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June 20th, 2013
City officials are moving forward on revamping the recently purchased former bank building downtown and putting a new face on the bare wall across the street, a wall left open when the former sweeper shop/Holthouse Drug Co. building was demolished.
MartinRiley, an engineering and architectural firm in Fort Wayne, has been hired for both projects, it was learned at Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting.
Adams County maintenance department director Dave Meyer came to the commissioners on behalf of the Adams County Peace Monument Committee this week to report that bricks to commemorate military veterans are now on sale.
These bricks will be part of the memorial wall that is to be erected around the monument.
East Allen County Schools announced Wednesday that Ken Folks, chief academic officer at Marion Community Schools, had been chosen as the new EACS superintendent.
The onetime Northern Wells Schools administrator will see his contract formally approved at a special meeting of the board next week.
East Allen officials didn't have to go far to find Folks, who lives in Fort Wayne and has spent most of his life in Allen County. He and his wife, Kay, have two grown sons.
"It's really just a consolidation; a consolidation of employees and equipment," Decatur Mayor John Schultz said of a major change for city employees unveiled at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
And that consolidation is expected to bring some major savings annually.
A recent fish and tenderloin dinner held at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur was a major success, raising more than $2,800, with the proceeds going to four of the church's community ministries.
Over 450 meals were served and a jointly-yeld bake sale saw hundreds of baked goods sold to those attending.
Family and friends will host a benefit for a rural Decatur resident, Scott Gehres, on Sunday, June 30, at the Knights of Columbus hall on High St. in Decatur.
The benefit is scheduled from 12 noon to 8 p.m.,with a dinner provided to the public by friends and family. A free-will donation will be taken for the dinner.
Live music,dance performances by Razz M' Jazz, raffles, a bake sale, and a silent and Chinese auction are currently being planned.
Adams County Sanitarian/'Environmental Director Terry Smith said Monday that his department has been notified by Bryan Price, Senior Medical Entomologist from the Indiana State Department of Health, that the first positive pool in Indiana of Culex mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus was confirmed in a sample that was discovered in Decatur.
With the Safe Schools, Healthy Students (SSHS) grant ending, and the anonymous donor who was going to fund Adams County Schools programs – such as school resource officers, Life Matters counseling, and the Reduce misbehavior, Improve attitudes, each Skills, build Quality students (RISQ) program – recanting the offer in the 11th hour, the future of these programs was uncertain at best.
They are no longer uncertain at Adams Central.
County Attorney Mark Burry advised the county commissioners at their weekly meeting on Monday to re-examine their agreement with the parks and recreation department.
Burry noted that the department seems to be in flux with the potential replacement of Superintendent Steve Krull, who is retiring at the end of the year. From May 2009-January 2013, the county paid the city of Decatur one third of the superintendent's salary.
As the citywide cleanup effort continues in Decatur, it was pointed out at a recent city council meeting that anyone who wishes to complain about high grass, junk vehicles and the like in their neighborhood should call 724-3814 to lodge the complaint.
That is the City Hall number of the building and zoning department, from where an investigation would be launched.