The Daily Press The Pilot News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-30T08:18:34-04:00 is a dangerous time for children2014-10-30T08:18:34-04:002014-10-30T08:18:34-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsAnd while Halloween is a time for fun and treats, it's also a night full of dangerous situations.Kate Carr, president and CEO of the advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide, says on average, twice as many children are killed on Beggar's Night compared to other times of the year.She says there are more cars on the road, children are excited and it's dark outside, so parents need to be proactive."Have a conversation with their child about walking safely," she stresses. "Make sure that kids can be seen so add a little bit of something that will reflect light, whether it's reflective tape or certainly a flashlight is something that will be handy for kids of all ages."Carr says children should be reminded to use sidewalks, look both ways when crossing the street and to only travel in familiar areas.Costumes are another concern, and Carr says they should fit properly so they are not a trip hazard.She also suggests using makeup instead of a mask that can slip and obstruct a child's vision.Carr points out a recent survey of parents found that 12 percent allow children five years of age or younger to trick-or-treat without a parent's supervision."And that might mean they're going out with an older sibling, but for kids under five, they're still not really aware of the rules of the road," she points out. "And especially on Halloween night, we want to make sure that kids under the age of 10 has an adult with them."Carr says only a third of parents talk to children annually about staying safe on Halloween, but it's especially important this year."Because it's on a Friday night this year, be extra alert because the weekend might mean that there'll be more activity in your neighborhood because families are able to do more things on a weekend night than they do during the week," she advises.Motorists are also reminded to be extra cautious on the roads during trick-or-treating hours by turning on their headlights, driving below the posted speed and not using a cellphone while driving.Plymouth, INMary Kuhlman: Indiana News ServiceHalloween is a dangerous time for childrenThe Pilot of City contract with Blueberry Festival in negotiations2014-10-30T08:00:03-04:002014-10-30T08:00:03-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsNeither side would divulge details about what is being contested by the Blueberry Festival, but an agreement is expected soon. The Blueberry Festival rejected the contract at a board meeting earlier this month.the current contract on file ends this year. It was a three year contract requiring the festival to pay $31,000 each year in rental fees. The contract also requires the festival to maintain a $5 million insurance coverage policy.Plymouth, INDiona EskewTerms of City contract with Blueberry Festival in negotiationsThe Pilot Revitalization meeting, November 52014-10-29T11:46:27-04:002014-10-29T11:46:27-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsAGENDACITY OF PLYMOUTHDOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION MEETINGWednesday, November 5, 2014_________________________________________________________Plymouth Community Schools___5:30 P.M. Administration Building 611 Berkley Dr, Plymouth Call to OrderRoll CallMinutes of the September 3, 2014 meetingNew downtown ideas Other BusinessAdjournmentIf you are disabled and need special accommodations, please call the ADA Coordinator at 574-936-2948.Plymouth, INNo author availableDowntown Revitalization meeting, November 5The Pilot of Zoning Appeals, November 52014-10-28T15:22:43-04:002014-10-28T15:22:43-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth Board of Zoning Appeals124 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth, IN (Garro Street entrance)Date: November 5, 2014Time: 7:30 p.m.* * * AGENDA * * * Call to OrderRoll CallMinutes of last regular meeting October 7, 2014BZA 2014-19: James and Teresa Brandt, 125 Elliott Ave, Plymouth, IN – Application for a Variance of Development Standard to reduce the required side yard setback from 10 feet or 10% of the lot width to three (3) feet to build a garage on Lot #51 in Elliott Place Subdivision, Plymouth, IN, with an address of 125 Elliott Ave., Plymouth, IN and located in an R3 Traditional Residential zoning district.City Attorney Surrisi: Findings of Facts for previous casesBuilding Commissioner Keith HammondsOther Business AdjournIf you are handicapped and need special accommodations, please contact the ADA Coordinator at 574-936-2948.Plymouth, INNo author availableBoard of Zoning Appeals, November 5The Pilot Plan Commission Agenda2014-10-28T15:19:11-04:002014-10-28T15:19:11-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth Plan Commission124 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth, IN (Garro Street entrance)Date: November 5, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m.* * * AGENDA * * * Call to OrderRoll CallMinutes of the last meeting October 7, 2014Discussion on Parking LandscapeCity Attorney Surrisi: Findings of Facts for previous casesBuilding Commissioner Keith HammondsOther BusinessAdjournPlymouth, INNo author availablePlymouth Plan Commission AgendaThe Pilot accused of setting fire to her home2014-10-28T13:09:26-04:002014-10-28T13:09:26-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsNorth Webster/Tippecanoe Township firemen and Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded last evening at 10:43 p.m. to a report of a house fire at house on B33A Lane, Warsaw. Responding firemen arrived and eventually were able to extinguish the fire, but requested Squad 70 / Fire Investigation Team of Kosciusko County. North Webster firemen and Squad 70 member determined during their preliminary investigation that three separate points of origin for the fire were located inside the residence. Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies and detectives had located a 13-year-old female outside the residence upon their initial arrival to the scene. The homeowners were able to escape the residence and allowed officers to speak with their daughter. After contacting the Kosciusko County Probation Department, officers took the juvenile into custody during the course of the investigation. She is currently being evaluated and held in custody as the investigation continues.Plymouth, INNo author availableTeen accused of setting fire to her homeThe Pilot Indiana’s Business Tax Climate Improves, Ranks 8th Best Nationally2014-10-28T13:02:44-04:002014-10-28T13:02:44-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsIndiana ranks 8th overall in the Tax Foundation’s 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index, up from 10th in 2014, and remains the top state in the Midwest for business tax competitiveness. “Here in Indiana, companies can count on a stable business climate that encourages their growth and success,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Since day one, we’ve focused on streamlining government and cutting taxes for Hoosier workers and businesses. By making things simpler, we’re not just building on our reputation through national rankings—we’re attracting businesses from around the world that are creating thousands of new jobs right here in a state that works for business.” The Index, now in its 11th edition, measures how each state structures its tax code by analyzing more than 100 tax variables in five different categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance taxes. The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group based in Washington, D.C., presents the Index annually as a tool for lawmakers, businesses and individuals to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare. States can move down in the Index for overly complex, burdensome and economically harmful tax codes, but can move up for transparent and neutral tax codes that do not distort business decisions. Indiana’s 8th place ranking makes it the only Midwestern state in the publication’s top 10. Looking at nearby states, Michigan ranked 13th, Kentucky ranked 26th, Ohio ranked 44th, Illinois ranked 31st, Wisconsin ranked 43rd, Minnesota ranked 47th and Iowa ranked 41st.The Tax Foundation’s report is the latest in a series of national accolades Indiana has received for its pro-business climate. Indiana's business environment recently scored a top 10 finish nationally, including best in the Midwest, in Area Development’s 2014 Top States for Doing Business Survey and ranked seventh in the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2014 study. Also, Indiana was recognized in August as the state with the best business climate in the Midwest and fifth best nationally in Business Facilities’ 2014 State Rankings Report.About IEDC: Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.Plymouth, INNo author availableREPORT: Indiana’s Business Tax Climate Improves, Ranks 8th Best NationallyThe Pilot BMV expands hours for voters needing photo IDs2014-10-28T10:19:58-04:002014-10-28T10:19:58-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsBranches will be open on Monday, Nov. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.License branches will only process new, amended or replacement ID cards, and renewed, amended or replacement driver’s licenses, learner permits, and CDLs. Aside from disability placards, the branches will not perform any other BMV services. The Indiana BMV provides free, state-issued ID cards for voting purposes to any unlicensed Hoosier, as long as he or she can provide proper documentation and is old enough to vote. The following documents are required to obtain a new state ID card or driver’s license (a complete list can be found at of Identity document, such as a birth certificate or passport.Proof of Social Security document, such as a Social Security card, pay stub or W-2.Proof of lawful status, such as a birth certificate or passport.Proof of residency, two documents such as a voter registration card, utility bill or bank statement.Plymouth, INNo author availableREMINDER: BMV expands hours for voters needing photo IDsThe Pilot storm drain work nearing completion2014-10-28T08:41:16-04:002014-10-28T08:41:16-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsDonnie Davidson, utility superintendent, reported to the Plymouth Board of Works Monday evening, that the Beerenbrook, Jefferson Street, Packard Woods storm drain project has proceeded as planned. Davidson stated that whole pipe has been installed.The completion of the project includes spot patching the road and an eventual repaving where the roads cross. The final date for the project to be finished will depend on the weather according to Davidson.For more details on the Plymouth Board of Works meeting and the City Council see today's Pilot News.Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoCity storm drain work nearing completionThe Pilot's a trashy issue2014-10-28T08:23:30-04:002014-10-28T08:23:30-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsOctober 23 Mayor Mark Senter released a statement on Facebook requesting residents to be more considerate about leaving their trash receptacles on the sidewalk for pickup.In some situations the trash cans must be set on the sidewalk to be picked up by the trash trucks. However, the trash receptacles need to be removed from the sidewalk after being emptied. Code enforcement officer Steve DeLee has been asked to check to make sure city residents are following the city code, 96.01, which states: "It is unlawful for any person to obstruct or allow to become obstructed a street, alley, sidewalk, crosswalk or public place within the city."Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoIt's a trashy issueThe Pilot