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Decatur officials are seeking to create a tax increment financing (TIF) district within the city limits to receive tax proceeds from future increases in assessed property valuation of businesses and industries in the city, but not from any single-family residences in town.
Such tax proceeds would go to the Decatur Redevelopment Commission (DRC) for use in economic development projects within the city limits as a way of gaining jobs, raising payroll and local revenue, and even selling homes to new working families.
The board of directors of the Friends of the Library in Decatur has decided to place a plaque on the steel sculpture in front of Decatur branch of the Adams Public Library System (APLS) and wall display inside the library to credit all those involved with that work of art.
Greg Mendez, a Decatur artist who works in metal, designed and made the sculpture, which sits on a concrete base donated by Decatur concrete contractor Jim Hitchcock.
The program that began more than 10 years ago to plant flowers annually in 27 large sidewalk planters in downtown Decatur is in a financial bind this year.
Rev. Dan York, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church and the man who volunteered to oversee the project and keep the flowers looking good from May through October, reports that, for the first time, the project is short $1,200 to $1,500 in donations. Overall, the planter project costs $3,000 a year.
Having fallen substantially over the weekend, the St. Marys River was on the rise in Decatur again today. But, at this time, no major flooding is expected.
Local weather station officials were informed by the National Weather Service this morning that the St. Marys is expected to crest here at 18.7 feet around 1 a.m. Friday.
The river's flood stage is 17 feet, but it causes no significant flooding problems until surpassing 20 feet.
One longtime business has relocated and another will be expanding in connected decisions announced this week.
The changes involve Charlie Brune, owner of Complete Printing Service at 210 S. Second St. since 1992, and Wendell Beer, a barber here for 52 years, much of that time in The Hair-Cut Center at 216 S. Second St., next to Brune's firm. Brune was Beer's landlord.
An almost $12 million bond issue was authorized by the East Allen County Schools Board on Tuesday to create a single-school campus at what is now Heritage Junior-Senior High School.
The school, located between Hoagland and Monroeville, would house students from kindergarten to 12th grade.
The plan is to pay off the bond issue in less than 20 years. It was announced that a typical owner of a $100,000 home would have a $8.84 property tax increase per year.
A football signed by Anthony Gonzales, a receiver for the Indianapolis Colts and a former star for the Ohio State Buckeyes, is among items to be sold at the 37th Adams County Sheriff's Reserves Auction this Saturday.
The event will be held at the Krueckeberg Auction site on Adams St. in Decatur, starting at 9 a.m.
The ball is displayed in accompanying photo by Erin, one of the Colts' cheerleaders, as well as ACSD reserve lieutenant Rex Mihm (left) and ACSD reserve sergeant Sam Smitley.
BY ERIC MANN
The Monroe Town Council wanted to take action on a proposed water rate increase at Thursday night's meeting, but could not do so because a legal advertisement which town officials had published was incomplete.
A more detailed legal ad will be printed soon in local newspapers and the council will hold a public hearing on the proposed water rate hike and vote on it in a special session at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 19, in Town Hall.
In a special meeting of the Geneva Town Council on Wednesday, sealed bids for the town's wastewater improvement project were opened and then taken under advisement.
The project is made possible through a $600,000 Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) grant that was awarded to the town in May. The grant requires the town to match $200,000, bringing the project total, which includes the preliminary engineering report, to more than $800,000.
A request by an Ossian man, charged with murdering a neighbor boy last July, to have his case moved outside of Wells County has been turned down by Wells Circuit Court Judge Kent Kiracofe.
The judge ruled that there has not been excessive publicity about the case and that an impartial jury could be selected at a trial.
Bruce Pond is accused of firing a gun toward a light on a dock on a pond at night on July 22. The shot killed four-year-old Jacob Michuda, who was fishing with his father.