WINONA LAKE – Action was limited at the Winona Lake Town Council meeting Tuesday evening, but a number of upcoming events were highlighted.

The biggest approval the council gave was for permission for the 2019 street resurface and repairs to be advertised, as requested by Town Coordinator Craig Allebach.

“We have 32 projects that we’re going to advertise for bid. Sixteen of the 32 have already been awarded grant money from Community Crossings. The remainder are projects that have been applied for under the 2019 Community Crossings, which I understand may be announced this week. And then there are a few on there that haven’t been applied for or funded that will then be in the next application that we have for a round of grant funds that come in 2019 for round two,” Allebach explained.









He said the council probably will have a special meeting a week before the next town council meeting to award bids because paperwork and contracts have to be to the Indiana Department of Transportation by April 15. INDOT oversees the Community Crossings grants.

Allebach said the most noticeable road project will be Kings Highway. It’s going to be resurfaced, along with other unspecified work, from the stoplight to Miller Field. The other projects are “all over town,” he said.

The only other items the council approved were a conflict of interest statement for town engineer Aaron Carl, the appointment of Jill Schroeder and Jeremy Mullins to the park board, and the town claims for Feb. 19 of $3,809.38 and March 19 totaling $452,551.39.

Allebach then went through the Winona Happenings, with the first being The Village March Madness all month in The Village at Winona.

Nick Hauck, managing director of The Village, elaborated on the event. “All the shops have donated gift cards or product so the grand prize is worth over $1,000. If you shop at five shops you get one named entry. If you shop at 10 shops you get three named entries. If you shop at all 20 of the things on the passport you get 10 named entries for the chance to win the grand prize. The more you shop, the more you have an opportunity to win,” he said.

Other events coming up include the Wind Ensemble spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Winona Heritage Room, World Compassion Network 5K at 10 a.m. Saturday at the park, spring concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Winona Heritage Room and worship arts faculty recital at 7 p.m. April 12 at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church.

Allebach asked Grace College professor Dr. Terry White to fill in more details about the music festival.

White said there were 12 or 13 events total, with the jazz festival being one of the biggest. The Fourth of July concert is June 29, the Saturday before July 4.

“Throughout the summer there are various things going on. It looks very much like last summer,” White said.

Parks Director Holly Hummitch provided information about the April 20 Easter egg hunt. The “Special Friend” hunt is at 11 a.m., which is open to children, youth and young-at-heart with special needs. The 1 p.m. hunt is for children up to 2 years old, with the 1:30 p.m. hunt for 3- to 5-year-olds and the 2 p.m. hunt for 6- to 10-year- olds.

She added that the community planting for the shoreline project is May 14-15, with a rain date of May 16.

Concluding the night’s meeting, Council President Rick Swaim said the town is working on its comprehensive plan with a meeting scheduled for today. “We’re trying to get a plan together for the next 10 to 15, maybe 20 years, for the town. Appreciate Craig’s work to get that established and get it going, and we’ll be working on that to make Winona Lake the best place it can be.”