Contributions of Weaver, Kuker recognized by Logansport Board of Works

Two former city council members were recognized posthumously by the Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety at its final meeting of the year Monday.

The board voted 2-0 to give an honorary designation to the portion of Third Street and Burlington Avenue from the Hoosier Heartland overpass to East Broadway as Jim Weaver Way.

Weaver spent his entire career at the corner of Third and Broadway, first as a long-time banker at the former First National Bank of Logansport, and then across the street as the president of the Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Foundation, a position he held at the time of his death in 2004.

Mayor Dave Kitchell said Weaver was instrumental in preparing city budgets for many years. At a challenging time for local governments, he was able to position Logansport for growth. He served  on the Logansport City Council for more than a decade, serving as president and finance committee chair. Weaver also led efforts for the expansion of the city through annexation of the Yorktown Road area east. His greatest impact, however, was during his tenure with the foundation when he headed the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor Association. Through his efforts, the four-lane corridor from Fort Wayne to Lafayette was completed with coordinated support to secure funding from the Indiana General Assembly and Congress. He was a Democrat. He also was a long-time treasurer of many local organizations, including the Cass County Historical Society.

Nolan “Skip” Kuker began his involvement with city government as a member of the Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety during the administration of former Mayor Dick Hettinger. He later was elected to the city council and appointed president of the economic development foundation. He also served as an appointee to the Logansport Utility Service Board. He resigned to accept a similar position in Greenfield.

The board voted 2-0 to name the Eastgate Plaza property owned by the city as the Skip Kuker Municipal Building. The building currently houses an adult education center, and Kuker was vital in repurposing the building to enhance workforce education. The building also is used by the Logansport Police Department.

SOURCE: News release from the Office of Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell