KOUTS | It could take a while for the Town Council to appoint a new marshal. It's not because it doesn't have any candidates. It's because it has too many.
Clerk-Treasurer Laurie Tribble said the town received 15 applications to fill the vacancy when Town Marshal James Boyce retires Sept. 1. The council will hold an executive session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to go over the applications and narrow them down as much as possible.
The council then is expected to schedule interviews with the top candidates. Tribble said Boyce agreed to stay on if his replacement isn't named by Sept. 1. He's leaving to help run a company he and his wife own.
Tribble said the candidates come from all over Lake and Porter counties and one from Knox. They all have at least some police experience, but none have served as a town marshal before. Three applicants are from the Kouts Police Department.
The council finally approved ordinances dealing with parking vehicles in residential yards and requiring anyone whose well goes dry or becomes unusable to connect to the town water system rather than drill another well. Both passed 4-0 with Councilman Kevin Salyer absent.
The parking ordinance requires all motored vehicles to be parked on hard surfaces, such as concrete, blacktop, paving blocks or crushed stone. All nonmotorized vehicles being stored on a residential lot must be parked behind the building line of the home.
The connection to the well is required if the property is within 150 feet of a town water line. All costs of the connection must be borne by the property owner, who must also pay a connection fee ranging from $1,000 to $1,600.
The council tabled an ordinance prohibiting unapproved alterations to the town's infrastructure for more study. Tribble said the ordinance was drafted after a drainage course was filled in and a curb removed for a driveway without town permission.
She said the town has a general ordinance about damaging town infrastructure, but it was felt something more specific was needed.