WINONA LAKE – Town Manager Craig Allebach updated the Winona Lake Council on a project at Jefferson Elementary School Tuesday.

During May’s meeting, Jefferson Elementary School sixth-graders Savannah Purdy and Jocelyn Luecke spoke with the Council asking for help in eliminating E.coli from Cherry Creek. The children asked the Council to help them educate people who come by Cherry Creek about the need to pick up after their pets.

After May’s meeting, Allebach said town representatives met with students and teachers and Jefferson and members of The Watershed Foundation.

“And we decided to purchase two doggy pots, one for each side of the creek,” he said. “And Watershed has agreed to purchase those.”

The pots have been installed.

The students provided Allebach with proofs of four different signs. Those proofs were given to a marketing group to reproduce. There will be four copies of each sign, for a total of 16 signs. They will have different sayings on each of the four different signs and will talk about E.coli.

The idea is to put four signs out by Cherry Creek and, once they get weathered, they will be replaced.

The Winona Lake Police Department has had some issues on the trails in Winona Lake, said Police Chief Joe Hawn.

Although not specifying what the specific issues were, Hawn said he asks that people not wait to contact the police department.

“If anyone has an issue on the trails, please call us right then, so we go out and find these people and identify these people,” Hawn said. He said there have been several issues that have come up and people have contacted the police department a day or two later.

Hawn said the police department wants to be able to handle any issues on the trails.

Hawn said if people see a safety issue or something that needs to be addressed, they should call central dispatch at 574-372-9511.

In other business, the Council learned of some events that were coming up in Winona Lake.

Allebach said there will be the Blackburn Run for Others at 9 a.m. Saturday, beginning at the Trailhouse. Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, there will be a 5K Fun Run/Walk with dogs, starting at the Limitless Park.

A Fourth of July parade will happen July 3 at 6 p.m.,  starting at the Limitless Park.  The theme is “Past, Present and Future.” Allebach said there will be no kiddie or cutie contests, but everything else should be the same. At 10 p.m., there will be fireworks.

At 9 a.m. July 3, there will be a myTEAM Triumph 5K at Limitless Park.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 17, there will be Touch-a-Truck event at The Village at Winona.

In other business, the Council:

• Approved an electronic meeting policy resolution. Allebach said because of the COVID-19 pandemic, electronic meetings have been allowed, even to the extent of 100% electronic meetings.

The Legislature has realized there are circumstances where people can’t always participate in meetings in person, Allebach said. There are stipulations to the resolutions, which include people can’t participate in more than 50% of the meetings electronically. There are a couple times when Council members are required to be in-person, including for budget meetings.

• Approved the purchase of a leaf vacuum truck from Brown Equipment for $181,500.

• Approved the lease of a Bobcat Tool Cat for $49,038.10 with a 48-month lease.

• Learned the Winona Lake Police Department received a grant from the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office for the purchase of two radars for squad cars.