Area Plan Commission allows man living in school bus time to change situation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 00:00
    Carl Butera has a year to change his living circumstances, thanks to a decision reached by members of the Scott County Area Plan Commission (APC) at a meeting held Wednesday night, December 9.
    Five APC members were in attendance, chairman Dale Hobbs, David Kilburn, Jim Boswell, Jim Craig and Ed Cozart. It was Kilburn's last meeting because he submitted his resignation after serving for three years as Mayor Bill Graham's representative. It was Cozart's second; he was recently appointed by Scott County Commissioners to take the seat of the late John McDonald. Member Donald Wilkerson was absent because of another obligation. The seventh seat is to be filled by the county extension agent, a position which has not yet been filled by Purdue University.
    Also on hand were APC Executive Director Jamie Knowles and APC attorney Mike Carter.
    The matter before the Commission involved Carl Butera, a man who is buying a one-acre plot on Frog Pond Road from Rex Plessinger. It wasn't the size of the property in question because it was in that configuration prior to the adoption of a county zoning ordinance. The current ordinance requires two acres and 200 feet of road frontage in unincorporated area.
    Rather, the APC had received a complaint before its November meeting about Butera's home, an old school bus which he had converted into what he considers a residence. Butera had been living in the bus near Blocher for several years, but a complaint against his living quarters was not filed until he moved the bus to the property he is buying.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2009 10:03
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Lanesville Board agrees to extend current $1.3 million temp loan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 00:00
    The Lanesville Board of School Trustees agreed Tuesday (December 15) to extend the current temporary loan if it is needed. The amount might not be needed, depending on the amount of tax dollars received from the state.
    The board voted to give permission for an additional temporary loan for 2010 if needed, in another item for action.
    In a related financial matter, the board granted permission to the administration to transfer money for cash flow purposes from one fund to any other fund needing money. This is to prevent negative balances at the end of the calendar year, based on state law.
    The board also granted permission for the Corpotration Treasurer to pay all claims at the end of December 2009.
    In other business, the board:
- Had the first reading of a policy for acquiring criminal history checks for potential employees.
- Accepted a donation of a used saxophone to the music department from Rebekah Carroll.
- Accepted a used trumpet for the music department from Aaron McKim.
- Accepted donations of $50 each to the elementary library and the junior-senior library from the Franklin Twp. Athletic Club.
- Postponed approval for 30 days of the high school volleyball coach for the fall 2010 season.
- Approved Evan Bridges as the high school co-ed cross country coach for the fall 2010 season.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2009 09:50
 
Highway Superintendent's salary increased $2,000 by Scott County Councilmen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 00:00
    Scott County Highway Superintendent Todd Carr got an early Christmas present from the Scott County Council during the Council's meeting on December 15.
    The Council voted 5-2 to increase Carr's salary by $2,000 per year because Carr has resumed responsibility for all on-call situations.
    As was explained at the Council's November meeting, the highway superintendent did not have that responsibility; rather, the county was paying two Highway Department workers extra money for seven hours of overtime each week for carrying cell phones and/or pagers that alerted them to after-hours situations requiring the help of the department, such as flooded roads, downed trees or the like. That policy, reportedly put in place in the 1990s, cost the county around $18,000 a year because not only did the workers get extra pay per week but they were also guaranteed a minimum of two hours when call-outs occurred. They were also paid for each hour that they worked over that minimum amount.
    County Commissioner Larry Blevins had requested a $5,000 increase in salary at the Council's November meeting for Carr since the current superintendent was resuming all on-call responsibility. The matter was finally tabled after a lengthy discussion so that information from counties with similar levels of populations could be obtained.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2009 10:06
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Pirate and Lady Pirate swimming visit the Rebels PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 December 2009 00:00
    The Lady Pirate Swim Team traveled to Southwestern High School this past Tuesday and came home with a 79-67 victory over the host Rebels.  
    Top Lady Pirate finishers were Kendall Phipps who placed first in the 50 meter free and 100 meter backstroke; Katie Jenkins who finished second in the 200 meter IM; Katie Burkhart who finished second in the 100 meter butterfly; Sophie
Higazy who finished second in the 200 meter free; and Kaitlin Flora, who finished second in the 100 meter backstroke.  
    Unfortunately the out?come was not as great for the Pirates.  The meet was the season opener for the boys, who ended up on the short end of a 83-50 final score.  
    Top Pirate finishers included Colt Barker, who placed first in the 50 meter free and first in the 100 meter free races; Kyle Jenkins, who finished second in the 100 meter butterfly, and Patrick Hodges, who finished second in the 100 meter backstroke.
    For more information about Pirate and Lady Pirate Swimming, go to www.CharlestownPiratePride.com/Swimming.htm.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2009 10:08
 
