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Government

  • Van Haaften edges Warrum in Democrat Judge Primary

    The one contested primary race last Tuesday in Posey County was between Democratic Circuit Court Judge candidates Trent Van Haaften and Jake Warrum.

    Both candidates were active in their campaigns and left things in the voter’s hands on Tuesday night.

    When the votes were finally counted, Van Haaften came out ahead, 1087-801.

    Van Haaften, the former Posey Couty Prosecutor and Indiana State Representative, thanked the voters via Facebook after the numbers were in.

  • Inclusive riverfront playground find location

    The inclusive playground, approved earlier this year by the Mount Vernon Board of Public Works, has a location set for construction.

    However, the construction will take place after the funds are raised to make it a reality.

    Rachel Deno, who is heading up the project, a proposal made by her daughter Sydney, attended the Mount Vernon Board of Works meeting last Thursday to get approval for the location.

  • City continues fight against blight

    The City of Mount Vernon has been fighting the problem of blight in the community for several years, but the past few have been aided by a Federal program funding the Blight Elimination Program.

    Properties that go unattended cause neighboring property values to go down, and become eyesores for the community.

    Mount Vernon Building Commissioner Sherry Willis keeps a list of these properties that need addressing.

  • House Bill could be huge step in saving Harmony Way Bridge

    Since 2012, barricades and fencing have closed off the Harmony Way Bridge, a once valuable connection for Indiana and Illinois travellers and farmers.
    Since the day the lanes closed, lawmakers and residents have discussed ways to reopen the bridge, but an affordable option has yet to be found.
    But the recent passage of an amendment of Indiana House Bill 1290 could be a big step in the future of the bridge.

  • USDOT awards $10 Million grant for Posey County rail project

    The U.S. Department of Transportation Tuesday announced a $10 million grant to rebuild approaches to the Maunie Railroad Bridge in Posey County. U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), along with U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), and Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), offered support for the TIGER grant in a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in November 2017.

  • Inclusive riverfront playground a no-go at City Council meeting

    Last month, a group led by student Sydney Deno, offered plans for an inclusive playground, which would be located at Riverbend Park in Mount Vernon.

    The park idea was supported by community members and the Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation.

    At Thursday’s Mount Vernon City Council meeting, interested parties and the council discussed the park idea.

  • National Home Care and Hospice Month celebrated in Mount Vernon

    Heritage Hospice, Horizons Home Care, the National Association for Hospice and Home Care and thousands of hospice and home care agencies across the United States declared November 2017 as National Home Care and Hospice Month.

    Mount Vernon Mayor Bill Curtis signed a proclamation to recognize the month in the City and to encourage the support and participation of Mount Vernon citizens in learning more about hospice and home care concepts of care for the elderly. disabled and infirmed.

  • 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.