The Daily Press Decatur Daily Democrat | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-03-06T09:12:31-05:00 on Monroe utility rates delayed2015-03-06T09:12:31-05:002015-03-06T09:12:31-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     A public hearing to accept comment on a proposal to raise sewer and water rates in the town of Monroe has once again been delayed.<br />     Monroe Town Council President Al Lehman opened Thursday night’s monthly council meeting by telling the council the hearing could not legally be held because he didn’t deliver the legal notices announcing the public hearing to the media in the required time frame.<br />     This was just the latest delay since the plan to raise utility rates was first brought up by Lehman at the Nov. 6, 2014, council meeting. Councilor Debra Geissler at that time said, “No one wants to raise rates, but we don’t have a choice. It’s either that or your pumps go down. The town’s growing, things are outdated and there’s no choice in the deal.”<br />     The public hearing on the proposed rate hikes was rescheduled for 7 p.m. March 26 at the Monroe Fire Station.<br />  </p>Decatur, INKellan DeamHearing on Monroe utility rates delayedDecatur Daily Club auction will return to Spotlight2015-03-06T09:11:05-05:002015-03-06T09:11:05-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Nate Rumschlag and Lynn Habegger, members of the Decatur Rotary Club, are pictured above with items to be put up for bid at the Decatur Rotary Club’s annual Community Service Auction from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 14 during the Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s Spotlight expo at Bellmont High School.  Rumschlag, left, is holding a certificate from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants that will allow a boy or girl to be an honorary Ball Kid for one game this season or next and includes four additional tickets to that game. Habegger is showing off two bikes with helmets. Those items and many other items will be auctioned off. There will a $50 cash drawing at the auction’s end for the bidders. Items may be viewed before the auction starting at 8:30 a.m.<br /> Photo provided</p>Decatur, INNo author availableRotary Club auction will return to SpotlightDecatur Daily eyes maintenance software purchase2015-03-06T09:10:02-05:002015-03-06T09:10:02-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Geneva Town Marshal Rob Johnson, who has been researching preventative maintenance and management software programs, gave a PowerPoint presentation to town councilors at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday recommending the purchase a particular program to help the town track the activities of its various departments.<br />     According to Johnson, management software programs help organize and track the operation of work performed, inventory items and consumable supplies, identify problem areas, allow for the issuance of work orders as well as provide a way for the public to electronically communicate with town officials.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMike LammGeneva eyes maintenance software purchaseDecatur Daily group plans fundraisers in effort to preserve former Decatur railroad depot2015-03-05T09:13:45-05:002015-03-05T09:13:45-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     A group of Decatur residents seeking to preserve the Penn Central railroad depot off 7th Street have put together plans for raising some $80,000 to reach several goals.<br />     The restoration proposal was read by Mayor John Schultz at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, with two members of the group, Cheri Scherry and Karen Baker, on hand.<br />     The depot, well over 100 years old — maybe as many as 122 years — has been owned by the city for more than 20 years and has undergone considerable work provided by the city in recent years.<br />     Schultz also told council that the first of several steps toward getting the structure on the National Register has been passed. Once it’s on the register, the building will become eligible for various grants.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INBob ShralukaLocal group plans fundraisers in effort to preserve former Decatur railroad depotDecatur Daily<updated>2015-03-05T09:12:41-05:00</updated><published>2015-03-05T09:12:41-05:00</published><rights>Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat</rights><link href="" rel="alternate"/><content type="xhtml"><apxh:div xmlns:apxh=""><apxh:p>     R & R Employment CEO Leslie Rhoades appeared before the Adams County Commissioners Monday to clarify hiring practices and agreements with the local employment agency, charged with pre-screening employees who interview with county department heads when filling staff openings.<br /></apxh:p><apxh:p>     Rhoades indicated that at the present time she is not notified by the county about openings available for county government positions, and that some department heads utilize her company’s services while others don’t. Rhoades stated she would like to put together and send out a standardized procedure manual the county can utilize and distribute so that all departments follow the same process.<br /></apxh:p><apxh:p>     County Attorney Mark Burry commented that presently, “it varies by individual whether or not they feel using R & R is beneficial.”<br /></apxh:p><apxh:p>     Auditor Mary Beery said she feels all department heads should contact R & R when they have an opening. She stated that at a meeting of department heads late last year, some liked the concept of having a pool of pre-screened applicants from which to interview, while others preferred to do so themselves. That scenario has left a situation wherein each department head “is doing as they want. All department heads need to go through R & R,” she said.<br /></apxh:p><apxh:p>     See today's print or online editions for the full story.