, near Vine Street and Diamond Avenue. The project will disconnect stormwater catch basins from the sewer system and connect them to the stormwater system. This project, like many of our Stormwater projects, will help cut down the cost at our Water Pollution Control Facility. It will take the stormwater from this area out of the sewer system, allowing us to use fewer chemicals at the plant due to the decreased amount of storm/sewer water coming in to the plant. The project is expected to wrap up by the end of January. Please be aware of the workers while driving through this area.
This will be the last Mayor’s Memo before Christmas, so I wish all residents the Merriest of Christmases! May we be thankful for the many blessings that surround us!

Mayor Ryan Daniel
Columbia City


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