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January 16th, 2014
Adams County Treasurer Tom Krueckeberg reported to the Adams County Commissioners this week that 96.7 percent of all tax collections due from local residents from 2013 had already been paid to date, with that percentage expected to rise slightly over the coming weeks as additional and delinquent payments are made.
Krueckeberg indicated the payment percentage was among some of the highest in the state.
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Following a pair of productive brainstorming sessions between members of the Adams County Judicial Needs Committee, sheriff’s department staff, architects, contractors and Decatur city officials, County Attorney Mark Burry informed Adams County Council members Tuesday morning they have narrowed the options for the possible location of a combined superior court and county jail facility. A new circuit building is not included in the most recent plans.
Class projects are nothing new, but seventh grade students at Adams Central, Bellmont and South Adams middle schools have set an admirable goal for the 2013-14 school year: Raise $22,000 to build a school in Africa.
North Adams Community Schools are in need of substitute teachers.
“Substitute teachers are calling in the day before and cancelling to go to a different school,” Superintendent Brent Lehman explained during the North Adams school board meeting held Tuesday evening. “We had to figure out why this was happening. There were days we didn’t have a substitute, and that is not okay.”
Workers with the city of Decatur’s street and sanitation department received an enthusiastic “Thank you” from Mayor John Schultz to start the annual State of the City address Monday. The address was delivered as part of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon series at Woodcrest retirement community.
Adams County Highway Department Superintendent Mark Mitchel reported to the board of county commissioners Monday that the recent winter storm took its toll on his fleet of vehicles, with two trucks currently down for repairs and maintenance to a third recently completed. Mitchel noted that at one point last week, he had more trucks in the garage (seven) than on the roads (six). Most service problems were related to the extreme cold, he said.
Following a heated discussion during the Dec. 9 meeting regarding a proposed city ordinance requiring businesses to maintain a Swiss theme, Berne City Council reconvened Monday to discuss ways to encourage businesses to go with the flow, rather than risk losing potential growth for the city.
To begin the meeting, Berne resident Kirk Johnson addressed the council regarding his concerns of an ordinance mandating a Swiss theme for potential businesses.
Taxes and marriage, two of the Indiana Republican Party’s favorite subjects, predictably took center stage Saturday morning as the two GOP lawmakers who represent Adams County held a town hall-style meeting in Decatur.
The Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual meeting Jan. 30 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1703 High St., Decatur. Described as an “Ag Extravaganza,” the event will once again be a joint meeting with the Adams County Pork Producers Association and the Adams County Farm Bureau, who will conduct their regular business meetings at the event.
While reports of influenza cases are increasing at a rapid pace throughout Indiana, Adams County thus far has seen no cases.
According to Adams County Memorial Hospital Infection Preventionist Liz Fisher, “The flu is where we expect it to be this time of year. Christmas time means lots of get-togethers and nobody wants to miss Christmas, thus the flu spreads quickly and many people come in with symptoms following the holidays.”