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Ray Szarmach

Council puts off tower in face of health protest

CROWN POINT | An emotional protest from rural Lake County homeowners temporarily blocked a proposed communications tower.

August 12, 2014 7:30 pm

EDITORIAL: New surveyor should push for reform

The new Lake County surveyor should focus on the office's main priorities and do as much as possible to remove politics from that office.

January 08, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Lame excuse to avoid ethics issue is unethical

RICH JAMES: Lame excuse to avoid ethics issue is unethical

It was some eight years ago when it seemed government across Northwest Indiana – particularly Lake County – had reached an ethical low.

January 05, 2014 12:00 am

Lake County Council prepared to vote on E-911 agreement

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council is prepared to vote Tuesday on whether to approve the agreement merging 17 police and fire dispatch centers.

December 05, 2013 9:15 pm

Labor agreement is near for Lake County Jail corrections officers

CROWN POINT | Councilman David Hamm said Thursday the county has reached a tentative labor agreement with the Lake County Jail corrections officers.

November 07, 2013 5:00 pm

Lake County Council goes through motions of futile budget review of county entities

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council conducted its annual theater of the absurd Thursday in reviewing proposed 2014 budgets of 55 local government entities, including cities, towns, library and conservancy districts and the like.

September 19, 2013 2:13 pm

Lake spending remains on hold while impact of income tax is measured

CROWN POINT | Lake County Council members remained cautious about future spending requests Tuesday despite last week's passage of the local option income tax that promises tens of million of dollars in new revenues.

May 14, 2013 9:25 pm
Lake County Council passes income tax on first reading

Lake County Council passes income tax on first reading

CROWN POINT | Lake County is one step closer to a local income tax.

April 09, 2013 12:30 pm Photos



Pooling E-911 services likely to soak taxpayers

CROWN POINT | A consolidated E-911 system won't be a toll free call for Lake County taxpayers.

April 06, 2013 11:00 pm

Lake County Council refuses E-911 call plan until they know the price tag

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council put the E-911 merger on hold Tuesday until its staffs can estimate how much a unified emergency communications system would cost the county and where to find the money.

February 12, 2013 6:30 pm

EDITORIAL: City courts should be moneymakers

The heat is on in Lake Station, where discussion of the city court erupted into shouting and heated exchanges at the City Council meeting last week. Despite all the sound and fury, there is an opportunity for rational analysis.

January 17, 2013 12:00 am
Tempers flare during Lake Station City Council meeting to discuss City Court

Tempers flare during Lake Station City Council meeting to discuss City Court

LAKE STATION | Officials found little common ground during a special City Council meeting held Thursday to discuss revenue generated by the city courts.

January 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos


Lake Station council looking at possibly abolishing city court

LAKE STATION | The City Council is looking to possibly abolish city court by Jan. 1, City Attorney Ray Szarmach said.

December 03, 2012 7:55 pm

Lake County Council's E-911 redux may be too little too late

CROWN POINT | Lake County Council members may renew debate on a $30 million loan for E-911 consolidation if it isn't already too late.

July 05, 2012 8:45 pm

Council delays measure to remove public defenders from health care plan

CROWN POINT | A Lake County Council member says he is getting closer to calling for a vote on whether to kick more than 20 lawyers off a publicly financed health insurance program if it will save taxpayer dollars.

May 10, 2012 7:45 pm

Lake County Council borrows millions to fix roads, settle jail suits

CROWN POINT | This year just got millions of dollars more expensive for Lake County taxpayers.

April 10, 2012 6:30 pm

Lake council member to face hearing over Gary library vote

CROWN POINT | A Gary Public Library board member next month at a public hearing will have to defend her decision to support closure of the city's main library.

February 24, 2012 5:00 pm

Budgets facing county review

CROWN POINT | Lake County Council members will take their closest look ever into the future finances of 60 other local government agencies.

August 10, 2011 8:45 pm
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