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Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • Saturday, September 8, 2018 4:00 AM
    The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse recently launched an interactive online Naloxone Administration Heat Map, providing insight into the location of incidents where naloxone was administered and reported by emergency medical services (EMS) providers throughout the state.
    Also known by the brand name Narcan, naloxone blocks the dangerous effects caused by an opioid overdose and can save the life of the patient. After naloxone is administered, Indiana EMS providers report to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) the locations of incidents when an overdose situation is presumed.
    This map provides important data to help guide Indiana’s ongoing efforts to fight the drug epidemic.
    Developed through a partnership between the Indiana Management Performance Hub and IDHS, the Naloxone Administration Heat Map displays naloxone administrations reported by EMS since Jan. 1, 2014.
    Extreme care was taken to protect privacy with the placement of points on the map. In densely populated areas, locations where the naloxone administration occurred are represented within 100 meters of the point on the map. In moderately populated areas, they are within 300 meters, and in rural areas, they are within 500 meters.
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  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 10:06 PM
    Having recently completed the hiring process for the Crawfordsville Police Department, the newest members of CPD, sworn in on July 25, 2018, can say the multi-step process is thorough and requires both patience and dedication. 
    For the three most recent CPD hires, the process began this past January with completing the application and submitting all the required documentation, then waiting to learn when the physical assessment would be scheduled. 
    Applicants are required to complete a series of physical tests, which include push-ups, sit-ups, a vertical jump, a 300-meter sprint, and a 1.5-mile run. This must be done according to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy exit standards to ensure the candidates are able to meet the physical demands of completing the law enforcement academy successfully. 
    Those applicants who pass the physical assessment, preferably performing above the minimum standards, then have the opportunity to take the written exam. The department uses this exam to assess skills and characteristics applicants need to demonstrate they can potentially perform other aspects of police work. 
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  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 4:00 AM
    The Indiana General Assembly passed legislation in 2016 to create a program to help cities, counties and towns across our state improve their roads and bridges – the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.
    Through the program, the Indiana Department of Transportation matches up to $1 million when localities invest in road and bridge repairs. Counties with populations below 50,000 and cities and towns with populations below 10,000 receive a 75/25 percent match, while counties with populations greater than 50,000 and cities and towns with populations greater than 10,000 receive a 50/50 percent match. 
    Monetary awards are based on need, traffic volume, local support and regional economic significance.
    Since 2016, the program has awarded communities across the state with $300 million to enhance roads and bridges.
    I encourage our community leaders in Senate District 23 to take advantage of this program and the support it provides.
    Applications can be submitted beginning Monday, Aug. 6. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28. 
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  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 4:00 AM
    During the 2018 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed more than 200 bills to improve the Hoosier state. Most of these bills either went into effect when signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb or will go into effect July 1.
    Here are some of the laws going into effect July 1. 
    Safety for Motorists
    Senate Enrolled Act 100 allows fire departments to provide free vehicular carbon monoxide testing to the owner of a vehicle at the owner's request.
    Crimes that Result in Loss of a Fetus
    Senate Enrolled Act 203 allows a perpetrator to be charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter or feticide, depending on the circumstances of the event, for the loss of a fetus at any stage of development.
    New State Insect
    Following advocacy from West Lafayette fourth graders, Senate Enrolled Act 236 designates Pyractomena angulata, also known as “Say’s Firefly,” as Indiana’s official state insect.
    House Enrolled Act 1035 prohibits local governments from enacting ordinances that ban homeowners from using their primary residence as a short-term rental. 
    Governor Shares DCS Report
    In January, the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group (CWG) began a thorough study of Indiana’s Department of Child Services (DCS) at the direction of Gov. Eric Holcomb.
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  • Saturday, June 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    Each year during the legislative session, members of the Indiana General Assembly conduct committee hearings, participate in debates and take part in discussions with constituents on a number of topics in order to address important issues facing Indiana.
    However, lawmakers may determine that some topics need more information or study before action can be taken. When this is the case, legislators can request that the Legislative Council assign each topic to an interim study committee for further review.
    Some of the topics assigned to study committees this year include:
    Reviewing the effectiveness of Indiana’s workforce training programs;
    Creating sexual harassment prevention policies for legislators;
    Studying how sports betting could be implemented in Indiana;
    Exploring the implementation of non-intoxicating industrial hemp as an agricultural product in Indiana; and
    Conducting a multi-year review of all tax incentives.
