VALPARAISO | To encourage building and business owners along the city's main corridors to improve locations, the City Council approved expanding the Valparaiso facade improvement grant program to eight other areas Monday.
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso City Council's planned Monday executive session to narrow down the candidates for the annual Valparaiso Community Schools Board appointment to at least three wasn't needed.
VALPARAISO | Just because the Porter County Council now has to approve the Valparaiso Community Schools budget, the City Council is not ready to back the movement for an elected rather than appointed school board.
VALPARAISO | Despite a plea from Valparaiso Community Schools board incumbent Brigid McLinn that change for change's sake was not good change, the Valparaiso City Council voted Monday to replace her on the board with retired Principal Paul Knauff.
VALPARAISO | The City Council hopes to get a good pool of School Board candidates from which to pick, but first it wants to hear from the public about qualifications.
VALPARAISO | The annual state of the schools presentation to the City Council on Monday recapped steps the board took to tidy up its financial house and came with a promise that the schools will improve despite the challenges ahead.
VALPARAISO | At its annual organizational meeting, the Valparaiso City Council decided to expand its efforts to communicate with city departments through the creation of additional liaison positions.
VALPARAISO | The City Council was willing to forgive Task Force Tips for failing to file its abatement paperwork with the Porter County auditor's office on time, but the company will pay a big price for its error next year.
VALPARAISO | The City Council approved a change to the membership of Valparaiso's Utilities Board on Monday — clearing the way for the appointment of someone who lives outside city limits.
VALPARAISO | The council will have one new member and another will change seats, but for the third time in a row the voters have elected an all-Republican group.
VALPARAISO | What would you do with $50,000?
VALPARAISO | The choice for councilman in Valparaiso's 4th District is between two people with plenty of experience in government who are running for office for the first time.
VALPARAISO | Appointing only seven people to Valparaiso's reorganized Advisory Human Relations Council proved to be a bit of a challenge, so the group is being expanded to 10 voting members.
VALPARAISO | The need for ethics training, what it should cover and who should get it will be discussed next week by Valparaiso Councilman Michael Baird and Ethics Commission Chairman Larry Tumbleson.
VALPARAISO | The Mayor's Advisory Council on Human Relations is open for business and looking for members.
VALPARAISO | With only one candidate so far having submitted an application for the School Board appointment, it could be a brief interview process for the City Council.
VALPARAISO | Concerned about the ongoing debate over nepotism in city government, the city's Ethics Commission chairman has called for an ethics education session with the council.
VALPARAISO | Paparazzi restaurant got a unanimous endorsement Monday from the City Council for its new full-service liquor license after assurances it would correct problems cited under the old one.
VALPARAISO | Before it was even introduced at Monday's City Council meeting, the amendment to the ethics ordinance was tabled to await input from Valparaiso's Ethics Commission.
Editor's note: This school year, The Times embarks on a project, the first of its kind in Northwest Indiana, to follow Calumet and Hammond high schools, which are on academic probation. Each Monday, The Times will publish an account.
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