Income survey for grant purposes planned in Austin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 28 July 2017 12:34



Staff of a New Albany firm will soon be calling residents in Austin.

Workers with Key Research and Analysis Inc. will be contacting homeowners and renters by phone or mail to obtain income information. Contact will be made randomly, and all information provided will remain confidential.

City officials placed an advertisement in these Green Banner Publications newspapers recently to let residents know the calls and mailings are legitimate and that their answers are needed for the income survey. The information is required to apply successfully for most grants available to communities. This most recent survey will enable officials to provide up-to-date information.

The City of Austin has successfully applied for grants to repave streets and to tear down buildings unfit for habitation.

Anyone with questions about the income survey is welcome to contact office of Mayor Dillo Bush at 812-794-6646.

HIV care offered through new IU Health clinics on August 2 and 16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 28 July 2017 12:32



People seeking medical help to stem HIV now have a new option in Scott County, thanks to a two-year grant.

Scott County received the grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Its money funds two clinics per month, on the first and third Wednesdays, at the Scott County Health Department One-Stop Shop, 825 U.S. Highway 31 North, Austin.

The first clinic was held on July 19. In August, the dates for the clinics are Wednesday, August 2, and Wednesday, August 16.

Those wanting appointments should call the One-Stop Shop at 812-794-2730.

The IU Health Infectious Disease clinic is partnered with LifeSpring Health Systems and the local Health Department to provide HIV and Hepatitis C care to any person who is currently not seeing a provider, explained Michelle Goodin, administrator of the Scott County Health Department.

“We would like to thank the Scott County Commissioners and Scott County Council for allowing this grant to bring these much-needed services to our community,” stated Goodin.

She also expressed appreciation for the application work performed by staff of River Hills Economic Development District, LifeSpring Health Systems and Indiana University Health for their partnership and the community for its welcoming support of these services.



Friends who allegedly fought jailed twice in five days PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 28 July 2017 12:30



An Austin man and woman who apparently got into a fight on Wednesday, July 19, got jailed over the incident.


Jeremy W. Hensley, 30, and Sarah R. Spicer, 28, allegedly punched and slapped each other, respectively, in the July 19 incident at Hensley’s home on North Street.

Police Chief Robert Gudgel investigated the incident and arrested both on a charge of battery as a Level 6 felony. The severity of the charge was due to the fact that the physical fight between Hensley and Spicer reportedly occurred in the presence of a child less than 16 years old.

Each appeared in Circuit Court for initial hearings on July 21, and each was released on his/her own recognizance in lieu of paying bail. Spicer was ordered to live with a relative in North Vernon and placed on pre-trial supervision by the Scott County Probation Department.

Also, protective orders were served on each of the defendants, ordering them to stay away and have no contact with the other while awaiting their trials in October.

Skip forward to Sunday, July 23. Scottsburg Patrolman Greg Green saw the couple in a car parked at a local business. Knowing that each had an active protective order, he placed them under arrest for invasion of privacy, a Class A misdemeanor.

When the pair was brought before Judge Jason Mount again, he set bail for each this time at $10,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,000 cash. He denied a motion by the Prosecutor’s Office to increase Spicer’s bail.

Their bench trial dates coincide with their initial jury trial dates scheduled, October 16.



Austin’s monthly sanitation fee increases by $5 per customer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 28 July 2017 12:27


August’s billing for sanitation service will reflect the $5 increase voted in by a majority of the Austin City Council at their special meeting on Wednesday night, July 26.

Mayor Dillo Bush met with five members of the Council at 6 p.m. By 6:10 p.m., the final vote on the third reading of the ordinance had been taken. Councilman Johnnie White voted against the measure in both votes taken at the meeting.

The Council has discussed the financial state of the department during the last four monthly Council meetings. Sanitation operating costs have been pushed to the margin because of repairs needed for both trash packers the city owns.

Among alternate steps considered by the Council was the hiring of a mechanic who could do all of the necessary maintenance on the packers and other city-owned vehicles or contracting out the service to private companies. Several companies sent representatives to one Council meeting to discuss that option, but officials were not receptive to that idea. One city employee would lose his job under the plan, and the city would lose control over local trash collection, Council members felt.

Earlier this year, the Council also explored the idea of setting up its own trash transfer station. Construction of such a facility proved to be prohibitive. Currently, Austin employees take collected trash to a Scottsburg-operated transfer station at a cost of around $5,000 per month.

Adding $5 per month to the sanitation fee should relieve the utility of some financial strain and allow it to save money toward the purchase of a new packer, estimated to cost upwards of $175,000.

Mayor Bush confirmed the increase will be reflected on billings that will be mailed to arrive in customers’ mailboxes on August 1.

Deb Yost Announces Retirement as S'burg Elementary Principal at End of 2017-2018 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 28 July 2017 12:25



The Scott County School District 2 Board of Trustees held a special board meeting on Friday, July 14, with Board Vice-President Josh Mays calling the meeting to order, minus Board President Jason Kendall.

Scott County School District 2

The board discussed the administrative re-alignment for Scottsburg Elementary School with Superintendent Marc Slaton presenting Deb Yost's letter of intent to retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Dr. Slaton proposed that Mrs. Yost be named full time Assistant Principal at SES in order to allow for posting of the SES principal position, stating that this will allow Mrs. Yost to be on hand this year to make for a smooth transition. He also proposed that Mr. Warner be re-assigned as a Coordinator/Director where he would do the following district wide elementary tasks of:

Elementary e-Learning Coordinator

District WIDA Coordinator (English Language Learner Students)

District Attendance Officer

Data Analysis Coordinator (Data and RTI meetings).

Assistant District Testing Coordinator

Dr. Slaton added that this is a new way to package these tasks so this will be looked at as a one year assignment to see how it works out. Mrs. Yost and Mr. Warner will keep the same number of days, salary and benefit packages that they currently have. Mrs. Soloe made a motion to approve, seconded by Christy Roberts.

Dr. Slaton stated that when the bleachers at the Scottsburg Middle School football field were installed and the sidewalk poured, the fence had to be removed to keep it from being in the middle of the concrete. He asked permission to put the fence back so that all of the concrete would be behind the fence. (They will reuse the existing fencing at another site in the District.) He estimated that there would need to be about 210-220 feet of fence at approximately $10 per foot and that it would cost about $350 to drill the needed holes. Andrea Soloe made a motion to approve, seconded by Mr. Moore. Motion carried 4-0.




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