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Government

  • More events at riverfront bring on traffic issues

    The expansion of park area at Water Street and the riverfront, combined with warmer temperatures, means more people taking advantage of the space.

    Movies at the park are taking place, along with the Riverbend Market, which returns on Thursday from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

    The influx of people in the area has been the cause of some traffic concerns addressed by Mount Vernon Councilman Mark Pharr.

  • City streets could see big improvement from INDOT funds

    The Community Crossings Grant, a statewide program focused on improving the roadways of local communities, awarded a generous sum to the Mount Vernon Street Department last year to help complete work on Third St., Tenth St. and other high-priority projects.

    The city wants to apply for the grant again this year. With the deadline less than a week away, Street Department Superintendent Max Dieterlecame before the City Council to request $333,333.

  • City approves new water, sewer increases

    With an underwhelming turn out and not a single public comment, the City of Mount Vernon voted to approve two water rate increase proposals Thursday night.

    The water rate increase was the combination of a phosphorous sewer treatment upgrade and bond repayments for upgrades at the water department facility.

    The new proposed sewer rate would increase the average resident’s bill by $6.96. That number is down from original figures provided by Umbaugh and Associates during the April 18 City Council meeting.

  • City to vacate alley at Bud’s, economic development discussed

    Be prepared to access the parking lot to Bud’s Hardware from Fourth or College Streets in the near future.

    Last Thursday, the Mount Vernon City Council voted to move forward with vacating an alley outside Bud’s Hardware that will prevent motorists from accessing the parking lot through the Main Street entrance.

    “If you’ve ever gone in to the store from the parking lot, you’ve actually crossed the city owned alley,” a legal representative for the property owners told the Council.

  • Property tax bills mailed to residents

    Posey County property owners noticed tax bills appeared in their mailboxes earlier this week.

    The total billed in real and personal property taxes this year is $35,403,791.87. Half of this amount is due May 10. Posey County Treasurer Justin White said about 60 percent of property owners pay the entire balance in the spring. Historically, more is collected in the spring.

  • City looking to sell empty lots from Blight Elimination Program

    Over 20 dilapidated Posey County homes have been demolished since the Blight Elimination Program began two years ago.

    Now it’s time for the next stage, what Mount Vernon Mayor Bill Curtis calls the “exciting part.”

    The BEP has razed unlivable and undesirable structures, but now the city is trying to return the vacant lots to the tax rolls as quickly as possible.

    On March 30, the Board of Works authorized a resolution to move forward with the sale of these properties.

  • State removes inactive voters from rolls

    Maintaining the list of local voters is one of the many tasks Posey County Clerk Betty Postletheweight handles. A lawsuit and a recent mandate by the state are clearing inactive voters. The county has no real say, and this may create problems for those who head to the polls next year, if you haven’t voted in a while.

    The Indiana Secretary of State’s Office is in charge of elections. That office put a digital system in place that removed 1,089 voters from the rolls at the end of March.

  • Auditor asks for transparency, improvements to sound system

    Posey County Auditor Sarah Beth Meighen wants to make meetings more accessible, but that will mean upgrading the sound system and Internet capabilities.

    Meighen said the county’s schedule makes it difficult for working people to attend meetings. She said adding the ability to live stream meetings or record them and allow users to stream them at their convenience.

  • County awards abatement to CountryMark

    The Posey County Council has awarded a 10-year tax abatement to CountryMark for a proposed $42 million equipment upgrade.

    CountryMark appeared before the county council in November 2016 to ask for the abatement. Company representative Kimberly Smock said CountryMark will be installing $42 million in updated equipment that is expected to help the refinery increase production on gas and diesel fuel at a better price.  

  • Legislative Forum draws regional crowd

    Poseyville’s Saturday morning Farm Bureau/Cracker Barrel Legislative Forum featured a standing room only crowd with more people from outside of Posey County attending than local residents.

    Local legislators attempted to explain the bills they have been working on and issues most heavily weighing on their districts. Those in the audience barely offered the panel the opportunity to speak before they began throwing out questions and comments.