?New Pekin Town Council meets for last time in 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 December 2008 00:00
?    The New Pekin Town Council met in regular session on Tuesday evening, December 16 with all members present.  The Council approved the minutes of the previous meeting, all claims, payroll, and sewer adjustment requests.
    The Council unanimously approved the following:
     •    Trash pick up contract with Scotty’s Sanitation (no increase for 2009).
     •    Contract for Town Attorney, Alice Bartanen.
     •    Meeting schedule for 2009 (3rd Tuesday of each month, 7pm).
     •    Nomination of Mike Bowling as Council President for 2009.
     •    Appointment of Mike Bowling to the Solid Waste Management Board for 2009.
     •    Increase in rental fee for Pekin Park shelter house from $50 to $75 in 2009 (Prepaid reservations made prior to December 16 will not be subject to fee increase.).
    Town Manager, Gary Nale, received unanimous approval from the Council to negotiate with a firm to repair the roof on the town hall. According to Nale, the 32 year old roof is starting to leak. The Council instructed Nale that a maximum of $26,405 could be spent on the project.
    Nale also supplied the Council with bids to replace damaged playground swings at the Pekin Park.  The Council authorized Nale to purchase a 4 seat swing unit in the amount of $2003.
    Bartanen informed the Council that a tentative agreement has been reached in a dispute between the town and a local developer. Bartanen asked for an executive session prior to the January 20 to explain the details of the agreement and receive approval from the Council to act in the town’s behalf regarding the dispute.
    As a final piece of business, Council members Frank Anderson and Mike Bowling were sworn in for their new terms by Clerk Treasurer, Sherry Clem.
    With no further business to conduct, the Council adjourned until their next regularly scheduled meeting on January 20.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2008 13:52
 
?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
 
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