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NEWS February 26, 2015


Open house to mark NV officer's retirement
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

City preparing for State Street road, bridge work
Big changes are coming soon to North State Street as the much-anticipated highway construction gets underway.
According to plans previously released, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will spend between about $5 million on upgrading the road and "rehabilitating" the bridge over the CSX tracks.
The bridge will remain open to traffic while work is being done, although its four-lane breadth will be narrowed to just two lanes. Apparently, it was the deteriorated condition of the bridge that first caught INDOT's eye.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

n a conservative mood, city lowers sights on bond
The North Vernon Redevelopment Board voted to bond for "not more than $6 million," announced its president Chris Ertel at the City Council meeting Monday night.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NV Police announces it has speakers available
Members of the North Vernon Police Department will soon avail themselves as speakers to groups and organizations within the community.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

City bestows appreciation on 5th St. firefighters, support crews
It wasn't Thanksgiving, but the City of North Vernon didn't want to wait any longer to formally thank those firemen, rescue services and volunteers for their work in taming the Fifth Street fire Nov. 21 that devastated the downtown block.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Council approves water rate hike
The Council dealt with several other matters at their meeting Feb. 9, including the following:

The City Council and Mayor officially thanked fire departments, firemen, emergency services, support organizations and businesses who fought the Fifth Street fire and/or offered help and assistance.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

City hires Harmon to coordinate 5th Street clean-up
North Vernon's devastated Fifth Street area has now been put on notice: The clean-up is on its way.

Thus spoke the City Council Monday night, Feb. 9 as they voted unanimously to engage Harmon Construction, Inc. to manage the block-long clean-up with the goal of having the work completed by the end of 2015.

Leading what only can be described as the massive task is Ardell Mitchell, a 25-year veteran of the local company.

Mitchell submitted a formal proposal to the Council based on both Harmon's and his experience with the company.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SIHO joins marketplace
You may love it or hate it, but Sunday, Feb. 15 is the deadline to sign up for health insurance for 2015 as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

No trash pick up Monday in NV
Because of the Presi­dents' Day holiday, there will be no garbage pick up in the City of North Vernon on Monday, Feb. 16.
Monday, February 9, 2015

NV Democrats to have 2 primary election races
Let the campaign begin.
Monday, February 9, 2015

Casey Jones fulfills a long-time ambition as he's sworn in as new NV Police Officer
The North Vernon Police Department is continuing to get back to normal staffing after five officers either left or retired from the force last year.

The newest member of the department is 23-year-old Casey Jones, who couldn't be happier than having found his niche in law enforcement right next door to his home county of Decatur. He was sworn in by Mayor Harold Campbell at the City Council meeting Jan. 26. with his mother, Janet, by his side. His father, Tom, was unable to attend.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NV politics heat up
The 2015 North Vernon City Election got a lot more interesting this past week, with Mike Ochs signing up to seek the GOP nomination for mayor.
Ochs signed up Thursday for the full-time position, accompanied by Jennings County Republican chairman Mark Holwager.
"I just think it's time for a change," Ochs said about his decision to give up his At-Large Council seat he has held the past four years to seek the top spot on the ticket

Monday, February 2, 2015

3rd candidate for mayor?
Kenny Freeman may opt to be the first Independent candidate for Mayor of North Vernon in some time, if ever.

The 49-year old resident was at the election office Thursday checking out requirements for running. He was told he would need to gather signatures from at least 18 registered voters residing in North Vernon and file that petition by June 30.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Citizen action gets annexation ordinance repealed
The City of North Vernon's plan to annex 503 acres has apparently met its match in the determination of one family to keep their land in the county's hands.
Mac Calhoun is credited for leading the charge against the city annexing the area known as "Area 2." That area was one of two which the city targeted for incorporation last year.
Area 1 will still proceed. It includes land up Hwy. 3 N which includes land adjacent to the new Hwy. 50 bypass where development is expected to occur, as well as the "Miller farm," which has been touted as the city's new industrial park.
That area, apparently, will be annexed without protest. Annexation will become effective Feb. 4.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

City Council mulls over new water rate increase
As reported last year, the city plans to use a novel approach in raising both its wastewater and water rates in 2015.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015


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