Washington County Reassessment Contractor has local ties PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 March 2009 00:00
    Data collectors are currently gathering information about new construction in Washington County.  This fulfills the state requirement that counties update their parcel inventory on an annual basis,  including new construction, as of March 1.  The county has contracted with Tyler Technologies' CLT Division to perform data collection on new construction as well as the upcoming general reassessment.
    “While the CLT Division office is located in Dayton, Ohio, data collectors are hired local,” explains Washington County Assessor Jason Cockerill. “They're very familiar with the area.”
    Data Collector Lekisha Loveday has lived in Washington County for 16 years.  She is working on her Level II certification and will be done by the end of the year.  Level II Certified Indiana Appraiser Lane Freiberger has lived in the county for 13 years.
    When all information has been gathered on new construction, project personnel will begin preparing for the 2011 general reassessment.  During this phase, locally hired data collectors will be reviewing information about each property to confirm the accuracy of the assessor's existing property record.
    The Assessor's Office and all project staff have the utmost respect for the taxpayers' property and their safety.  Data collectors must show their photo identification badge to residents.  Each data collector has submitted personal and vehicle information that is listed with local law enforcement, the county assessor's office, and the CLT office.  Employees' vehicles will also have a sign indicating that they are part of the Washington County Reassessment Project.
    Washington County hired CLT to update new construction and conduct the reassessment to help ensure fairness andng equity.  CLT employs trained appraisal professional and has been a pioneer in the mass appraisal profession since 1938.  Since the start of the 2002 reassessment, CLT has valued over 1.3 million parcels of real property in Indiana.
    Cockerill provided the following information on Tyler Technologies, CLT Division:
    Tyler's CLT Division, formerly know as Cole Layer Trumble Company has conducted more than 2,500 major projects in 46 state and 23 state capitals.  CLT was founded in 1938 and has a long history of conducting property reappraisals.
    Based in Dallas, Texas, Tyler Technologies is a leading provider of end-to-end information management solutions and services for local governments.  Tyler partners with clients to make local government more efficient.  Tyler's client list includes nearly 6,000 local government office throughout all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Untied Kingdom.  Forbes Magazine named Tyler one of the “200 Best Small Companies” in America in 2007, ranking #64 on the list.
    Some company facts:
Approximately 1200 employees
Approximately 330 employees in CLT Division
More than 50 million parcels valued.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2009 10:11
 
WCMH delays releasing results of Purdue study PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    In an email communication, Melissa Richardson, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) informed local media outlets that the long awaited results of the Purdue University Healthcare Technical Assistance Program (HTAP) study must be reviewed by attorneys for both WCMH and Saint Vincent Health prior to being released for public scrutiny.  WCMH and Saint Vincent Health are currently in negotiations, attempting to hammer out details of an affiliation agreement.  The report was presented to representatives of WCMH, the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership and some elected officials on Friday, February 6.
    The aforementioned email reads as follows:

Per Drew Wright, hospital attorney, this was his statement:
     The Purdue TAP Report has been reviewed in summary form with the parties to the agreement, which are the Washington County Memorial Hospital and the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership, Inc.  The report has also been reviewed in summary form with hospital staff and various county and city officials.  
     The actual detailed report itself is being reviewed by legal counsel for the hospital and for St. Vincent Health for the purpose of determining whether there is any confidential information or privileged information contained in the detailed report.  
     Once this review has been completed, a joint press release will be issued by the hospital and the Growth Partnership with that part of the detailed report which can be released.  It is anticipated that this review will be completed by March 6, 2009.
    The HTAP process began in August of 2008 at a cost of $50,000 paid by The Salem Urban Enterprise Zone.  HTAP works with hospitals and other healthcare providers across the state of Indiana to facilitate improvements in patient care and efficiency of operation.  For additional information on the work done the Purdue program visit its website at http://www.purdue.edu/dp/rche/htap/index.php.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:39
 
Salem Common Council Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    The Salem Common Council met in regular session on Monday evening, February 9, with all members present except for Pete Brown; Brown is recovering from extensive back surgery.  The Council approved the minutes of previous meetings and all claims unanimously.
    After reviewing the financial statement prepared by Salem Clerk/Treasurer Pat Persinger, Council members noted that the February 10 property tax draw should help the tough economic situation that city government is facing.  Mayor David Bower reminded the Council members that his administration continues to look for ways to save money without cutting services.
    One example of cost cutting that Bower pointed to was his recommendation for Salem to withdraw from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURG).  According to Bower and Persinger, any time the city wishes to take on a major infrastructure project, complying with IURG guidelines adds considerable cost to the project.  That cost must be absorbed by the taxpayers.  Bower cited the proposed project to raise the level of Lake John Hay as a prime example of how Salem can save the taxpayers money by withdrawing from IURG.  Bower said if the city goes ahead with the project without going through the IURG it will mean a savings of over $200,000 on just this one project alone.  City Attorney, Drew Wright gave examples of nearly 300 Indiana cities and towns that have withdrawn from IURG over the last three decades for the same reasons cited by Bower.
    In other business, Persinger requested Council approval to obtain a credit card for the city.  Persinger said that making travel reservations and ordering needed supplies online are all but impossible without a credit card.  She also indicated that considerable savings can be realized in some cases if payment is made when an order is placed rather than having it billed.  Salem Police Chief, Scott Ratts, chimed in to support Persinger’s request, noting that the price his department pays for certain electronic equipment ordered online is as much as 25% more than what the Washington County Sheriff’s Department pays for the same items by using a credit card.  After lengthy discussion and an agreement on usage limitations, the Council approved Persinger’s request.
    Two city department heads came before the Council requesting a revision in the city’s personnel policy regarding employee sick leave.  The Council agreed to take the department heads’ request under advisement.
    With no further business to conduct, the Council adjourned until its next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 10.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:41
 
