Legal Notices

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE TO BIDDERS
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will be accepting bids for one Tandem Axle Dump Truck and Snow Equipment.
Specifications for a Tandem Truck cab & chassis, dump bed, and snow equipment specifications are included in this bid package. Bids for truck and snow equipment will be bid separately. If you bid both truck and snow equipment, they must be listed as two separate bids.
Bids must be turned in to the Auditor’s Office by 4:00 p.m. on February 16, 2018 at 111 South Main Street in Brownstown, Indiana. Bids will be opened and read aloud in Commissioner Meeting on February 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Jackson County will trade in one tandem dump truck #14, with snow equipment: plow and spreader box.
Truck will be made available to bidders upon request at our office during regular business hours of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Jackson County Highway Department
360 S Co. Rd. 25 E
Brownstown, IN 47220
Phone 812-358-2226
Fax: 812-358-0953
Please do not forget to list trade-in amount on truck bid sheet.
If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Ault at Highway Department
10% Bid Bond must be included with your sealed bid.
The following items must be included in sealed bid:
1. Completed Ford No. 95
2. Bid bond or check in the amount of 10% of the bid amount
3: Certificate of liability insurance
4. Bid Forms
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LEGAL NOTICE
PUBLIC NOTICE OF THE
JACKSON COUNTY WATER UTILITY, INC.
2018 ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP MEETING
This is to inform members of Jackson County Water Utility, Inc. of the upcoming annual membership meeting. The meeting will be held at the Brownstown Central High School cafeteria on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is held each year for the purpose of electing three (3) members to the Board of Directors, to hear reports of the manager, president and other officers of the corporation and to conduct any and all other business which may properly come before the meeting.
The election process is as follows:
A member of the corporation must nominate another member of the corporation as a candidate for election to the Board of Directors held at the annual meeting of the corporation.
The person so nominated must be a member in good standing and must reside in the district up for election that year.
The nominating member shall provide their name and address and the name and address of the person nominated by them in writing to the Election Committee of the Corporation no later than Monday February 5, 2018. The nomination shall be mailed or delivered to the “Election Committee”, 1119 West Spring Street, Brownstown, Indiana 47220.
The Election Committee shall determine the qualification of the nominating member and the person nominated. These persons so nominated shall be qualified to the ballot for Director by Monday March 5, 2018.
No nomination for Director shall be taken from the floor at the annual meeting. Each membership shall have one vote. (Example: If a membership is listed with both husband and wife’s names, either one may cast a ballot but not both.) The Districts and the current Directors up for election this year are: District 1 (Salt Creek Township), Clayton Beard; District 2 (Hamilton Township), Gary Wente; and District 3 (Redding Township and the North one-half of Washington Township), Robert Akin.
If you have any questions about the nomination process, feel free to contact the corporation office at 812-353-3654.
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LEGAL NOTICE
TOWN OF CROTHERSVILLE, INDIANA
NOTICE TO BIDDERS
2018 CCMG PROJECT IMPROVEMENTS
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.
THIS PROJECT CONSISTS OF A LUMP SUM BID FOR BITUMINOUS PATCHING, STRUCTURAL OVERLAY, AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS AND RELATED ITEMS, AT FOURTEEN SEPARATE LOCATIONS.
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.
CROTHERSVILLE, Indiana
January 12, 2018
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Snowy Owls Heading South For Food

Snowy Owls, native to the Arctic and northern Canada, are being seen with more frequency as far south as southern Indiana. A changing climate may be one of the reasons. Wildlife experts observe that as populations increase in the frigid northern climes the owls migrate south seeking food—small rodents small rodents which they find in abundance in the Hoosier State.
A Snowy Owl was observed sitting on an electric pole west of the Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge last month.
~photo by Tracie Kovener

Nope, Sorry: Harsh Winter Doesn’t Decrease Summertime Insects

As temperatures plummet into the single digits, people will often seek any silver lining in the cold, cold days and nights.
A common theory is that bitter cold winters lead to fewer bugs — pests like gnats and mosquitoes — come summertime.
But Tim Gibb, a professor of entomology at Purdue University says that’s nothing more than an old wive’s tale.
“We hear that all the time,” he said with a chuckle. “But if it were really true, that a hard freeze kills off bugs and pests, then wouldn’t there be some years we didn’t have any at all?
“Because we always have hard freezes,” Gibb said. “It’s just not true.”
Gibb said the real truth about bugs and wintertime is quite the contrary.
Gnats and mosquitos are ectothermic, meaning their bodies adapt to the cold weather quite well. Bugs actually enter a cold-appropriate physiological state in which their bodies don’t form ice crystals, a process that protects them from the bitter cold weather.
“In almost every case,” Gibb said, “insects have found a way around a hard freeze. If an insect can keep from forming ice crystals in its body, it can undergo real, subzero weather.”
What pesky insects can’t adapt to, however, is a winter that brings with it a “roller coaster” of temperatures, a trend similar to what the area has experienced so far this winter.
“What really causes them trouble is when we get into a pattern of seeing low temperatures and then coming out of them only to plunge back into (the single digits) again,” Gibb said. “Physiologically, an insect is going to have real difficulty in dealing with that. They just have to change too much.
“They can’t adapt to the roller coaster,” Gibb said, “and if we have a lot of that, then insect populations do begin to suffer.”
That said, ups and downs in temperatures experienced so far this winter haven’t been extreme enough — at least not yet — to harm pest populations.
What does, without a doubt, affect the number of bugs seen in the hot summer months, however, is the amount of precipitation that falls in the springtime, Gibb said.
“The more rain we see in the spring means (a greater) potential for mosquitoes and gnats,” Gibb said. “In the cold, bugs, their larvae and eggs, they’re hearty. They actually do really well.
“But in the springtime, once the warmer weather and water gets to them, that’s when they hatch and we see those huge populations.
“So a lot more goes into bug populations besides what happens in the winter months,” he said. “It’s something we just won’t know more about until springtime.”
Jenny McNeece
Vincennes Sun-Commercial