Salem Speedway announces expansion PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:00
    Both the new Salem airport project and the local economy may get much-needed boosts thanks to an announcement by Salem Speedway Owner Owen Thompson at the Dec. 16 meeting of the Salem Board of Aviation Commissioners.
    Thompson announced plans for an upcoming project at the speedway that is estimated to cost more than $300,000 and will bring a variety of different races to the community.
    Thompson said in a phone interview Thursday morning that the plan is to add a small oval inside the existing pits.  
    “We will have an X in the middle for all kinds of figure eights and road race type stuff,” he said. “It will have many, many functions built into it.”
    Salem Speedway General Manager Richard Deaton is an expert on the track's history. He said these are historic changes.
    “There have been some highlights and some things that have changed about the speedway throughout the years, but this is probably going to be one of the biggest changes that has taken place since the speedway was built,” Deaton said. “It's the biggest undertaking in the 64-year history of the track.”
    He compared the changes to the ones that took place when Owen and his wife Beverly bought the track in 1995.
    This is just phase one of Thompson's plan. Each year over the next three years the speedway plans to add a new facet with the culmination being a drag strip when the old airport's purchase is official.
    Phase two, which will take place in the off-season 2011,  would include inserting a .44 mile dirt track inside the high-banked oval.
    Phase three will be the drag strip at the current Salem Municipal Airport.
    The totality of the project is expected to cost well over $1 million.
    The changes will not only draw a number of different type of race cars and drivers, but also a different kind of fan.
    “We want to not only draw fans from the area, Louisville and Indianapolis, but from around the nation,” Thompson said. “We want the fans that are coming in for the Brickyard or the Indianapolis 500 or even for the IRL races at Kentucky Speedway to have a reason to come to Salem and that reason will be three-day type of events with a type of racing for all fans.”
    With the changes, the type of racing that will be held at the speedway will include a large oval, road racing, go carts, entry level oval, figure 8 and mini sprints, both dirt and paved.
    The type of cars on the circle tracks will include late models, sportsman, street stocks, bombers, front wheel drive, entry level, SCCA, sprints and midgets, go carts and motorcycles.
    “There was a time when 5,000 people would visit on Sunday afternoon and be happy just watching one type of car race, but those days are passed.
     Several locals were happy about Thompson's announcement. One of those was air board member Bob Woodward.
    “It was an exciting announcement,” he said. “I knew what was happening, but it's nice to get it out to the public.”
    Woodward said the news only strengthens his belief that  the new airport will help to boost economic development. He said that has been his motivation all along.  
    “A lot of the people don't realize we are doing this for economic growth, not necessarily a new airport,” Woodward said. “That has been a big factor in this – what we can do to boost the economy. I know the new airport is not going to save the county, but I think selling the old airport can help. That's why we've been dedicated to making sure whoever buys the old airport is committed to helping the economy and I believe Owen Thompson is going to do that.
    “If we don't build an airport we aren't going to have any hope, to me, this gives us some hope.”
    Salem Mayor Dave Bower agrees. He said city residents should be pleased that it looks like a new airport is a reality without spending any of the city taxpayers' money.
    “I think it's good that we have something happening,” Bower said. “Hopefully, that will provide an opportunity to provide jobs in our community and in the long term, I think it will. We're excited about it.”
    There wasn't a groundbreaking ceremony planned at the time this story was written.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:02
 
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