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October 4th, 2013
Monroe Town Council on Thursday evening heard a presentation from a representative of Gorman-Rupp Pumps on upgrades needed to fix sanitary sewage lines that run from Monroe to Berne’s wastewater treatment plant. The cost for the project has been estimated at $23,000.
Council President Al Lehman used an analogy to describe the predicament the town is in, saying, “We can spend $20,000 to fix an old car, or $20,000 to get a new one. That is the position we are in.”
“It’s a sad day for Decatur,” said mayor John Schultz when informed of the passing of former Decatur mayor Harold Miller, 83, who died Tuesday at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
Schultz said he feels those who step forward to serve the community are greatly unappreciated, and Miller was no exception.
With two council members absent, the remaining three members of Decatur City Council were busier than usual making motions and seconds and issuing approvals on Tuesday night.
With Bill Crone and Ken Meyer unable to attend, Charlie Cook, Matt Dyer and Cam Collier gave the okay to several ordinances and one resolution. Ordinances passed on two readings earlier and approved on Tuesday night included:
Community assistance is being sought by city officials for a scheduled cleanup day at the home of George Craig and his son, George Jr., at the corner of Jackson and Second streets.
It was announced at Tuesday night's city council meeting — attended by the elder Craig —that the work event will be held beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 12.
"Mr. Craig is going to attempt to do something on his property," and the public can help, Mayor John Schultz said.
Directors, officers and staff of First Bank of Berne launched balloons on Wednesday to celebrate the beginning of construction of a new banking center at 222 Heritage Trail in Berne. Each balloon contained a note explaining where the balloon lifted off, and anyone who finds a balloon was invited to write or call the bank to let them know how far the balloon traveled. Joining bank employees were the mayor, city officials and contractors.
An Indiana Department of Transportation plan to elevate U.S. 224 in the area at the Bellmont High School entrance to a short distance south of the East Monroe Street intersection continues to raise concerns among some residents.
Brad McBride, owner-operator of McBride & Son Welding at the intersection of Jackson Street and U.S. 224, was on hand for Tuesday night’s Decatur City Council meeting, along with three other men, to discuss the matter.
Geneva Town Council accepted the introduction of five new village ordinances and passed the 2014 approved budget ordinance at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.
The Bellmont volleyball program celebrated Senior Night on Tuesday as the Squaws hosted the Norwell Knights. The 10 seniors involved with the volleyball team, eight players and two managers, gathered for a photo before the match. They are, in front from left, Taylor Rhymer, Emily Roman and Liv Fuelling. In back are manager Chabelle Lawler, Madison Glancy, Bailee Hankenson, Holly Hankenson, Natalie Busse, Jessah Okoniewski and manager Ivy Settlemyer.
Photo by Cassandra Lehman
The former Community Markets in Decatur got a new sign, and a new store philosophy, on Monday. The market, now called Sack & Save, has pared down its inventory to feature only the most popular consumer items and now reportedly has a bag-your-own policy. The Berne Community Market was not part of the change.
Photo by Mike Lamm
Former Decatur Storm Water Management Director Joan Eichhorn is scheduled to make an appearance in Adams County Circuit Court at 2 p.m. Thursday for a change of plea/sentencing hearing.
The former city employee is expected at that time to accept or reject a plea bargain agreement reportedly negotiated by the county prosecutor and Eichhorn's attorneys.