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June 23rd, 2011
With an estimated $4.5 million to $4.6 million cost for what is proposed as the first city-county building in Adams County history, paying for it is a major matter.
At a two and a half hour special meeting of the Adams County commissioners on Tuesday to unveil the plans, and the reasons for such plans, Todd Samuelson of H.J. Umbaugh and Associates, an accounting firm in Plymouth, reported on how financing might operate.
"Fix it or move," said Adams Superior Court Judge Patrick Miller.
"Think broadly," said Adams Circuit Court Judge Fred Schurger, because "where we are today is not where we will be tomorrow."
Decatur City Council was admonished at its meeting Tuesday night for its perceived lack of support for American troops, and county officials will be hearing the same criticism in the near future.
City resident Darlene Zeitvogel said she has a son serving in Iraq, along with six other local people. Her voice cracking, Zeitvogel said she was extremely disappointed that no city officials turned out for the Memorial Day ceremonies here on May 30 "to support my son and six other guys over there."
A messy, smelly subject resurfaced for the first time in nearly two years at Tuesday night's meeting of Decatur City Council: horse manure on city streets.
Mayor John Schultz initiated the discussion when he spoke of an "irate" message recently left on his home phone by a city resident.
The caller was complaining about a major mess. Councilman Charlie Cook, who checked on the pile, said it was strung out "for almost 60 feet."
Ben Beer of Bluffton, who works for USI Consultants at Indianapolis, informed the Adams County Commissioners on Monday that three firms attended a pre-bid meeting last week in regard to the project to rehabilitate and restore the covered bridge in the south end of the county.
The bids will be opened at next Monday's meeting of the commissioners.
USI Consultants has completed the design of the project.
Those who recall David Anspaugh as a youth in Decatur in the 1950s and 1960s would never have attached the title "living legend" to him.
However, decades later, Anspaugh, a veteran film and television director, has reached that level, having been acclaimed as an "Indiana Living Legend."
Summer officially begins Tuesday, but the summer fun season began last week in the Decatur area with the parks and recreation department's Touch A Tractor event held Saturday in Decatur, Hoagland Days and Decatur's annual Motorsports Festival held Friday (see photo). (Photo by Eric Mann)
Decatur has already had a couple of days which were hotter than any recorded in 2010, but it will be Tuesday when summer officially arrives, at 1:16 p.m. here.
The arrival is labeled the Summer Solstice, which results in the longest day and the shortest night of the yeaar.
Sol plus stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.
Figures released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development showed that unemployment crept up slightly in Adams County during May. The state report set the local jobless rate at 7.8 percent for last month, up slightly from the county's 7.6 unemployment rate in April but still below the 8.2 percent figure for March.
April's unemployment rate was the lowest seen in the county in almost three years.
Adams Central School's $10 million construction and renovation project is on target to be done this fall and the school board has scheduled a dedication ceremony for Sunday, November 13, at 2:30 p.m.
At the board's June meeting, the latest payment to the prime contractor, Weigand Construction of Fort Wayne, was approved at $1,083,047.24, covering the costs of steel and concrete for work on the southeast corner of the building.
The board also approved the following: