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June 8th, 2012
Hiring relatives will be forbidden by law in Decatur — and most of Indiana — by July 1.
Decatur City Council on Tuesday night began the process of adopting an ordinance curbing nepotism and thus complying with a new law approved earlier this by the Indiana Legislature.
The law does have a "grandfather" clause, meaning any current situations which might violate the law do not have to be rectified.
The Decatur Farmers Market began its fourth season on Thursday and for the second year in a row is located at Riverside Center, where ample parking is available for vendors.
The hours remain the same as last year, with the market opening at 3:30 p.m. and continuing until 6:30.
Participants provide their own tables and covering, if desired, and there is no fee for vendors.
Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock says that by the first part of next week, the city fire department will have smoke detectors for use by county residents.
Anyone who needs a smoke detector may visit the fire station on Seventh St., just off Adams St., or call the department, 724-8909.
Hitchcock noted, however, that the detectors will not be given to anyone. "Instead, we will take them to the home and install them to be sure they are installed properly," he said.
Fun Family Fridays will begin this Friday, the Decatur/Adams County Parks and Recreation Department has announced.
Every Friday will feature something different, something fun, something for everyone, a department spokesman said, adding: "Fun Family Fridays are opportunities for residents of Decatur/Adams County to take advantage of our wonderful outdoor resources."
Each activity is free and all will be held during a 90-minute period, 5:30 to 7 p.m., each Friday.
The local Shrine lodge will host area Shriners as they participate in a parade in Decatur on Friday.
The parade, due to start at 8 p.m., will feature antique vehicles, tractors, mini-cars, etc.
The parade will form at and also end at the Krueckeberg building (formerly Adams Lumber) on Adams St. The parade will go east on Adams St. to Five Points, north on Second St. to Madison St., west on Madison to Seventh St., and south on Seventh back to Adams St.
Decatur City Council moved forward Tuesday night on redistricting for post-2012 elections.
After each census, cities (and states, etc.) must redraw voting lines to keep something of an even balance in terms of population, with no district having more than 10 percent greater population than any of the others.
Seeking to come into compliance with orders set forth by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), the city of Decatur has informed some downtown businesses and a few residences in other areas that they will have to disconnect their downspouts from the city's sanitary sewer system.
Approximately 25 businesses and homes have received letters spelling out the needed change, according to Ann Butcher, who heads the city's sewage treatment plant and wastewater department.
Adams County resident Brice Hoffman addressed the county commissioners Monday regarding the golf cart ordinance covering their use on county roads.
The Indiana Legislature passed a bill in 2009 allowing cities and towns to regulate golf carts on their streets, but not allowing golf carts to be used legally on county roads and state highways.
A major project is due to begin in Decatur in another week or so: the replacement of some 2,500 street signs.
Michiana Contracting of Plymouth was awarded the contract with a bid of $16;7,472.63. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) administers the federal grant awarded the City of Decatur for the project.
Decatur received $261,900 in federal funds, and with the city's $29,100 match, the total grant amounts to $291,100. The grant covers engineering, inspections, and all other aspects.
Austin Miller received a standing ovation as he walked across the stage at South Adams on Sunday to receive his high school diploma.
Miller has overcome numerous health issues, including a recent kidney transplant, to be able to walk across the stage at his graduation ceremony on Sunday.
His name is read by Principal Trent Lehman in accompanying photo.
South Adams, Adams Central and Bellmont high schools all held graduation ceremonies on Sunday.