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June 6th, 2012
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.
Adams County Highway Department Superintendent Mark Mitchel proposed the possibility of charging excavators and operators of heavy equipment using county roads to be charged for any damages caused by the loading and unloading of their machinery.
Mitchel told Adams County Commissioners Monday that without laying down something to protect the road, such as tires or plywood, when machinery that run on steel tracks are unloaded, then turned in the road, it causes damage that the county must then repair.
It was a picture perfect day, with lots of sunshine and pleasant temperatures, as Adams County's three high schools passed out diplomas to around 350 students on Sunday — Graduation Day!
Smiles were everywhere and the cheers and whistles were plentiful, too, as three gymnasiums held spectators wishing to offer congratulations to their favorite students.
All three held ceremonies beginning at 2 p.m.
The Decatur Farmers Market will begin its fourth season next Thursday and for the second year in a row will be located at Riverside Center, where ample parking is available for vendors, Chamber of Commerce officials have announced.
The hours will 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.
Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Steve Krull recently presented a five-year master plan for the city and county park systems to Adams County Council.
In his report, Krull stated that the process has been over a year in the making and was a joint effort between the city and county park departments.
Ben Baker had struggled with the bat all day, but it was the Bellmont senior catcher who singled in the winning run in the last of the fifth inning Saturday night that sent the Braves to a 5-4 victory over Hamilton Heights and a 3A Regional championship before a large crowd on the BHS diamond.