Five Arrested On Drug Related Charges At Austin Home

A Scott County Court search warrant issued in connection with a drug investigation at a residence on the southwest side of Austin resulted in five people being charged with a variety of drug related offenses.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin said troopers and officers with the Austin Police Department served the warrant at 218 Lawnview Drive just before 11 a.m. last Thursday.
During the search officers located what was believed to be methamphetamine, syringes, scales and other pieces of drug paraphernalia, Goodin reported.
Arrested were:
•Terry Morris, 46, a resident at 218 S. Lawnview, Austin, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of syringe.
•Timothy Ebertshauser, 26, of Scottsburg; dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of syringe and maintaining a common nuisance.
•Erica Moore, 24, of Scottsburg; dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of syringe and maintaining a common nuisance.
•Eric Howard, 29, of Scottsburg; was charged with visiting a common nuisance.
•Victoria Autenrieb, 28, of Seymour; was charged with visiting a common nuisance.
All five were incarcerated at the Scott County Jail. This investigation is continuing, Goodin said.

House Bill Would Merge Townships With Less Than 1,200 People

More than 300 units of township government in Indiana would be consolidated under a bill touted as one of the legislative priorities for House Republicans.
House Bill 1005 would make it mandatory for trustee offices in townships with a population less than 1,200 to merge either with a more populous township or one of similar population.
Of Indiana’s 1,005 townships, 309 fit the bill’s population category, said Deborah Driskell, executive director of the Indiana Township Association. Depending on the approach taken by the townships, there could be more than two townships in each consolidation, she said.
“They could consolidate in different configurations. There’s no way to predict exactly what the reduction would be. It could be 150; it could be more,” Driskell said.
Consolidations would not require a voter referendum, though a public hearing would be necessary. The mergers are to be led by township officials.
“We have far too many local government entities in our state for us to be efficient,” said Rep. Cindy Ziemke, R-Batesville, author of the bill. “It’s really to try to gain some efficiencies and far more value for the taxpayer.”
Township governments have functioned in Indiana since the signing of the 1852 State Constitution. The House bill, if passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb, would not eliminate the township concept.
“I am pleased that everyone will still have a township trustee and a township board. That’s the most important thing when looking at any kind of reform,” Driskell said. “We have always stood for the fact that if you get rid of townships, people lose their trustees and their boards.
“There’s been a push to get rid of the boards and put us under county control, and we have stood against that for many years. We have been encouraged strongly to come up with our own reform measures,” Driskell said.
Additional reforms – many recommended by the township association – in the bill include salary caps in trustee offices, a requirement for capital project plans and justifications for high cash balances in a trustee’s budget. Current debts would remain with taxpayers in the township where the debts were incurred.
House Bill 1005 could lead to savings in the costs of trustee salaries and building expenses, among other costs that would be shared by consolidated offices, according to House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis.
Another streamlining bill, House Bill 1003, by Rep. Douglas Gutwein, R-Francesville, would repeal six chapters of Indiana Code and 55 duplicative reporting requirements for local and state units of government, Bosma said.
Bosma said the bills are part of efforts “to continue to streamline and downsize government while still providing critical services to Hoosiers.”
A third bill, House Bill 1004, authored by Sally Siegrist, R-West Lafayette, would reduce paper reports.
Township trustees typically provide poor relief and pioneer cemetery maintenance.
In 2007, a study by the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform recommended ways for Indiana to streamline services. The effort was led by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard and former Gov. Joe Kernan.
Among recommendations, the commission suggested transferring township services to county governments and having county government led by a single elected county executive.
The Kernan-Shepard report has had a rocky history. Efforts to consolidate township assessors with county offices were successful, but the state’s 1,009 township trustee offices have fought merger attempts. Township officials argue that they offer the units of government that are closest to Hoosiers.
Last session, Ziemke introduced a bill that would have abolished township advisory boards and assigned financial responsibility of townships to fiscal bodies of each county. The bill was opposed by the township association which since then has been in discussions with Ziemke.
Scott L. Miley
CNHI News Indiana Reporter

4 Jackson County Townships Targetted

Four townships in Jackson County would be in the crosshairs for consolidation if HB 1005 passes.
Salt Creek Township in northwest Jackson County is the smallest township with a population of 347, according to the 2015 U.S. Census estimate.
Grassy Fork Township, which includes the community of Tampico, has a population of 676.
Driftwood, which includes the community of Vallonia, has a population of 869.
Washington Township, which includes the community of Dudleytown, has a 2015 estimate population of 1,135.
The next closest township in the county that could be on the bubble is Pershing with a population of 1,398.
Other townships by population include Jackson, 21,455; Brownstown, 5,581; Redding, 4,377; Vernon, 3,443; Hamilton, 1,681; Owen, 1,591; Carr, 1,516.
None of the township trustees in Jackson County are responsible for fire protection as rural fire protection is paid for by a fire protection district or territory. Some consolidation of those responsibilities have already occurred. Jackson-Washington and Owen-Salt Creek have fire protection districts for combined township territories.
However, all township trustees in Jackson County are responsible for poor relief—emergency assistance for rent, food, utilities, burial of the indigent—and maintenance of cemeteries that do not have a church or association to provide mowing.

A Pride, An Ambush, and A Sleuth… Oh My!

by Curt Kovener

A collective noun, as students of Mrs. Lewis’s high school English class will tell you, is a word for a group of specific items, animals or people. For example, a group of ships is called a fleet, a group of cows is called a herd, a group of lions is called a pride, a group of baseball players is called a team, and a group of ants is called a colony.

