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The Northeast Indiana Fund has contributed $7,000 to a fund to help the city continue cleanup of the onetime Decatur Casting Co. site, Mayor John Schultz announced at this week's city council meeting.
The city has chipped in $5,000 and contributions also have come from Indiana and Michigan Power, NIPSCO and Adams County Economic Development Director Larry Macklin, providing approximately $25,000 in total funds for the task.
"I hope this will be enough to let us finally get this done," Mayor John Schultz said.
Meanwhile, the mayor thanked Eric (Keebie) Meyer for his 31 years of service to the police department, adding: "We wish him well."
Meyer, who has been a detective for a number of years, will become chief deputy under new Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg come January 1.
A new detective will be named sometime after the first of the year, Schultz said. It is also anticipated that a new patrolmen will be added to replace the person moving up to detective.
Also at the meeting;
• The mayor said he attended "what was a very nice celebration" held by Silberline on Monday. Silberline, which has 101 employees at its Decatur plant, was marking its 65th year in business.
"We want to thank them for their commitment to us," Schultz said.
` • Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said the process of recycling "a large pile of concrete" began last week. Once the project is completed, the city will have approximately 4,100 tons of stone to be used in various locations.
Gilbert called the effort "very worthwhile."