?Wide range in proposed pay increases for county employees and elected officials PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 00:00
???    The recently concluded 2009 Budget Hearing meetings were the public part of the long and tedious process of
preparing a budget for the county that has some relevance to anticipated revenues and makes a good faith effort to
balance the immediate wants of the community with the long term needs of the community.
    The hard copy of the budget is summarized on 80+ pages of size 10 font covering all county government
expenditures for the 2007 and 2008 to date, plus the 2009 request broken down into line items of considerable detail.
    Taken in its entirety, this document seems overwhelming and after only a short time can cause blurred vision and
pounding headaches.  However, if a person were to glean any wisdom from the old East Indian saying that goes
something like, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.” some interesting information begins to emerge. Of specific interest is the proposed pay increases for some county employees and some county elected officials.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2008 14:28
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?Salem Common Council wrestles with financial shortfalls PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 August 2008 00:00
?    The Salem Common Council met in regular session on Monday evening, August 11 with all members present.  The
minutes of previous meetings and all claims were approved unanimously.
    Voting unanimously to transfer money to the General Fund from various other funds to avoid going into the red and to forego any salary increase for elected officials in the upcoming budget, the Council struggled to deal with a financial shortfall brought on by a delay in receiving property tax revenues and what Mayor David Bower described as “an inherited budget that ties our hands.”  
    Unable to determine what, if any, pay increase city employees might receive, the members of the Council voted
unanimously to table the topic until City Clerk Treasurer, Pat Persinger meets with representatives of the Department
of Local Government Finance during the last week of August.  
    According to Persinger, after that meeting she should be able to provide the Council solid numbers to work with
in developing the budget and, in turn, what might be available for pay increases.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2008 14:33
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?Salem School Board approves temporary loan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 00:00
??  ?    At the recent Salem School Board meeting held on Monday, August 11 the board approved another temporary loan in the amount of $500,000 to get through the third quarter and a three pay period month.
    “There is no evidence that we will receive any tax money.” state Dr. Kim Thurston.
    The school district paid $77,127.08 in interest charges for 2007 and they have borrowed more money for a longer period of time in 2008 although with a lower interest rate than in 2007.
    Member Jason Pepmeier asked if this was going to start of cycle of borrowing more and more.
According to Thurston “it could start a cycle but it really depends on the taxes, we are supposed to receive money is June and December and we have not. It’s very uncertain.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2008 14:36
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?Science classroom nearing completion at East Washington High School PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 00:00
???    The Science classrooms and lab are nearing completion at East Washington High School according to Ed Rivers with Tipperman Ritz Engineering at the recent East Washington School Board meeting held Tuesday, August 12.
    A tour of the science renovation was taken by the school board members and Rivers to show how the project is progressing.
    According to Rivers the classrooms will be usable by August 19 but the lab will not be completed by that day. The lab is expected to be completed a week later.
    A second payment of $90,450 will be sent to Temple Construction for the renovation
    “Tipperman and Temple Construction have done a good job with this renovation and have been good to work with,” said Superintendent Ammick.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2008 14:38
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?Driving while impaired crackdown begins PDF Print E-mail
??    As of August 15, the Indiana State Police along with over 250 other police agencies across Indiana have begun participating in an Operation Pull Over, “Over the Limit under Arrest” campaign. This “Over the Limit under Arrest” project is being sponsored by a federal grant through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and with this grant officers will be concentrating on impaired drivers.
    During this Operation Pull Over campaign officers will be working overtime conducting sobriety checkpoints, roaming patrols, and using other enforcement tools to catch impaired drivers. Officers will not only be looking for impaired drivers in cars but also motor carrier vehicles and motorcycles.
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