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May 2nd, 2012
New government requirements as part of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act are forcing owners of many public swimming pools across Indiana — including those in Adams County — to find money for upgrades.
The new standards require that public pools nationwide establish one or two accessible points of entry on or before a May 21 deadline. Those improvements can include a pool lift or sloped points of entry or both, depending on the pool’s size.
Decatur City Council gave its approval on Tuesday night to an expenditure that will eventually link the city police department's records system with those of Adams County, Berne and Geneva.
The idea was unveiled at Monday's meeting of the Adams County Commissioners by county Sheriff Shane Rekeweg. That body gave its okay for the county to allow the three communities to tie into its Sungard Management System, so long as the councils of the three communities approved.
Geneva Marshall Rob Johnson asked the Geneva Town Council on Tuesday to approve a $3,700 expenditure for software that will allow Geneva to join the other police departments in the county in merging to one records management system. Additionally, the annual agreement with the management system company will cost Geneva approximately $900.
Johnson said, "Our countywide goal is to get all of the agencies on the same record system, using all of the same forms."
Plans for a Sculpture Walk in Decatur are continuing to be formulated, geared to next August, it was learned at a recent city council meeting.
Decatur Chamber of Commerce President Wes Kuntzman updated council on the plans, with a hoped-for 13 sculptures to be situated in the downtown area, eight of them on pedestals outdoors and five to be placed in business windows.
Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg, accompanied by Decatur Police Chief Ken Ketzler, Berne Police Chief Tim Taylor, and Geneva Marshall Rob Johnson, asked the county commissioners on Monday for approval to move forward on combining the records management system of all three towns into one system, with the sheriff's department being the central policy holder.
Rekeweg said the sheriff's department currently uses a Sunguard Management System, which is used for the Computer Aided Dispatch, records management, and jail management.
Indiana’s state advocate for utility consumers has recommended that Indiana Michigan Power receive only one-eighth of the rate hike it is seeking.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is considering a request that I&M says would increase a typical bill by just over 22 percent. The utility says the request would produce about $174 million in new annual operating revenue, but the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor wants that capped at $22 million.
Anyone who "likes" the Decatur Daily Democrat Facebook page through Tuesday, May 8, will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $10 gift certificates to local businesses. Current and new "likes" are eligible to win.
The gift certificates are from Christner's Pizza King of Decatur, East of Chicago in Berne and Crossroads Pantry in Geneva.
Winners will be announced on Facebook and on the Decatur Daily Democrat website.
Golden Meadows Home Director Tom Magnan has announced that over the next several weeks, volunteers from Golden Meadows will be contacting Adams County businesses for help in donating a product, service, or gift certificate to its annual auction.
County residents also may donate to the auction, but donations of used clothing will not be accepted, he said.
Zurcher Tire, Inc. of Monroe has announced that as of next Tuesday, May 1, its name will be Zurcher’s Best-One Tire & Auto Care.â€¨ "Customers can still expect the same great people, values, service and prices that they have come to rely on from this local Monroe business over the years," a news release saide. "Founder and president Paul Zurcher values the business’s connection to the community."
Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg announced Friday that there has been a third fatality resulting from the April 17 accident involving an Amish buggy and a van on SR 124 near CR 400W.
Rekeweg said Jerry M. Schwartz, 17, who has been hospitalized since the accident, has died as a result of his injuries.
No information regarding the condition of Mary M. Schwartz, 44, who was transported by helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital, has been released.