• City looks to purchase new street sweeper

    Street Department Superintendent Max Dieterle presented several items to the Board of Public Works March 2, including the purchase of a $199,000 street cleaner.

    Street Department

    Dieterle presented two bids for a new street sweeper. The current city machine is outdated and needs to be replaced, Dieterle explained.

  • City Council strikes down zoning for new RV park

    The Mount Vernon City Council shot down a proposed ordinance to rezone land owned by Madisonville West Properties from residential zoning to light manufacturing. Madisonville West wanted the property rezoned for a RV campground to be built on the site.

    The Area Plan Commission had passed the rezoning 4-2 at a meeting earlier in the week. M1 and M2 zoning already surround the property, which is located between Kimball and Bluff, on three sides.

  • Street Dept. paints curbs to fix traffic concerns

    The Mount Vernon Street Department re-painted curbs and parking spots at the corner of Second and Walnut Streets, following public discussion about traffic safety at the intersection.

    The new curb painting was completed a few hours before a City Council meeting where the issue was discussed.

    The new on-street parking is painted a uniform 30 feet from all corners in hopes of providing better visibility to motorists.

  • Trump campaign stops in Mount Vernon

    The Trump-Pence Indiana campaign visited Mount Vernon Nov. 2 as part of the Early for Trump tour, a final push throughout Indiana to deliver free Trump-Pence yard signs and encourage early voting.

    The candidate himself was absent, but local citizens and supporters still filled the Legion, some clad in Trump shirts.

    Trump-Pence Indiana campaign Chairman Rex Early, Vice-Chair Tony Samuel and State Director Suzie Jaworowski spoke to Trump and Republican supporters at the American Legion.

  • Insurance to increase for school employees

    Employees of the Mount Vernon school district can expect to pay more for their insurance next year.  

    The school board recently approved a six percent increase to employee insurance premiums that will go into effect at the beginning of 2017. This will result in a $25 to $36 increase in monthly premium costs for individuals, and up to $100 increases per month for family plans.

  • Posey voters hit the polls

    Posey County voters turned out to vote in last Tuesday’s General Election. According to the unofficial report from County Clerk Betty Postletheweight, 66.3 percent of registered voters cast their ballots. The local election followed the national trend.

    “I was delivering supplies and checking on precincts this morning, and they all had small lines. That’s great,” she said of the high turnout.

  • Insurance costs to increase for county employees

    The Posey County Commissioners have announced a 2.6 percent increase in healthcare premiums in 2017.

    Commissioner Jim Alsop, who has been spearheading the county’s insurance committee, said the total cost of the county’s bill from Anthem Insurance was $2,642,648.28. Due to that and the costs associated with the new clinic, county employees will see the following increases: $3.77 per month for an employee; $7.57 per month for employee and spouse; $6.78 per month for employee and children; and $11.35 per month for a family.

  • New police officer sworn in

    Caleb McDaniel was officially sworn in as Mount Vernon’s newest police officer during the Board of Works meeting on Oct. 27. McDaniel is replacing Glenn Boyster, who retired in the summer.

    Police Chief Tony Alldredge and Mayor Bill Curtis interviewed McDaniel along with several other candidates Oct. 13. During the swearing-in ceremony, Curtis wished the new police officer good luck at his new position.

  • City Council discusses how to limit semi-truck traffic on roads

    The common council spoke at length Oct. 27, about ways to limit the numerous semi-trucks that travel on residential roads.

    “It’s a matter of safety and of maintaining our public roads,” Mayor Bill Curtis said. “These trucks are going down roads where kids and adults aren’t expecting them. And these roads wear out faster with all the weight and traffic from the semis.”

  • County, school districts to share clinics

    The Posey County Commissioners and the MSDs of North Posey and Mount Vernon are working together to cut down healthcare costs to taxpayers and their employees by sharing wellness clinics. The board also discussed the jail project and updating the sound system in Circuit Court.

    Health Clinics

    At its first meeting in October, Commissioner Jim Alsop announced that the county had reached an agreement with the MSD of Mount Vernon to lease space for a clinic at Hedges Central Community Center for $1,200 a year.