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2018 Limb Pick-up Program

The City of Columbia would like to announce that our limb pick-up program is beginning soon. This program has been initiated as a means to dispose of limbs and branches from storm-related events and small pruning projects. Dates for this year are as follows:

April 9th, May 7th, June 4th, July 9th, August 6th, September 4th, October 1st

Program Guidelines

Limbs are to be placed along the curb in front of your property. Do not place in the roadway. This is a curbside pick-up only! We do not pick up in the alleys.
The limb pick-up is limited to City limits only. There will be one pass only in an area. Please have your limbs out and ready for pickup by 7am, on the dates listed above so you won’t be missed. The City reserves the right to refuse pick-up for those properties it considers not fitting within the guidelines of the program.


Piles that do not exceed a pickup truck size load.
Limbs and branches up to 4″ in diameter
Bushes (without roots)

Not Acceptable:

Piles are not to exceed a pickup truck size load.
Brush from fence-row clearing.
Whole trees, logs and limbs cut by contractor or homeowner.
Branches left from contractor-provided tree removal.
Bushes with roots attached.
Grass clippings, leaves and garden debris.
No alley pickup.

If you have any questions regarding the acceptability of your materials, please contact Kelly Cearbaugh, Street Superintendent at 248-5131 or 238-5115 ext. 2721

Whitley County Growth

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (May 4, 2018) – Data recently released from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Whitley County saw a population increase of 272 new residents from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017.  This is up from a net increase of 44 new residents for the same period between July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016.

“For the County, Region, and State, our ability to increase population is the single most important factor in our ability to compete in the global economy. More people means more vibrant and successful communities, schools and businesses,” said Jon Myers, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC). “We need to grow faster if we are going to meet our regional goal of 1 million residents by 2030, but at least we are headed in the right direction.”

The data from the Census Bureau reflects the estimated growth in the county from July 2016 to July 2017. It shows that Whitley County had the highest percentage increase of population of the eleven counties in Northeast Indiana with a year-on-year increase of 0.81%, which was slightly above the national average of 0.71% for the same time period.

With Whitley County’s unemployment rate sitting at 2.7% (March 2018) there continues to be a high demand for skilled workers. Whitley County employers from all industries need people to fill open jobs.

US 30 Update

The Local US 30 Planning Committee now has a concept document available for the public to view. The concept is only an idea, as any future US 30 Project would be designed and financed by the Indiana Department of Transportation. The Committee is thankful to all of the citizens and businesses who contributed to the concept. See the document by clicking here.

Columbia City is a member of the US 30 Coalition. The Coalition meets quarterly to discuss and consider the impact of the highway on the counties and communities on the US 30 corridor. They will also advocate on behalf of our residents and businesses when the project begins. See the Coalition website at:


Visit Downtown CC

Since 1888, Columbia City has stood strong as the center point for commerce and family life in Whitley County. Historic homes and brick streets blend into the downtown corridor with unique shops and businesses for residents and visitors alike.

Scenes from Columbia City

3 reasons to love Columbia City

Whether you are moving into a new home or just stopping by for a cup of joe at Brewha, the City and its residents welcome you with smiling faces and open hands. This safe, hospitable community has grown tremendously over the past 20 years and they aren’t done yet! Enjoy the small town safety and affordability with the accessibility and convenience of big city amenities. With the Orthopedics Capital of the World nearby and the expanding defense and agricultural industries of Northeast Indiana, workers are needed to fill new and expanding companies. We know life is better together, so come be a part of our growing community!

  • Safe Community of friends

    Recently ranked as one of the Top 20 Safest Communities in Indiana, Columbia City prides itself on being a safe and attractive community for individuals and families. Firefighters, Police, and Dispatchers continually work along-side residents to enhance the safety of neighborhoods through proactive programs and practices.

  • There is a Home Waiting for You

    With a diverse housing stock and available lots, there’s a place for you in Columbia City. A quick look around the community will reveal a house of all shapes and sizes just waiting for a family to make it a home. Various available lots hold a world of potential where you can build the home of your dreams. With downtown revitalization, new career opportunities and a great quality of life, you’ll want to be planted at the heart of Whitley County!

  • Conveniently Close to Everything

    Columbia City is strategically located less than 20 miles from Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Fort Wayne International Airport and more than 1200 regional shops and businesses. Within a 600 mile radius is over 50% of all the Nation’s consumer base. That means less shipping time and costs for your business. But, Columbia City is not all about work. Nearby lakes beckon you to relax and enjoy your weekends. Small town eateries will delight your taste buds. And, a friendly conversation is waiting at every corner.