Archive - 2014 - News Article
Joe Johnson III, reinstated by the Adams County Public Defender board last month after a series of legal issues led to the Decatur attorney’s suspension as a member of the public defender’s office, will not return to that office in 2015.
The defender board met Thursday morning in the county commissioners’ room of the Service Complex. The meeting began with an executive session “to discuss an individual’s status as a contract employee,” according to meeting minutes from Auditor Mary Beery.
A major road reconstruction project which has been in the planning stages since 2011 will be coming to fruition next spring.
Fleming Excavating of rural Decatur has been awarded the contract for the East Monroe Street project by the Indiana Department of Transportation. The city of Decatur received a federal grant for the project, but INDOT handles all aspects of it.
Fleming had the low bid of just more than $1.3 million.
This residence in the Stratton Addition in Decatur is all decked out for the season, with colorful lights surrounding the entire property.
Photo by J Swygart
It was obvious that Tuesday night’s Decatur City Council meeting was the year’s finale, with several year-end matters handled. Among them were a group of reappointments.
Ron Storey, Rex Hinsky and Max Miller were given new one-year terms on the city’s redevelopment commission by Mayor John Schultz. North Adams board member Ben Faurote represents that board on the commission, but is a non-voting member.
Dave Haggard was given a new four-year term on the Board of Zoning Appeals, by the mayor.
St. Joseph School presented “Chimes in the Night” Sunday in the school auditorium. Kindergarten students, fourth graders, the St. Joe Sensations and all middle school choirs performed during the event. Photo provided
With all hope gone of convincing county officials to construct a new court building on the 1st Street site of the abandoned Schafer building, city council on Tuesday night took the first steps toward a possible purchase of the building.
Before anything can be done, city council needed to appoint Mayor John Schultz as a purchasing agent to look into matter.
“We’ve not decided anything; this is just the first step that’s required before anything can be done,” the mayor said.
Homes in the Lake Shore addition on Decatur’s easternmost edge are in full holiday mode, with decorative Christmas lights strung at several of the homes there.
The South Adams Music Department staged its annual Christmas band and choir concert Tuesday evening in Burkhalter Auditorium. Featured were the middle school and high school bands and choirs. Above, Director Curt Amstutz leads the seventh- and eighth-grade band through its performance.
Photo by J Swygart
City officials are moving quickly to get in place a new-hire communications coordinator, and there is a chance the person chosen could be on the job sometime in February.