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Monday's Decatur City Council meeting, bumped up a day so as not to conflict with today's election, was more of an educational affair than a business meeting.
Webelos Scouts from Den 3 of Cub Scout Pack 3070, their leaders and some parents attended the meeting in City Hall, and the boys were given a full agenda by Mayor John Schultz. The Scouts got together with the mayor and council to talk and ask questions before the meeting, sat in on the meeting, then fired off a few more questions near the end of the meeting.
Fourteen boys, all but one of whom is in the fourth grade, formed up around the mayor for a video that is part of a special project (see separate story.)
"Cub Scouts are well-known for activities like campouts, Pinewood Derby and popcorn sales," one of the leaders, Rob Noetzel, told council in a prepared statement. "While those activities are definitely a lot of fun, Scouting is much more than that. Through their activities as Curb Scouts today, and moving into Boy Scouts in the near future, these young men are working to develop themselves into solid citizens and are making a lifelong commitment to improving our community and nation through service. In fact, service projects are a key component to the Scouting experience at all ages and levels."
Meanwhile, during the business portion of the meeting, Mayor Schultz handed out well-deserved praise for those staging the Callithumpian Parade, announced an appointment, and got council's okay to hand out Decatur Dollars to city employees.
Shirley Eloph was the appointee, to a four-year term on the Decatur Housing Authority, from November 14 of this year to November 13 of 2014.
The distribution of Decatur Dollars will see $25 of the special funds going to all fulltime employees and $15 to parttime employees as a holiday gift.
Elected officials do not get any of those funds.
Looking back one week to the city's annual Callithumpian Parade, Schultz thanked Police Chief Ken Ketzler's department for traffic control — "It's not an easy thing to do"; the street department for getting barriers up "and down in proper time"; the parks department "which plays a big part in the parade"; the Knights of Columbus members who collect funds for the parade on parade night;
"and most of all the Callithumpian Committee; they put in hours and hours of time."
Also at the meeting;
• Mayor Schultz wished the Bellmont volleyball team the best of luck at the upcoming state tournament. "We're all very proud of what they've accomplished," he said.
• Council passed on third and final reading an ordinance rezoning a property on Rod St.
• The mayor said logjams under both the Macklin Bridge (Monroe St.) and Yost Bridge (Jackson St.) have been removed.
• Ketzler said the city's newest officer, Brad Stoltz, "is working out very well."
• Fire Chief Les Marckel said conditions in the Decatur area "are still about as dry as they have been." He urged people burning outdoors to use extreme caution and to refrain from doing so when winds are brisk.
Marckel said the department made 40 runs in October.
• Councilman Ken Meyer and City Attorney Tim Baker were unable to attend the meeting.
Webelos Scouts of Den 3 of Cub Scout Pack 3070 in Decatur are encouraging public participation in their latest service project: preparing special thanks for local veterans serving their country.
The boys joined with Decatur Mayor John Schultz at Monday night's city council meeting to shoot a video in which the mayor offers special words to local veterans. Copies will be made and sent to local men and women serving in the military.
It's all part of the "Hoosier Cheer For Our Heroes" project. Through the combined efforts of Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman's office, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the Indiana National Guard, holiday wishes will be sent to troops service overseas and those who are posted stateside and unable to get home for the holidays.
There are three ways in which the public may participate, including recording a short video, as the Scouts did with the mayor. Videos should be mailed to email@example.com.
The second way is to send holiday cards or letters that light-hearted and encouraging. The Webelos will be mailing their cards shortly, but Adams County residents can mail theirs to: Office of Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, c/o Hoosier Cheer For Our Heroes, 200 W. Washington St., Suite 333, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
The third way to participate is to send an e-mail greeting to firstname.lastname@example.org, and those greetings will be forwarded to the troops. The messages need to be received in Indianapolis no later than November 19.
Organizers say cards and letters should not include glitter, confetti, messy art supplies, money, and candy.
Anyone with questions may contact one of the Webelos leaders, Jeremy Brown, or Coni Mayer at the Adams County Community Foundation.