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September 7th, 2012
It's budget time again for area governments and Monroe's proposed budget for 2013 was reviewed Thursday night during the first of two public hearings before final approval on October 4 by the town council.
The overall proposed budget for 2013 is $391,900. That's up $7,030 from the 2012 budget, according to official documents.
Summer may be nearing an end, but lawns still need to be cut and trash needs to be cleared out of yards in the town of Monroe, according to the town council.
During Thursday night's meeting, President Al Lehman said he wants to remind the residents that there is a town ordinance mandating residents keep their lawns cut and property free of trash. Lehman said the town is well kept, for the most part, but there has been an ongoing issue with "a few houses that just can't seem to get it done."
The Oakwood Addition south of Decatur continues under a boil advisory due to major problems with its water system, but at this point there is no way the City of Decatur could or would come to the rescue.
Councilman Matt Dyer raised the matter at Tuesday night's city council meeting, asking if it would be possible for the city to provide water to the residents of Oakwood, also known as Yost Woods.
The annual Berne Heritage Festival will be held at Swiss Heritage Village and Museum this Saturday from 9 a.m-5 p.m.
The event will feature children’s games, senior activities, and visitors may be invited to spin wool, churn butter, or shell corn with a hand crank sheller.
Parks & recreation department soccer begins Saturday, which means entry to both Bellmont High School and Worthman Field will be altered each Satuday through October 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The driveway to Bellmont High School off of US 224 will be closed; people are asked to use the entrance by the administrative building or the Middle School entrance on East Monroe St.
Worthman Field entrances will be one-way off Adams Street, with the only way to exit through the back gate.
It's likely to be April of next year when work begins on demolishing the former city garage, an obviously elated Decatur Mayor John Schultz pointed out at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
It was announced last Friday that the city was awarded a $400,000 federal Community Development Block Grant to raze the 116-year-old structure which sits between the police station and city swimming pool.
The city will pay 20 percent of the estimated $500,000 demolition project cost, or approximately $103,000.
Geneva Marshall Rob Johnson reported during the town's council meeting on Tuesday that there has been an increase in the number of calls to the police regarding items being stolen out of vehicles.
Johnson said, "We encourage people to keep their car doors locked" to avoid becoming a victim of this increasingly popular crime. He also said to make sure to report any theft to the Geneva Police Department as soon as possible because, "We will go out of our way to check it out."
A Geneva man, Harold J. Bailey, 50, died at 10:37 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, as a result of injuries he suffered during a 1:51 p.m. accident on July 13 in Wells County.
The Wells County Sheriff's Department said Bailey was eastbound in the 4900 east block of S.R. 124 when a 2004 Chevrolet truck driven by Jennifer R. Owens, 29, Arcanum, Ohio, allegedly crossed the center line and collided with the Bailey vehicle. The impact caused both vehicles to spin off the road and they ended up in a nearby yard.
Leader of the Veteran's Gift Card Project, and Pastor of Redkey and Dunkirk Mt. Tabor United Methodist churches, Randy "McRandy" Davis began his campaign to give $5 McDonald's gift cards to veterans in 2011 after taking a friend who had been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gerig's disease, to the Marion VA hospital.
The city of Decatur has been awarded a $400,000 federal Community Development Block Grant to help pay for the cost of demolishing a former street department building that has been deemed a public hazard and an eyesore.
The grant, announced Friday by Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, was made available through the Indiana Community Focus Fund and is administered through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Decatur was one of 38 Hoosier communities to share in CFF grants totaling $16,248,626.