Commissioners agree to funding support for business incubator PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, April 15, with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, all claims and payroll were approved unanimously.
    Washington County Economic Growth Partnership (WCEPG) Executive Director, Jerry Rose, addressed the Commissioners and asked them to support the concept of a commerce incubator in Washington County.  The basics idea of a commerce incubator is to provide support in the form of technical assistance, office/warehouse/production space, and legal, financial, and managerial counsel at little or no  cost to local individuals starting new businesses.  The cost of the program will be paid out of the Economic Development Income Tax Fund (EDIT).  In late 2008, the Commissioners and the County Council agreed to earmark 25% of EDIT money for non-road projects.  Although no exact dollar figures were discussed in regards to the incubator project, all the Commissioners agreed to support the project as a means of encouraging local entrepreneurs.  Additional information about the commerce incubator is available through the WCEGP at 883-8803.
    Other items of business conducted by the Commissioners included the following:
- Unanimous agreement to hire Hornsby Consultants to do an income survey of the county in preparation for grant application to pay for development of comprehensive land use plan
- Unanimous agreement to submit road paving projects at Shorts Corner Road/Vincennes Trail and Mt. Carmel Road/Horner's Chapel Road to be part of a $14 million grant for the Seymour District of the Indiana Department of Transportation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
- Unanimously approved use of the former Emergency Management Office in the court house for use by the County Coroner
- Discussion of building permit fee increases
- Update of Bridge 113 project
- Update on truck bypass

    With no further business to conduct, the Commissioners adjourned until their next regularly scheduled meeting on May 6.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 12:13
 
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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Local area basketball players participate in HBCA All Star Game PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 April 2009 00:00
    While observers of the high school sports scene would normally be thinking in terms of baseball, softball, and other spring sports in April, several Green-Banner Publications area athletes participated in the Hoosier Basketball Coaches’ Association (HBCA) Girls’ and Boys’ All Star Games Saturday at Tecumseh High School. In both games, an East Squad played a West Squad. All local GBP area athletes were on the East Squad.
    The girls’ team had three representatives from North Harrison on the East squad, Wynn Shroyer, Kayla Lambert, and Kacey Cox.
    The boys’ team had three representatives, Gunner Erwin of Salem, Chris Beam of Borden, and Spencer Robinson of Silver Creek.
    The East girls’ lost a 73-72 squeaker to the West, but it wasn’t over until the very end. Kacey Cox was fouled on a three point attempt with 4.7 seconds left, but missed the shot. Since she was fouled on a three point attempt, she got three free throw attempts. She proceeded to sink all three of them, but the West refused to turn over the ball on the ensuing possession.
    The West boys’ took a wide lead late in the 1st half and kept up the pressure in their 112-100 win over the East boys’ squad.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2009 13:15
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Morgan Elementary to receive new propane boilers in renovation PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 April 2009 00:00
    The new boilers to be installed at Morgan Elementary School during the upcoming renovation and construction project will be propane fired boilers, the North Harrison board of School Trustees decided recently at a special board meeting.
    The installation cost of the boilers is estimated at $1.9 million dollars, as opposed to the estimated cost of $1.79 million for electric boilers.
    The main difference in the costs involved will be in the yearly fuel consumption, and the cost of each type of fuel by the therm (a therm is a measurement of energy equal to 100,000 BTUs).
    The cost of propane per therm is $1.58, based on a cost of $1.45 per gallon of propane.
    With electric boilers, the cost per therm is $2.30, with the basis being a price of $0.0784 per kilowatt hour.
    The propane boilers would have an output of 26,710 therms per year, with 23,964 therms per year coming from electric boilers.
    The total energy cost on a yearly basis for the propane boilers would be $42,202 as opposed to $55,117 for electric.
    The propane boilers would have a service life of 25 years, as opposed to 15 years for the electric option.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2009 13:16
 
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