    Study committees are a critical part of the legislative process, and I look forward to a productive summer and fall as we explore the most effective ways to address issues facing the Hoosier state.
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  • Monday, June 4, 2018 4:00 AM
    Indiana’s economy continues to thrive, making the Hoosier state a great place to live and work. Our unemployment rate remains lower than both the national rate and the rates of all neighboring states, and we have the third-highest real per-capita income growth in the nation, according to the most recent data from the federal government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. Additionally, Indiana has made several other economic achievements:
    Indiana is in the top 10 states for doing business, according to Chief Executive Magazine, Area Development Magazine and Site Selection Magazine. CNBC’s 2017 report card on “America’s Top States for Business” ranked Indiana No. 2 in the nation for lowest cost of doing business, No. 2 in the nation for lowest cost of living and No. 3 in the nation for infrastructure.
    The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranked Indiana the eighth most entrepreneur-friendly state.
    The American Legislative Exchange Council rates Indiana’s economic outlook No. 3 in the nation based on our pro-growth policies.
    I'm pleased with the progress the Hoosier state continues to make, and as your state senator, I will continue to support policies that make Indiana a state that works.
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  • What’s it take to attract business?
    Friday, June 1, 2018 4:00 AM
    Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in the ongoing series about collaborative economic and community development efforts between the City of Crawfordsville, County Commissioners, and County Redevelopment Commission. This month we give you an inside look at business attraction and how data can be used to develop economic development strategies to leverage a community’s competitiveness. While this article is focused on business attraction, it is important to note that business retention is as equally important to the sustainability of a community’s business climate.
    By Cheryl Morphew
    President of CRMorphew Consulting LLC
    Companies looking to relocate or expand operations is big business and highly competitive. In 2015, an estimated 5,400 business location decisions were announced in the United States, accounting for more than $166 billion of capital investment and more than 402,000 new and retained jobs, according to the 2016 edition of Ernst & Young’s “U.S. Investment Monitor”. 
    When a new company comes to town and the headlines read “ABC Company to Break Ground, Create Jobs” it creates a sense of excitement within the community, there are photo ops with hard hats and shiny new shovels, but what many folks don’t realize is how long a journey it was to arrive at that point. To anyone who believes it’s easy to attract a new company or that it “just happens”, I will tell you to read on. It does not happen in a vacuum and it is only through planning and a collaborative team effort that success occurs.
    First, let’s establish some terminology. A business attraction “lead” is simply that—a lead and/or inquiry. A lead represents a company searching for either land or a building for a new or additional location. A “project” on the other-hand is a lead that is being actively pursued by a community. It is not uncommon to receive numerous leads throughout the year, but only a handful may turn into actual projects. We will explain why, later. Finally, “inventory” in the field of economic development means land sites ready for development or vacant industrial or warehouse buildings for sale or lease.
    Sources of lead activity generally fall into four categories: 1) Site Selection Firms, 2) Real Estate Brokers, 3) Direct company inquiries, and 4) Our State’s economic development office (IEDC). The majority of leads we receive come from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Leads from the other sources are based heavily on relationships and is why Mayor Barton and his staff visit local companies on an annual basis and most recently traveled to Atlanta to meet with several site selection firms. 
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  •  Birthday celebrations along Moore’s journey
    Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    Jacob Moore is setting out on a 5,000 mile cross-country bicycle ride to raise money for his organization ScholarShopAfrica. He is writing a blog along the way and you can find updates in The Paper along the journey.
    By Jacob Moore
    I had a fabulous birthday weekend showered with gifts, well-wishes, and great news. 
    To start off the festivities, I was showered with blessings (literally) while I camped out. I pitched tent at Fort Cobb State Park in Oklahoma. The area hadn’t had a measurable rain since Sept. 11 where they received only 1/100th of an inch. My neighbors knowing the rains were coming early morning gave me extra blankets and brisket with tortillas. It was DELICIOUS. The day before it was 85 and sunny and I took my shirt off for 1 hour. I didn’t get burnt, but had an extremely irritated back that itched like crazy. Turns out it is called hell's itch. Look it up. 
