?Bower predicts $1 million balance by January 1 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 00:00
???    The Salem Common Council met in regular session on Monday evening, December 8.  All members were present, unanimously approving the minutes of previous meetings, the payroll and all claims except for one submitted by the Board of Aviation Commissioners.
    Mayor David Bower told the Council that efforts to cut expenses are paying off.  According to Bower the General Fund balance should be in excess of $1 million as of the first of the year.  That estimate is an increase of $343,000 over the beginning of 2008.
    Continuing his belt tightening theme, Bower said that he expects tax revenues to decline for the foreseeable future and that some tough decisions will have to be made about which projects to fund.  Pointing to grants from both the State of Indiana and the federal government as ways to help complete some of those projects, Bower alluded to one such grant targeted at infrastructure in the amount of $3.2 million with an $800,000 local match.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:49
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?WWES exceeds ISTEP requirements PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 December 2008 00:00
????    At the recent West Washington School Board meeting Principal Tom Rosenbaum reported to the Board that West Washington Elementary had passed and exceeded the ISTEP requirements by scoring 78.9 percent.
    Rosenbaum stated that this score has reflected consistent improvements in scores since the 2005-06 school year.
    WW High School Principal Stroud reported that the Junior/Senior High had taken the test one week late and that the state had lost some of the tests giving them an “undetermined.”
    “It is very difficult for us to know exactly how we did and ISTEP is over and the state will be going to a new assessment format for next year.” stated Stroud
    All board members accepted the recommendation by Superintendent Jackson to a two year extension for Principal Rosenbaum which will extend his contract thru June 2011.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:55
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?Police standoff ends with tragedy PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 December 2008 00:00
????  ?    According to information received from Washington County Sheriff Claude Combs a call was placed to a suicide hotline. The call was taken by Officer Eric Mills around 4:43 p.m. on Friday, December 12, from a distraught subject.
    The subject, Robert Brewer stated he was on Colony Drive. Officer Mills with the Salem Police Department then went to the residence to find the subject not there. He  then asked the Washington County Sheriff’s Department to provide a welfare check to Brewer’s home address on Christmas Tree Road in the Northern part of the county.
    According to Combs, Deputy Jimmy Strange and Reserve Deputy Steve Payne went to the residence at approximately 6:12 p.m. and communicated with Brewer.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:57
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?2009 Salem Speedway season tickets now selling PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 December 2008 00:00
    ?Salem Speedway season tickets are currently selling for the 2009 racing season.  Priced at just $175 for non-reserved and $250 for reserved seating, Salem Speedway season tickets make great gifts for those race fans on your Christmas list.
    Season tickets are good for admission to all 2009 motorsports events on the high banks, including ARCA, USAC, ASA and the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League activities.  Salem Speedway season tickets offer substantial savings over single race ticket purchases. As an added bonus, now through Christmas, race fans will receive a free Salem Speedway license plate with season ticket order.  This heavy duty license plate, featuring the Salem Speedway logo in silver on a black background, looks great on any vehicle.  This free offer is for a limited time only.  
    To order season tickets or for more information call 812-883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223.  Most major credit cards are accepted.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:59
 
?County Council meets for final time in 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00
??    The Washington County Council met for the final time this year on Monday, December 1; all members were present.  The minutes of previous meetings and all claims were approved unanimously.
    Nancy Lambring of the Department of Child Services (DCS) addressed the Council giving an update on expected expenses and revenues for her department through the remainder of 2008.  Under the new “circuit breaker” property tax plan, funding for DCS will revert to the State of Indiana as of January 1, 2009.  However, DCS expenses and revenues through the end of the current year will not be completely calculated for 60-90 days after the first of the year according to Lambring.  
    She estimated total expenses for the remainder of 2008 coming due in 2009 are in excess of $76,000.  Furthermore, it is expected that some of that amount will be reimbursed by the state and federal governments.
     Lambring was uncertain as to what the reimbursements would be.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:05
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