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Government

  • City approves water rate increase

    Water, better yet, clean water, is something we expect to flow out of our faucets when we turn them on.
    It’s something many of us take for granted.
    That is, until we don’t have it.
    Take the residents of Charlestown, Indiana, for example.
    Charlestown has around 2,900 water customers, many of whom battle with brown water coming out of their faucets. Engineers and city officials attribute the discolored water to manganese build up in the city’s aging pipe system.

  • County to close CD&D landfill soon

    The county’s current CD&D landfill will likely have to be closed by 2018, and the Marion County Fiscal Court will have to decide on a future CD&D site within the next few months. That’s not going to be an easy or cheap task, according to Marion County Solid Waste Coordinator Keith Brock.
    Currently, the county operates a CD&D landfill, which is located at 1034 Adam Hughes Memorial Parkway. It’s located on land leased for $25,000 a year from Nally & Haydon.

  • ‘We all win when you win’

    Barbara Victoria has watched three of her friends lose their sons to drug addiction this year. One of them died just three weeks ago.
    “I had to go up and put my hand on this young man’s heart who was laying in his casket,” she said. “As a mother, I needed to touch him. It was so profound to me. The people we’re losing are all our sons and daughters. Every one of them is a loss for us.”

  • Lebanon City Council briefs

    The City of Lebanon will be spending $100,000 out of its general fund, along with $109,000 from the state and $295,000 of carryover funds to make road improvements throughout the city in 2017-18. This is the first time the city has ever used money out of its general fund for road work, but it’s greatly needed, according to Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw and Lebanon City Administrator John Thomas.
    Last week, the city council approved a list of roads that need work.
    “The list of streets are certainly some of the worst,” Thomas said.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting on June 15.
    The court was joined by Phyllis Filiatreau on behalf of the Marion County Health District. Filiatreau reported that the health district has approved the 2017 tax rate of 3 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is the same rate as last year. Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty reported that the Marion County Health Department surplused a gas generator to the county and it is stored at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    The regular called meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court was held on June 1.
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty congratulated the Marion County High School boys baseball team for winning the region tournament and advancing to the state tournament. Judge Daugherty also congratulated the Marion County High School softball team for their runner-up finish in the region tournament.

  • City of Loretto receives $21,065 grant to omprove Hamilton Park

    The Department for Local Government (DLG) selected City of Loretto for an award of $21,065 from the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for improvements to Hamilton Park.
    “Preserving and maintaining local parks is an integral part of stewarding our resources so that they might be enjoyed by all,” said DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo. “The investment in Hamilton Park will yield many benefits to the children and families of this community.”

  • Mayor requests pay raise for employees, police in his budget address

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw gave his annual budget address Thursday evening.
    The Lebanon City Council will be having several budget work sessions this week to discuss the budget and make changes and revisions. The following is the mayor’s written budget address:

    Members of the Lebanon City Council, citizens of Lebanon, and members of the press, this evening I present to you my recommendations regarding the budget for all city funds for the fiscal year July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of the 2017-18 county budget on Thursday afternoon after having a two-hour special-called budget workshop meeting the night before. During the budget workshop meeting, magistrates discussed the budget, line by line, paying close attention to expenses.
    The Enterprise was not present at the special called budget meeting, but obtained a copy of the meeting’s minutes from Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly. The following was noted:

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    Relay for Life
    Liz Lawson and Drew Underwood attended the fiscal court’s meeting to thank the court for its recent $2,500 donation to Marion County’s Relay for Life. Relay for Life will be held Saturday, June 24, at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport from noon until midnight. The fundraising event will be for both Marion and Washington counties.
     
    Calvary Elementary Beta Club request