Citizen Journalism

April 24, 2014

County Approves Transfer of Jackson Area Properties

by Ken Davidson In a second special meeting yesterday, County Commissioners approved the transfer of 9 properties near the Michael Jackson boyhood home to a private non-profit corporation.  On Motion of Commissioner Roosevelt Allen, without discussion, the Commissioners voted to transfer the properties to the “Lake County Property Development Corporation.” The properties were the subject of a tax sale but did not sell.  Under Indiana Law, the Commissioners are allowed to take title to the properties.  According to County Attorney John Dull, that process can be costly and time consuming.  The transfer to a not-for-profit corporation is allowed under Indiana …continue reading

County Quietly and Quickly Passes $20M 9-1-1 Bond

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by Ken Davidson In a special meeting of the Lake County Commissioners, the $20M bond issue for the purchase of equipment for the consolidated 9-1-1 system was given fast approval.  With no discussion from the public, Commissioner Repay commented that the County was able to obtain an interest rate of 3.5%, a full point below the originally anticipated 4.5% rate. Commissioner Scheub commented that the price tag would have been much higher had the Commissioners not put the system out for bid. The County is under a State of Indiana mandate to consolidate 9-1-1 services by January 1, 2015 or …continue reading

Notre Dame to Play at Railcats Stadium 4/25-4/27

by Ken Davidson The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame will come to the region this weekend as they take on the Northeastern Huskies at the US Steel Yard. Tickets to each game are $5.00 per adult (over 18) and $3.00 per youth / senior citizen (over 55). To purchase tickets you can contact the University of Notre Dame ticket office at (574)631-7356 or visit the U.S. Steel Yard box office on day of game. Gates will open one hour prior to first pitch. UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME SCHEDULE AT U.S. STEEL YARD Friday, April 25:                 Notre Dame vs. Northeastern …continue reading