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January 16, 2014

You shall not pass?

(Continued)

The author of the county-by-county elimination proposal, HB1001, is State Rep. P. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, who represents Tipton County and Union Township in Howard County.

Tipton stands for recycling

Tipton Mayor Don Havens has a dilemma, created when Tippecanoe Waste Removal went out of business this past week.

City of Tipton trash trucks pick up curbside recycling, and until Tippecanoe went bust, the city trucks took the material to a sorting facility Tippecanoe ran off Division Road.

Now the city is trying to decide whether to take the recycling it picks up to Frankfort, to Kokomo, or elsewhere. Any way Havens slices it, picking up the recycling is about to get more expensive for the city.

Havens said the city remains committed to the recycling program.

“I don’t see it as an insurmountable problem,” Havens said. “You either embrace recycling — and embrace the various costs associated with it — or you don’t. We believe it’s the right thing to do.”

Saga takes a twist

Kokomo attorney Robert Nice is back again in his quest to turn a Sycamore Street mansion into a law office, filing for a special residential exception with the Kokomo Plan Commission.

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight’s administration locked horns with Nice over the property, formerly owned by the Kautz and Bolinger families, and Nice’s plan to have it rezoned commercial. The Kokomo Common Council voted against the rezoning on a split vote, and Nice’s subsequent attempt to sue the city went nowhere.

Nice said the residential exception would be a compromise. He’d be able to host clients at the mansion, and would be able to put a sign on the side of the house. The property wouldn’t be zoned commercial, and Nice has invested considerable money in improving the property already. Goodnight had no comment last week on Nice’s latest proposal.

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