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February 24th

County to look at Music House

February 24, 2012

    Adams County Attorney Mark Burry presented a right of first refusal contract to the Adams County Commissioners Tuesday for the former Music House building on N. Second Street in Decatur.
    The commissioners have hired Dave Sholl, of Schenkel and Schultz Architecture out of Fort Wayne to examine the building as a possible site to house Adams Superior Court.
    The contract gives the county 90 days to inspect the property and come to a decision without fear the building will be sold before the process is complete.

Some Postal operations moving to Fort Wayne

February 24, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service plans to consolidate operations and move mail processing operations out of eight Indiana cities, including Gary, South Bend, Terre Haute and Lafayette, unless Congress enacts an alternative cost-cutting plan before May 15.
    The changes in Indiana, announced Thursday, are expected to eliminate at least 354 jobs and save at least $39.8 million.
    Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan says the consolidation is necessary to keep the postal service viable.

February 23rd

Shelter for animals is inhumane, group says

February 23, 2012

    A group of area residents met with the Adams County Commissioners Tuesday regarding concerns they have with the Adams County Animal Shelter.
    Joanna Stanley, along with her husband Joe, and two women who live in the count, brought concerns regarding the number of animals, particularly cats, being euthanized in Adams County, as well as alleged inhumane conditions in which the animals are kept.

Slowed Medicare payments help push hospital into red

February 23, 2012

    After showing a slight financial advantage for the 2011 year, the Adams Health Network (AHN) started off 2012 in the opposite direction.
    At the February meeting of the AHN Board of Trustees held Wednesday night, it was revealed that during the month of January, the hospital finished with a deficit of $254,275 after having originally been projected to have had a surplus of nearly an equal amount.

Sweeper shop bids taken on March 6

February 23, 2012

    Bids will be taken on Tuesday, March 6, for the demolition of the former Dwayne's Sweeper Shop (and Holthouse Drug Co.) at the corner of Monroe and Second streets in Decatur.
    The announcement was made at this week's city council meeting by Mayor John Schultz.
    The demolition will follow the removal of asbestos from the building by Air Management Techniques of Muncie, which bid $2,100 for that job.

February 22nd

City has plan to cut engineering fees

February 22, 2012

    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."

City is looking to hire its 1st civil engineer

February 22, 2012

    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.

Mayor passes plenty of praise

February 22, 2012

    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.

February 21st

Bridge restoration continues

February 21, 2012

    With supports now in place, Jutte Excavating, Fort Recovery, Ohio, has begun the process of removing the remaining sections of the Ceylon Covered Bridge to dry land to continue work on the restoration project.
    Cranes will be brought in this week to remove the sections to dry land to continue the restoration of the historical bridge.
 

New traffic lights in town

February 21, 2012

    The Hoosier CO Inc. of Indianapolis has torn up curbs on Monroe St. intersections at four locations in Decatur prior to replacing overhead traffic lights, an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) project.
    The lights at First, Second, Third and Fifth will be replaced, improving traffic flow, INDOT officials have told city officials.
    The curbs are being torn up in order to put down new electrical equipment used by the lilghts.

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