Batesville Councilman Alleges Misuse of Taxpayer Funds; City Responds

first_imgBatesville Mayor Rick Fledderman responded during the council meeting on Monday:There has been discussion and controversy concerning the recent five-year Wastewater Rate Study that is required per the Sewer Use Ordinance. The recommendation of the study included a capital improvement plan and a recommendation of a rate increase from 5% to 15%. At no time did the Mayor, Board of Works or City Councilmember propose a 15% increase. The recommendation of the Board of Works was for a 5% increase the first year followed by a 3% increase the following year. Upon considering the recommendation the City Council voted and approved on first reading a 5% increase for year one and a 1.5% increase for year two.A capital improvement plan is always part of every rate review. In this case, the plan was put together based on the improvements needed over the next five years for the Batesville Wastewater Utility. One item included in this plan has been the subject of discussion and controversy. The liner and earthen basin is in need of replacement and repair. The City does acknowledge that upon a more detailed repair/replacement estimate of this item the actual cost to do so is $410,225. The Board of Works has made no public comment on this item per the advice and direction of legal counsel. The Board of Works has directed legal counsel to work directly with the general contracting firm that originally installed the earthen basin and liner regarding concerns with these items.It has always been the policy of this administration to use prudence and restraint when addressing situations that involved potential legal implications. Our considered view is that is in the best interests of the City and taxpayers to attempt to prevent these matters from playing out in the media in deference to the settlement process. More importantly, we believe it would be irresponsible to make public statements about such matters before undertaking an investigation into the facts. We can assure the ratepayers that the City of Batesville is working diligently to come up with a financial solution that will be in the best interest of the ratepayers and minimize any financial damage to the utility. Upon reaching a conclusion in this matter, we will make public comments on this issue.A public sewer rate meeting will be held during the next city council meeting Monday, October 13. (From left to right): District 1 Council Member Derrick Cox; District 2 Council Member Kevin Chaffee; Clerk-Treasurer Ron Weigel; Mayor Rick Fledderman; City Attorney Lynn Fledderman; District 3 Council Member Jim Fritsch; District 4 Council Member Beth Myers; Council President Gene LambertBATESVILLE – District 2 City Council Member Kevin Chaffee recently penned a letter regarding taxpayer funds and a previously held sewer rate hearing. It led to a response from the mayor and some heated discussion at Monday’s monthly meeting between Chaffee and Council President Gene Lambert.The letter we received from Chaffee reads:During recent sewer rate hearings, I asked about a project named “Earthen Basin”. The mayor said this project couldn’t be discussed for legal reasons.My engineering firm designed the earthen basin built in 2001. The project contractor recently confirmed a claim has been submitted against them based upon conclusions from an engineering report commissioned by the city.The report claims the wrong basin liner material was used, the soil subgrade was not properly compacted, and no underdrain system was installed.The liner material was changed back in 2000 because the original specified material was no longer available from the manufacturer. This change was approved by the city. Soil compaction tests were completed confirming proper subgrade preparation, and the “missing” underdrains are indeed installed and readily obvious.When presented with this information, the city’s engineering consultant said if he had known this he would have significantly changed the report’s conclusions. He said he asked the city for these records, but was told this information was not available.I asked him why he didn’t contact me prior to issuing the report, and he responded “I asked the mayor how to get a hold of you and he told me he didn’t know”. That’s odd since I sit next to the mayor at every council meeting.I also asked Ron Weigel for the total amount of taxpayer funds wasted on this quest. He responded by sending me a letter stating the amount is confidential.  Apparently both he and the mayor have something to hide.I believe the mayor is using city taxpayer funds for political purposes by trying to discredit me for a successful project completed many years ago. I reported this misuse of funds to the proper authorities and understand that it is being thoroughly investigated.last_img read more