But there are unique names for a collection of animals; some are obvious after some thought, others are head scratchers.

For instance, it is a cauldron of bats, it is a kindle of kittens but as they mature a group of cats is a clowder. A group of puppies is a litter and a group of dogs is a pack.

On the farm it is a tribe of goats, flock of chickens, a gaggle of geese, a pace of donkeys, a pack of mules, and not a CAFO of hogs but a passel of pigs.

For the less domesticated animals it is a cauldron of bats, a band of gorillas, a pod of whales, a warren of rabbits, a murder of crows, an unkindness of ravens, a covey of quail, a kettle of hawks, a convocation of eagles, a troop of kangaroos.

Then there are those collective names that, after some thought, make perfect sense: a labor of moles, a charm of finches, a stand of flamingos, a romp of otters, scold of bluejays, a crash of rhinoceroses, a scurry of squirrels, a pandemonium of parrots, they are a flock of ducks in flight but a raft of ducks on the water, a tower of giraffes.

And finally, a group of owls (the bird known for being wise) is called a parliament. A group of baboons is called a congress.

I shall leave you to meditate on that without comment.

Legal Notice

Sealed bids will be received by the TOWN OF CROTHERSVILLE, acting by and through the TOWN BOARD (hereinafter referred to as “the Owner”), at 111 WEST HOWARD STREET, CROTHERSVILLE, IN 47229 until 6:00 PM local time, FEBRUARY 6, 2018, for the construction of CCMG PROJECT IMPROVEMENTS for the TOWN OF CROTHERSVILLE.
Bids received by the time and date specified will then be publicly opened and read aloud.
After review and award of a contract, the Owner will provide a “Notice to Proceed” to the Contractor. Contractor will then have 10 working days after said “Notice to Proceed” to commence construction and 90 days total to achieve substantial completion and an additional 30 days to complete all work for this project, for a total of 130 days after issuance of “Notice to Proceed” to project closeout. Substantial completion date is therefore anticipated to be July 12, 2018 and final completion date is therefore anticipated to be August 11, 2018, based on a Notice to Proceed and Contract approval by April 3, 2018. Contractor will be assessed $300.00 a day liquidated damages for any work remaining over and above either of the specified contract completion dates. Payment to be made on a standard monthly claim basis, with 10% retainage, and said retainage may be held up to three months after the successful completion of this contract. There is no retainage reduction for this project.
Copies of the Contract Documents are on file for review in the Office of the Owner (TOWN OF CROTHERSVILLE – Clerk Treasurer, 111 WEST HOWARD, CROTHERSVILLE, IN 47229). Access to an ftp site with the Contract Documents in PDF format is available from the Engineer (FPBH, Inc., 72 HENRY STREET, P. O. Box 47, North Vernon, Indiana, 47265, 812-346-2045) for a non-refundable fee of $50.00 per set. Printed copies of the Contract Documents are available for a non-refundable fee of $50.00 per set. Additional sets may be purchased for a non-refundable fee of $25.00 per set. Partial sets will not be available. Only those plan holders registered through the Engineer will be allowed to submit a bid for the project.
There is no pre bid conference scheduled for this project.
Bids must be submitted on the forms in the Contract Documents and other conditions therein described must be met. Each bid must be enclosed in a sealed envelope, clearly marked TOWN OF CROTHERSVILLE – CCMG PROJECT IMPROVEMENTS on the face of the envelope and display the name and address of the bidder. Each bid must be accompanied by a Bid Bond or Certified Check in a sum equal to 10% of the amount of the bid unless otherwise specified, and a completed Non-Collusion Affidavit. Bid prices must be firm for a period of ninety (90) days from the bid opening date. Should a successful bidder withdraw his bid, or fail to execute a satisfactory contract within ten (10) days after notice of acceptance of his bid, the owner may declare the Bid Security forfeited as liquidated damages, not as penalty. The successful bidder shall furnish a Performance and Labor and Materials Payment Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent
(100%) of the contract sum with an approved surety company. Said bond shall remain in full force and effect for a period of one (1) year after date of final acceptance of the work.
The TOWN OF CROTHERSVILLE, reserves the right to accept or reject any bid and to waive any or all formalities.
January 12, 2018
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Seeking Applicants for Utility Operator Position
Job Description and Job Duties
•Assist with Operation of Water Facility and Distribution System under the direction of the Water Superintendent
•Assist with Operation of Wastewater Facility and Collection System under the direction of the Wastewater Superintendent
•Perform or assist in performing repairs on sewer lines, water lines and equipment repairs.
•Perform duties presented to Town Hall by concerned citizens or Town Council Members
•Heavy equipment operating experience is preferred but not required
•Assist with periodic animal control issues
•Assist in reading water meters when needed
•Perform or Assist in performing maintenance of town equipment
•Assist with snow removal and spreading salt during slick road conditions.
•Be on call for Town issues that may arise
•Learn and perform lab procedures for both Water and Wastewater facilities.
•Learn and perform procedures for checking operation of both Water and Wastewater facilities on weekends and holidays.
•Be courteous and respectful to co-workers, Town council members, vendors, all Town residents etc.
Work hours will be 7:30AM – 4:00PM (Monday – Friday) with some weekends, once trained.
Paid Holidays
Sick and Personal Time
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United Healthcare Insurance
Public Employee Retirement Fund
AFLAC Supplemental Insurance if desired
Applications can be picked up and dropped off at Town Hall (111 E. Howard Street, Crothersville, Indiana 47229) during regular business hours. (7:30AM – 4:00PM)
Possible hire date sometime during early February.

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