Town of North Judson

Need to contact the town of North Judson?  

The town hall is open: 
Monday - Friday 
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Currently they do not have a website but you can find them on Facebook.  

"Our page was set up for informational posts. We keep the Council Minutes updated, remind you of office closures, when we will be picking up brush and/or leaves, doing hydrant flushing etc.. Occasionally as we have time we will post pictures of community events that we have attended. We don't always see your messages on here because we only check the page as time allows. If you have questions we recommend calling our office at one of the numbers listed below." 

Phone number:  574-896-3340 or 574-896-2711
Email address:

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The Town of North Judson has several special circumstances that require permits.  Below is a list of the more frequently required permits (list may not be inclusive):
  • Pet Tags (Dogs & Cats) – ANNUALLY:   $10 each if spayed/neutered.  $25 non-spayed/neutered.  A late fee of $10 will be added if tags are not purchased by February 15, 2016. 
  • Contractor’s Permits – ANNUALLY:  $25 Renewal / $50 New.  All contractor permits purchased after February 15, 2016 are $75
  • Temporary Pool – Annually prior to installing 
  • Permanent Pool – Prior to installing 
  • Yard Sale Permit – 1 or 2 days = $10 / 3 or 4 days = $17 

The following types of “construction” projects require a permit prior to beginning the project (list may not be inclusive):
  • New Structure (Residential or Commercial)
  • Additions, Signs, Porch, Decks/Patios/Lean to, Fences, Electrical, Sidewalk, Demolition, Utility Sheds, Structural Improvements/Inspection. 
NOTE:  Fees are associated with all of the above permits. 

These fees and fines are according to a schedule of fees/fines, as shall be modified from time to time by the Town Council and made available for public inspection in the Clerk-Treasurer’s office located at 310 Lane St. 
We remind the public that failure to be aware of the Ordinance requiring a permit is not a defense to the issuance of a ticket. 

We encourage all residents to contact the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office (open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – closed 12 noon to 1 p.m.) at 574-896-3340 for more information. 

 Have your brush lying next to the alley.  If you don’t have an alley, place it along the street.  This is for brush only, no mixed piles.  Thank You!

Leaf Pick-Up Extension Suggested at North Judson Town Council Meeting

posted Nov 11, 2017, 8:23 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on November 11, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI 

As usual, North Judson Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann addressed the town council members when they held their first November meeting Monday night.

In his report, he proposed that the last date for leaf and brush pick-up be November 30th. However, Council member John Rowe mentioned that could pose a problem, seeing as many trees haven’t dropped all their leaves quite yet.

Horstmann agreed that it does depend on the weather and other conditions. He said leaf pick-up could be extended if it needs to be but added that his department plans to do another round of pick-up in the springtime to get rid of any remaining piles of leaves.

Particular Purchase Order Raises Questions at North Judson Town Council Meeting

posted Nov 10, 2017, 8:13 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on November 10, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI 

When it came time to approve purchase orders at the North Judson Town Council meeting on Monday, members chose to refrain from paying the second installment charge for consulting services from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation until more details can be gathered.

Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe alerted the council that bill was for $8,273.60. Before the purchase orders could be approved, Council Member Josh Brown asked what the SCEDF is doing specifically to warrant a total of $16,000 owed with the two installments.

Council Member Jane Ellen Felchuck explained that Executive Director Charlie Weaver does send reports and John Rowe said that representatives have attended recent meetings in order present new information. Council President Wendy Hoppe also mentioned that they brought in OTES and that they’re hopefully working to bring in more industry.

Resident, and former Clerk-Treasurer, Donna Henry added that when she was in office, after the Town entered into the contract with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation, she ran into a similar issue.

“The billing that I got the second time, I found it to be inaccurate.” Henry explained, “I forget exactly what it was but when I pointed that out to Charlie in an email, he agreed with my calculations so just be careful, don’t just take their calculation as it, just make sure that it is correct.”

Clerk-Treasurer Rowe assured the council members that he would contact representatives with the Foundation in order to check the accuracy of the bill and assess the specifics of the existing contract between the Town of North Judson and the SCEDF.

New Health Insurance Option Available to North Judson Town Council

posted Nov 9, 2017, 9:10 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on November 9, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI 

Annually, the North Judson Town Council is required to review their health insurance plan. On Monday, they received a report from their insurance broker John Howard with the Wealth Care Group.

Howard explained that for the first time this year, the council has the ability to pick up to three plans that employees can then personally choose from. No formal decisions were made about which plan to choose.

However, council members did approve Town Attorney Justin Schramm’s request to be added to the town’s insurance in lieu of receiving his retainer. Schramm said that his retainer was increased from $5,000 to $7,000 recently so in order to save the town money, he proposed being added to the insurance rather than receiving the retainer.

Council member Josh Brown asked whether or not council members could forgo their compensation in order to be added to the insurance. Schramm mentioned that he has seen larger municipalities do such a thing without having to give up their salary. He said it could be a possibility available to North Judson Town Council members. Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe was asked to look into the matter more before the next town council meeting.

Council President Wendy Hoppe said the council will reflect on the packet provided by Howard and share their decision at their meeting on Monday, November 20th.

NJ Animal Ordinance will Receive Final Reading at Next Town Council Meeting

posted Nov 8, 2017, 8:39 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on November 8, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI 

The ordinance to regulate the housing and maintenance of animals within the town of North Judson was further discussed during a Monday evening town council meeting.

Council member Jane Ellen Felchuck moved to suspend the second reading and that motion was passed. Town attorney Justin Schramm explained that since they suspended the second reading, if 4 out of the 5 council members approved, they could pass the ordinance then and there.

Felchuck moved to pass the ordinance however since two members, Council President Wendy Hoppe and council member Josh Brown opposed, it was determined to still need a third reading at the next town council meeting.

Schramm said that during the third reading, as long as they receive majority, the ordinance can be passed with a vote of 3 to 2 at that point.

NJ Town Council Approves Signage for Prairie Trails Club

posted Nov 7, 2017, 8:28 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on November 7, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI 

The North Judson Town Council received a request on behalf of the Prairie Trail Club (PTC) to install signage at the intersection of State Road 10 and State Road 39 during their meeting yesterday evening.

Peggy Bohac spoke as a liaison for Steve Lucas, the president of the PTC, and explained that the club had expressed interest in putting a sign up by Norwayne Field to alert people of where to find the trail. The trail in question is the North Judson Erie Trail which is part of the transcontinental American Discovery Trail. It was utilized for the 5K Color Run this summer.

She said that representatives with the Hoosier Valley Railway Museum have reported that many people come to the museum looking for the trail and often times the staff there is unaware of how to direct individuals.

In order to save time for the museum employees as well as travelers wishing to utilize the trail, PTC representatives proposed installing signage to clear up any confusion. Bohac went onto say that signs could also be installed along the trail in to alert cyclists of the available restaurants and other potential pit stops within the town.

The request received unanimous council approval. Bohac said she would also approach the Park Board with the same request, in order to make sure that all involved parties are informed of the decision.

Fall Leaf Pick Up

posted Oct 17, 2017, 2:11 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Rules For Recycling Totes

posted Jul 26, 2017, 11:14 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 8:53 AM ]

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