Crothersville FFA President Deven Lemen accepts a $3,000 donation from Premier Ag and Land O’ Lakes Foundation from Premier Ag employees, Adam Brooks and Katie Martin for the Crothersville FFA Toy & Food Drive.
“Premier Ag was given the opportunity to submit a matching grant from Land O’ Lakes to a community project that encompasses hunger,” said Martin. She said that supporting the Crothersville FFA with their Toy & Food Drive is a great way for Premier Ag and Land O’Lakes to help combat hunger in our community.
Brooks added, “the members of the Crothersville FFA have a terrific program and that the Toy & Food Drive is successful because of the hard work from so many.”
“We rely on corporate donations so much now as compared to the past,” said Lemen “We certainly couldn’t deliver the quantity of food that we do without the generous donations from Premier Ag and Land O’Lakes.”
Donations to the 28th Crothersville FFA Toy & Food Drive will be accepted through this Friday, Dec. 16 and those wishing to donate should contact chapter advisor, Linda Begley at 812-793-2051.
A Jeffersonville real estate developer was thwarted in his proposed request to put 12 double-wide manufactured homes in Crothersville when the town council, last week, failed to take action on accepting a long ago installed currently privately owned sanitary sewer line on East Walnut Street.
Developer Matthew Conway wants to establish a 12-home addition on Walnut Street between Preston and East Streets. Before work begins, Conway wants the town to accept the street and sewer. That would involve the town paving the street and ensuring the sewer correctly flows.
The sewer, installed decades ago, by a previous, now deceased, developer was never accepted by the town. No records can be found, but apparently no engineering design work was done when it was installed to show that it has the proper fall.
Conway also would not commit to paving driveways to the homes or installing sidewalks in the area.
Town Council President Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson said he didn’t have a problem with adopting the sewer line because Mason Boicourt, the town’s wastewater superintendent, had tested it.
“It flows beautifully,” said Robinson.
In addition to sanitary sewer concerns, there are storm and surface water drainage issues in the area long plagued by a lack of drainage.
“I’ll make sure the water runs away from the home and not towards any other home,” said Conway.
He said rather than invest in a drainage plan and install ditches for the entire 12-home development, he said he would do the drainage work on a piecemeal basis as he installs and sells the homes.
That apparently didn’t set well with some town council members and neighbors of the area.
“My biggest concern is water draining on someone else,” said councilwoman Danieta Foster.
Ardell Mitchell, a town resident and former council member, said he is in favor of development and growth in the town, “ But East Walnut Street hasn’t been developed because of how wet it is,” he said.
“You want to portray it as it’s a simple fix and easy to drain,” Mitchell said to Conway. “But the fact of the matter is it has sat that way for 30 years, and you’re not the first developer to come through the doors of town hall asking to develop it.”
Mitchell cautioned the council about taking ownership of the sewer or street without an engineer reviewing the area, but that comes at a cost. He said there are several tests that should be performed on a sewer.
“I think that should be a certified engineer’s sign-off that ‘Yes, it’s suitable for public use’,” Mitchell said. He added the developer should pay for any costs related to the development, not the town.
Neighboring property owner Rex Kovert agreed saying that people have tried to develop the area of East Walnut Street, but they never moved forward because it’s too wet for homes.
Kovert said he’s OK with the housing addition as long as it doesn’t result in water on his and surrounding property.
“More houses would result in more water. When that water is coming off of roofs and everything, it will come off faster than it will on just the bare ground,” he said.
Conway became irritated with the questions and concerns from the council and residents. “When is the last time you had a new house built in this area?” Conway asked pointedly. “I’m talking about doing an $800,000 development up here, and you all are pushing me away for some dirt?”
“But I’m going to guarantee they pay taxes, and I’m going to guarantee it’s a brand-new freakin’ home here, and I’m going to guarantee you’re going to have $800,000 in revenue off this property,” Conway said. “I just can’t say I’m responsible for this sewer because one sewer problem, if there ever was, which who knows if there could be, would destroy any investment or profit that I thought I was going to make.”
Council President Robinson made a motion to approve the sewer into the town’s system and take over its maintenance but the motion died for lack of a second.
“I don’t need your permission to come here (and build). I’ll take on that freakin’ (sewer) line and build those houses,” Conway said.
Conway can move forward with the housing addition without the town’s acceptance of the sewer. He would just have to pay the $350 fee to tap into it and incur costs of any repairs in the future because of a sewer-related issue.
In other business the council:
•Gave 1st reading to a dangerous dog and feral cat ordinance.
•Approved loaning the newly established Crothersville Redevelopment Commission $10,000 for start-up costs which will be paid back when the commission begins getting revenue from industrial expansion.
•Approved writing off $5,527.54 in uncollectible utility bills. Clerk-Treasurer Terry Richey said that the amount is lower than last year and represents bills from properties on which houses are no longer there, property owners are deceased, and renters left town without paying their utility bill.
Crothersville’s Madison Reynolds has been selected as the recipient of a full tuition, four-year scholarship as the Community Foundation of Jackson County 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Reynolds, a senior at Crothersville High School, is the daughter of Jeffrey and Kistian Reynolds. Madison is unsure where she will attend college next fall but is currently considering Indiana University Bloomington and IUPUI.