IU School of Optometry closes Rural Eye Clinic in Campbellsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    The rural eye care services offered through Campbellsburg Family Health Care Center have been discontinued as of the beginning of the year.
    IU School of Optometry community outreach director, Dr. Jeff Perotti said, “That the School of Optometry would like to continue providing rural eye care health services at the Family Health Center in Jeffersonville.” Perotti also added that programs like Volunteers in Medicine in Monroe and Owen counties and the Eye Care Community Outreach Program (ECCO) that serves eight central Indiana counties will operate unchanged.
    “We will continue to look for ways to serve the communities in need.” he added.”We always regret having to make difficult decisions, especially in difficult times. However, we remain committed to training the best eye care providers in Indiana, for the nation and the world.”
    Eye care patients who wish to obtain their eye clinic records should contact the Campbellsburg Family Health Center at 755-4443. The closest remaining rural eye clinic in Southern Indiana is located at 1319 Duncan Avenue, Jeffersonville. To schedule an appointment there call 812-285-5980.
    For more information contact Dr. Perotti at 812-856-3815 or Steve Chaplin, IU Office of Communications, at 812-856-1896.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:43
 
Community First Bank to be lender for Bradie Shrum HVAC project PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    At the recent Salem School Board meeting held on Monday, February 9, Community First Bank was awarded as lender for the Bradie Shrum HVAC project to start at the end of this school year.
    Community First Bank had the lowest rate at 3.71 percent with each six months the school corporation paying $137,302.81 or once a year $274,606.00
    There were three school board members not present, Steve Motsinger, Marie Lowery and Jason Pepmeier. The minutes of January 12 and all claims were approved.
    Assistant Superintendet Kim Thurston along with helpful imput from Dr. Reed and Bonita Purlee    the school system is in need of a new telephone system. Thurston stated he visited Scottsburg, New Albany and Clarksville regarding phone services that they have in place.
    There are two different systems ranging in price from $35,000 to $100,000. According to Thurston the system that is currently installed creates confusion for callers and is a safety risk. If a 911 call is placed from the Middle School, and all lines are tied up, and the Police or EMS try to call back, they could indeed reach someone at the High School, who is not aware of the situation at the Middle School and mass confusion could be caused; with the phone being rolled over the caller ID will state the wrong school. The  provider of the phone system will be Education Network of America and they will also route the calls. A significant amount of the cost will be covered by Erate through the state.
    The board agreed to install the $35,000 system as long as they will be listed in the phonebook for the community to have access to the community schools.
    The following personnel recommendations were approves by Ben Bowling and seconded by Tracey Payne: Rachel Irwin, BSLE Title I after school instructor; Wilma Bowling, BSLE Substitute Title I after school instructor; Beverly Lanham, BSLE Substituter Title I after school instructor; Pam Berry, BSLE Substitute Title I after school instructor; Terri Walton, BSUE Substitute Title I after school instructor; GariLou Crane, BSUE Substitute Title I after school instructor; Rita Kay Maudlin, BSUE Substitute Title I after school instructor; Melissa Sears, BSUE Substitute Title I after school instructor; and Robert Deirth, Math ISTEP Remediation.
    By the recommendation of Superintendent Kim Thurston, the board unanimously agreed to suspend the monthly financial reports until Spring. According to Thurston, a better hand on the tax information is the major reason. The 2008 property tax money is the problem.
    Also according to Thurston the corporations general fun currently has a balance of $1,661,224.98 with $1,500,000.00 being a temporary loan which would leave the balance of $161,224.98 if the temporary loan would be paid  back as of today.
    “That amount is not enough to make payroll which is $345,937 every two weeks. Although we are paying interest, I recommend we not pay the temporary loan back as of yet and wait for more tax money to come through.” stated Thurston. The Board unanimously agreed with Thurston.
    The 2009/2010 school calendar was approved but subject to change on early release days and one professional teachers day along with a SADD trip to Lazer Blaze on March.
    The board agreed to the first readings of  New and revised policies concerning Early Entrance and Student Discipline. Early Entrance in regards to kindergarten. As of right now, the child needs to be five years of age before August 1,  the new policy,  will state students can turn five between August 1 and September 1  and be enrolled in kindergarten as long as the parent has put in a request by April 1 and the kindergarten screening is taken. The Student Discipline policy will replace four existing policies that were outdated and placed into one standard policy. The policy will outline everything that could possibly get students in trouble at school.
    The board agreed to cancel  six outstanding checks dating back to 2006 with two of the checks being from Administration office is the amount of $222.11 being placed back in to the general fund and four checks from the high school in the amount of $51.62 and being placed in the ECA fund at the high school.
     A note from Dr. Reed: As of February 9, the last day of school will be May 28, with graduation being May 30. This is contingent upon no more snow days.
    The next Salem Community School Board meeting will take place on Monday, march 9 at 6:30. The public is always invited to attend.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:45
 
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