Postal Service Innovations Delay Delivery Of Town Utility Bills

Apparently the US Postal Service’s new automated sorting system isn’t working so well…at least from the perspective of Crothersville Clerk-Treasurer Terry Richey.

“We placed the October water utility bills in the mail on Sept. 30 as well always do at the end of the month,” the clerk-treasurer announced at last week’s town council meeting. “Half of them got delivered. The other half was delayed about a week in Indianapolis.”

Richey said that water utility bills for Crothersville customers are deposited with the Crothersville Post Office but are sent to Indianapolis where electronic machinery sorts the monthly bills into a carrier route walk sequence that makes it easier for local carriers to deliver.

If the sorting works as quickly as USPS managers say that it should.

Richey said the town hall was flooded with phone calls last week, primarily from utility customers on fixed incomes, who were concerned about paying their bills promptly.

“The delay was not the fault of the town nor was it the fault of the local post office,” Richey said. “Apparently this is just the kind of delivery we all will have to face. But we are working on ways to make our monthly bill delivery more timely.”

Richey said she is working with Keystone Consulting, the software provider for the town’s utility billing, to see if there is a way to hasten sorting on a local level.

She said the town hall would be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 10, for software training.

In other town matters, the council set trick-or-treat night for Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. Residents welcoming youthful trick-or-treaters should turn or their porch lights, officials said.

The council agreed to contract with the Jackson County clerk’s office to provide election administration services for the Nov. 3 municipal election. The county will provide the election ballots, voting machines and administer the election results for a fee of $2,500.

The council approved changing their regular meeting in November so it would not conflict with the election. The town council will meet on Monday, Nov. 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Local Scouts Serving Up Fund Rising Dinner Sunday

The Crothersville Cub and Boy Scouts will hold their Annual Fall Homemade Sunday Dinner at the Crothersville Fire Station, this Sunday, Oct. 18, with serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carry out or dine in will be available.

On the menu will be Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken and Noodles, or Turkey Pot Pie with salad, bread, drink, and dessert. Adult servings are $7, children $4.

“The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of Crothersville BSA #522 thank the family and friends of the late Jim Stanton for their generous donation in his name,” said local Scout leader Steve Plasse. “We will attempt to carry his legacy forward, helping boys become good men.”

Yard Sale At Derby Dinner Playhouse

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Derby Dinner Playhouse will be having a Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot directly behind the playhouse at 525 Marriott Drive in Clarksville.

Items for sale will be some costume pieces, accessories, small hand props, a few set and furniture pieces, overstock and sale items from the DDP Gift Shop, and more!

Free parking is available.

Not So Deep Thoughts

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

In clearing out the electronic in-box and trash can, I decided to do some recycling. So here are some not-so-thought provoking offerings. If anyone finds some of these offensive…maybe you need a sense of humor.

  • I planted some birdseed. A bird came up. Now I don’t know what to feed it.
  • I had amnesia once —or twice.
  • I went to San Francisco. I found someone’s heart. Now what?
  • Protons have mass? I didn’t even know they were Catholic.
  • All I ask is a chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.
  • If the world were a logical place, men would ride horses sidesaddle.
  • What is a free gift? Aren’t all gifts free?
  • They told me I was gullible… and I believed them.
  • Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up, he’ll never be able to merge his car onto a freeway.
  • Two can live as cheaply as one, for half as long.
  • Is there another word for synonym?
  • Where do forest rangers go to ‘get away from it all’?
  • The speed of time is one second per second.
  • Is it possible to be totally partial?
  • What’s another word for thesaurus?
  • Is Karl Marx’s tomb a communist plot?
  • If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?
  • Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I’ll show you a man who can’t get his pants off.
  • It’s not an optical illusion. It just looks like one.
  • Is it my imagination, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?
  • Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.
  • What if there were no hypothetical questions?
  • One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.
  • When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to look like a nail.
  • A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.
  • What was the greatest thing before sliced bread?
  • My weight is perfect for my height —which varies.
  • I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure.
  • The cost of living hasn’t affected its popularity.
  • How can there be self-help “groups”?
  • Do Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as “4’s”?
  • If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
  • When someone asks you, “A penny for your thoughts,” and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?
  • Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It’s just stale bread to begin with.
  • Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?
  • If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?


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Large Trash Pick Up Starts Tuesday

The town’s semi-annual large trash pick-up will begin next Tuesday, Oct. 13, for residents of Crothersville living east of the railroad and south of Howard Street.

Residents living east of the railroad and north of Howard Street will have their large trash collected on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and residents living west of the railroad will have large trash pick-up on Tuesday, Oct. 27.