Indiana Jobs Rate Slightly Down At 5.8 Percent

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – The jobless rate in Indiana remained steady in August dropping to 5.8 percent, according to a newly released report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.The unemployment rate in July was one-tenth of a percentage point higher at 5.9 percent.Despite the decrease in unemployment, Indiana’s private sector shed 2,600 jobs in August, led primarily by the Private, Educational & Health Services sector, which declined by 4,100 over the month.Losses were somewhat offset by a growth of 900 jobs in the Manufacturing sector, which has added more than 20,000 jobs over the past year.“Indiana’s unemployment rate has decreased 1.7 percent over the past year, while the labor force has expanded by more than 51,000 workers, which is quite remarkable,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.“During the same period, the Hoosier State has also added more than 56,000 private sector jobs. Together, these figures stand in stark contrast to our Midwestern neighbors.”Indiana remains the leading state in the nation in manufacturing job growth over the past year and is ranked second overall in the most manufacturing jobs since 2009.last_img read more

Double Rainbow Shines Over Sunman Tuesday

first_imgDouble rainbow over Sunman Tuesday. (Image: Amanda Richter)SUNMAN, Ind. – We hear Sunman is the place to be if you’re searching for a pot of gold.Amanda Richter captured a stunning photograph of this double rainbow in Sunman Tuesday night.Thanks Amanda!We’ve had storms moving through the region this week and occasional rain showers remain possible through Thursday morning.Dolly Parton may have said it best though, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!”last_img

Pirate Boys Track Team Results At Jennings County

first_imgThe Greensburg Boys Track and Field team opened their outdoor season at Jennings County Tuesday evening. The host Panthers won the meet with 88 points. The Pirates came in 2nd with 37 and South Dearborn was 3rd with 31 points.Leading the way with 1st place finishes were Devin Ruble in the 100 meter dash with a PR time of 11.3 and the 4×100 relay team of Jadrian Woods, Joey Woods, Zach Pokrywinski and Ruble in 46.00.Other meet scorers were: 2nd place-Discus – Tanner Yonts 115’ 8”;400m – Jadrian Woods 55.6;1600m – Jared Hasselbring 5:03.8;and 4×800 Relay – 9:06 – Reid McClintic, Kevin Johnson, Jared Hasselbring, and Loius Moore. 3rd place-800m – Hasselbring 2:18.9;Shot Put – Dylan Cain 40’ 8”;200m – Pokrywinski 24.6; and 3200m – McClintic 10:59.9;. 4th place-110Hurdles – Vincent Pavey 17.9;300Hurdles – Pavey 48.7; 100m – Joey Woods 11.64;800m – Moore 2:20.3;Shot Put – Yonts 40’ 3 ½”;Pole Vault – Hanna 8’; and 1600m – Michael Back 5:11.5.Many athletes had solid nights in their first high school meet and we look forward to our next meet at Decatur Central on Friday night.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

Carol “Buzz” Lohrum, 82

first_imgCarol “Buzz” Lohrum, 82 of Elrod, passed away Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at his residence. He was born at Elrod, Indiana on April 27th, 1934 the son Albert Sr. and Eunice Rebekkah Elrod Lohrum.  He married Judy Cooley on September 6thn 1957 in St. George, Utah and she preceded him in death on November 11th, 2015. Survivors include his three sons; Rick, Roger, and Glen (Terri), one daughter; Brenda Lohrum, all of Milan, six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, one brother; Vic Lohrum of Milan, two sisters; Linda Bruce of Versailles and Alice (Don) Mathias of Dillsboro. Mr. and Mrs. Lohrum also helped raise Mitch and Mike Beagley and his sister in law Paula Hutchinson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife as well as three brothers. Buzz retired from Pernod Ricard in Lawrenceburg, he and his wife owned and operated Elrod Superette, Lohrum’s Amoco; he also worked at Aurora Casket Company, Batesville Casket Company but Mr. Lohrum loved to serve the Lord in many capacities; youth minister, deacon, at Washington Baptist Church and a minister for North Hogan Hill Baptist Church. Buzz graduated from Versailles High School in 1952 and immediately following he joined the Navy, where he served till 1956. Buzz’s wishes were to be cremated and his memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 6th at 11:00am at the Washington Cemetery in Elrod with Brother Doug Norman officiating. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery or donor’s Choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” JOHN 3:16last_img read more

