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January 6th, 2012
Talk at the Monroe Town Council Thursday evening centered around ongoing problems with the lift station sewage pumps located on the east and west sides of town.
Monroe's water and sewage assistant superintendent, Justin Shaffer, reported the pumps, which are more than 30 years old, are in dire need of replacement.
Adams County Republican Party Chairman Rob Noetzel of Decatur has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for one of three at-large seats on the Adams County Council. He will be a candidate in this year's May 8 primary election.
Funeral services for Dean Ingmire will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home.
Ingmire, 59, died Tuesday in a fire at his home in Roe Acres, north of Monmouth. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to services. (See obituary notices.)
Decatur Police Chief Ken Ketzler said this morning that police officers will be attending the funeral en masse, in uniform. A bagpiper is expected to be involved in the ceremony.
Berne Mayor William McKean has named James Beitler as the city attorney to top a list of appointments announced this week by the incoming mayor.
Beitler, a longtime attorney in Berne, is a partner with David Baumgartner in the law office of Baumgartner and Beitler. He formerly served as city attorney under the tenure of Mayor Blaine Fulton. He will take over the position from Bob Biberstein, who served for more than six years in the administration of former mayor John Minch.
Without a storm water management director since the mid-December resignation of Joan Eichhorn, it now appears Decatur soon will be without its storm water committee, too.
At its meeting on Tuesday night, city council moved to dissolve the committee and place the storm water department under the direction of the city's board of works and safety.
Services are pending at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home for Duane (Dean) Ingmire, 59, a 16-year reserve officer and a 14-year dispatcher with the Decatur Police Department who died Tuesday morning in a fire inside his home in Roe Acres, north of Monmouth.
Among Ingmire's survivors are two sons.
It is believed that smoke inhalation was the cause of death, although that has yet to be determined by the coroner.
It confounds and disappoints Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel and the entire Decatur Fire Department: a department which had gone 20 or more years without a fatality in a home fire has now had five in a little more than 26 months. Dean Ingmire, a longtime member of the Decatur Police Department, is the latest, having died in a fire in his home early Tuesday morning.
It now appears the possibility of a joint city-county building being built in Decatur will be placed before Adams County voters next fall.
That possibility came to light near the end of Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting when new councilman Cam Collier asked Mayor John Schultz the status of the ongoing discussions.
Schultz replied that monthly meetings are being held, with the next one coming up soon, and it appeared that the matter would be taken to the voters in the fall.
Duane (Dean) Ingmire, 59, a 16-year reserve officer and a 14-year dispatcher with the Decatur Police Department, died this morning in a fire inside his home in Roe Acres, north of Monmouth.
Firefighters were sent to the home at 217 W. Roeville Road at 8:36 a.m. when the 911 center at the Adams County Sheriff's Department received a call from a neighbor of Ingmire's who saw smoke coming from the home.
All those mild holiday conditions went by the wayside in Decatur and Adams County on Monday as Old Man Winter took a swipe at the area to begin the new year.
The coldest temperatures of the season combined with a fresh one inch of snow to slicken streets in the city and county, leading to a number of slideoffs yesterday. An Adams County Sheriff's Department spokesman said this morning there were no known injuries.