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Government

  • City signs contract for erosion project

    The city is set to begin the first phase of a project that aims to correct erosion along Mount Vernon’s riverfront.

    The Board of Works accepted a $24,500 bid from North Water Consulting to conduct a feasibility study along the river. The city is paying for the project with a grant it received earlier this year from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

  • Board of Works discusses city dog ordinance

    The Mount Vernon Board of Public Works met for its regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 29 at City Hall.

    Dogs at public events

    Board member Larry Williams discussed the confusion some pet owners have about whether they are allowed to bring their dogs to public events.

    A city ordinance states that dogs are not permitted at city events, but the Parks Department has no clear policy about this.

  • Commissioners approve jail contract

    The Posey County Commissioners voted to move forward with a contract to begin moving dirt on in jail project. They tentatively agreed to install a new bridge over McAdoo Creek on Springfield Road.

    Jail Project

    Joe Mattingly, a representative of Garmong, told the commissioners his firm is prepared to draft contracts to begin work on the construction of the new jail pod. He recommended this segment of the project be divided into two segments.

    Commissioner Jim Alsop agreed and noted the dirt work needs to be completed first.

  •  County dispatch center gets upgrade

    Posey County Dispatch will no longer have late-night connectivity issues when it receives a new fiber optic network.

    Steve Kalesia, a representative of WOW, announced to the commissioners last week that the internet provider will be upgrading the facility with a new fiber optic network at no cost to the county.

  • City receives grant to fix Ohio River erosion

    The City of Mount Vernon is taking the first step to correct erosion issues at Riverbend Park.

    The Mayor’s Office received a $20,000 Department of Natural Resources (DNR) grant last month to conduct a feasibility study along the Ohio River.

    Sending out proposals

    Mayor Bill Curtis told city council members Aug. 18 that Mount Vernon would soon send out a request for proposals for businesses that may be interested in the project.

  • Residents ask city to address ‘bully’ problem

    Mount Vernon residents packed City Hall last Thursday night to ask the city council to do something to stop the community’s bullying problem.

    Speaking out

    Mount Vernon resident Ernie Lurker stood before the council and told them about the bullying problem his son and other local children are facing in his neighborhood, which happens to be across the street from Imagination Station at the library. He said this problem raises concern for his son, who has been chased home by a group of junior-high-age students. 

  • Posey County receives $1.55 million in INDOT grants

    Posey County and three towns inside its borders received funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) totaling nearly $1.56 million Aug. 23. The money was part of INDOT’s $49 million Community Crossings matching grant fund, which is used to improve local roads and bridges.

    Elected officials in these communities have already lined up some much-needed road projects.

    Mount Vernon

    Mayor Bill Curtis said the city of Mount Vernon plans to use its $447,434 grant on 12 road projects that he hopes will begin shortly after Labor Day.

  • Posey County Jail project moves forward

    The pre-bid reviews will begin tomorrow, Aug. 25, for the Posey County Jail project. Sheriff Greg Oeth says decisions will follow in the weeks to come.

    “I would like an informal ceremonial groundbreaking in the last few days of September,” he said.

  • Over $40,000 approved for City Hall renovation project

    The Board of Public Works approved $41,939 to paint and renovate the missionary at City Hall.

    “This is work that needs to be done badly,” said Mayor Bill Curtis. “Plaster is starting to disintegrate around many windows, and the longer we wait, the more it’s going to cost.”

    Curtis said there is about $41,000 in budget line items that cover repairs and painting. However, most of the funds will come from the Economic Development Income Tax (EDIT) budget, and if needed, the Public Works budget.

  • County awards SABIC extensions on tax abatements

    By Tiffany Stallings

    The county council approved extensions on two of SABIC’s tax abated projects at the Posey County City Council meeting last Tuesday.

    A $24 million project was set for completion at the end of this month. Two of SABIC’s representatives, Mark Carris and Keith Mesker, explained that the project would not reach completion until the end of the year.