Senators feast on Lions PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 December 2009 00:00


    With visions of turkey and pumpkin pie dancing in their heads, the West Washington High School boys' basketball team cleansed their palates by dining on the Salem Lions, 61-44,  in both teams' season-openers Nov. 25 in Campbellsburg.
    The Senators took control of the contest early and never looked back against an SHS team that was missing two starters who are out for a violation of school rules.
    The hungriest of all West Washington players seemed to be Josh Green, who finished the contest with 18 points and four rebounds.
    Green's apatite was so big, Senator Head Coach Neil Coyle had to take him out of the game during one stretch to settle him down.
    “Josh had a solid game,” Coyle said. “He got off to a fast start and got to tasting the victory, but then forced things a little bit. We took him out and when he reentered the game he played under control.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:28
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Town of Pekin to pay $51,853.75 to Guthrie PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 00:00
    At the recent Town of Pekin meeting held on November 17, discussion between Town of Pekin Attorney Alice Bartanen and the Council regarding Guthrie vs New Pekin and having the verdict in favor of Plaintiffs (Guthrie) with a judgement in the sum of $51,853.75 plus any  past interest due. Bartanen advised the Council that this amount needs to be paid promptly or other interest will begin to accrue to judgement amount. Bartanen also advised the Council to make a counter offer of the $15,000 amount requested for the pre-judgement interest from the Plaintiffs. The council agreed to have the judgement sum paid and to counter offer $5,000 with bargaining range of no more than $12,000 for pre-judgement interest. The Council gave permission for the Town Manager, Gary Nale along with Attorney Bartanen to settle as soon as possible.
    In other business:
    Gary Nale reported that he is working up a draft on the building code enforcement and would follow up at the December meeting. Nale also reported that CSX is discontinuing service but will not abandon lines and he has been discussing concerns about railroad bridge and the up keep of the crossings, also reported by Nale, the property on Naugle Road was cleaned up by the owner, the town will not be cleaning it up or placing a lien against it and also stated the Farm Bureau building is going to be torn down within the next week or so.
    The claims, minutes and the 2010 sewer budget for USDA bond purposes was approved.
    The next regular board meeting will be December 15 at 7 p.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:32
 
WCMH terminates ambulance service PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:00
    Washington County Memorial Hospital has sent the county verbal notice that they are terminating the contact to provide ambulance service to the county effective Jan. 1.
    That announcement was made at a special news briefing at the hospital Friday afternoon.
    “This is not a surprise,” said interim WCMH CEO Joseph Roche. “We've worked for months with the commissioners and council in planning for the ambulance transition.”
    Roche said the move is part of the process in the WCMH Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.
    “One of the realities of being in Chapter 11 is that we are required to reject contracts that we don't intend on keeping out of reorganization,” he said. “The ambulance contract is one that the hospital, because of the losses we sustained, knew we couldn't get out of bankruptcy and continue to do the ambulance service.”
    Roche said the contract for ambulance service was entered into by the county in 1984.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 12:54
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When will the courthouse shine? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:00
    Work being done outside the Washington County Courthouse could delay the Christmas lighting being turned on this holiday season.
    Washington County  courthouse maintenance man David Wilcoxson gave an update on the washing and sealing work being done outside the courthouse at the Washington County Commissioner's regular meeting Nov. 18.
    Wilcoxson said the work will make lighting the court house difficult.
    “I can not change light bulbs or even turn the lights on while they are working,” he said. “At this point, each year I have changed at least 200 bulbs, that puts us behind. They may or may not be finished by December 5, it all depends on the weather.”
    December 5 is the day of Christmas on the Square and the lighting of the courthouse is a large part of those festivities.
     County Commissioner Lana Sullivan said there will be some unhappy folks if the lighting of the courthouse doesn't happen.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 12:57
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To reimburse or not to reimburse PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:00
    To reimburse or not to reimburse was one of the questions facing the Washington County Commissioners at their regular meeting Nov. 18.
    Lane Freiberger and Kathy Zelivetz, are members of the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals, approached the commissioners regarding reimbursement for training in the assessment field.
    Both stated they were under the assumption that they would be reimbursed by the county and both tried to submit a claim through the Washington County Accessors, were denied by Accessor Jason Cockerill.
    “I am getting a mixed version of how the reimbursement policy is handled,” Frieberger said. “I have a claim for $650 in expenses, mostly in mileage and would like a answer.”
    Cockerill said the answer was simple in that there isn't any money in the budget to pay the claim.
    “There is no money at this time,” he said. “The money that was appropriated for training was gone in late March. I did request additional money for this at this years budget hearing but was denied additional monies. I can not approve a claim with no money.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 12:58
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