Archive - Feb 2011 - News Article
With the big construction/renovation project at Adams Central School making good progress, the AC school board discussed at its February meeting what to do about the elementary school playground.
That play area has been on the north side of the school for many years, but some space was lost when an extension was added for offices, classrooms, and bathrooms to make that side of the school the main entry/exit point.
The new leaders of the Adams County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Shane Rekeweg and Chief Deputy Eric Meyer, informed the county council on Tuesday that they have developed a plan to eliminate the "carryover" for years of built-up hours of compensation time, vacation and holiday time, and overtime by some deputy sheriffs and jailers.
A formal proposal calling for members of the North Adams Community School's board of education to be elected, rather than appointed as is currently the case, has been submitted to the Adams County Clerk of Courts and could be headed for a general election vote in 2012.
Early on Tuesday afternoon, an Adams County Highway Department truck lost its two left rear tires on Winchester Rd., a couple of miles northwest of Decatur. One tire hit a car and damaged a door and an exterior mirror.
The 5 1/2 inches of snow which fell in Decatur last weekend gave the city 28 inches of snow since the first of December.
And 15 of those inches have come in the first six days of February!
Jane Thieme at the Decatur weather station said the city received 7.5 inches in December, 11 inches in January, and 15 inches this month, through last Sunday.
Decatur's snowfall, of course, pales in comparison to some other communities in Indiana, such as South Bend.
Adams County Commissioner Kim Fruechte said at Monday's meeting of the commissioner that he has gained a whole new understanding, and much more respect, for what the county highway department drivers do when plowing snow.
Snow was falling faster than Decatur resident Shelly Chilcote could shovel it away from her Northbrook Court driveway on Saturday as she and other area residents dug out from yet another winter blast. The latest round of snow dumped another 5 1/2" inches on Decatur over the weekend. (J Swygart photo)
The City of Decatur’s Storm Water Utility has come in for some high praise from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).
Joan Eichhorn, superintendent of the city’s storm water department, told city council at its meeting this week that the city’s Storm Water Permit Program – mandated by IDEM – has received a perfect score from IDEM.
Fighting back tears on more than one occasion, veteran banker and community activist Larry Isch on Thursday evening accepted the 2010 Stephen Decatur Award, presented annually by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce for outstanding civic contributions.
Mayor John Schultz presented the award, which Isch termed "a great honor." The recipient then paused briefly in an attempt to get his emotions in check.
Decatur and Adams County were about back to normal today — normal being amid huge piles of snow — albeit on the frigid side.
School systems were in operation on normal schedules for the first time since Monday and all weather code alerts have been called off. Adams County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director John August announced at noon Thursday that the county was "back to normal operations."