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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • Saturday, August 17, 2019 4:00 AM
    We got a question for Ask MAC sent in from reader Jerry Turner. He wants to know if new zoning laws in Montgomery County affect yard sales and such. We reached out to Montgomery County Commissioners President Jim Fulwider to set the record straight.

    Dear MAC,
    Now that zoning is in effect are all these garage, tent and yard sales illegal in the county without a permit since these are not zoned for business. I know other areas you have to get a permit and a permit to places signs and they have to follow a guideline.
    Jerry Turner!

    Dear Jerry,
    It’s a fair question because county-wide zoning is a new concept here in Montgomery County. So your Montgomery Answer Connection went straight to the head of the Montgomery County Commissioners, President Jim Fulwider, and gave him your question. His answer was short, sweet and simple.

    “Our zoning ordinance does not regulate such signs.”
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  • Saturday, August 10, 2019 4:00 AM
    We received a question for Ask MAC from John Frye at Wabash College about a situation involving the railroad tracks. Turns out, the answer isn’t that easy to get. But here’s what MAC – your Montgomery Answer Connection – has done.

    Dear MAC,
    The railroad ties have been lying here several months on Jennison Street. When are they scheduled to be used?
    John E Frye

    Dear John,
    Usually, questions sent to Ask MAC aren’t that tough to get answers to. MAC simply reaches out to the proper person and nine times out of 10 they are happy to help. They understand that if one person is asking, there are probably a lot more wondering the same thing.
    Ah, but it’s not so easy when it comes to the railroad.
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  • Saturday, August 3, 2019 4:00 AM
    We got an Ask MAC about The Paper! So, we handed it off to the publisher Tim Timmons.

    Dear MAC,
    Count me as one of your older readers that is trying to change with the times. So I bought your online subscription. It's not as bad as I thought it would be but I have a bigtime complaint. Why don't you update it every day? There's at least once or twice a week that I get the same paper I got the day before. If you don't fix this then you lose me as a customer.

    Dear Annoyed,
    First off, let me thank you for your subscription, and I’m glad that you are growing with the times. As an old guy, I struggle with that myself so I applaud you for converting to the Online Edition. And I’m sorry to hear that you are having a problem with it. We’ve had several readers ask us about the very same thing. I’ve got the answer for you and I think you’ll like it.
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  • Friday, July 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    Dear MAC,
    You and the Journal Review had an article from county commission John Frey. He interviewed fellow commission member Dan Guard. Isn't that a violation of Indiana's Open Meeting Rules? And if it is, does that mean he ignored the law or just doesn't know? Either one is not okay.
    A VERY concerned resident
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  • Friday, July 12, 2019 4:00 AM

    Dear MAC,

    On some of our county roads, there has been some resurfacing done and much improvement has been seen. During the planting season some roads have been damaged, some more than others, from what would appear to be tractor tracks. If the disrepair is from a tractor, is the farmer liable for the cost to fix?
    William Thompson

