The 2016 Noble County Community Guide is provided by the News-Sun.
HISTORY: Kendallville’s history dates to 1832 when David Bindle built the city’s first home, a round log cabin on Gold Street off what is now South Main Street. He followed an Indian trail from Fort Wayne. Five years later, a widow with eight children, Frances Dingman, tore down the cabin and built Kendallville’s first wood-frame house on Gold Street. Landowner William Mitchell is considered the father of Kendallville for convincing federal authorities to establish a post office in his cabin in Kendallville. He was instrumental in laying out the plan for the village. William and Mitchell streets in present day Kendallville are named after him. Kendallville was incorporated in June 1863, and named after the U.S. Postmaster-General Amos Kendall. Records indicate Kendallville was referred to a city for the first time on Oct. 6, 1866, with the election of Kendallville’s first Mayor; Tim Baker, first clerk A. A. Chapin, and first council consisting of A.B. Park, John Emerson, K.B. Miller, Moses Jacobs and George Aichele.
POPULATION: 9,905, according to the 2013 census estimate.
EDUCATION: Students from kindergarten through 12th grade attend the East Noble School Corp. public schools.
RECREATION: Kendallville Park and Recreation Department, 211 Iddings St., oversees Bixler Lake Park, Sunset Park and the Kendallville Outdoor Recreation Complex. The Cole Center Family YMCA is located on Garden Street on the city’s south side near East Noble High School.
HEALTH: Parkview Noble Hospital campus, 401 Sawyer Road, along with a dialysis center, Noble County EMS headquarters and medical offices.
GOVERNMENT: City Council meets at 7pm the first and third Tuesdays of each month in City Hall, 234 S. Main St. The Board of Public Works and Safety meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 8:30am in City Hall. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 7pm on the third Wednesday of each month at City Hall. The Park Board meets at 6:30pm on the second Monday of each month at the Youth Center, 211 Iddings St. The Plan Commission meets at 7pm the first Monday of each month at City Hall. The Redevelopment Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month, or on demand, at City Hall. The Tree Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month-except June, July, and August-in the police training room at City Hall.
The mayor is Suzanne Handshoe, and the clerk-treasurer is Sheryl Hanes. Council members are: Jim Dazey, Steve Clouse, Frank Walkup, Larry Davis and Regan Ford.
UTILITIES: Kendallville Water Pollution Control Department office and facility, 501 W. Wayne Street; Kendallville Water Department office and plant, 917 E. Diamond St.; waste pickup by Noble County Disposal and National Serv-All; natural gas by NIPSCO.; electrical power by Indiana Michigan Power Co.
POST OFFICE: Alice Wims-Lee is postmaster of the Kendallville Post Office, 695 Fair St. The office may be reached at 347-1152. Post office lobby hours are Monday through Saturday from 6am - 5pm. Window hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to noon.