“She was selected from a group of outstanding applicants from all six high schools in Jackson County and will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment,” said Sue Smith, the Foundation’s Vice President.
With the selection of Madison, there are now 36 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars from Jackson County, with the first recipient selected in 1998.
One hundred twenty-three Jackson County seniors from all six high schools in Jackson County applied for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship this year. Criteria for selection included academic achievement, school and community activities showing depth of involvement and leadership, and employment showing time management and a desire to help oneself.
“The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Indiana students reach higher levels of education,” Smith said. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents older than the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree.
NOTICE OF PROPOSED LEASE
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on Thursday, December 29, 2016, the Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, Indiana, will hold a public hearing upon a proposed lease addendum/new lease (the “Lease”) to be entered into between the Jackson County Building Corporation (the “Corporation”) and Jackson County, Indiana (the “County”) as lessee, with respect to the financing, acquisition, construction and equipping of a new Judicial Center located in Brownstown, Indiana (the “Project”). Such public hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. local time in the Courtroom in the Courthouse Annex, 220 East Walnut Street, Brownstown, Indiana.
The proposed Lease is for a maximum term of twenty-five (25) years commencing on the date the Corporation substantially completes the Project. The annual lease rental for the addendum will not exceed Nine Hundred Ninety-Five Thousand Dollars ($995,000) payable in semi-annual installments on January 15 and July 15 following the term of the Lease. The first rental installment shall be due the January 15 or July 15 following the date on which the Project is substantially completed and is available for use and occupancy by the County. After a sale of the bonds by the Corporation to finance the Project, the yearly rental, payable in semiannual installments shall be reduced to an amount sufficient to pay debt service on the bonds and any related trustees and paying agent’s fees. The County shall pay such lease rentals from the revenue of the tax levied by the County pursuant to Indiana Code §6-3.6, and may pay such lease rentals from the revenues of the County. In the event such tax and other revenues are insufficient to pay the lease rental amount then the County may pay such lease rentals from a property tax levied on all taxpayers in the County. The Lease provides an option to purchase the Premises on any date.
The drawings, plans, specification and related information, including the estimates of the cost of the Project, as well as a copy of the proposed Lease, are available for inspection by the public during normal business hours, at the office of the County Auditor, Courthouse, 111 South Main Street, Brownstown, Indiana. At such hearing, all interested persons shall have a right to be heard upon the necessity of the execution of the Lease and upon whether the lease rental payment is fair and reasonable for the Project. Such hearing may be adjourned to a later date or dates. Following the hearing, the County Commissioners may either authorize the execution of the Lease as originally agreed upon, rescind the proposed Lease or modify the Lease as may be agreeable to the Corporation.
Dated this 14th day of December, 2016.
County Auditor, Jackson County
As naïve students at Crothersville Elementary School in the early 1960’s, we were in awe, inspired, and filled with pride at the fledgling space program which sent humans into the black void of the cosmos.
It was a time when new words came to be a part of our vocabulary. On the playground we were impressing one another about our knowledge of the Mercury Seven, Redstone rockets, launch pad, space capsule, boost and thrust, yaw & pitch, re-entry, splashdown.
One of those early space pioneers died last week. John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth on Feb. 20, 1962. He was 95 when he passed.
Glenn was the real Capt. Kirk before Star Trek hit the TV airwaves.
Even though I was not yet 10 years old then, we all knew of the initial Mercury 7 astronauts. Alan Shepard was the first American in space. Nearby Mitchell, Indiana native Virgil ‘Gus’ Grissom was the second man in space and that gave we Hoosiers a little more pride and interest in space exploration.
All of the seven Mercury astronauts were test pilots because engineers didn’t really know how the Redstone rockets would perform. There had been some explosions on the launch pad and disintegrations shortly after launch. Both Shepard and Grissom went up r-e-a-l high, made an arc, came down, and safely landed in the ocean.
But it was John Glenn who first orbited the earth in space.
I remember on those historic early rocket launches, a black & white TV was brought into the classroom so we could watch, witness history, and maybe learn.
A couple of years after his historic space orbit, Glenn retired from NASA. In 1974 he was elected to the U.S. Senate from neighboring Ohio. He served in the senate through January 1999.
While a sitting Senator, on Oct. 29, 1998, at age 77, he became the oldest man to fly in space, this time on the Space Shuttle Discovery. His mission on the flight was a medical one to be studied to see what effect space flight had on the aged.
I got to shake John Glenn’s hand in 1983 when he visited the Indiana Democratic Editorial Association’s convention in French Lick. He was seeking the Democratic nomination for President. His candidacy did not take off like the rockets he piloted. Walter Mondale was the Dems nominee who got clobbered by Ronald Reagan in the election of 1984.
Glenn and the six other early astronauts were portrayed in the movie “The Right Stuff”. If you don’t have that in your DVD collection, borrow it from the library. It is a fitting reflection and memoriam of the courageous space pioneer.
He rocketed into that history setting first obit in 1962 and as the rocket cleared with launch tower, he was wished “God’s speed, John Glenn.” It’s a fitting final salute today.
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