?Charlestown Landing apartments plans proceeding PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00
?    The Charlestown Common Council meeting on December 1, revealed more details of an apartment complex that is in preliminary planning stages for Charlestown Landing, on the south end of the city.
    The 224 apartment units will be built in stages. The four buildings in Phase 1, containing 64 units, are expected to be completed in the Spring of 2009. The construction of a club house will follow, and then subsequent phases will be built as the original units are filled.
    Before construction can begin, various actions and approvals are required from the Charlestown Common Council as well the Advisory Plan Commission (planning and zoning board).
    At the recommendation of the Advisory Plan Commission, the requested zoning variance was approved by the council.
    Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall indicated the apartment development is very timely in the current housing situation, as mortgages have become more difficult to obtain. The jobs this creates will help, also. The council is unanimously supporting the development. In other business:
    *The 2009 Budget for Capital Improvements was approved.
    *City Attorney Mike Gillenwater provided an update on the land-swap between the city and Greater Clark County Schools (GCCS).  
    The Charlestown Common Council meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:03
 
?County Council meets for final time in 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00
??    The Washington County Council met for the final time this year on Monday, December 1; all members were present.  The minutes of previous meetings and all claims were approved unanimously.
    Nancy Lambring of the Department of Child Services (DCS) addressed the Council giving an update on expected expenses and revenues for her department through the remainder of 2008.  Under the new “circuit breaker” property tax plan, funding for DCS will revert to the State of Indiana as of January 1, 2009.  However, DCS expenses and revenues through the end of the current year will not be completely calculated for 60-90 days after the first of the year according to Lambring.  
    She estimated total expenses for the remainder of 2008 coming due in 2009 are in excess of $76,000.  Furthermore, it is expected that some of that amount will be reimbursed by the state and federal governments.
     Lambring was uncertain as to what the reimbursements would be.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:05
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?Commissioners receive bids for highway department materials PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00
?    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, December 3; all members were present.  The Commissioners unanimously approved the minutes of previous meetings, all claims and payroll.
    According to Board President, Lana Sullivan, the number of bids for materials ranging from gasoline to culvert pipe and gravel this year exceeded anything she can remember.  
    Commissioners Mike Goering and Byron Green agreed with Sullivan.
    After County Attorney, Tom Scifres, read the bids for nearly an hour, the Commissioners agreed to take the bids under advisement and asked Highway Superintendent, Rick Graves to review the bid specifications and make a recommendation to the Board.  
    The bids will be awarded at the December 17 Commissioners meeting.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:07
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?Commentary . . . How did we get to this point? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00
??    As I have stated in previous commentaries several times, my dad and my wife are the two wisest people I ever met.  That being said, they have both helped me to learn that if you expect to get better in the future you must be honest about the past and understand how that history has brought you to this point in time. There are numerous anecdotal examples of their wisdom when it comes to the subject of learning from the past, but the Clift’s Notes version can be digested into two simple statements:
     •    Learn from the past, live in the present, and plan for the future.
     •    You do not learn from failure; you learn from success after failure.
    Some people will argue that rehashing past mistakes only focuses on negatives.  However, the counter to that argument is that confession is good for the soul.  In other words, the catharsis that comes from facing one’s past sins/mistakes and then moving on cannot be overemphasized. I need to make it clear that there is a distinction between acknowledging/learning from the past and holding a grudge.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:10
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?Breakfast with Santa planned at Pierce-Polk Fire Department PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00
??    The Pierce-Polk Fire Department, located on Highway 60 in Pekin across from Jaam Video, will host a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 13, from 8 till 10 a.m.
    Parents are urged to bring their children to visit with Santa to give him their Christmas wish lists.
    The meal, which will be $6 for an all-you-can-eat breakfast, will include eggs, bacon, sausage, gravy, hashbrowns, coffee, orange drink and milk.
    Proceeds from the event will go to the operating expenses of the fire department.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:11
 
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