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NEWS August 29, 2016


'Bankrupt'
At the July 25 meeting of the North Vernon City Council, WindStream founder Dan Bates updated the board on the status of his firm and the loan owed to the city.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NVPS participating in national DUI initiative
The North Vernon Police Department announced its participation in the national and statewide 2016 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization occurring Aug. 12 through Sept. 5.
Monday, August 22, 2016

Clerk-treasurer's vigilance pays off big time
Residents of North Vernon will be saving close to a million dollars over the next few years, thanks to the conscientiousness of Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Gerkin.
As part of his duties, Gerkin oversees payments of bonds which the city has issued to fund public improvements, including the Sewage Works Reve­nue Refunding Bonds issued in 2006. Those bonds had an interest rate of 4.45 percent and were to be paid back over 20 years.
Furthermore, in 2018, the interest rate was set to move up to 4.75 percent.
The bonds were set up to be eligible for refinance this year. Always looking for a way to save the city money, Gerkin explains he "had the potential to refinance on my radar for some time."

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

City to try new mix on Middle School Road
North Vernon Street Commissioner Rick Marksberry reports his crew will soon start using a "Chip and seal seal coating" on some streets in the city.
He cautions that this is a new type of road repair that is different from the old "chip and seal" that some may be familiar with.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Meet newspaper's new intern, Lilly Salomon
I am a new intern for the 2016-17 school year at the Plain Dealer & Sun. I chose to do my internship for the newspaper because I have a love for writing and felt opening my horizon to a different style of writing I'm not too familiar with would be a wonderful experience.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

More Advocates for Children needed in Jennings County area
"It's been a record year for Advocates for Chil­dren," says the agency's community outreach coordinator, Rick Scalf. "Our advocates are serving more children than ever before. We've already reached 654 children in 2016; that's only 16 fewer kids than we served in all of last year."

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Gotta Catch Them All!
Pokémon Go began as an April Fool's prank.

No joke.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

City moves on shelter house
The North Vernon City Council on Monday directed consultant Brad Bender to finalize plans for a new shelter house at the city park.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

NVPD hires new officer, ups force to 17
The North Vernon Police Department has a new officer, Anthony Bagby.
Mayor Mike Ochs swore in Bagby at the North Vernon City Council meeting Monday. Many of his family, friends and fellow officers were in attendance, bursting into loud applause after Bagby was administered the oath of office.
"He is energized to commit himself to the safety and security of the citizens of North Vernon and is eager to give back to his community," said Police Chief James Webster.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Reservoir bids in the ballpark with local company expected to get job
Bids for North Ver­non's new reservoir were opened at the Utility Service Board Monday night to the relief of at least one key person-engineer Richard Morin.

"I feel pretty good," he said Tuesday afternoon. "Bids came in reasonably where we expected."

While the lowest bid was more than the engineer's estimate of $295,000, it came in below the construction budget of $3.5 million. Two of the bids were a scant $11,693 apart, which Morin said was a good sign "that they (the bidders) understand the project."

Bidding on the work were:

C & H/M Excavating, Inc. out of Milan: $4,004,426;

Dave O'Mara Con­tractor, Inc, North Vernon: $3,376,573;

Layne Heavy Civil, Inc., Orleans: $4,569,281; and

Mitchell & Stark Con­struction Co., Medora: $3,388,266.

The Utilities Service Board scheduled a special meeting Wednesday, July 20 at 6 p.m. to award the bid. Since O'Mara was the lowest bidder, it is expected the local company will get the work. Ironically, its closest competitor, Mit­chell & Stark, was awarded the $4.26 million job at the wastewater plant last year which O'Mara also bid on.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Construction progressing, but not fast enough for Greensburg St. to reopen
Originally, the goal was to re-open Greensburg Street in time for school buses to start rolling through in time for the start of school on Aug. 2.
Now, though, that is not possible, reports North Vernon Wastewater Superintendent Russell Vaught. Work at the plant is continuing and while progressing nicely, it is not to the point where traffic will be able to get through.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TIF inches closer to expand 177 acres and to buy new industrial park
The North Vernon Redevelopment Commission moved closer to formally expanding its TIF area by 177 acres and to purchasing approximately 97 acres in that area for a new industrial park at their meeting Monday, July 18.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New diamond not flashy but will allow for heavier cargo, less noise
Those traveling downtown last week were drawn to a busy corner at the Madison Avenue and East O&M intersections.
It was there that a crew from CSX Railroad of about 20 men "from all over" labored for a week to replace a section of track where the Madison Railroad and the CSX rails cross, forming what is known in that transportation parlance as "a diamond."
A new diamond was needed as CSX plans to increase the number of trains going through North Vernon. One report had the increase from 5 to 10 trains a day; another thought it would be 20.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

CASAs needed to help these kids have a future
To illustrate and bring awareness to the need for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers in our local community, Advocates for Children will be regularly highlighting one case each month currently on our waiting list. Identifying information has been altered in order to protect privacy of the families .

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Maintenance plan is formulated for the city
City residents just may find find their street on a five-year maintenance plan presented to the North Vernon City Council on June 13.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016


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