Council members Jason Hanes and Susan Klinefelter. Photo by Liz Shepherd, InkFree News” style=”max-width:720px;” />


Pictured are Etna Green Council members Jason Hanes and Susan Klinefelter. Photo by Liz Shepherd, InkFree News

ETNA GREEN – Etna Green Town Council on Tuesday approved a bid from Niblock Excavating, Bristol, for two asphalt paving projects on the town’s roads.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Council opened two sealed bids for the project, the second being from Phend & Brown, Milford. Paving work will take place on Spring Street, Ind. 19 at Elm Street, and on Pearl Street, of Ind. 19 at High Street.

The work includes the construction and/or improvement of existing pavements, including pavement removal and replacement, surface milling/asphalt paving, drainage improvements, line grading, site grading and the restoration of the site. Also included are all paint stripes, directional arrows, railroad crossing symbols and a fire station warning symbol.

Councilman Jason Hanes said Niblock also did a cost estimate for the city on the projects; Pend & Brown did not.

Niblock’s bid for the two paving projects was $105,440; Pend & Brown submitted an offer totaling $122,958.60. Etna Green will pay for the majority of the work through a community crossings grant the town received in April. The grant totals $71,868.75.

Clerk-Treasurer Patti Cook provided a fund report to council members and said the city budget can cover the remaining amount for both projects. Cook said she would follow up with Niblock on the city accepting their offer.

Currently, there is no start date for the paving.

In other cases, Jamie Visker, owner and CEO of Winona Powder Coating, asked the city about the possibility of establishing a vacuum brake at the city’s electrical plant.

“The problem we have is…when we lose power, we don’t lose power, we’re a three-phase industrial customer,” Visker said. “(Instead) we lose a power phase or two power phases, which takes a toll on our equipment. It creates extended downtime.”

“Our motors are single phase…when we lose one phase of power, the motor overheats and burns out,” said Scott Eyink, vice president of engineering at Winona Powder Coating. “We’ll lose three, four, five engines on our equipment and then we’ll scramble around town to get back up and running. In the meantime, we’re losing two production crews.”

“If I lose power, we come back in 30 minutes or 60 minutes,” Visker said. “If I lose a phase, you shut me down for a day or more. With a vacuum brake, in milliseconds, it shuts off the power to our entire plant so we can’t burn out the motors, we can’t lose the command cards.”

Barry Baker, Etna Green’s electricity and water manager, said a technical study of the power lines should be completed.

“Gas City had the exact same script,” Baker said. “What they ended up figuring out was that the company itself bought their vacuum brakes and the city got everything else.”

Council voted to begin determining the costs of an engineering study the city would conduct for Winona Powder Coating.

Cook also told council that the Heritage Park community building was broken into and vandalized on June 7.

Anyone with information about the break-in is encouraged to call City Hall at 574-858-9321 or Kosciusko County Dispatch at 574-267-5667, option 3. Cook said a representative from Hyperwave Telephones will be installing a camera system at the building this week for surveillance purposes.

The Board also adopted the Etna Green Global Plan during the meeting. This plan is part of the revised comprehensive countywide plan launched by county leaders, the K21 Health Foundation and the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.

On May 24, Kosciusko County Commissioners adopted the revised comprehensive countywide plan, which includes specific details for each of the participating communities.

Each city’s master plans will be heard by the respective cities for adoption in June at each of their Council meetings. According to the plan, Etna Green’s overall plan has been “prepared specifically for the town of Etna Green and reflects the town’s unique strengths, opportunities and challenges”.

Kosciusko County Regional Plan Deputy Director Matt Sandy attended the Etna Green council meeting and described the document as a “guiding document, a living document.”

At the end of the meeting, Hanes and Councilor Susan Klinefelter discussed the possibility of recognizing two recently deceased community members. Terry Hall, who died in December 2021, brickworked the exterior of the Etna Green fire station and built the fountain in the town centre. Carol Hoffer, who died in November 2020, was a longtime resident who did extensive landscaping and cleanup work around the city and in the parks. Discussions included creating plaques or designating landmarks at Heritage Park after Hoffer and Hall. The council voted to discuss with family members of Hoffer and Hall possible recognitions.

The Council also:

* Approved several utility adjustments, the majority involving the filling of swimming pools.

* Approved an election agreement with county officials to manage election work in their jurisdiction.

* Voted to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and Incentives Policy through the Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation at their next board meeting. Greg Fitzloff, KEDCO’s business development partner, attended the board meeting.

The next board meeting will be July 12 at 7:00 p.m.