Indiana Industrial Hemp Would Be Legitimate Crop Under Lucas’ Bill

Mark Boyer, a sixth-generation farmer in Miami County, plants corn and wheat crops but also sunflowers.
The sunflower byproducts are sold through his Healthy Hoosier Oil as salad dressing and as a protein source for livestock.
Boyer would like to diversify by growing industrial hemp and extracting its oil as a nutritional supplement.
Industrial hemp could be a legitimate commodity under bills introduced in the Indiana General Assembly.
“I believe industrial hemp holds great promise for Hoosier farmers,” Boyer said. “The potential economic impact of Indiana industrial hemp cultivation goes way beyond my own products. Hemp is an extremely fast-growing crop, producing more fiber per acre than any other source, 250 percent more than cotton and six times more than flax but also being more drought resistant than either crop.”
Among the legislation at the Statehouse, House Bill 1137, authored by Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, would expand industrial hemp beyond its current role as a research product.
His bill, which was heard in committee on Jan. 18, is supported by agriculture researchers, farmers and the Indiana Farm Bureau, hoping to turn industrial hemp into a Hoosier commodity.
Industrial hemp is estimated to be used in more than 25,000 products, including textiles and furniture, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Under federal regulations, states can regulate industrial hemp pilot programs. Indiana grew 10 acres in 2017 for research through Purdue University, said Justin Swanson of the Indiana Hemp Industries Association.
Lucas’ bill is based on the Agricultural Act of 2014 that defines how industrial hemp can be grown. The act limits a plant’s tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration to 0.3 percent; THC produces the high in marijuana.
Many people are confused between industrial hemp and marijuana.
“A lot of people are reluctant to feel OK with hemp because of the association. But industrial hemp is no more marijuana than a chihuahua is a wolf,” Dr. Matthew Andry, a family practitioner and associate professor at the IU School of Medicine.
Lucas said, “My intent of this bill is to play off the definition of the federal farm bill, which recognizes the hemp plant and its byproducts. Cannabidiol is one of those byproducts but I don’t want to confuse the issue because I know of the situation that the state is going through right now.”
Last year, the General Assembly approved the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil to treat epilepsy. Those patients must be registered with the Indiana State Department of Health. About 50 people have enrolled.
However, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has said that while those patients can use CBD, its sale is illegal. There are efforts in the legislature to clarify the language.
Indiana is about six years behind the Commonwealth of Kentucky whose legislature already approved growing industrial hemp and seeking markets for oil, seed and fiber.
Scott L. Miley
CNHI Indiana

The Grassroots Role Of The Press

This week we turn over this column space to a friend and colleague—a newspaper reporter, editor and owner spanning a 50-year career. Joseph F. Persinger penned this piece on the importance of locally owned, hometown newspapers. Persinger formerly worked for the Seymour Tribune when it was locally owned and owned the Brownstown Banner here in Jackson County.
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When train travel began to replace the big river paddle-wheelers, Mark Twain found himself out of work.
“I needed a job,” he said, “but I didn’t want to work, so I became a journalist.”
That’s funny, but in my experience it’s not true.
In 50 years as a journalist, I knew many, many reporters, photographers, and editors who worked hard and long hours for not much money to keep folks informed about things going on in their community.
Especially in smaller towns, most journalists I have known took very seriously their role as the eyes and ears of all those who were unable or unwilling to attend school board meeting, town council meeting, court news, groundbreaking ceremony or other community events.
They knew their reporting would become part of the local historical record, and they did their best to be as accurate as humanly possible.
They kept citizens informed about how their tax dollars were being spent, who was being hired for county or city jobs or construction projects, and whether public business was being conducted in an open and honest manner.
That responsibility hasn’t changed and is still being fulfilled by legitimate news gathering organizations in towns and cities all across America.
We should all be thankful that, so far at least, we still have a free and independent Press.