March 8th, 2013
The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department may soon begin planning a new fire station on the north side of the town's business park if a land request is granted by Monroe Town Council.
Fire Chief Russell Cook asked council Thursday if the town would consider donating a five-acre plot of land in Monroe Business Park for a new fire station. Cook said the current building on S. Polk St. has "served its purpose," but no longer has the capability of housing modern fire trucks and equipment.
One thing positive about March snowstorms: They normally don't hang around too long.
The seven-inch snowfall which hit Decatur starting Tuesday night was no exception. A bright sun and temperatures around the freezing mark helped melt away a potion of the snow on Wednesday as the city and county quickly returned to normal.
Barring any unforeseen problems and with some cooperation from the weather, Decatur’s ancient onetime street department building could be out of sight with only a green space left by mid-May.
Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at Tuesday’s city council meeting that a contract has been signed with Denny Excavating of Plainfield, low bidder on the project. In approximately 10 days, the firm is expected to begin some inside work on the building between the city police station and the city swimming pool.
Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Steve Krull presented his annual report to the county commissioners on Monday.
He said that this year the department hopes to do a lot of work fixing up the county parks. He noted that that was the area on which the department's budget placed its emphasis this year, and he said it would be a great improvement.
City crews hit the streets running early this morning — running snow plows, that is.
In the aftermath of a seven-inch snowfall, Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at 8 a.m. that the situation in regard to city streets "is pretty good. We're about 80 percent of the way now (making at least one pass down every street) and I'd say we'll have everythingl in a couple of more hours.
"We're salting, plowing, doing it all," he said.
It was a frightful night outside, but only thoughts of summer floated around inside City Hall on Tuesday night as local ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) official Theresa Bodle updated Decatur City Council on plans for next summer’s extravaganza.
Geneva Clerk-Treasurer Bill Warren provided an update on the water system's iron filter Tuesday at the town council meeting. At last month's meeting, he had said that it was malfunctioning. This month, he informed the council that the filter is completely offline.
Warrren did emphasize that the water is still being chlorinated and is safe to drink, though it might have some rust in it from time to time.
Chris J. Neuenschwander, 73, of Pennville, formerly of Adams County, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at his residence.
Adams County and area residents of all ages, as well as Norwell's Youth for Christ group, packed the Erekson Theater at Bellmont High School Monday night for an evening with Indianapolis Colts player Chandler Harnish and Marine Corporal Josh Bleill, a Colts community spokesperson.
Harnish, 24, and a backup quarterback for the Colts, took the stage and told the story of his journey from Norwell athlete to NFL player, giving all credit to God.
At the county commissioners' weekly meeting on Monday, probation department head Tom Fox presented an agreement with Cedar Bridge, a juvenile detention facility in Muncie, which would hold juvenile defenders for Adams County until the county decides what to do with them.