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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Clements named new City Council member

    Three days after the most recent City Council meeting, Mark Clements was chosen as Mount Vernon’s newest councilmember during a Democrat caucus held March 4. Clements is replacing former district four representative, Brittaney Johnson, who stepped down from the Council in February. Clements ran against Scott Fisher in the caucus.

  • County finances in good shape

    Posey County Treasurer Justin White provided a report that showed Posey County had nearly $26.2 million in the bank at the end of 2016.

    “Posey County is in much better shape than many other counties. Thankfully, we’ve always been fiscally responsible in setting a budget and sticking to it. That says a lot about our office holders,” said White.

  • Officials grapple with issue of permanent record storage

    The first-floor ceiling of Mount Vernon City Hall began doing something strange about 10 years ago: it began to bow under the sheer weight of thousands of permanent city records.

    “There were papers stored up there from when City Hall was still the old library 30 years ago,” said Clerk-Treasurer Cristi Sitzman.

    Sitzman said it took city employees a couple weeks to purchase enough shelving and cart a majority documents down to the basement.

  • 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.