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December 8th

Only two TIF hurdles remain

December 8, 2011

    Only two more local hurdles remain for Decatur's tax increment financing (TIF) district: to clear: votes on December 20 seeking approval by the Decatur Plan Commission and the Decatur City Council.
    The latest was cleared on Wednesday evening by a 5-0 vote of the Decatur Redevelopment Commission (DRC) to approve the second of two required resolutions for the TIF district the DRC created in October.

December 7th

Car crashes into house on 2nd St.

December 7, 2011

    Decatur police are investigating a high-speed crash on Second Street that took place shortly after noon on Wednesday. Details have yet to be released, although it is known that the car — after traveling at a reported speed of 70 miles per hour southbound on Second Street — struck a residence. The driver of that vehicle was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital with a reported lacerated skull and other injuries.

Gun law change shot down

December 7, 2011

    As is often the case, a new Indiana law appears to be full of ambiguities, and so the City of Decatur's attempt to come into compliance with the state's new law on gun carrying has once again been stalled.
    An ordinance written by City Attorney Tim Baker and unveiled at the November 15 meeting of city council and passed on two readings wasn't brought up at Tuesday night's meeting since it apparently wouldn't be in compliance.

Fleming receives Geneva contract

December 7, 2011

    Geneva Town Council members accepted the "lowest responsible, responsive bid" for the town's wastewater infrastructure improvement project. 
    The acceptance of the bid and the issuing of intent of award to Fleming Excavating of Decatur in the amount of $515,818 were announced at the regularly scheduled council meeting on Tuesday.

Students receive to give

December 7, 2011

    The Bellmont High School Student Council has found a way to spread their own brand of Christmas spirit, after all it is better to give than it is to receive.
    The student council collected any amounts of monetary donations from the student body last week in order to provide gifts for needy children this Christmas. Donations were accepted throughout the school week.
    These donations will support anywhere from 20 to 30 children this rapidly approaching holiday season.

December 6th

18.8 river crest seen for today

December 6, 2011

    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.

County officials get TIF talk

December 6, 2011

    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.

Library Friends plan credit with plaque, display

December 6, 2011

    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.

December 5th

Flower fund failing

December 5, 2011

    The program that began more than 10 years ago to plant flowers annually in 27 large sidewalk planters in downtown Decatur is in a financial bind this year.
    Rev. Dan York, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church and the man who volunteered to oversee the project and keep the flowers looking good from May through October, reports that, for the first time, the project is short $1,200 to $1,500 in donations. Overall, the planter project costs $3,000 a year.

No flooding likely here at this time

December 5, 2011

    Having fallen substantially over the weekend, the St. Marys River was on the rise in Decatur again today. But, at this time, no major flooding is expected.
    Local weather station officials were informed by the National Weather Service this morning that the St. Marys is expected to crest here at 18.7 feet around 1 a.m. Friday.
    The river's flood stage is 17 feet, but it causes no significant flooding problems until surpassing 20 feet.

    Bellmont boys soccer recovered from their first two losses of the season...
   Bellmont volleyball hosts Bishop Luers tonight at the Teepee in a rare, non-...
    BLUFFTON— Bellmont's girls golf team won their first sectional title...

 

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