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No raise in Cumulative Capital Development Fund planned
County residents gathered at the Wabash County Council meeting Monday, July 25, to address concerns about raising the Cumulative Capital Development Fund. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Cumulative Capital Development Fund (CCD) rate will remain at its current amount after the Wabash County Council took no action to raise it on Monday night, July 25.
 
The CCD rate will remain at $.0164 per $100 of assessed tax valuation.
 
The tax would have been levied on all taxable real and personal property within the taxing district, according to a legal notice posted by the Wabash County Auditor's Office.
Posted on 2016 Aug 02
Council gives OK to advertise school budget
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash City Council gave its permission Monday night, July 25, for the Wabash City Schools District to advertise its 2017 budget.
 
City Schools Business Manager Matt Stone was on hand to ask permission. A City Council hearing on the budget is scheduled for Aug. 22.
 
Because the Wabash City Schools Board is one of about 13 statewide that is still appointed, state law gives the appointing body final say on the school budget.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 02
MSD accepts $55,000 bid for LaFontaine Elementary building
By Emma Rausch
 
The MSD of Wabash County School Board accepted a bid to sell the former LaFontaine Elementary school building at its Tuesday meeting, July 26.
 
Pending all legal requirements, the Board accepted the $55,000 bid from Cornerstone Property Management, a Wabash-based company.
 
The Board also had the option of selecting a second, lower bid of $6,100 from Gold Nugget Properties, a company based in Meadville, Mo.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 02
Trash hurting the recycling program
By Joseph Slacian
 
One bad apple won’t spoil the whole bunch, but a few bad apples will definitely spoil the local recycling program.
 
City Council member Mitch Figert and Mayor Scott Long warned local residents that placing non-recyclable items in recycling bins on the north and south side could mean serious consequences for the program.
 
“The biggest thing I’ve learned and need to bring to the public’s attention is the amount of waste that is going into the recycling bin,” said Figert, the Council’s liaison to the Solid Waste Management Board. “We all pay a relatively small fee to have that service available.”
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 02
B. Walter abatement to continue
By Joseph Slacian
 
B. Walter & Co. received approval Monday, July 25, to continue it’s 10-year tax abatement for personal property.
 
The Council initially approved the abatement on five pieces of equipment valued at more than $624,000. As part of the abatement, company officials must appear before the council to have a compliance with the statement of benefits hearing.
 
“We rarely ask for anything,” B. Walter President Art Jasen said. “I think when we asked for the abatement, we had 30-some people (on staff). Now we have over 40, and the best thing is now we’re going to have technical people because of the equipment that you abated. 
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 02
Two facing drug charges
Steven Green and Julian Stouffer
 
By The Paper staff
 
Two people were arrested and an apartment building was evacuated Monday evening after Wabash Police found an alleged meth lab in one of the apartments.
 
According to Sgt. Matt Benson, the WPD’s Public Information Officer, at approximately 7:48 p.m. July 25, Wabash Police responded to a complaint of a strong chemical odor in the area of 1080 Rainbow Lane.
 
The officers allege that upon their arrival in the area they also smelled a chemical odor and began to search the area and preliminarily located the origin of the smell to be 1080 Rainbow Lane, apartment 6.  
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 02
Traffic stop leads to 2 facing drug charges
Gage Trowbridge and Erika Bruner
 
By Sarah Peters
 
A Syracuse man and a Cromwell woman are facing felony drug charges following a routine traffic stop in the early hours of July 22.
 
At approximately 4:52 a.m., Wabash County Sheriff’s Department officers initiated a routine stop on a black 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse that was northbound on State Road 13 for an expired license plate, according to the probable cause affidavit. 
 
Officers identified the driver as Gage L. Trowbridge, 22, of Syracuse, and determined his license was suspended prior, the court documents continued.
 
The passenger – later identified as Erika J. Bruner, 27, of Cromwell – first identified herself under a false name, according to the affidavit.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 02
Ford Meter Box locks down after threat
By The Paper staff
 
Ford Meter Box was under locked down Monday, Aug. 1, after the Wabash City Police Department received information of a potential threat at the local facility.
 
According to a press release from Sgt. Matt Benson, WPD public information officer:
 
At approximately 10:02 a.m., WPD received information that a male subject was going to harm a person that is employed at Ford Meter Box and was currently working.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 01

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