Nappanee redistricts voting precincts

NAPPANEE — Still trying to adjust to Indiana’s redistricting lines drawn in recent years, Nappanee residents will now be looking at new districts within their own city as well.
City Zoning Administrator Don Lehman, and Clerk-Treasurer Kim Ingle worked together on the redistricting project for the city.
“We spent a lot of time on this,” said Ingle.
“That’s because we wanted to make the districts as even as we could in terms of how many voters are in each one,” said Lehman.
The duo met that goal within a reasonable margin. District 1, located in the northeast corner of the city, is currently estimated to hold approximately 1,670 voters. District 2, in the city’s northwest corner, is calculated as having 1,673 voters as determined by the most recent recordings on the area.
District 3, which incorporates the majority of downtown Nappanee, in all directions from the main intersection of U.S. 6 and S.R. 19, was found through researched to include an estimated 1,674 voters.
Council members noted that District 4 numbers were down compared to the first three areas because it boasted only 1,631 voters. That deficit of voters is anticipated to lessen as Blackstone (a housing development found between C.R. 7 and C.R. 9, north of U.S. 6) continues developing and adding larger numbers to the area.
Clerk-Treasurer Kim Ingle agreed with Lehman that the only significant area of change in the new plan is the east line of District 2, where it meets the west edge of District 1. Lehman described that the former districts stopped on their respective sides of north Main Street (S.R. 19). The new district lines extend District 2 further east across N. Main Street to include the first line of houses located along the road (north/south).
“That is about the only noticeable change,” said Lehman. “Other than that the districts are pretty much the same as they were before.
The altered districts will not affect the current city council seats of representation.
Current work toward relocating the city recycling center is expected to finish on, or around Nov. 19. The bins, currently located on the south side of Alco retail store, will be relocated to the north side of Martin’s Supermarket. The two businesses are part of a shopping plaza that shares a common parking lot spanning three active businesses — approximately one city block wide. Martin’s Supermarket has dual entrances on the east side of that parking lot (along N. Oakland/C.R. 7). The entrance furthest north on that side will be the closest to the recycling center once it is in its new position.
Motorists dropping off recyclables will have a clear path to the recycling bins from both N. Oakland/C.R. 7 on the east side, and Miriam Street along the shopping plaza’s western edge. Those visiting the supermarket, or two retailers — all with entrances on the south side of the plaza — will also have access to the relocated recycling bins by driving around either the east or west sides of the plaza to gain access.
Clerk-Treasurer Kim Ingle reported that her office was receiving many phone calls inquiring why workers were digging up along downtown city streets. Fiber optic cables are being installed for the police station, 301 W. Lincoln St.; Nappanee Municipal Building, 300 W. Lincoln St.; and Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce located half a block north of the two, at the corner of W. Market Street (U.S. 6) and north Locke Street.
Previously Council members had voted to seek information on purchase of land immediately west of north Main S. (S.R. 19), bordering the north side of the Berlin Court Ditch, in order to move forward with federally mandated Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) planning.
The area researched to both run the needed utility lines, and serve as a street, was found to be too narrow.
“In that little area is where the path for cars is gonna be, and where the CSO lines are gonna be ran … so in affect those lines would be directly under the roadway,” said Nappanee Attorney Brian Hoffer. He went on to explain that couldn’t happen because the roadway would have to be removed each time the lines needed maintenance or work when problems arose.
Hearing those details, Council members agreed to acquire information on purchasing two additional parcels — and a construction easement — from the properties immediately north of the area to be developed along the Berlin Court Ditch, west of north Main Street. The properties in question are the Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, 950 N. Main St., and a home on the western edge of that property which is owned by Patrick and Jennifer Thompson. The construction easement would be for the private home, and would involve demolition of an older barn-like structure.
Once information is gathered about cost of the two additional parcels and easement, the Council will combine those numbers with information already gathered for the narrow land bordering the Berlin Court Ditch, in order to make decisions regarding land purchases to comply with the mandated CSO planning.
Four members of Nappanee’s Boy Scout Troop #733 were present at the Nov. 5 meeting. Jacob Dougherty, age 12, McGwire Nickerson, 13, and Jacob Falk, 12, attended as part of requirements to earn Boy Scout Communications badges. The three were accompanied by fellow Boy Scout Shelby Stahley, 17, and District Manager William Wilson.
Nappanee Common Council meets in Council Chambers, inside the Nappanee Municipal Building, 300 W. Lincoln St., at 7 p.m., the first and third Mondays of each month. Meetings are open to the public both for observance, and a time of question and answer between visitors and Common Council members. For more information contact Nappanee City Hall at 574-773-2112.