Archive - 2014 - News Article
Two members of the Decatur Police Department were issued oaths of office Tuesday in recognition of their new positions within the department. Deputy Police Chief Greg Cook and Detective Lieutenant Mike Mahan have been promoted to chief and assistant chief, respectively, in a move precipitated by the pending retirement of long-time city police chief Ken Ketzler.
Mayor Bill McKean called it an “exciting time.”
“This is not something we do every day,” the mayor said shortly before members of the Berne City Council authorized the purchase of a new fire truck for the community.
If at first you don’t succeed...
Just as he did last week, Adams County Community Corrections Executive Director Ian Gilbert appeared before the Adams County Commissioners Monday to again ask their permission to restructure his staff in the wake of the resignation of Field Officer Kevin McIntosh. This time, however, his request was unanimously approved.
After a nearly two-week dance with state environmental officials, during which time the state twice changed its advisory opinion surrounding financing for a Berne waste water treatment plant upgrade, city officials on Monday approved an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $7.9 million in sewage works improvement bonds.
The annual Adams County Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held Saturday and Sunday at Adams Central School. The event kicks off at noon Saturday and concludes Sunday morning. A complete schedule of events will appear later this week in the Democrat.
The city of Decatur received 1.33 inches of rain in the span of about half an hour after a pop-up thunderstorm sat — and sat — over the city late Sunday afternoon.
Sunday’s forecast called for a slight chance of rain, however the downpour that ensued during the isolated storm was probably not what most residents were expecting. Several city and county roadways were flooded, causing havoc for those driving through the city.
Auctioneer Harry Miller plies his trade during the 20th annual Golden Meadows Home auction to benefit the Special Needs Resident Fund held Saturday. Each year area businesses and residents donate items to be auctioned off as part of the home’s fundraiser. Auction totals will be available later this week.
Wet weather throughout the day Friday threatened to put a damper on the 14th annual Motor Sports Festival car show, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Cloudy skies gave way to sunshine later in the day, although some early evening raindrops kept the crowd somewhat smaller than had been anticipated.
Vandalism in the city’s parks and elsewhere has become a major concern, and Mayor John Schultz plus members of city council are asking for the public’s help to get a handle on it.
“We have some serious issues with vandalism in our parks,” the mayor said at Tuesday’s meeting before having City Manager Jeremy Gilbert provide details.