Town Considering ‘1-Strike & Out’ Dog Law

In an effort to make the community safe from vicious or aggressive dogs, the Crothersville town council is considering a “1-Strike and You’re Out” amendment to their current dog and cat ordinance.
The amendment was introduced as an effort to combat an ongoing problem with a few households that harbor aggressive animals in town.
Last month the council introduced an animal ordinance that was breed specific which was met with opposition by local residents. The council said they would go back to square one to develop a law which helped to curb aggressive animals and was more palatable to pet owners.
Introduced at the Feb. 7 town council meeting the council is considering adding the amendment to the existing ordinance that “Any animal that causes bodily harm to a victim, person aiding the victim or another animal will not be allowed within the town limits on the first offense.”
“If a dog, any dog, bites, scratches or otherwise causes bodily harm to a person or another animal, it will be up to the owner to remove that animal from town limits after the first offense,” said council member Bob Lyttle.
Even if the dog does not attack, owners of dogs that behave viciously when unprovoked will be required to keep the animal “confined to a structure, fenced yard, kennel or leashed and accompanied by the owner at all times”, according to the proposed local ordinance.
Additionally, the owner must post warning signs of a dangerous animal at the entrance of their property.
Citations for violation of that section will carry a fine that escalates with each offense. After a third violation, the animal will not be allowed inside the town limits.
The town already has a local law on the books that requires residents to keep dogs and cats confined to their property with out a leach.
Allowing any neutered dog or cat to run at large can result in a $20 fine for the first offense. Each subsequent offense within 12 months gets an additional $20 added to each offense.
For unaltered dogs and cats the fines are greater: first offense is $40 and they escalate by $40 for each additional offense.
Allowing a vicious or potentially dangerous animal to run at large, which includes escaping from a kennel, fenced, yard or tether, is a $100 fine for the first offense, according to existing local ordinance. For each subsequent offense, the fine increases to $150.
Failure to post a warning sign of a dangerous or vicious dog can result in a $50 fine.
The proposed amendment also defines feeding strays as ownership. “Dog and cat owners who feed their animals outside should do so in a manner that does not encourage stray and feral cats. If the resident is regularly feeding animals on their property, these animal will be considered to belong to the resident and any running-at-large fines shall be levied against the resident.”
The amendment will be given a second reading at the March 7 town council meeting.
In a related matter, Cathi Eagan, a volunteer with an area spay & neuter program informed the council that her organization can assist with a feral cat problem in Crothersville.
If the town or town residents can capture (live trap) stray cats, Spay Neuter Services Indiana will have the animal fixed so it cannot reproduce and then return it to the area where it was found.
“In communities that have a spay/neuter program over the years, this has been found to be a way of eventually decreasing the stray cat problem,” said Eagan.
There is no cost to the town. Brownstown veterinarian Dr. Kristen Tormoehlen volunteers one day a week to perform spay/neuter surgeries.
After the surgery, the town needs to keep the animal confined for a day before releasing them back into their neighborhood.
“It may take a few years but this has to help,” said Lyttle. “We need to do this. It’s a start.”
The rest of the council agreed voting unanimously to participate in the program. Town workers will begin setting live traps in areas known to have feral cat problems.
Eagan also told the council that she would leave some vouchers at town hall for residents who have pets that are not fixed. The vouchers allow pet owners to have their pet spayed or neutered for only $20.
In other matters the council approved applying for another housing grant to allow income eligible residents to make needed repairs or upgrades to their homes.
Trena Carter of ARa in Columbus reminded the council that the community received $155,000 in the most recent grant to improve local housing. “Though we will be applying for the maximum $350,000, we may receive less funding based on the need,” she said.
The grant requires a 10% local match. Carter said that a public hearing on the matter would be held in April with applications for residents seeking housing repair assistance being available sometime next month.
The council voted 5-0 to pursue thee grant.
Contracts were signed with ARa to administer and the FPBH of North Vernon, the town’s engineering firm, to design work for the recently announced Storm Water Grant.
The town was recently approved for a $500,000 grant to improve surface water drainage in the community.
“We expect to go to bid in early June, open bids in late June, and begin work on the project in July,” said town engineer Brad Bender.
In a final matter, the council signed a proclamation naming last week ‘Lady Tiger Week’ in honor of the team winning the school’s first even sectional basketball championship.

