Cleaning up Clark County, abandoned homes, buildings being taken down PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:00
    “It thrills me to death,” stated Kenny Evans as he looked at the abandoned burned home in Otisco.
    The property was beginning to be cleaned up last week but it was a long time coming for those living in the area. The home at the corner of Chestnut and Highway 3 in Otisco burnt about three years ago according to local residents. Since the fire the rubble has sat awaiting clean up.
    This property is one of 20 properties across Clark County that will soon get a makeover thanks to the Clark County Commissioners.
    “Mike (Moore) came to us and asked for support to clean up the properties,” stated Clark County Council President David Abbott. “We (the council) voted 7-0 for the clean up. We have had so many complaints about vacant buildings and it is time to take action. We were getting complaints about the safety hazards the abandoned buildings represented. Now that it is beginning to be done, we are getting calls from people thanking us.”
    Moore was on hand Wednesday morning to see what progress had been made at the property in Otisco.
    “This is just the first. Tony Semones has been around the county and found the homes and buildings that need to be cleaned up. There are about 20 homes in the area of Bethlehem, Otisco, Marysville,” Moore explained. “This is a health hazard and a safety risk. It is long overdue and I’m glad we are getting something done.”
    Moore said the Commissioners have been working to find the property owner of the home in Otisco.
    “It’s a big deal now because it has gone on for so many years,” Moore said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:42
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Clark County DARE Essay winners honored with banquet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:00
    Many fifth graders across Clark County have recently graduated from a program that will help them make the right decisions and choices for the rest of their lives.
    The D.A.R.E. program was taught in 11 different elementary school across Clark County by two D.A.R.E. Officers, Jeffersonville Police Department’s Jason Jackson and Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Waters. The officers and students came together on Thursday evening, May 21 at the Clark County REMC community room for a beautiful banquet.
    Jackson taught the program at Bridgepoint, Maple, Northaven, Sacred Heart, Springhill, Thomas Jefferson and Wilson Elementary Schools in Jeffersonville as well as Utica Elementary School.
    Waters taught the program at Borden, Henryville and New Washington Elementary Schools.
    After several weeks of learning the program, which teaches students about drug and alcohol abuse and how to make the right decisions, even if they are the hard choices, the students’ last assignment with the program is an essay.
    Each student writes an essay about what they learned from the program. The essays are then judged. Three winners were chosen from each elementary school including an overall school winner.
    The overall school winner from each of the 11 schools were honored last Thursday evening with a D.A.R.E. banquet. The students and their parents and siblings were treated to a nice meal before the ceremony to honor each student.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:43
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National City Bank in Campbellsburg robbed Thursday PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:00
    At 12:02 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff's Department received a call from National City Bank in Campbellsburg stating that they had just been robbed by a male suspect with a  gun. The male suspect fled in a silver Toyota Corolla.
    Info was dispatched to State Police and surrounding Sheriff's Departments.
    The suspect was spotted at 1:11 p.m. on U.S. 150 in Floyd County by Floyd County Detective Jeff Topping and chief Deputy Ted Heavrin, who radioed for assistance on stopping the vehicle.
    Money which was taken from the bank was recovered along with disguises and the weapon. Jose Carlos Arce, 36, from Louisville was arrested and charged with robbery.
    The investigating officer was Brent Miller, with assisting departments including the Floyd County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, and Campbellsburg Police.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:44
 
Commissioners expect cost of truck bypass to increase significantly PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, May 20 with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, payroll and all claims were approved unanimously.
    Board President Lana Sullivan announced that she has been in contact with representatives of the Indiana Department of Transportation in regards to the current status of land acquisition for the truck bypass east of Salem.  According to Sullivan all properties except for four parcels of land (totaling approximately 26 acres) have been acquired.  The price for those four parcels will be determined by litigation.  Currently, the cost of land acquisition is near $2.3 million, not including the four unresolved parcels.  When the project began, it was estimated that Washington County's share of the cost to acquire the right of ways would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $350,000.  However, it now appears that the cost will rise to an amount in excess of $500,000.  The Commissioners agreed that some difficult decisions will have to be made in order to make up the expected increase in cost.
    In other business, the Commissioners approved a request from Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Hank Jacoby for $10,000 from the  Economic Development Income Tax Fund (EDIT) to make up for an expected shortfall in operating revenue in 2009.  Jacoby told the Commissioners that it is his and his board's intent for the organization to become self-sufficient by the end of the year.  Jacoby said that part of the strategy to achieve that goal is to double the membership from the current 185; according to Jacoby there are some 1300 businesses in the county that could and should be members.  Jacoby pointed to two specific financial problems facing the Chamber from a previous administration: the necessity to refund $4600 related to a defunct historical book project and a withholding tax liability in excess of $8100.
    In a related topic, Commissioner David Brown asked Jacoby for an update on efforts by the Chamber, the Tourism Board and the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership in formulating an economic development plan for use of the 25% of EDIT monies earmarked for non-roadwork projects.  Jacoby said that the three organizations have met and discussed the issue but nothing is ready to be presented at this time. Clearly disappointed, Brown said that he would think that two months should be enough time for the three organizations to come up with at least a general plan for how to use the money.
    The Commissioners also dealt with the following items:
- Unanimous approval of a motion to enter into contract with a company to do an audit of telecommunications billings in hopes of realizing savings.
- Unanimous approval to pay invoices related to the Posey Township Water Project from grant funds earmarked for that project.
- Appointment of John Mishler as a member of the Board of Directors for Critical Assess Health Services.
- Discussion of a request by Washington County Treasurer Bob Woodward to initiate a mandatory automatic deposit program for the paychecks of all county employees.
- Request from members of the Livonia Town Board for any available funding to help pave streets in the town.
- Update on road paving progress from Highway Superintendent Rick Graves.
- Update on fairground improvements by Brown.

    With no further business to conduct, the Commissioners adjourned until their next regularly schedule meeting on Wednesday, June 3
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:46
 
East Washington School Board accepts resignation of High School Band Director PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:00
    Superintendent Amick recommended that the Board accept Adam Miller's resignation as High School Band Director effective at the end of 2008-09 school year, also the resignation of Jessica Hickerson as High School Business/Tech Teacher  at the recent East Washington School Board meeting.
    Members of the public expressed their feelings in regards to the resignation of Miller, citing positive support for the former Band Director.
    The board accepted a resolution recognizing High School Athletic Director Scott Newcomb for being selected as District 5 Athletic Director of the Year.
    The school board was presented a Contingency/Preparedness Plan from Patrick Rose and Jennifer Love-Tillotson of the Indiana Department of Health.
    The board also approved the following personnel recommendations: Ryan Osborn as High School/Tech teacher; Clinton Blankenbaker as third grade elementary teacher; Rosa Snapp  as Preschool/Title 1 Interventionist teacher; Travis Daily as summer school English teacher; Jacob Johanningsmeier; Jim Lewis as summer school PE teacher, Robert Bennett, Mike McBride , Eric Robertson, Tom Cullen and Buff Gardner as Driver's Education instructors; medical leave of absence of Sharon McElroy's from May 7 through end of school year; verbal resignation of Kenny Speigelhalder' as bus driver and recommend Cheryl Hogan to fill Speigelhalder position; Kelley Lee and Deanna Shofner as cheerleading and pep club co-coaches and Lisa Roberts as JV volleyball coach.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:48
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