</p></apxh:p></apxh:div></content><apcm:ContentMetadata xmlns:apcm=""><apcm:DateLine>Decatur, IN</apcm:DateLine><apcm:ByLine>MIKE LAMM</apcm:ByLine><apcm:HeadLine/><apcm:Source City="Decatur" CountryArea="IN" Url="">Decatur Daily Democrat</apcm:Source><apcm:Characteristics MediaType="Text"/></apcm:ContentMetadata><apnm:NewsManagement xmlns:apnm=""><apnm:ManagementId></apnm:ManagementId><apnm:ManagementType>Change</apnm:ManagementType><apnm:ManagementSequenceNumber>0</apnm:ManagementSequenceNumber><apnm:PublishingStatus>Usable</apnm:PublishingStatus><apnm:PublishingReleaseDateTime>2015-03-05T09:12:41-05:00</apnm:PublishingReleaseDateTime></apnm:NewsManagement></entry> <entry><id></id><title>County’s general fund dwindling, Bauman says2015-03-05T09:11:04-05:002015-03-05T09:11:04-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     At the end of Monday’s  meeting of the Adams County Commissioners,  Commissioner Chairman Doug Bauman mentioned the fact that the County General Fund is “now down to about $1.533 million.”<br />     In comparison, Auditor Mary Beery stated recently that in 2008, the County General Fund contained $5.2 million. <br />     Several weeks ago in her annual report to Bauman, Beery wrote  that “revenues continue to decrease as a result of low interest rates, the effects of the property tax caps, TIF districts created by governing entities and property tax deductions enacted by the Indiana legislature.”<br />     While the declining revenues concern the commissioners, auditor and treasurer, tax collections in April should considerably bolster the county’s bottom line.<br /> <br />     <br />     </p>Decatur, INMike LammCounty’s general fund dwindling, Bauman saysDecatur Daily monies are reduced ‘dramatically’ 2015-03-04T09:44:15-05:002015-03-04T09:44:15-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     A lengthy list of recommendations for projects for the near- and long-term was presented to Decatur City Council Tuesday night, tempered by the revelation that Stellar Communities funds available this year have been “reduced dramatically.”<br />     City businessman Greg Kitson, representing the Greater Decatur Committee, outlined for council a number of Stellar-related projects recommended by the group for this year’s Stellar bid.<br />     Kitson prefaced what he labeled an update on projects by explaining “there is less money on the table” this year through Stellar funding. During a recent webinar with Stellar officials, it was learned there are “significant changes” in this year’s program.<br />     Between $8 million and $30 million, including “matches,” was available last year when Decatur made the final cut to six communities, but was not among the two successful cities, Huntingburg and Wabash. That funding was provided by the Indiana Housing and CommunityDevelopment Authority, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Department of Transportation. <br />     INDOT and OCRA are each providing only $1.5 million in funding for 2015, Kitson noted. In addition, INDOT is providing no streetscape funds.<br />     For the complete story, see today's print or online editions.<br />  </p>Decatur, INBob ShralukaStellar monies are reduced ‘dramatically’ Decatur Daily road less icy2015-03-04T09:43:39-05:002015-03-04T09:43:39-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Figuring out which way to go was the least of motorists’ problems Tuesday. With a layer of ice coating roadways (as well as the sign pictured above), travel was slow and trecherous well into the afternoon hours.<br /> <br />  </p>Decatur, INJ SWYGARTThe road less icyDecatur Daily ponders staffing options2015-03-04T09:42:23-05:002015-03-04T09:42:23-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Geneva councilors wrangled with the options available to them in resolving staffing and coordination issues encountered by the employees of various town departments at Tuesday night’s monthly Geneva Town Council meeting.<br />     Clerk-Treasurer Barry Moore reported more than $6,000 in overtime was paid to Geneva town employees in the first nine payrolls of 2015. That figure does not include the police department, he added. While nearly half the overtime pay came from the street department for snow removal, a substantial amount was also paid to the water and wastewater department.<br />     Council President Dick Clutter took the lead on the discussion, indicating he has talked with town employees about the pros and cons of hiring a town manager or hiring another part- or full-time employee to expand the town’s staff.<br />     “The employees want someone they can go to when they have a problem,” Clutter said.<br />     To see the full story, see today's print or online editions.</p>Decatur, INMike LammGeneva ponders staffing optionsDecatur Daily advisory as ice blankets county2015-03-03T09:37:41-05:002015-03-03T09:37:41-05:00Copyright 2010 Decatur Daily Democrat     Freezing rain that moved into the area early this morning created dangerous driving conditions as residents attempted to make the morning commute. The Adams County Emergency Management Agency issued  a Travel Advisory around 6 a.m. today and will remain in effect until further notice.<br />     The National Weather Service indicates freezing rain will likely remain in the area until this afternoon, with ice accumulations of one tenth of an inch possible. As temperatures warm throughout the day, freezing rain will turn to rain, bringing with it concerns of flooding in the area.<br />     Numerous slide-offs were reported this morning due to ice covered roadways.  All three public school systems in Adams County cancelled classes for the day, as did many area schools in neighboring counties.<br />     See today's print or online editions for the complete story.</p>Decatur, INJANNAYA ANDREWSTravel advisory as ice blankets countyDecatur Daily