Fortune 300 retailer Family Dollar will beginoperations in Ashley this spring as it opens its newdistribution center.The company has invested nearly $70 million inthe 815,000 square-foot facility it has built off thesoutheast corner of Ashley’s I-69 exit. The distribu-tion center will employ 350 people.
A three-member town councilmeets on the second Monday of each month. Councilmembers are Don Farrington, president, RandyMcEntarfer and Mike Hasselman. The clerk-treasureris Karen McEntarfer, 587-9276. The official townwebsite is ashley.in.gov.
Country Meadow ElementarySchool is two miles south of town at C.R. 10 and C.R.23, serving students from Ashley, Fairfield andSmithfield townships and a portion of RichlandTownship. The school’s phone numbers are 920-1017and 587-3371. The town is part of DeKalb CentralUnited School District, and junior and senior highschool students attend DeKalb Middle School andDeKalb High School, between Auburn and Waterloo.
Ashley has four parks. AshleyMemorial Park is located on South Union Street underthe “smiley” water tower. Sunset Park is at the westend of Ruby and Pearl streets. Carpenter Field is onAshley’s north side on North Grand Avenue. Achildren’s playground is outside the AshleyCommunity Center on South Gonser. The AshleyCommunity Center also offers a gym and fitnesscenter.
Cameron Hospital in Angola andDeKalb Health hospital in Auburn both are approxi-mately 15 minutes away.
Residents use the town’s water andsewage systems. Northern Indiana Public Service Co.provides electricity and natural gas.
Scott Barnhart is the town marshal.Call 911 in an emergency and 587-9388 for business.
Ashley has a volunteer fire departmentwith Micah Liby serving as chief. In an emergencycall 911. For non-emergency business call 587-9222.
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992 is the U.S. CensusBureau’s most recent estimate.
Some of Auburn’s long-term projects may seecompletion in 2012.A sanitary sewer separation, extension of utilitiesto a rest stop at the 123 mile marker on northboundI-69 and the completion of Auburn Essential Servicesas a television and Internet provider all are scheduledto be done this year.
Auburn has a mayor andseven-member common council. Two at-large councilmembers and five district members serve four-yearterms. The council meets on the first and thirdTuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. in City Hall.City officials are Mayor Norman Yoder, Clerk-Treasurer Patricia Miller, and council members DavidPainter, Keith Schrimshaw, Marilyn Gearhart, JimFinchum, Dennis Ketzenberger, Dick Stahly andMichael Walter.Board of Public Works and Safety members areYoder, Jack Randinelli and Danny McAfee.The city’s website is ci.auburn.in.us.
Students attend DeKalb HighSchool and DeKalb Middle School north of the city,with two elementary schools (McKenney-Harrisonand J.R. Watson) in Auburn. All are part of theDeKalb Central United School District.
Facilities in Auburn include twobranches of the YMCA of DeKalb County, the Skatin’Station, the Auburn Recreation Center bowling lanes,Bridgewater Golf Club, NCG Cinemas and the Auburn-Garrett Drive-in on S.R. 8 west of Garrett.Eckhart Park and Rieke Park are Auburn’s majorparks, along with Thomas Park, Memorial Park, SmithAcres Park, Don Lash Park and smaller neighborhoodparks. The Auburn Community Pool, with a waterslide, is in Eckhart Park.The Heimach Center, on East Seventh Street,serves as a meeting place for senior citizens.The DeKalb County Free Fall Fair takes place atthe end of September, with 4-H events at the DeKalbCounty Fairgrounds and rides, food and games ondowntown Auburn streets.Three museums salute the city’s automotiveheritage: The Auburn Cord Duesenberg AutomobileMuseum and National Automotive and Truck Museumof the United States, both on Wayne Street, occupybuildings of the former Auburn Automobile Co. TheKruse Automotive Museum at C.R. 11-A and I-69 ishoused inside the National Military History Center.The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, celebratingthe city’s automotive history, takes place each LaborDay weekend.
DeKalb Memorial Hospital is onSeventh Street (S.R. 8) in east Auburn, servingAuburn and all of the surrounding area. DeKalb EMSprovides ambulance service.
Water and sewer services aremaintained by the city. The wastewater treatmentplant is at 2002 S. Wayne St. The city-owned AuburnElectric utility distributes power generated byAmerican Electric Power Co. Natural gas is supplied
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