Tuesday Open House Planned At ‘The Gathering Place Café’

An open house has been planned for the newly named ‘The Gathering Place Café’ at the Crothersville Senior Center, 114 E. Main Street, for next Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 4-6 p.m.
Wellness fellowship, exercise, nutrition for older adults of the Greater Crothersville area are featured.
The Café is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.
Meals are free for area residents age 60 & over. And just $5 for persons under age 60.
A variety of information on senior issues from Thrive Alliance partners will be available during the open house.
Kelly Sue Hensley is Wellness and Nutrition Director for the meal site at the Center. The center can be reached at 812-793-2523.

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Leadership for the Crothersville Senior Citizens was installed at the newly re-named ‘The Gathering Place Café’ recently.
Seated:  Joyce Harmon, board member and Brenda Holzworth, secretary.
Standing: Doug Spicer & Paul Hall board members; Paul Hensley, vice president; Lynn Hoskins, president; James Dailey, treasurer; and Doris Kovener, reporter and local Advisory Board member to Thrive Alliance.
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Lady Tigers Fall To #1 Wood In Regional

Making the school’s first regional appearance ever, the Crothersville Lady Tigers were eliminated from the IHSAA post season play by Wood Memorial Trojans— the #1 ranked team in Class A girls basketball— Saturday afternoon 73-57 in the Springs Valley Regional at French Lick.
Crothersville came out strong in the first quarter battling the 25-1 Trojanes toe-to-toe and led 17-15 at the first stop.
But turnovers were costly for Crothersville in the second quarter. Wood Memorial outscored the locals 20-12 in the second frame to take a six-point, 35-29 lead into the locker room.
The Gibson County team continued their scoring barrage in the third period out-pointing the Lady Tigers 22-13 to lead 57-42 going into the final stanza.
Both teams battled evenly in the final period with Wood outscoring the locals 16-15.
In her season finale, Katrina Christian scored 30 points for the Lady Tigers. She got double digit help from Piper Hensley with 12. Maddie Riley scored 5, Kashmir Kelshaw and Madison Reynolds each hit for four and Nikki Hickman scored two points.
The Lady Tigers graduate three seniors from this year’s squad —Kat Christian, Piper Hensley and Madison Reynolds—and return a solid nucleus of veterans for the 2017-18 hardwood season.
Crothersville ended with a 19-9 record; the most wins of any Lady Tiger ball club.
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In the Springs Valley Regional Championship Game #1 Wood Memorials defeated the #2 Vincennes Rivet Patrioits 46-40. Rivet got to the title game by defeating South Central in the regional opener 51-45.

Community Foundation’s Annual Farm Breakfast Next Wednesday

The Community Foundation of Jackson County and Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will serve up an economic forecast along with a full meal during the 15th annual Farmers Breakfast.
Jackson County farmers and others from the agricultural community will hear about the economic outlook for the farm sector as well as estate-planning issues during the breakfast at 7:30 a.m. next Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Pewter Hall in Brownstown. Doors open at 7 a.m.
Premier Ag and Rose Acre Farms underwrite the cost of the buffet meal allowing farmers to enjoy the breakfast at no cost.
Ag economist Christopher Hurt of Purdue University will offer his insights into the economic landscape for farmers, and attorney Susan Bevers of Lorenzo & Bevers of Seymour will provide information about estate planning. Bevers is also a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Hurt joined the Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics in 1981. He teaches an undergraduate course in livestock and meat marketing. His areas of specialty include examination of family farm market problems, pricing strategies, and livestock futures market problems, pricing strategies, and livestock futures market performance.
Professor Hurt has received the USDA Superior Service Group Award, an American Agricultural Economics Group award, as well as two Indiana Extension Service Awards.
The Farmers Breakfast program is free of charge and reservations may be made by contacting the Foundation by calling 812-523-4483 or by emailing  development@cfjacksoncounty.org.

