?WCHTC announces survey winners PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 July 2008 00:00
?    In a recent Washington County HomeTown Competitiveness meeting, Pillar Team drew names for the incentive prizes for those filling out the community survey.  
    Winning a $100 Jay C gift card was Betty Brown of Salem. Angie Strasser, also of Salem, won the $100 True Value gift card. Winners have been notified by phone. The team picked two numbers at random and then checked the results from the survey to see which respondents matched those numbers.
    Volunteers are continuing to input the data from the youth surveys. When all the data has been entered, the Pillar Team will conduct a drawing for the youth prize. Students in all grades in each of the county high schools participated in the youth survey.
    The Phase 1 report on WCHTC work to date is complete. The Pillar Team will bind these, send copies to the state, and make copies available to the community for check-out. A copy will also be available at the SAlem Public Library for anyone who is interested. The report is quite detailed and includes all the activities, meetings, and results over the last 11 months.
    The Pillar Team, site coach Dr. David Beck, and other community members will be attending an Indiana HTC celebration in Bedford, where the group will meet with the other eight pilot communities to discuss progress made.
    Starting in August the Pillar Team will be contacting those who signed up on the survey to participate in a focus group or join a Pillar Task Force. So far, well over 200 people have asked to be placed on the WCHTC contact list to receive updates on WCHTC work. Anyone else who wishes to be added to the contact list should call Scott Martin at 883-5454 or Beth Armstrong at 883-5565.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 14:16
?Commissioners discuss Sparksville Road dilemma PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 00:00
?? ?The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Wednesday afternoon.  Commissioners Lana Sullivan and Byron Green were present; Commissioner Mike Goering was absent.  The minutes of previous meetings and all claims were approved, 2-0.
    The Board heard from Donovan Gordon and Lonnie Brown, owners of the property on either side of the Sparksville Road in northern Washington County.  Both Gordon and Brown expressed their concerns about what can only be described as an inadequate design of the road leading to the bridge crossing the White River.  According to Gordon, the wrong size of concrete box culvert was used and that is part of the problem.
    The Commissioners agreed to repair the fields and to replace the road surface with gravel until a permanent solution can be implemented. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 14:23
?Understanding the impacts of Property Tax Reform PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 July 2008 00:00
? ?Last Thursday afternoon, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service hosted a teleconference focusing on the impacts of the 2008 Indiana Property Tax reform Bill (HEA 1001) at Indiana University, Southeast.  The interactive workshop was designed for anyone involved in county and local government budgeting process as well as any interested citizens.
    Dr. Larry DeBoer, professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue, West Lafayette was the featured speaker.  In a no nonsense, yet lively,  90 minute presentation, DeBoer gave an overview of how the new law will impact not only individual property owners but also the local and county governments as they work through the process of setting their budgets with the new constraints and requirements..
    DeBoer’s visual examples made this complicated issue understandable to the average person by focusing on practical applications and step-by-step instructions on how governments will have to develop their tax rates.  Of special interest in DeBoer’s presentation was the section dealing with specific impacts of the new legislation on property owners and on those government officials responsible for providing public services.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2008 14:06
?West Washington track will receive a facelift with a new surface being put down PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 July 2008 00:00
?    West Washington awarded Calcar Paving and Tennis Court and Track Construction to replace the surface on the high school track with new asphalt and rubberized surface at the recent West Washington School Board meeting held on Monday, June 23 with a 5-0 vote.
    Calcar was awarded their bid in the amount of $28,141.99 and Tennis Court and Track Construction in the amount of $46,485. The project is to be started immediately.
    All members were present, all claims and minutes of last meeting were approved.
    The approval of J.C. Tucker, school attorney was a 5-0 vote. The pay for Tucker will be $120 an hour, plus mileage.
    Other personnel approved included: Gina Rosenbaum as Cheer Coach and Jennifer Stahl as Elementary Volleyball Coach
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2008 13:09
?Women’s Giving Circle of WCCF announces information for first grant cycle PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 July 2008 00:00
??    There will be a public meeting for any non-profit organization wishing to apply for a grant from The Women’s Fund of the Washington County Community Foundation.  The meeting will be held on August 19 at 7:00 p.m., at the Community Learning Center.  Representatives from the Foundation will discuss the grant criteria, which is as follows:
    Opportunities that will provide more independence for women and expanding horizons for girls, including but not limited to:  education, training, vocational skills, counseling, mentoring, and life skills programs that address the immediate needs of women and children.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2008 14:07
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