The Thomas Marshall Plaza will encompass the entire 21×88 lot. It will have a paver sidewalk through the park with three paver patio areas. Four teakwood planter boxes will span the property line adjacent to the alley to prevent cars from driving into the park. Flowering plants, shrubs and trees will provide a lush and attractive surrounding (see attachment TMP rendering). The requested $9,341 Downtown Enhancement Grant funds will be used toward the construction and installation of the park. In addition, a $10,500 grant has been committed from the Community Foundation of Whitley County for the construction and installation of the park. Three Birds Casual, a local outdoor furniture company, has committed $13,248 in-kind of teakwood furniture pieces including two benches, two square dining tables, eight armchairs, and four planter boxes. Fahl Colors, a local landscape company, has committed &750 in-kind for design, labor and materials. Columbia City has committed a $2,000 contribution for construction and grant administration.
Thomas Marshall, a lawyer from Columbia City, was most famously the 28th Vice President of the United States under Woodrow Wilson. He was also the Indiana governor who ended child labor in Indiana and a friend of the Gates family – the original developers of the ‘Alice’ building.
The Columbia City Park Board decided at a recent Park Board meeting to repair a leak at Burnworth Pool, and reopen for the summer 2016 season. The unfortunate news is that the current boiler/heater at the pool is out of commission. The State Boiler Inspector inspected the boiler in September and required that it be disconnected due to many faults, including internal fires that had at some point been present inside the boiler. The cost of replacing the boiler was quoted for $17,000. The Park Board decided that it wasn’t worth that investment since the plan was to only keep Burnworth open for one more season. The good news is that the pool will be open for the 2016 season. The bad news is that unless it is a very hot summer, the water may be a little cooler than normal.
Columbia City Utilities will soon be implementing an exciting new service that will allow our customers to receive, view and pay bills online. If you are interested in paperless billing please send your name (as it appears on your utility bill), account number, phone number and preferred email address to firstname.lastname@example.org