Archive - May 2012 - News Article
As the calendar turned from April to May, Decatur City Council on Tuesday night gave its approval for street closings for two summertime events, one new and the other a perennial.
The new event is a Shriners' parade and the old is the annual Fourth of July Fireworks.
As he usually does around this time of year, Adam Eguia turned up at the council meeting to offer some details on the fireworks show plus ask for the street closings as well as the city's annual $350 donation.
A benefit fund for the Martin and Mary Schwartz family, who were involved in a fatal traffic accident on April 17, has been established at the First Bank of Berne, according to a spokesperson.
Mary Schwartz, 44, was directing a buggy eastbound on US 224 shortly before 8 a.m. when a van, driven by Chandler M. Gerber, 21, of Bluffton, failed to see the buggy, rear-ending the vehicle and ejecting all six passengers.
The Bellmont High School 2012 spring musical production “Children of Eden” scheduled for this weekend will showcase the talents of many North Adams students as cast, orchestra and tec crew members, play organizers said.
“Children of Eden” is loosely based on the first two books of the bible. Act One tells the story of Adam, Even, Cain and Abel. Act Two is the story of Noah and the flood.
Faculty member Ric Giest is the production director.
New government requirements as part of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act are forcing owners of many public swimming pools across Indiana — including those in Adams County — to find money for upgrades.
The new standards require that public pools nationwide establish one or two accessible points of entry on or before a May 21 deadline. Those improvements can include a pool lift or sloped points of entry or both, depending on the pool’s size.
Decatur City Council gave its approval on Tuesday night to an expenditure that will eventually link the city police department's records system with those of Adams County, Berne and Geneva.
The idea was unveiled at Monday's meeting of the Adams County Commissioners by county Sheriff Shane Rekeweg. That body gave its okay for the county to allow the three communities to tie into its Sungard Management System, so long as the councils of the three communities approved.
Geneva Marshall Rob Johnson asked the Geneva Town Council on Tuesday to approve a $3,700 expenditure for software that will allow Geneva to join the other police departments in the county in merging to one records management system. Additionally, the annual agreement with the management system company will cost Geneva approximately $900.
Johnson said, "Our countywide goal is to get all of the agencies on the same record system, using all of the same forms."
Plans for a Sculpture Walk in Decatur are continuing to be formulated, geared to next August, it was learned at a recent city council meeting.
Decatur Chamber of Commerce President Wes Kuntzman updated council on the plans, with a hoped-for 13 sculptures to be situated in the downtown area, eight of them on pedestals outdoors and five to be placed in business windows.
Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg, accompanied by Decatur Police Chief Ken Ketzler, Berne Police Chief Tim Taylor, and Geneva Marshall Rob Johnson, asked the county commissioners on Monday for approval to move forward on combining the records management system of all three towns into one system, with the sheriff's department being the central policy holder.
Rekeweg said the sheriff's department currently uses a Sunguard Management System, which is used for the Computer Aided Dispatch, records management, and jail management.
Indiana’s state advocate for utility consumers has recommended that Indiana Michigan Power receive only one-eighth of the rate hike it is seeking.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is considering a request that I&M says would increase a typical bill by just over 22 percent. The utility says the request would produce about $174 million in new annual operating revenue, but the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor wants that capped at $22 million.