?Salem Common Council votes to revamp longevity pay schedule for city workers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 00:00
?    ?    The City of Salem Common Council met in special session on Tuesday to discuss proposed changes in the longevity pay schedule for city workers.
     The current pay schedule adopted in 2007 calls for full time employees to receive an annual bonus equal to $208 for each year of employment by the city.  
    An example would be that an employee with 10 years of seniority receives a longevity pay bonus of $2080, paid out in equal installments throughout the eleventh year.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 14:18
?CASA in need of volunteers to help children in Washington County PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2008 00:00
?    CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children are in need of volunteers in Washington County.
    Washington County currently has five volunteers working diligently for the children in our county, but five is not enough with 14 children on a waiting list for CASA volunteers.
    CASA is a volunteer program with 65 counties in Indiana participating in this program
    Washington County volunteers donated approximately 9,540 hours, if paid $50 per hour, these volunteers would have donated $477,000 to Washington County.
    According to Jeanie Wood, Volunteer Coordinator, Washington County is in the process of holding a training class for September. Training consists of 30-40 hours done over a four to six week period.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2008 07:57
?Parent Transition fair date announced PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 August 2008 00:00
?? ?    The Washington County Parent Transition Fair will take place on Tuesday, September 9 at the Southern Hills Church in Salem beginning at 5:30 p.m.  
    The Parent Transition Fair is an informative and helpful venue for parents of children and other dependents with special needs to learn about the services and resources available to their families now and in the future.  
    The Washington County Transition Council presents this event annually to provide valuable information to parents and guardians in an effort to make the transition into daily community living easier and smoother for children with special needs.  Where will your child live as an adult, will your child need guardianship papers or job placement assistance and how can estate planning assist you in the planning for your child’s future are just a few of the pressing questions the Fair addresses.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2008 15:22
?INDOT updates truck bypass project at local meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2008 00:00
????    Runfa Shi and Randall Brown of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) were in Salem on Wednesday, August 27, to meet with local government officials and interested citizens regarding plans for and progress on the truck bypass project to begin construction in 2009.  Thirty of the forty land parcels needed have already been acquired for the project that is scheduled to be completed in 2011 or 2012.
    According to Project Manager, Shi, the 3.65 mile corridor will run to the southeast of Salem between Highway # 135 and Highway # 56 with an interchange at Highway # 60.  The project, originally planned as a four lane expressway was modified to what Shi referred to as a “super two”.  When asked to give an example of a “super two”, the stretch of Highway # 56 east of Salem was noted.  This type of roadway construction is characterized by two wide lanes of oncoming traffic with very wide, paved shoulders for emergency use.  Mark Roseberry, Salem Building Commissioner, acting as meeting facilitator, explained that the change from a four lane roadway to  two lane had solely to do with costs.  Besides the obvious decrease in the construction costs, land acquisition would be cut in half.
    Those attending the meeting asked several questions ranging from time lines to issues of limited access.  According
to the current plan, access to the bypass will only be available at the three aforementioned state highways.  Several
attendees expressed concerns that economic development along the new highway will be drastically handicapped by
the lack of accessibility.  Both Shi and Brown assured the questioners that once the roadway is finished, future access
points can always be considered.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2008 07:52
?Recycling Market Development Program, September 30 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 August 2008 00:00
??    The Washington County Growth Partnership announced that a conference will be held on September 30, in Loogootee, IN for anyone interested developing a recycling business in Southern Indiana.  
    The conference, hosted by the Indiana Department of Environment Management, is designed to promote and assist
recycling in Indiana by focusing on economic development efforts targeted at businesses and projects involving
    This is achieved by providing grant and loan opportunities to financially assist businesses in the creation and continuous development of recycling markets throughout Indiana.
    The conference is open to any interested party but space is limited.
     To reserve a spot or receive additional information on the conference, contact Laura Albertson at (812) 295-4142
no later than Friday, September 26.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2008 15:14
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