Foster, Wilson Re-Elected To Lead Crothersville Town Council

Danieta Foster was re-elected as president of the Crothersville Town Council when the local governing body met Jan. 8.
Councilman Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson made a motion to name Bob Lyttle president, but it died for lack of a second. Councilwoman Brenda Holzworth then made a motion to make Foster president, and that gained a second and passed 4-1 with Robinson casting the no vote.
Councilman Chad Wilson then made a motion to have Lyttle serve as vice president, and it passed unanimously. But at the end of the meeting, Lyttle declined the position, and Robinson made a motion to keep Wilson as vice president, and that passed 5-0.
The council also made other appointments during the meeting.
Robinson will continue to serve on the Jackson County Solid Waste Management District committee; Duane Davis will be the town’s Indiana Department of Homeland Security representative; and Curt Kovener will remain the town’s representative on Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation.
At the council’s next meeting Feb. 5, it will approve members of the safety board after conferring with Fire Chief Charles Densford to see if he wants to retain his seat on the safety board. The other members on that board are Wilson and Holzworth.
In other matters, the council tabled a discussion on whether to record the council meetings and put the recorded meeting online. Robinson questioned the costs of microphones and cameras for recording and whether the town’s website would allow for online broadcast.
The council heard an update from FPBH, the town’s engineering firm.
•The Seymour Road sewer/storm sewer & lift station project should start sometime in February or March.
•The Community Crossing Paving Grant should be ready to go to bid in February,

Sandhill Cranes Return

For the past month flocks Sandhill Cranes have been dining on harvested grain fields in Jackson and Scott Counties.
The seasonally migratory birds can be heard by their distinctive trilling call.
Large flocks of the birds can be found south of Seymour in harvested fields, the Ewing bottoms west of Brownstown, and the Muscatatuck Bottoms in Scott and southern Jackson Counties.
The recent river flooding helped to congregate the cranes into more compact areas. They like resting at night in shallow water as splashing water can serve as an alarm to predators.

~photo by Donna Stanley, USFWS

Crothersville, Austin, Scottsburg Will Hold Elections This Year

Filing For Office Gets Underway Today

Candidates seeking municipal offices in 2019 have to file a declaration of candidacy beginning today, Wednesday, Jan. 9. The deadline for filing is noon Friday, Feb. 8.
The Primary election date is Tuesday, May 7.
In Crothersville, five town council seats and the town clerk-treausrer seat are up for election. All are voted on at large.
Current office holders are Terry Richey, clerk-treasurer; and town council members Danieta Foster, Brenda Holzworth, Bob Lyttle, Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson, and Chad Wilson.
The City of Austin will be electing a mayor, clerk-treasurer, and five city councilmen.
Current office holders include Mayor Dillo Bush, clerk-treasurer Chris Fugate, council members Greg Goodin, Staci Mullins, Joe Smith, Brandon White, and Johnnie White.
The city of Scottsburg will be electing a mayor, clerk-treasurer, and five city councilmen.
Current office holders are Mayor William H. Graham, clerk-treasurer Janetta C. Hardy, and city council Stanley Allen, Karen Grecius, William Hoagland, John Konkler, and Charles Rose.

Over 250 Names Removed From Scott Voter List

As a result of the 2016 Voter List Maintenance (VLM) project conducted by the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office, 252 voter registrations in Scott County were recently cancelled, according to Scott County Clerk Missy Applegate.
All of the registrations had two VLM cards mailed to them by the State in 2016 and both were returned to the State with insufficient addresses.
“At the point, these voters were placed in an inactive status and was given time to activate it through two federal general elections,” said the clerk. “Of those changed to the inactive status, 252 did not get activated and were cancelled.”
Although the Scott County Clerk’s Office followed all of the steps necessary to complete the 2016 VLM, the Clerk’s Office is posting the names to give voters another chance to be registered for the coming municipal election by completing a new registration form either by coming to the Scott County Clerk’s Office to register or by going online to to process it online. If a new registration is not completed before the next election, these voters will not be able to vote on election day.
The list is located in the Scott County Clerk’s Office, Suite 120, in the courthouse in Scottsburg.

Making Gingerbread Houses At The Library

Eleven-year-old Kaia Davis (left) concentrates as she squeezes more icing onto her gingerbread house while Sara Slone (at right) taste tests the sticky confection.
Last Thursday 40 area youngsters (and a couple of oldsters) took part in the annual holiday tradition at the Crothersville library of building graham cracker gingerbread houses.

City of Austin Bans Smoking In Public Places

Using Tobacco, E-Cigarettes Can Mean A $25 Fine

In January smoking in public places will be against the law inside Austin city limits.
At their Dec. 10 meeting, the Austin City Council voted unanimously to ban smoking of tobacco and e-cigarettes in public places. That includes places of employment; all buildings and grounds of Scott County School District 1 including athletic facilities; child care, adult day care and heathcare facilities; any retail or service business; and within 15 feet of all outdoor playgrounds were among the places where smoking is specifically prohibited.
A legal notice detailing the new ordinance is found on Page 6 of this print issue of Times and online in the Public Notices section of The smoking ban will go into effect 30 days after publication.
“There is evidence of the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke,” reads the ordinance. “Smoking is a health hazard to the smoker and non-smoker alike and it is a potential fire hazard which can result in economic loss.”
Mayor Dillo Bush said he expects some pushback as a result of the ordinance, “but the purpose of the ordinance is to protect the public health by prohibiting smoking in public places and to guarantee the right of non-smokers to breathe smoke-free air.”
The ordinance’s definition of smoking includes inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any cigar, cigarette, or pipe and any device intended for inhalation including hookahs and smoking marijuana. Use of electronic smoking devices which create an aerosol or vapor are also prohibited.
Smoking is not entirely banned in the community. The ordinance does not regulate smoking in private residences or on private residential property.
Public streets and sidewalks in the City of Austin are not included in the definition of public places.
The ordinance allows smoking at least 15 feet outside any area where smoking is prohibited. The distance is “to ensure that…smoke does not enter through entrances, windows, ventilation systems, or by any other means”.
Anyone who violates the new ordinance and any business owner, manager or employee who allows someone to violate the ordinance by permitting smoking in a place frequented by the public can be fined $25 per occurrence.
The Scott County Health Department is charged with enforcing the new ordinance and any citizen who sees a violation of smoking in a public place can initiate enforcement by registering a complaint with that department.