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Monday, April 27, 2015
Plan to thin traffic
Traffic flow in the city may be improving soon thanks to a new proposed right-turn lane.
The county commissioners discussed the plan at their meeting Monday before voting to accept it. The plan specifies that the city will donate a portion of land at the southeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 231 and Market Street to the Department of Transportation. INDOT would then construct a right-turn lane onto East Market from northbound 231.
Board welcomes member
The Montgomery County Convention Visitors Commission had no troubles approving its first item of new business. When it came time to handle the commission's budget, though, things did not go as smoothly.
Attorney Dan Taylor explained that because of some misunderstandings, the budget had not yet been approved by the county council. The budget is scheduled to be on the agenda for the next council meeting.
A lack of a budget was also an issue for Destination Development of Montgomery County. Taylor explained that he had filled out a claim in January, but since there is no budget, "they can't write checks," he said.
The commission also welcomed a new board member, but he is anything but new.
County quiet on lift
The first six ordinances of 2015 were put on first reading at the shortest county commissioners meeting in several months Monday. The recent hot topic of the project to bring the courthouse into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act was not on the agenda and did not come up during any public comment times.
Commissioner Terry Hockersmith was absent from the meeting because of flu-like symptoms, according to Jennifer Andel, Montgomery County Auditor. Commissioners Phil Bane and Jim Fulwider were present.
Dollars for Scholars fundraiser set for March
The South Montgomery Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Program will be holding their Annual Garage Sale on March 14. This will be the 10th annual garage sale fundraiser. The sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southmont High School Field House. Donations can be dropped off at the school's field house on March 13 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Volunteers will be at the school at that time to help with donations.
Nancy Watson and Karen Froedge, chairpersons of the event, said the success of the garage sale will depend on the help and support of the community. The garage sale is open to anybody and everybody, both for making donations and shopping.
Crews battle New Market house fire
Crews worked to put out a house fire on Vine Street in New Market Thursday afternoon.
The fire started shortly after noon and crews from New Market, Crawfordsville and Ladoga were on the scene. It is not yet known how the fire started.
Caucus set for New Market Clerk-Treasurer
The date of the Republican Party caucus is set for filing the office vacancy for New Market clerk treasurer: The caucus will be Jan 14, at 6:00 p.m., at the New Market town hall. It is open to the public.
Anyone interested in filing for candidacy must do so no later than 72 hours prior to the caucus. Declaration of candidacy forms must be filed with the Republican Party county chairman. Those interested can contact John Pickerill for forms or questions at email@example.com.
County ready to transfer Ben Hur building deed
The Montgomery County Commissioners are ready to transfer ownership of the Ben Hur building to its new owners.
The Montgomery County Commissioners voted 3-0 to authorize Commission President Phil Bane to sign the documents to the transfer of the building deed for the Ben Hur building to the Vandalia Heritage Foundation. The only thing holding up the transfer is for the foundation to create an LLC, county attorney Dan Taylor said.
"This is a huge move forward," Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton said at the commissioners' meeting. He added that people drive past the Ben Hur building every day and see it in its current state.
Parking project stalled
Montgomery County Commissioner Phil Bane had hoped to vote to move forward with plans for construction at the Montgomery County Courthouse. The vote took place Monday, but the outcome was not what Bane had hoped for.
Commissioners Jim Fulwider and Terry Hockersmith voted to table discussion of the courthouse parking lot and construction project. Bane voted against tabling the discussion.
"At some point we need to move forward so they can let this out to bid," Bane said.
Hockersmith and Fulwider said they still had concerns about the project. Both commissioners are not comfortable with the loss of parking spaces. Construction in the parking lot could eliminate between 20 and 28 spaces.
"The loss of spots is a moot point," Bane said, adding that at one time there was no parking lot next to the courthouse.
Smoking restricted at courthouse
Be careful where you light up at the Montgomery County Courthouse.
The Montgomery County Commissioners voted 2-1 to restrict smoking at the courthouse, designating the northeast outside corner of the building as the only smoking area. Commissioners Jim Fulwider and Terry Hockersmith voted for the restriction. Commissioner Phil Bane voted against it. Bane attempted to completely ban smoking at the courthouse at the commissioner's last meeting. A complete ban did not have support from either of the other two commissioners.
Fulwider said that it was important to get the smoke away from courthouse entrance and the south exit to the building. He said that this policy change is "not the final answer."
Open House at Linden Depot Museum
LINDEN -- The Linden Depot Museum's open house is under way with new attractions.
In addition to the depot, visitors can now see the model railroad display next door. This year's theme features carnival and circus displays, with hand-made props as well as genuine carnival and circus memorabilia.
Running from Nov. 21 through Dec. 28 Friday through Sunday, admission will be free of charge from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is the fourth year for the museum to hold open houses during the holidays. Themes have ranged from Polar Express to Nutcracker.
This year marks the first year for the model railroad attraction in the adjacent building, which started coming together in January.
The depot itself is 106 years old and is the last junction depot in Indiana. The museum has been around for more than 20 years.
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