Mike Miller has been receiver of the Country Squire Lakes homeowners association since 2015. Signs like this one are posted at the cleanup sites, now over 85.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
The efforts to transform Country Squire Lakes from a community full of blight and on the verge of bankruptcy to a clean, proud community are working, but there still is a long way to go.
So says Mike Miller, who is leading the work.
"We're getting there," Miller said. "Every day we get closer to our goal."
Jennings County Superior Court Judge Gary Smith appointed Miller the CSL receiver two years ago.
Jennings County Commissioner Matt Sporleder (R-District 3), whose district includes CSL, says he, too, is pleased with the progress being made.
"I'm very happy with how things are going there," Sporleder said. "I'm hearing a lot of positive comments from the CSL community as well. Mike and his staff are doing a great job of working toward that."
The demolition of abandoned and dilapidated houses and mobile homes continues at a brisk pace, the number at 85 and climbing.
On a day when Civil War reenactors acted out an 1863 battle 10 miles to the south in Vernon, dogwood trees were blooming as they shaded some of the grave sites at the Dag Cemetery in northern Sand Creek Township.
North Vernon resident and Marine LCPL Jacky Ray Koenig, Jr. died in a training exercise in Okinawa, Japan on April 9 and was laid to rest in Vernon on Tuesday afternoon. During visitation, members of the Indiana Patriot Guard came to North Vernon to form an honor guard at the entrance to Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home. From left to right are Janet Pike of Chrlestown, Dave Tscheulin of Seymour; Robert Andriot, Georgetown; Charles Swinney, Osgood; and Fritz Fitzgerald, Osgood. The organization, says Pike, was formed to honor all veterans at they time they are laid to rest.-Staff Photo by Barbara King