October 17th, 2012
After an hour-long public hearing Tuesday night in which city officials were challenged to stand up to "bullying tactics" by the federal government, Decatur City Council unanimously passed a 50 percent sewer rate increase which will go into effect with the next billing cycle.
Rates initially will rise 37 percent, then another 4 percent a year later; then, probably, another 7 percent in the third year of a three-phase project, Meanwhile, the city will float a $3 million bond issue.
"When are we going to stand up and say we're not going to do this any longer," Cross Creek resident Greg Litchfield asked Mayor John Schultz and Decatur City Council Tuesday night in reference to an Indiana Department of Environmental (IDEM) mandate and a three-year sewage rate increase imposed later.
Litchfield, a Cross Creek resident, was speaking at a public hearing held within the regular city council meeting on Tuesday night. The hearing lasted one hour.
Eric Richard Mies, 41, from Chicago, Ill., formerly of Decatur, died Thursday, October 11, 2012, in a tragic accident in Cancun, Mexico.
He was the youngest son of Dick and Gwen Mies, born in Decatur, on September 28, 1971.
On June 19, 2010, he married Katie Elizabeth Czelatdko, of Cederburg, Wis., whom he had met in Chicago, shortly before his father died in 2008.
An unusual mishap occurred at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday in Decatur when a cement truck owned by the Erie Haven Cement Company struck a low-hanging, overhead power line on Fourth Street near Monroe Street.
The contact caused one AEP pole to break. Unaware that he had struck the wire, driver Joel E. Christian, 46, rural Decatur, continued down the street until the truck hit another wire, forcing two utility poles to snap.
One of the poles fell onto a parked SUV owned by Carl M. Shaw, Decatur.
Frederick W. Kukelhan, 81, of Decatur, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2012, at his residence.
He was born in Adams County on Tuesday, June 9, 1931, to the late Fred W. and Marie (Schueler) Kukelhan.
Frederick was married to Carol Ann Adam; she passed away on February 13, 1978.
Ralph Smith, of Monmouth, died Tuesday in Mission, Texas.
Arrangements are pending at Haggard Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
Former Bellmont record-holder Sam Meyer played his final home game as a St. Francis Cougar last night as Grace College spoiled senior night with a 3-0 victory over the home team in men's soccer.
Stephen C. “Steve” Omlor, 70, of Decatur, passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital.
He was born in Adams County on February 13, 1942, to the late Charles A. Omlor and M. Leona (Folck) Lose.
Steve married Paula L. Kahn on January 17, 1976.
He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. J.J. Semeitz Council 864, where he served as Past Grand Knight.
Finally some good news regarding the renovation project on the Adams County Courthouse. After initially believing contractors were going to need to replace an additional 500-700 bricks, that number has been dropped to approximately 50 bricks, according to Dave Meyer of building maintenance.
Loren L. Stauffer, 70, of Decatur, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2012, at Woodcrest.
He was born to the late Everett Stauffer and Eileen (Steiner) Stauffer on March 3, 1942.
Loren married Doris Daniel on April 14, 1965; she survives.
He was a member of the Berne Evangelical Church. He was employed at Indiana University, Bloomington and later at Berco in Berne.