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September 17th, 2014
And now, the decision lies with the commissioners.
If the Adams County Commissioners hoped an appearance before the Adams County Council would help them determine where to locate the new superior court complex, they found that not to be the case following discussions at Tuesday morning’s monthly council meeting.
With summer flowers fading and Halloween rapidly approaching, Cathee Graves was putting up fall decorations outside Marko’s on 2nd in downtown Decatur Tuesday morning.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night’s city council meeting he and City Attorney Tim Baker met with the Adams County Council earlier in the day and learned the county group, by an unofficial 4-3 vote, supported putting a new superior court building on 3rd Street.
That plan included demolishing the current superior court building, once a Carnegie Library structure. Schultz’s announcement led to a discussion in which the spokesman for a group wanting to save the one-time library building said they had been misled by county officials.
Adams County Data Processing Director Landon Patterson gave the Adams County Commissioners a glimpse of the future at Monday afternoon’s weekly meeting, offering a PowerPoint presentation and YouTube video on the capabilities of an unmanned aerial vehicle he saw demonstrated while in Indianapolis last week
It’s uncertain whether or not the commissioners liked what they saw.
When Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg took office in 2011, the deputies patrolling the 340 square miles of land that make up his agency’s jurisdiction were armed with a sidearm in their holster and a shotgun in their squad cars.
That quickly changed, though, thanks to a federal program that has been supplying police departments across the country with military-grade surplus weapons since the mid-1990s.
Increases in the cost of disposing trash — approved Monday morning by the Adams County Solid Waste Management District’s board of directors — will have the most dramatic effect on the cities of Decatur and Berne.
Following a public hearing which attracted no comments, the solid waste board on Monday approved the first hike in county refuse disposal fees in five years. The new rates will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.
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Court documents filed in the case of Michael A. Motter — charged last week with single counts of rape and sexual battery and five counts of child molesting — allege the defendant engaged in unwanted sexual acts with two young girls in Berne.
South Adams science and chemistry teacher Michael Baer has been chosen to receive an Excellence in Education award, sponsored by the national organization AdvanceED, South Adams High School Principal Trent Lehman reported at last week’s monthly school board meeting.
Adams County Clerk of Courts Gayla Reinhart appeared before the Adams County Commissioners last week, seeking permission to break the county hiring freeze and create a part-time position within her department.
Reinhart stated new federal regulations allow members of the public to view records kept by her department, requiring the redaction of all personal information contained in more than 2,800 cases on file with the clerk of courts office.