Democrats Get Chance To Be The Adults

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

Reason must resurface and prevail among the nation’s elected representatives.
Democrats in the U.S. Senate can take a significant step in leading the country toward reasonable governing, and away from chaos. Those senators can set an example of the steadiness, sorely needed in America right now, by resisting the understandable urge to obstruct the confirmation process for Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch.
They certainly should not just roll over. This is the chance to show the nation that there are adults in the room.
Those senators justifiably remain angered by their Republican colleagues’ disrespect for the authority of President Obama. The GOP denied any hearings on the president’s nomination of moderate, respected U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Republicans’ undemocratic behavior toward a president, elected overwhelmingly twice, left that seat empty for 293 days. That unprecedented refusal to perform their duties, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, exemplified their shameless obstruction during Obama’s eight years in office.
Tempting as it may be to deliver a payback, Democrats would do us, themselves, and the country well by taking the high road. By showing the statesmanship of Lee Hamilton and Richard Lugar.
As the minority party after November’s election of Donald Trump to the presidency, Democrats have a ripe opportunity. In just two weeks as president, Trump has proven his erratic decision-making, petulance and complete disinterest in listening to the needs of Americans who did not support him—the majority of those voting in November. While some Republicans in Congress have, rather meekly, questioned the constitutionality of Trump’s executive orders, most are tolerating him in hopes that he will deliver on their pet priorities.
The nation needs wisdom. The nation needs statesmanship. Senate Democrats should support the democratic process and let the confirmation hearings for Gorsuch’s nomination unfold in a timely fashion. His judicial track record contains areas of concern, which several senators have cited already. They should vigorously question Gorsuch on those topics during the hearings and vote their conscience. His legal qualifications merit thoughtful consideration and the senators should weigh those carefully, too.
But be very certain: questioning should not be construed as obstructing.
It is true that Obama, not Trump, should have been the president to appoint the justice to replace Scalia, who died a year ago. But gridlock and polarized politics have proliferated on Capitol Hill during the past quarter-century, and congressional Republicans’ behavior since 2009 has worsened the situation. They elevated their want for a conservative Supreme Court above the American system of democracy.
Democrats, by contrast, should exhibit respect for the process of representative government, fought for and won through high sacrifice. Gorsuch deserves a confirmation hearing with thorough vetting by the Senate.
The nation deserves sane, rational leadership at a moment when visible examples of that quality are in such small supply.
(The Tribune-Star contributed to this week’s column.)

Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE

American Environmental (8500 Georgetown Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268), for the Shell Bigfoot #18, located at 6988 South U.S. Highway 31, Crothersville, Indiana 47229, is submitting a Notice of Intent to notify the Indiana Department of Environmental Management of our intent to comply with the requirements under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit ING080000 to discharge non-process wastewater from a groundwater petroleum remediation system. Discharge will be to the Muscatatuck River.
Any person wishing further information about this discharge may contact Ms. Kimberly Jurczak at 317-871-4090. The decision to grant coverage under this NPDES general permit for this discharge is appealable as per IC4-21.5. Any person who wants to be informed of IDEM’s decision regarding granting or denying coverage to this facility under this NPDES permit, and who wants to be informed of procedures to appeal the decision, may contact IDEM’s offices at OWQWWPER@idem.IN.gov to be placed on a mailing list to receive notification of IDEM’s decision.
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Notice to Bidders

The Board of Commissioners of the Jackson County, Indiana will receive sealed bids up to and including March 6, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. for the following:
The Board of Commissioners is renting the hay fields next to the Jackson County Highway Garage, Brownstown, Indiana.
Bids will be accepted for the mowing and harvesting of hay.  Proof of Insurance is required to be on file in the Office of the Jackson County Auditor before any work is begun.
All bids should be submitted in writing.  Bids must be submitted to the Jackson County Auditor’s Office, 111 S. Main St, Suite 118 Brownstown, IN 47220 on or before March 6, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
At the hour of 6:00 p.m., local time, on March 7, 2017, the Board of Commissioners will open and read aloud all bids at a public meeting to be held at the Courthouse Annex, 220 East Walnut Street, Brownstown, Indiana 47220.
The Board of Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive formalities in the bidding process.
Kathy Hohenstreiter
Jackson County Auditor
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NOTICE OF REAL PROPERTY
COMMISSIONERS’ CERTIFICATE SALE

