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Government

  • Board discusses combining city water positions

    By Rachel Christian

    The vacant position of wastewater superintendent may be eliminated completely following a discussion at the last board of public works meeting June 23. 

    Mayor Bill Curtis asked the board for feedback on a possible resolution to eliminate the wastewater superintendent position - which has been empty since March – and combine it with the water superintendent position.

  • BWXT seeks approval for $21M revitalization

    BWX Technologies worked with the Posey County Council last week in efforts to create an economic revitalization area that will results in a $21 million investment in the local facility including more than 100 new jobs.

    “The revitalization project would bring in 120 new employees, and we offer a full benefit package, including a bonus program, tuition reimbursement and on-the-job training program,” said Guy Jackson, BWXT Plant Services Manager.

  • County approves abatement for CGB’s $31million expansion

    The Posey County Council approved a tax abatement for CGB to move forward with a $31 million expansion of the plant’s soybean facility, resulting in new equipment and jobs.

    A tax abatement is a tool used to help existing companies grow and attract new business to a community.

  • County officials seek more affordable care

    Employees of Posey County may soon have another option when it comes to healthcare as the county commissioners are considering a possible partnership with Tri State Community Clinics.

  • Tourism Commission ready to establish CVB

    The Posey County Tourism Commission is ready to take the next step in the tourism process by formally establishing a Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) for Posey County.

    President of the Tourism Commission, Jim Spann, spoke to the Posey County Council last week and requested their support to form a CVB as a legal non-for profit organization. The tourism commission took its first step in putting Posey County on the map as a tourism destination by launching its website in May.

  • Western Bypass continues to move forward

    The estimated $27.5 Western Bypass project continues to advance as the Posey County Commissioners adopted an ordinance that establishes a Western Bypass Economic Improvement District for the project.

    The ordinance designates the two districts and outlines the general area of the bypass, which will be an exempt and non-exempt zone.

  • Road temporarily repaired after collapse

    A road in Mount Vernon that collapsed in late May has been temporarily repaired.

    Lower New Harmony Road in Mount Vernon collapsed on Mon., May 23. Mount Vernon Sewer Department Acting Superintendent Danny Moss said the collapse occurred due to the weight of the semi trucks passing through the area, as well as the age of the road.

    TMI Construction temporarily repaired the road with gravel. Moss said the road is no longer barricaded, and the sewer department smoothed the gravel out so residents can continue to drive on the road.

  • Posey County receives $1.6 million from SEA 67

    Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced last week that county auditors have officially distributed $505 million to local governments that will be used for infrastructure maintenance for counties, cities and towns as part of Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 67.

    In late April, Indiana made a one time, special distribution to counties using excess Local Option Income Tax (LOIT) funds.

  • Wastewater upgrades needed for removal of phosphorous

    A recent mandate by the State of Indiana for the removal of phosphorous from wastewater, means a $2.5 million upgrade will be necessary for Mount Vernon’s Wastewater Treatment facility.

    Bryan Wallace of Lochmueller presented his findings and recommendation to the City at last week’s Board of Works meeting.

    Wallace said that to treat the phosphorous problems, the upgrades needed would be a new chemical feed building and an upgrade to the current sludge process.

  • Fertilizer plant, bypass spark public comment on transparency

    The western bypass and Midwest Fertilizer plant projects are gaining moving forward. Last week, boards and commissions approved over $1.25 billion in bonds issues and granted an expansion of the tax increment finance district (TIF).

    Rick Hall, an attorney with Barnes and Thornburg and a representative of Midwest Fertilizer, spoke last week about the issuance of the bonds. He explained that Posey County and its taxpayers are not responsible for the debt. The liability of the bonds falls on Midwest Fertilizer.