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  • Friday, July 5, 2019 12:50 AM
    Dear MAC,
    What is being built between Aspen Dental and Taco Bell on US 231 South? It is the talk of Facebook and I have heard everything from a White Castle to Fazoli’s. No one seems to know, so I thought I would turn to the one source that knows everything, the newspaper!
    Thanks for the question and the compliment, Jenn! We’ll be the first to say that we don’t know everything . . . but, we do know who to ask! So we reached out to Brandy Allen. She’s the ultra-talented director of the Planning and Development Department for the City of Cawfordsville. Here is what Brandy told MAC.
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  • Friday, June 21, 2019 3:23 AM
    We’re not crazy about annymous questions. But we do take a look at them, and this one seemed a fair question to ask. Someone calling themselves ACC (a concerned citizen) asked MAC (Montgomery Answer Question) the following:
    Dear MAC,
    I heard that John Frey is pushing so hard (zoning, wind turbines) because he wants to run for state senate. Is that true?
    ACC (a concerned citizen)
    MAC reached out to John Frey and here’s what he said.
    To be honest, I would be interested in running for the state senate seat that Phil Boots currently holds, but only if everything is right -- and that would include having Phil's support.
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  • Saturday, June 8, 2019 4:00 AM
    She Wren from Crawfordsville sent in this week's question. She asked MAC (the Montgomery Answer Connection): Are any new restaurants or stores opening here in C’ville in the near future? Thanks, She! MAC appreciates the question. He reached out to Brandy Allen. Brandy is the Planning and Community Development Director for the city of Crawfordsville and would be the person in the know about that sort of stuff. Here's what Brandy told us.
    We have issued permits for Starbucks, Taco Bell, Jack's Donuts, and an expansion of Shoe Sensation. Each of these stores is working through the construction process at this time. There is a 3 unit strip center that has begun construction as well. The anchor tenant will be a physical therapy office, but there will be room for 2 additional stores that have not yet been announced. 
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  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 4:00 AM
    Hey MAC,
    With his recent comments in the paper, I want to ask (County Councilman) Gary Booth a question? Is it a good idea to take $100,000 out of the county bridge fund to hire an administrator?
    Concerned Citizen
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  • Saturday, May 25, 2019 4:00 AM
    Dear MAC,
    During the comprehensive plan presentations, I believe it was stated that this was only a plan and not zoning. With that said I have several questions:
    1. When was the classified ad notifying the public of the hearing for zoning sent to The Paper?
    2. How many weeks prior to the comprehensive plan adoption did it require to complete the zoning ordinance?
    3. Why was there not a wind ordinance instead of a zoning ordinance with wind included?
    4. Is there clarification on the threatening lawsuit that prompted zoning?
    5. What due diligence is required to draft a zoning ordinance?
    6. Where did the zoning ordinance originate from?
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  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 4:00 AM
    Hey MAC, 
    What's going in on the site where the old Burger King was on the north side of town?
    Hey Jeff,
    We asked around and we hear that a second Taco Bell will be going in at that location. That’s what the employees at the existing Taco Bell told us and the sign out front says they’re hiring for the new location, too!
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  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 4:00 AM
    Hey MAC,
    Is Dale Petrie retiring? Who is going to be the new manager of Fusion 54? And if they don't have one yet, where do I apply?

    Dear Maribeth,
    We asked Mr. Petrie your question and he got back to us with the following answer:
    “The answer to Maribeth’s question is a definitive yes and no on whether or not I’m retiring. I promised myself long ago that by a certain age I would retire and do the cliché, spend more time with family, which I will certainly do. But the reality is that I want more recreational time for myself. There are roads and trails in Montgomery County and elsewhere that I want to bicycle more while I still have the good health to do it. That certain age passed about a year and a half ago, but when you enjoy what you’re doing and who you work with and for people that you like and respect it’s hard to walk away. 
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  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 4:00 AM
    Dear MAC,
    Am I missing it, or is there no school zone signs on Chestnut beyond Crawfordsville Middle School? I'm not sure there are signs on Wallace or Elm either. There are further down I'm guesstimating for Willson School.
    Wondering in town
    Hey Wondering,
    We got ahold of Crawfordsville Police Chief Mike Norman and asked him the following question. 
    Do the streets around Crawfordsville Middle School have different speed limits during school hours and if so, is there signage to represent that?
    Chief Norman got back to us quickly, but it was ultimately Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton who provided us with the final say. Here’s what Mayor Barton had to say:
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  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    Hey MAC,
    Why hasn't Mayor Barton finished explaining his side of the story after being confronted about taking campaign money from an Indianapolis company, after awarding a lucrative taxpayer funded contract for fusion/stellar, even after property taxes have more than doubled for many residents?
    Gullible in 47933
    1 comment(s)
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019 4:00 AM
    Reader asks about school zones in C’ville
    Dear MAC,
    I understand state law says there must be beginning and ending school zone signs. It doesn’t appear that there are ending signs in Crawfordsville. Why?
    Unsure, Crawfordsville
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