Salem Common Council Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    The Salem Common Council met in regular session on Monday evening, February 9, with all members present except for Pete Brown; Brown is recovering from extensive back surgery.  The Council approved the minutes of previous meetings and all claims unanimously.
    After reviewing the financial statement prepared by Salem Clerk/Treasurer Pat Persinger, Council members noted that the February 10 property tax draw should help the tough economic situation that city government is facing.  Mayor David Bower reminded the Council members that his administration continues to look for ways to save money without cutting services.
    One example of cost cutting that Bower pointed to was his recommendation for Salem to withdraw from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURG).  According to Bower and Persinger, any time the city wishes to take on a major infrastructure project, complying with IURG guidelines adds considerable cost to the project.  That cost must be absorbed by the taxpayers.  Bower cited the proposed project to raise the level of Lake John Hay as a prime example of how Salem can save the taxpayers money by withdrawing from IURG.  Bower said if the city goes ahead with the project without going through the IURG it will mean a savings of over $200,000 on just this one project alone.  City Attorney, Drew Wright gave examples of nearly 300 Indiana cities and towns that have withdrawn from IURG over the last three decades for the same reasons cited by Bower.
    In other business, Persinger requested Council approval to obtain a credit card for the city.  Persinger said that making travel reservations and ordering needed supplies online are all but impossible without a credit card.  She also indicated that considerable savings can be realized in some cases if payment is made when an order is placed rather than having it billed.  Salem Police Chief, Scott Ratts, chimed in to support Persinger’s request, noting that the price his department pays for certain electronic equipment ordered online is as much as 25% more than what the Washington County Sheriff’s Department pays for the same items by using a credit card.  After lengthy discussion and an agreement on usage limitations, the Council approved Persinger’s request.
    Two city department heads came before the Council requesting a revision in the city’s personnel policy regarding employee sick leave.  The Council agreed to take the department heads’ request under advisement.
    With no further business to conduct, the Council adjourned until its next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 10.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:41
 
IU School of Optometry closes Rural Eye Clinic in Campbellsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    The rural eye care services offered through Campbellsburg Family Health Care Center have been discontinued as of the beginning of the year.
    IU School of Optometry community outreach director, Dr. Jeff Perotti said, “That the School of Optometry would like to continue providing rural eye care health services at the Family Health Center in Jeffersonville.” Perotti also added that programs like Volunteers in Medicine in Monroe and Owen counties and the Eye Care Community Outreach Program (ECCO) that serves eight central Indiana counties will operate unchanged.
    “We will continue to look for ways to serve the communities in need.” he added.”We always regret having to make difficult decisions, especially in difficult times. However, we remain committed to training the best eye care providers in Indiana, for the nation and the world.”
    Eye care patients who wish to obtain their eye clinic records should contact the Campbellsburg Family Health Center at 755-4443. The closest remaining rural eye clinic in Southern Indiana is located at 1319 Duncan Avenue, Jeffersonville. To schedule an appointment there call 812-285-5980.
    For more information contact Dr. Perotti at 812-856-3815 or Steve Chaplin, IU Office of Communications, at 812-856-1896.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:43
 
Community First Bank to be lender for Bradie Shrum HVAC project PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    At the recent Salem School Board meeting held on Monday, February 9, Community First Bank was awarded as lender for the Bradie Shrum HVAC project to start at the end of this school year.
    Community First Bank had the lowest rate at 3.71 percent with each six months the school corporation paying $137,302.81 or once a year $274,606.00
    There were three school board members not present, Steve Motsinger, Marie Lowery and Jason Pepmeier. The minutes of January 12 and all claims were approved.
    Assistant Superintendet Kim Thurston along with helpful imput from Dr. Reed and Bonita Purlee    the school system is in need of a new telephone system. Thurston stated he visited Scottsburg, New Albany and Clarksville regarding phone services that they have in place.
    There are two different systems ranging in price from $35,000 to $100,000. According to Thurston the system that is currently installed creates confusion for callers and is a safety risk. If a 911 call is placed from the Middle School, and all lines are tied up, and the Police or EMS try to call back, they could indeed reach someone at the High School, who is not aware of the situation at the Middle School and mass confusion could be caused; with the phone being rolled over the caller ID will state the wrong school. The  provider of the phone system will be Education Network of America and they will also route the calls. A significant amount of the cost will be covered by Erate through the state.
    The board agreed to install the $35,000 system as long as they will be listed in the phonebook for the community to have access to the community schools.
    The following personnel recommendations were approves by Ben Bowling and seconded by Tracey Payne: Rachel Irwin, BSLE Title I after school instructor; Wilma Bowling, BSLE Substitute Title I after school instructor; Beverly Lanham, BSLE Substituter Title I after school instructor; Pam Berry, BSLE Substitute Title I after school instructor; Terri Walton, BSUE Substitute Title I after school instructor; GariLou Crane, BSUE Substitute Title I after school instructor; Rita Kay Maudlin, BSUE Substitute Title I after school instructor; Melissa Sears, BSUE Substitute Title I after school instructor; and Robert Deirth, Math ISTEP Remediation.
    By the recommendation of Superintendent Kim Thurston, the board unanimously agreed to suspend the monthly financial reports until Spring. According to Thurston, a better hand on the tax information is the major reason. The 2008 property tax money is the problem.
    Also according to Thurston the corporations general fun currently has a balance of $1,661,224.98 with $1,500,000.00 being a temporary loan which would leave the balance of $161,224.98 if the temporary loan would be paid  back as of today.
    “That amount is not enough to make payroll which is $345,937 every two weeks. Although we are paying interest, I recommend we not pay the temporary loan back as of yet and wait for more tax money to come through.” stated Thurston. The Board unanimously agreed with Thurston.
    The 2009/2010 school calendar was approved but subject to change on early release days and one professional teachers day along with a SADD trip to Lazer Blaze on March.
    The board agreed to the first readings of  New and revised policies concerning Early Entrance and Student Discipline. Early Entrance in regards to kindergarten. As of right now, the child needs to be five years of age before August 1,  the new policy,  will state students can turn five between August 1 and September 1  and be enrolled in kindergarten as long as the parent has put in a request by April 1 and the kindergarten screening is taken. The Student Discipline policy will replace four existing policies that were outdated and placed into one standard policy. The policy will outline everything that could possibly get students in trouble at school.
    The board agreed to cancel  six outstanding checks dating back to 2006 with two of the checks being from Administration office is the amount of $222.11 being placed back in to the general fund and four checks from the high school in the amount of $51.62 and being placed in the ECA fund at the high school.
     A note from Dr. Reed: As of February 9, the last day of school will be May 28, with graduation being May 30. This is contingent upon no more snow days.
    The next Salem Community School Board meeting will take place on Monday, march 9 at 6:30. The public is always invited to attend.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:45
 
North Harrison girls' win Mid Southern Conference crown outright; Lanesville wins OT contest against New Washington PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
    The girls’ basketball season is winding down, with sectional play beginning this week, and the last regular season week having played out last week. North Harrison defeated Eastern Thursday night by a 57-38 score, in the last home game for the Lady Cats’ eight seniors. The Lady Cats finished the regular season Saturday in a make up game at Brownstown and won 44-43, outlasting the Lady Braves in a battle for the outright winner of the Mid Southern Conference (MSC). North finished with an 8-1 MSC slate, good enough for first place. They finished 18-3 overall.
    In boys’ action, the Lanesville Eagles won a big Southern Athletic Conference contest against the invading New Washington Mustangs, by a 47-46 decision Friday night. And the Floyd Central Highlanders won a runaway 85-27 rout of South Central on the road.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:33
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HCH Center for Sleep Disorders holds A.W.A.K.E Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
    Harrison County Hospital’s Center for Sleep Disorders will host an A.W.A.K.E. support group meeting on Tuesday February 17 at 7 p.m. in Parvin Baumgart Education Center at the Hospital, located at 1141 Hospital Drive NW in Corydon.
    A.W.A.K.E. stands for Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic and is a health awareness group for people affected by sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, including daytime sleepiness, fatigue, snoring, restless leg syndrome, insomnia and narcolepsy.  Our group is part of the National American Sleep Apnea Association which promotes better health, and recognition of sleep disorders to those who are affected, and their families.  The purpose of these meetings is to provide support through education and the sharing of ideas and information among those who are affected by sleep disordered breathing.
    The meeting is free and open to the public.  For more information please call (812) 738.7892. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:17
 
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