Jackson County Indiana
Beginning 10:00 AM, April 5, 2017 Local Time
STATE OF INDIANA
JACKSON COUNTY
Pursuant to the laws of the Indiana General Assembly and by resolution of the Jackson County Commissioners, notice is hereby given that the following described tracts or items of real property are listed for sale for delinquent taxes and / or special assessments.
The minimum sale prices listed below are less than the minimum sale prices when offered in the immediately preceding county tax sale held under Section 5 of IC 6-1.1-24 and include all fees and expenses of the county directly attributable to the Commissioners’ Certificate Sale.  The Jackson County Commissioners will accept bids for the certificates of sale, for the price referred to in IC 6-1.1-24-6.1(a)(3), by public auction on April 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM Courthouse Time at the Jackson County Courthouse.
Pursuant to IC 6-1.1-24-5.1, a business entity that seeks to register to bid in an Indiana Commissioners’ Certificate Sale must provide a certificate of good standing or proof of registration in accordance with IC 5-23 from the Secretary of State to the county treasurer.
A person redeeming each tract or item of real property after the sale of the certificate must pay: (A) the amount of the minimum bid under Section 5 of IC 6-1.1-24 for which the tract or item of real property was last offered for sale; (B) ten percent (10%) of the amount for which the certificate is sold; (C) the attorney’s fees and costs of giving notice under IC 6-1.1-25-4.5; (D) the costs of a title search or of examining and updating the abstract of title for the tract or item of real property; (E) all taxes and special assessments on the tract or item of real property paid by the purchaser after the sale of the certificate plus interest at the rate of ten percent (10%) per annum on the amount of taxes and special assessments paid by the purchaser on the redeemed property; and (F), all costs of sale, advertising costs, and other expenses of the county directly attributable to the sale of the certificate.
If the certificate is sold for an amount more than the minimum bid under Section 5 of IC 6-1.1-24 for which the tract or item of real property was last offered for sale and the property is not redeemed, the owner of record of the tract or item of real property who is divested of ownership at the time the tax deed is issued may have a right to the tax sale surplus.
Indiana law prohibits a person who owes delinquent taxes, special assessments, penalties, interest, or costs directly attributable to a prior tax sale, from purchasing tracts or items of real property at a tax sale. Prior to bidding at a tax sale, each bidder must affirm under the penalties for perjury that he or she does not owe delinquent taxes, special assessments, penalties, interest, costs directly attributable to a prior tax sale, amounts from a final adjudication in favor of a political subdivision in this county, any civil penalties imposed for the violation of a building code or ordinance of this county, or any civil penalties imposed by a health department in this county. Further, each bidder must acknowledge that any successful bid made in violation of the above statement is subject to forfeiture.  In the event of forfeiture, the bid amount shall be applied to the delinquent taxes, special assessments, penalties, interest, costs, judgments, or civil penalties of the ineligible bidder, and a certificate will be issued to the county executive.
The Commissioners specifically reserve the right to withhold from the sale any parcel which has been listed in error, or which otherwise becomes ineligible for sale either prior to the start or during the duration of the auction. The Auditor’s Office does not warrant the accuracy of the key numbers or street addresses published herein and any misstatement in the key number or street address does not invalidate an otherwise valid sale.
Dated:  2/8/2017
Tax Unit     Brownstown Corp
Owner of Record:  Unicell Paper Mills Inc
Sale ID#:  361600014
Property ID#:  36-54-10-401-003.000-002
Brief Legal Description:  PT NE    32.72AC
Property Address:  1220 W Spring St
Minimum Bid:  $200.00
Tax Unit     Seymour City-Jackson
Owner of Record:  Gill Enterprises Llc
Sale ID#:  361600095
Property ID#:  36-66-17-206-066.000-009
Brief Legal Description:  SHIELDS 253–W
Property Address:  602 E 2nd St
Minimum Bid:  $200.00
Owner of Record:  Gill Enterprises Llc
Sale ID#:  361600105
Property ID#:  36-66-17-322-083.000-009
Brief Legal Description:  SHIELDS 25′ S1/2 LOT 3 BLK 51
Property Address:  223 S Vine St
Minimum Bid:  $200.00
Owner of Record:  Gill Enterprises Llc
Sale ID#:  361600115
Property ID#:  36-66-19-101-069.000-009
Brief Legal Description:  BUTLER 5′ S SIDE 1 BUTLER 45′ N SIDE 2
Property Address:  606 S Walnut St
Minimum Bid:  $200.00
Tax Unit     Pershing
Owner of Record:  Jason W Burnside
Sale ID#:  361600170
Property ID#:  36-64-07-303-009.000-011
Brief Legal Description:  7.03-6-4 JONES-FREEPORT PT LOTS 1E & 3E
Property Address:  6000 Block N Union St
Minimum Bid:  $200.00
Tax Unit     Seymour City-Redding
Owner of Record:  Gill Enterprises Llc
Sale ID#:  361600192
Property ID#:  36-66-07-404-015.001-013
Brief Legal Description:  WOODSTOCK LOT 36
Property Address:  101 E 13th St
Minimum Bid:  $200.00
Total Number of Properties:     6
I hereby certify that the above real properties have been offered in one tax sale, have not received a bid for at least the
amount required under I.C. 6-1.1-24-5 and have been identified in a resolution of the Board of Commissioners for Jackson
County, Indiana, to be offered for sale.
Given under my hand and seal on 02/08/2017.
Kathy S. Hohenstreiter
Auditor
Jackson County Indiana
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