Common Council votes to reject speedway owner's offer for airport PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    A tense exchange took place among attorneys representing the City of Salem, the Salem Board of Aviation Commissioners (BOAC) and Salem Speedway owner, Owen Thompson, along with members of the BOAC, Thompson, Mayor Bower, and Council members.  Efforts were unsuccessful in coming to any type of an agreement for facilitating an arrangement by which Thompson would lease the existing airport facility with an option to purchase at or above the amount of the required local match for the new airport project.
    The City of Salem has earlier asked Thompson for an irrevocable letter of credit which is an financial instrument guaranteeing that the city would receive an agreed upon amount for the lease/option to purchase regardless of what the future held for Thompson or his corporation.  Thompson had agreed to seek the letter of credit. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 12:15
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Stone, Tomlinson resigning and Gwaltney's retiring from Salem Schools PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00

    The approval of the resignation of Tony Stone, Principal of Bradie Shrum Upper Elementary, and Wade Tomlinson, High School Girls Basketball Coach, was approved by the Salem School Board at their recent meeting held on April 13 along with the retiring of James Gwaltney, Salem Middle School Science and Math teacher, and Marcia Gwaltney, Bradie Shrum Lower Elementary second grade teacher. Both James and Marcia will be re-hired in July for part-time.
    Other personnel approved were: Nancy Pullman from Route #14 bus driver to sub bus driver, CherylHogan, sub driver, Shawnee Hutson, bus driver for #14, Beth Brown, bus monitor on bus #26, Sara Calhoun, Extra Curricular yearbook, Kathy Dye,  Randy Nichols and Crystal Mikels, Destination Imagination.
    The board approved the following donations to Salem High School: $1,500 to Athletic Department from First Harrison Bank, $1,000 to Student Council; $1,370 to SADD and $100 to Salem High School from Washington County Substance Abuse Council.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 12:23
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WCMH accepts Lindauer's resignation PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 00:00
    In a special meeting on Thursday, April 2, the Washington County Memorial Hospital WCMH)Board of Trustees unanimously accepted Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Randy Lindauer's resignation. Lindauer was not present at the meeting and has been on personal leave since the latter part of March. The Board thanked Lindauer for his outstanding service to the hospital during the past few difficult years. When asked if Lindauer would be receiving any type of a severance package, Board President Aaron Lee deferred to attorney Drew Wright. According to Wright, WCMH is  negotiating with Lindauer in an effort to work out an agreement on the severance package.
    In other action, the Board unanimously approved Joe Roche as Interim CEO. According to Lee, Roche, as well as a Chief Financial Officer John Lines, will be at WCMH two to three days a weeks depending on changing conditions. Both individuals are employed by Saint Vincent Health (SVH) in Jennings County. When asked if the executives' services were being provided by Saint Vincent Health free of charge to WCMH,  Lee answered in the affirmative. Wright added that the original letter of intent between SVH and WCMH has been amended to include a provision stating that if an agreement to affiliate in some fashion cannot be reached between the two organizations, then WCMH will be expected to pay for the services of the two executives.
    As a final piece of business, the Board unanimously approved an agreement with Regions Bank that would extend the hospital's line of credit until May 31.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2009 13:37
 
Commissioners reappoint Lee to WCMH Board PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, April 1; all members were present.  Minutes of previous meetings, payroll and all claims were approved unanimously.
    In an unexpected reversal of their previously stated position, the Commissioners unanimously agreed to reappoint Aaron Lee to the Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) Board of Trustees .  At their last meeting in March, the Commissioners rejected a list of three nominees submitted by the hospital board.  That list contained Lee's name.  At the time, each of the Commissioners expressed concern over the current condition of the hospital and indicated that it would be irresponsible on their parts to reappoint any current members of that board.  However, a request made earlier in the the April 1 meeting by Saint Vincent Health (SVH) representative, Gary Fammartino,  to reappoint Lee apparently persuaded the Commissioners to reconsider their earlier positions.  Fammartino told the Commissioners that Lee has provided outstanding leadership, in general, over the last few years and specifically in the recent negotiations with SVH.  Fammartino suggested that it would not be wise to to change hospital leadership at this time.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2009 13:38
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Carr resigns from COC PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 April 2009 00:00

    Laurie Carr has resigned from the Executive Secretary position with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce effective Friday March 27, 2009.  The Board of Directors wishes her luck and owes her a great deal.  Anita Bush has agreed to take over the positions’ responsibilities in the interim while the board solicits resumes’ and completes the hiring process.  They appreciate Anitas’ selfless efforts in helping the Chamber make this a seamless transition.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2009 13:40
 
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