Faced with an unfunded mandate to spend anywhere from between $1 million and $2 million to remove additional storm water from its sanitary sewers, Decatur officials have come up with a plan to comply while reducing its total outlay: Do a great deal of the work "in house."
Some major changes have been made during the first four years of the Schultz Administration, and it looks like another one may be on the way early in this fifth year: The hiring of a full-time civil engineer.
City council on Tuesday night unanimously gave Mayor John Schultz the go-ahead to advertise for someone to fill what would be a new position in city government.
With a mere 52 days under his belt as mayor of Berne, Bill McKean was hard-pressed to tout any accomplishments of his fledgling administration on Tuesday as he delivered his first State of the City address.
Instead, McKean used the platform to sing the praises of city employees, fellow elected officials and even his predecessor for their roles in helping the community move forward as he spoke during a noon luncheon hosted by the Berne Chamber of Commerce.