LIGONIER, Ind. — Ligonier Water Superintendent Jeff Boyle reported to the City Council Monday night that a water main break early Saturday morning had been located and repaired by city personnel.

However, Boyle said, that repair was slowed by poor response from utility provider Northern Indiana Public Service co. when information about buried natural gas lines was needed.

According to Boyle, a call to NIPSCO when the leak was discovered produced no response until later in the day when the Ligonier crew was completing the repair.

Without help in locating nearby utility lines, the work of uncovering the damaged water line took several hours longer, Boyle said.

He has scheduled a meeting with NIPSCO representatives to address the problem and look for better ways for the city to get the needed information.

Boyle also updated the council on problems with rusty water reported by the Pizana family of 910 N. Main St. The problem, Boyle said, has been sporadic, and does not seem to be connected with any local events involving the water system.

Neighbors of the Pizanas have not experienced similar problems, and by the time water employees are contacted, the rusty water has ceased flowing.

With the agreement of the council, Boyle will ask the homeowners to call the department while the rust is visible, in the hope that a more timely investigation will turn up the source.

Advertising Signs

Resident Lois Rosenogle brought to the council a sign advertising items for sale and resembling the real estate signs placed in front of homes for sale.

According to Rosenogle, the sign is an example of many that have been placed around the city by a Fort Wayne company.

Rosenogle asked if something could be done to limit such signs, especially from organizations outside the local community, to reduce the clutter they cause.

Mayor Gary Bishop agreed to approach Zoning Administrator Wayne Fox to determine the legal options the city has for limiting the use of the signs.

Park Programs

Parks Superintendent Alan Duncan reported to the council that facilities and programs of the parks and recreation department are continuing to experience strong growth.

As an example, Rec Center membership has more than doubled from 226 to 465 from 2005 until this January.

In addition, over the past year, the number of visits by persons using the Rec Center facilities has increased, and an additional 14 teams have been added to city leagues, which have grown by 582 participants.

Display Fence

Councilman John Lutton asked the council to revisit an idea formerly under consideration but not acted upon.

Noting the number of signs advertising various organizations, including churches and service clubs near the city approaches, Lutton suggested the use of sections of fencing at those locations that could support a number of such signs in a more orderly and attractive fashion.

The council agreed to consider the idea again.

Lutton also thanked Duncan for the renovated facilities for Ligonier Radio WNRL in the Rec Center.

Future Alliance

Patty Fisel of the Future Ligonier Alliance announced the beginning of a volunteer program that will register volunteers in the community and match volunteers to the needs of the community.

The program will keep a list of community projects for volunteers to use.

Other City Business

The table for the new council room in City Hall is expected to be installed by the end of January.

Members of the City Council and Board of Public Works and Safety expect to meet in the new facility in February.

Bishop announced that Bob Durham has resigned as Park Board member, and Ray Colette has been appointed in his place.

Further discussion of city employee handbook changes were tabled until a full council can be present.

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