Batesville students commended by the National Merit Corporation

first_imgArno BettsCody PerdueBatesville, In. — Batesville High School principal Andy Allen says Cody Perdue and Arno Betts have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Both will receive a special letter from the school and the National Merit Corporation.Cody is the son of Daniel and Tricia Perdue and Arno is the son of Bill and George Ann Betts.The two Batesville students are among 34,000 students nationwide to receive the honor. They are in the top 50,000 scores of students who took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.last_img

Nathan James Schwegman

first_imgNathan J. Schwegman, age 34 of Batesville (Happy Valley), Indiana passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.  Born August 24, 1983 in Cincinnati, Ohio he is the son of Terry and Bev (nee: Brunemann) Schwegman.He is a graduate of Batesville High School (Southeastern Career Center) and attended Cincinnati State Technical College.  He worked as a welder and in construction, both trades closest to his heart.  Nathan’s passion was woodworking, doing tattoos, fishing and spending time with his two children, Aidan and Genevie.Nathan is survived by his parents, Terry and Bev, son, Aidan Nathaniel, daughter, Genevie Rose, two brothers, Shawn and Ryan Schwegman, along with his nephew, Kieran Schwegman and  niece, Kelsey Schwegman.Visitation will be Monday, October 23rd from 9-12 followed by a 12:00PM Celebration of Life all at St. Mary of the Rock Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.   Fr. Robert Obermeyer officiating.Donations in his memory, may be given to the Schwegman Children Memorial Fund through Mainsource Bank.  The family will be making a donation to The Salvation Army Harbor Light Rehab Center in Indianapolis in support of drug addiction recovery.    Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Bosso challenges Obasi to provide evidence on bribery allegation

first_img “I’ve kept it close to my chest since 2014 because you’d have unnecessary enemies when you talk.” In his reaction, Ladan Bosso, who is the President of the Coaches Union in Nigeria revealed to that he had spoken with the Obasi to avoid making baseless accusations, warning that whoever makes such claims without evidence in future should be ready for a legal tussle. It will be recalled that Obasi was at the 2003 U17 FIFA World Cup in Finland under the leadership of Austin Eguavoen who was assisted by Ladan Bosso. read also:Bribery allegations: Ex-Super Eagles coach blasts Obasi, Taye As at the time of this report, Obasi is yet to mention the names of the officials that requested a bribe, but the late Stephen Keshi was being assisted by ex-internationals, Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorunmu. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Formerly known as Ogbuke, the former Super Eagles winger claimed in a recent interview that he was asked to give a bribe if he wanted to make the Nigeria squad to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. “Two days before the list came out, I was asked to pay some money if I want to be in the team,” Obasi disclosed during an Instagram live chat. “I said I’m not comfortable doing that. They said I should know the system, and I should act like I’m a Nigerian. I said it’s not about being a Nigerian but doing the right thing.Advertisement Former Flying Eagles coach, Issa Ladan Bosso, has challenged ex-Super Eagles player Chinedu Obasi, to name the official who demanded bribe from him instead of giving baseless allegations. Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarianlast_img read more

Don’t call my Inter team the ‘saviours’ of Italy, says Conte

first_img Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney CharactersWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You Loading… The former Italy and Juventus boss said in a news conference: “We don’t consider ourselves the saviours of the country, we’ve made our journey without looking at the others. read also:Van Persie: ‘Conte gave Inter structure’ “Our goal is to improve ourselves. Personally, if we achieved a European success I would be happy for the club, not for myself. I’m not thinking about my personal record but about the club that decided to hire me.” Conte looks set to have to cope without the injured Alexis Sanchez, with the Chilean battling to recover from a hamstring injury. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Antonio Conte vowed Inter should not be portrayed as Italy’s footballing “saviours” as they battle for UEFA Europa League glory. A semi-final against Shakhtar Donetsk awaits coach Conte and his team on Tuesday in Dusseldorf, with the prospect of ending the season with silverware. Attentions have turned to Inter at home after Juventus fell to Lyon and Napoli lost to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League last-16, while Atalanta bowed out to Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of the same competition. The Nerazzurri represent Italy’s last hope for a European trophy this season, but Conte dismissed the notion they are playing for the nation.Advertisementlast_img read more