    The rains started at 2 a.m. and didn't stop until 11! I felt extremely blessed witnessing the joy in the locals’ faces when the rains started and saturated the farmland. I thought if I became annoyed or upset, I’d be selfish only thinking about me and my trip rather than the farmers of Oklahoma who needed this rainfall. 
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  • Winner of BeachFlyer #1!
    Saturday, May 5, 2018 4:00 AM
    Jacob Moore is setting out on a 5,000 mile cross-country bicycle ride to raise money for his organization ScholarShopAfrica. He is writing a blog along the way and you can find updates in The Paper along the journey.
    By Jacob Moore
    I received many emails and names for the BeachFlyer. Special thanks To Mrs. Crossley's first grade class and Ms. Day's 7th graders. I decided on a hybrid name, for the first bike down the Pacific Coast.
    I will be forever grateful for the first BeachFlyer taking me down the coast over mountains and through valleys. Chasing pots ‘o gold at the end of double rainbows, and camping under 1000 year old trees searching for Bigfoot. We had a difficult relationship at the beginning with 6 flats and a set of new spokes in the first 9 days, but we sorted out our issues. Unofficially setting and breaking a Guinness World Record traveling 140 miles in a day! The BeachFlyer retired itself April 1 9:52 p.m. when I rolled in to see Cory. (I know the time because he gave me a 10 p.m. deadline)
    Rolling in the PAS turned off and would only work one more time, the next morning to meet a friend for breakfast. The back motor burnt up and the PAS stopped working, but it got the job done.
    The first BeachFlyer I ever rode on now has the name of: Duh duh duhhhhhh!
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  • Why was my property tax bill higher this year?
    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 4:00 AM
    Why was my property tax bill higher this year? I wish there was a simple, one-line answer. But there is not. What comes into play are all the state laws that must be followed when figuring your property taxes and each parcel is figured individually.
    First, a little history of what has happened here with them. In 2007 property taxes were very high and the County Tax Council consisting of county council, Crawfordsville City Council, and all the town boards passed a new income tax called LOIT (local option income tax) of 1 percent. All of this LOIT, plus a 0.1 percent EDIT (economic development income tax) already in place, went to provide PTRC (property tax relief credits) applicable in 2008. Taxes went down and life was good! 
    I will show an example of what happened to my taxes: In ’07 the AV (assessed value) of my home was $156,700 and my taxes were $2,486.14; in ’08 my AV was $171,900 and my taxes were $715.26. Over the years as state laws like Tax Caps and Farm Ground AV changed, the property tax income for the counties went down while the cost of doing business went up. With all the changes that the State made in figuring property taxes over time, the problem should have been addressed/assessed each year to determine any changes that needed to be made locally. It was not. 
    When the current council took office in January of 2017 we were faced with an order from the state to cut over $2 million from our county general fund budget, which had a beginning balance of $9,354.73 for the year. By cutting all that we could and shifting some funds around we were able to fund the basic services needed to keep the county running in 2017 but knew we had to do something for future budgets. Our proposal to the Tax Council consisted of taking 0.4 percent of the PTRC and adding 0.2 percent to the income tax to create a public safety tax that would relieve the general fund. This public safety tax will help us retain experienced law officers and add personnel to the prosecutor’s office to help us battle the opioid epidemic that is sweeping the nation right now. This proposal still left 0.7 percent LOIT/EDIT, (which is now all called LIT) or about $5.3 million, for PTRC. We also changed the PTRC allocation from 80 homestead /20 everyone to 60 homestead /40 everyone. In Umbaugh’s defense, although they gave us different scenarios for both the public safety tax and reallocation separately, we took a little from both. The effect on my taxes was: 2017 my AV was $190,400 with tax bill of $716.24; 2018 my AV was $195,400 with tax bill of $1,178.12.
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  • Officials explain tax abatements
    Friday, April 27, 2018 4:00 AM
    Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in the ongoing series about collaborative economic and community development efforts between the City of Crawfordsville, County Commissioners, and County Redevelopment Commission. This month we explain property tax abatement, a very common incentive tool used to attract new industry and assist with growth of existing industry. 
    In some communities across Indiana there is an ongoing misunderstanding of property tax abatement, how it’s used and its impact on the community. Many times, there are rumors that a community “is giving away the farm” or that the “company won’t be paying any property tax” when a company is granted property tax abatement. It is our hope the following will dispel those rumors and help clarify how the use of property tax abatement actually benefits a community. 
