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The woman who has headed Decatur's storm water department since March of 2004, Joan Eichhorn, has resigned for "personal reasons" and reimbursed the city for almost $5,000 in claims which she submitted and which were disputed by the city.
Eichhorn's resignation letter was dated Wednesday, December 14, the same day a hearing was held at City Hall by the Decatur Storm Water Board to discuss her situation. The board also met in executive session on December 6 to discuss the matter.
The continuous decline in enrollment at North Adams Community Schools and the transiency of students in and out of the school district was outlined in a report presented to the school district's board of education at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
At a meeting of the South Adams Schools Board this week, Director of Facilities Dave Vorhees gave a report on the new rules for indoor air quality.
He said the schools are now required by the state to have written policies on vehicle idling, animals in the classrooms and chemical management. Some other requirements include monitoring carbon dioxide and humidity levels and taking care of water or mold damage within 48 hours of detection.
North Adams schools have begun the process of implementing a state-mandated process of evaluating teachers and principals, with the framework required to be in place for the 2012-13 school year.
Superintendent Wylie Sirk reported at Tuesday evening's board of education meeting that the new state law ultimately will link student performance with the mandated evaluations, and that the upper tier of educators will be eligible for pay hikes based on those performance levels.
A tense situation at a rural Geneva household ended peacefully Tuesday evening after a suspect being sought by police surrendered without incident.
Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg said this morning that officers from the Geneva Police Department attempted to serve an arrest warrant on an individual in a vehicle at a residence on C.R. 000 near C.R. 1050S, east of Geneva, at 4:08 p.m. Tuesday.
The South Adams Schools Board on Tuesday restated its desire to sell the former elementary school property after being informed of a potential buyer.
Superintendent Scott Litwiller announced at the board meeting that "a national development company has expressed an interest and intent to purchase" the tract of land located at the corner of US 27 and State Route 218 in Berne.
Barring an 11th-hour emergency session later this month, Mayor John Minch presided over his final meeting of Berne City Council on Monday, wrapping up an eight-year reign as the city's leader and principal spokesman.
Minch, a Democrat, will conclude his second term as mayor on Dec. 31. He had determined earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.
Larry Macklin, executive director of the Adams County Economic Development Corp. who has been overseeing the cleanup and the inspections of former Decatur Casting industrial site in Decatur, told the county commissioners on Monday that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has written a "site-status letter" which says the property poses no threat to the health of people or the environment.
The IDEM report also noted there are no state or federal environmental concerns in regard to the cleaned-up area.
Goodbye to green, yellow, red, and black.
Hello to "advisory," "watch," and "warning."
At Monday's meeting, the Adams County Commissioners adopted the new statewide system of announcing and handling bad weather or other types of emergencies.
John August, the county's emergency management director, told the commissioners that a law passed in this year's session of the Indiana General Assembly established three levels to alert the public:
Union members from Adams County and the surrounding area descended on Decatur Saturday morning to share with local lawmakers their views about the so-called "Right-To-Work" legislation that is certain to be debated in the Indiana General Assembly beginning next month.