A project in the city of Jasper has been put on hold following concerns over the plans.
At this morning’s Jasper Board of Public Works meeting, mayor Terry Seitz expressed his concerns about plans surrounding the installation of fiber optic cable between German-American’s downtown location and Kimball’s plant on 15th street. The board heard from Coy Sampson of Lewen Line Construction, who was subcontracted by Windstream Communications to do the project. Sampson stated that the crews doing the cuts in the street didn’t know how many cuts would be needed in the street to put in the new fiber optic line. He also stated that the project may have been slightly rushed due to an aggressive timeline for completion. Now Jasper Police received several complaints over the weekend about one particular cut along the westbound lane of 15th Street, which several residents hit because it was not filled in properly by the contractor.
Seitz says communication between the city and the contractors on plans for any project is the key to avoiding problems:
Seitz says the city needs to continue looking for ways to make this project and other fiber optic projects in the future work so that they can be done to city standards.
Jasper street commissioner Raymie Eckerle also had concerns on the project after an on-call street department employee had to be taken off of another project to fill in the aforementioned cut on 15th Street with gravel. He says having to fill in cuts that aren’t done properly isn’t ideal:
Eckerle says his department needs to know more about what is being done before newly finished streets and sidewalks are torn up for this project:
As mentioned, the project was stopped until a meeting can take place between city engineer Chad Hurm, the city utilities department, Kimball International, and Lewen Line Construction among others.
Last night the Dubois County Airport Authority moved forward with the Runway 9 project planned for the Huntingburg Airport.
In their November meeting the board gave its approval for offering a bid of 45 hundred dollars on an easement of a parcel of land near the airport.
The land located just west of the airport across Hwy 231 is about a 2 acre strip in the airport’s protected air space in which the authority needs in order to keep it free of obstructions for aircraft planning to land on the Huntingburg airport’s runway from the west.
That area includes light towers that were required for the airport to construct about 20 years ago. However, under new guidelines, the Federal Aviation Administration has since considered those towers an obstruction and they will now have to be removed along with an area of trees.
Those obstructions have been preventing corporate jets from landing at the airport during poor weather during nighttime hours.
Mabel Bartelt, the property’s owner would retain the right to use the land under the terms of the board’s offer.
Bartelt did however make the board a counter offer of 6-thousand dollars which on the recommendation of board attorney Phil Schneider the board agreed to accept in order to avoid any extra cost such as litigation fees down the road.
Dubois County Airport board president Michael Cummings says finalizing the purchase is a huge step in moving foward with the runway project:
Cummings says the Airport Authority would have to work out a final purchase agreement and administrative settlement in which they directed Schneider to prepare before completing the purchase. He says once the purchase is complete the towers and trees will be removed in order to restoring the area for aviation use.
Last night, the Dubois County Council held the first of its two meetings this month.
The council spent the meeting approving claims and holding a further discussion on the financial issues surrounding the Dubois County Community Corrections program. The biggest claim to be approved by the council last night was 80 thousand dollars towards improvements to the county’s emergency communications system. The money will be utilized to do a study concerning simulcasting of the county’s emergency personnel pager system. Currently, emergency personnel are dealing with various dead zones throughout Dubois County which have caused some problems with communication, especially from the 9-1-1 dispatch center to local police and fire units. County commissioner Larry Vollmer brought the proposal for simulcasting forward at last month’s council meeting.
Also as mentioned, the council held a brief discussion surrounding the financial issues at the county corrections center. Several members of the council expressed their relief that the center recently received 200 thousand dollars in funding from the state. However, they also understood that the fix is not necessarily a permanent one for the financial woes of the center.
One man was hospitalized over the weekend after an explosion at an Odon area business.
A natural gas leak inside the engine building at Green City Cabinets caused the building to explode according to the company owners. Levi Graber was launched nearly 20 feet into the air by the explosion according to reports and suffered burns. Graber is now being treated at home with home remedies after being admitted to the hospital following the explosion.
The destroyed engine building has since been cleared from the property. Levi’s father, Paul Graber, says he is thankful that his son’s life was spared.
Road crews in Daviess County have been kept busy as they try to dig out from the weekend storm which dumped snow and ice on the county.
County highway superintendent Phil Cornelius says that long snow events such as this one are hard on the county’s resources. He says all of the blacktops in the county have already had at least one plowing and graders have been out on gravel roads.
The Daviess County Commissioners have praised the efforts of the street and road crews across the county. Commissioner Mike Taylor says people aren’t always aware of just how much road has to be plowed in the county. Cornelius says there are currently 801 miles of road in the county to clear. He says there is a specific process in place to have the roads cleared off and some of the main routes get the most attention of crews.
In the city of Washington, one of the biggest issues has been where to put all of the snow once it has been cleared off of the roadways. Mayor Joe Wellman says some big piles of snow are being dropped in areas in the hopes that it will all melt away. He further says that the snow cleared from areas such as downtown is being hauled away. Wellman says though that makes the clearing of snow a bit more difficult, he says it needed to be moved in order to avoid having it freeze over.
Cornelius says there are concerns after this storm about the long-term supply of stormfighting materials. He says the county still has plenty of salt and sand, though they are keeping an eye out as they head through the winter season.
An area auditor has been recognized for a statewide award.
Perry County Auditor Connie Berger was recognized as the Outstanding Supportive Auditor of the Year for the state of Indiana. The recognition came during last week’s Indiana Association of County Commissioners’ annual conference, which was held in Indianapolis.
Berger joined the Perry County Auditor’s office back in 1982 as a part-time deputy at the old courthouse in Cannelton. She was elected as auditor back in 2006 and was re-elected to office back in 2010. She is in the third year of her second term.
Berger says she learned a lot from the auditors that she worked for, which include Barbara Goffinet, Marietta Dauby, and Debbie Elder. She says all three were good teachers for her.
County Administrator Teresa Kanneberg nominated Berger for the award. She wrote in a letter of nomination that Berger was always a go-to person for all departments and officials in the county when someone was in need of information or assistance.
In her role as auditor, Berger attends all county commissioner, county council, redevelopment commission, and redevelopment authority meetings. She has also served on a jail planning committee as well as on the Perry County Substance Abuse Committee.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A Kentucky man critically injured in a crash while fleeing a burglary has pleaded guilty to felony charges of burglary resulting in bodily injury, criminal confinement and theft.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/1hJfGC6 ) Jeton Hall of Henderson, Ky., pleaded guilty Monday for his role in the home invasion and robbery of Ira Beumer. Beumer is accused of ramming his truck into the car of those fleeing, killing one and injuring Hall.
Beumer is charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery.
As part of a plea agreement with Hall, the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office agreed to dismiss a sentence enhancement that would have added more time for committing the crimes as gang activity.
Hall faces up to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 15.