    When a prospective company is considering a specific city or town, they consider a number of criteria. As we discussed in previous articles, today the number one criteria is availability of labor. Beyond that, search criteria can include quality of place, access to utility infrastructure and key transportation, and nearly always the types of incentives the community can (and is willing) to consider. Property tax abatement is the most common of incentive tools and in most cases today, considered an expectation that a community will offer it. 
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  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 4:00 AM
    Combating the drug epidemic plaguing our state continues to be a top priority for legislators, as opioid pain reliever-related deaths have increased almost 2,000 percent since 2000.
    To help curb this issue, the General Assembly has implemented a three-pronged approach — prevention, treatment and enforcement.
    Below are some of the new laws I supported during the 2018 session with this approach in mind. 
    Prevention
    Senate Enrolled Act 221 helps prevent opioid abuse by phasing in a requirement for doctors to check INSPECT, the state’s prescription-monitoring service, when prescribing opioids to patients.
    Treatment
    House Enrolled Act 1006 expands the availability of treatment for those in the criminal justice system by creating a pilot program that expands Indiana’s existing mental health and addiction-treatment fund to include not only felons, but also individuals charged with misdemeanors.
    House Enrolled Act 1007 allows for nine additional opioid treatment programs to be opened throughout the state, making it easier for residents to seek the care they need.
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  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:00 AM
    Throughout the month of April, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Montgomery County, a program of the Youth Service Bureau, reminds Montgomery County residents that helping our communities and families create healthy, nurturing environments for children is one of the best investments we can make! 
    We all know that child abuse and neglect exists in every zip code. It is a serious problem with solutions that do not receive the attention they deserve. There is something every single one of us can do to prevent it. We hope that Montgomery County will join the thousands of other communities, organizations and individuals across our nation who are putting children first and are working to promote the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
    Scientists who study the brain tell us that providing all of our children, from infants to adolescents, with nurturing relationships in safe, stable environments builds healthy brain architecture and lays a foundation for future success and well-being. Nevertheless, too many Indiana children are living in environments that undermine healthy brain development. Children who are abused or neglected, living in homes with domestic violence or substance abuse or living in chronic poverty, experience unhealthy levels of stress that are toxic to the brain and impair its growth. These children are more likely to experience life-long problems in learning, behavior and physical and mental health. 
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  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:00 AM
    Jacob Moore is setting out on a 5,000 mile cross-country bicycle ride to raise money for his organization ScholarShopAfrica. He is writing a blog along the way and you can find updates in The Paper along the journey.
    By Jacob Moore
    "ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT!" A childhood dream came true! I went on the set of The Price is Right. It was definitely a unique experience and one I will never forget. 
    That morning started off with a rush and never slowed down. First, I was riding to meet a friend for breakfast when a bolt on my chain fender broke and instead of removing the other screw, I just mangled the fender so it would not rub on the chain. Luckily, the Pedal Assist still worked and I made breakfast on time. After, I put my gear in her car, got on the bike, the motor went out! Which means the PAS (Pedal Assist System) wouldn’t work, so 100 percent leg had to be used. It's harder to pedal than a normal bike because the hub is in the rear tire. I got to the bike to the shop and they told me there was nothing they could do unless I changed the rear tire out. Thus, I left it with them while I found out logistics for the rear tire. 
    No worries it’s The Price is Right day!! I went to print my ticket for the show and while re-reading the fine print I saw white shirts were frowned upon . . . guess what?!
    Yep, you guessed it!
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  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:00 AM
    Improving our state’s workforce has been and will continue to be a top priority for our state, as more than one million jobs are expected to open in Indiana over the next decade when more baby boomers retire and additional companies choose to grow or locate in our state.
    During the 2018 session, the Senate and House of Representatives authored bills that work together to enhance our workforce development efforts, and Gov. Eric Holcomb included the topic on his 2018 agenda.
    Senate Enrolled Act 50 improves how workforce development is overseen in Indiana by creating the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet. This will replace the previous 43-member workforce governing body with a more nimble, decisive and accountable board that will streamline our job-training efforts. SEA 50 also increases students’ access to career coaches to help them identify career paths.
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