Archive - Dec 6, 2011 - News Article
The St. Marys River was expected to crest at 18.8 feet in Decatur late this morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The city received an inch of snow in the past 24 hours, boosting the river a foot and a half to 18.7 feet at 7 a.m. today, local weather station officials said.
The river's flood stage is 17 feet, but it causes no significant flooding problems until surpassing 20 feet.
Decatur officials are seeking to create a tax increment financing (TIF) district within the city limits to receive tax proceeds from future increases in assessed property valuation of businesses and industries in the city, but not from any single-family residences in town.
Such tax proceeds would go to the Decatur Redevelopment Commission (DRC) for use in economic development projects within the city limits as a way of gaining jobs, raising payroll and local revenue, and even selling homes to new working families.
The board of directors of the Friends of the Library in Decatur has decided to place a plaque on the steel sculpture in front of Decatur branch of the Adams Public Library System (APLS) and wall display inside the library to credit all those involved with that work of art.
Greg Mendez, a Decatur artist who works in metal, designed and made the sculpture, which sits on a concrete base donated by Decatur concrete contractor Jim Hitchcock.