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Government

  • Roads in Posey County will be assessed

    A contract with Beam, Longest and Neff, LLC (BLN) has been approved and signed by the Posey County Commissioners for the consulting engineers and land surveyors to assess roads in Posey County.

    Commissioner Jim Alsop explained that the assessment of the roads must be complete in order to qualify for any future grants from INDOT on any potential projects.

    BLN’s original bid was $67,500 on the project; however, BLN said they will not need to study gravel roads, so they estimate the new cost will be approximately $47,000 for the project.

  • Town marshal to patrol New Harmony soon; new street signs to be installed

    The New Harmony Town Council meeting last week had multiple items on the agenda including when the town marshal will start patrolling, discussion of new street signs and a potential project with the regulator station.

    Town Marshal

    On May 26, New Harmony Town Marshal Caleb McDaniel will graduate from Southwestern Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and begin his patrols. Town council member Gary Watson noted that multiple residents have not been coming to a complete stop at stop signs and said this will need to stop once McDaniel begins his patrols.

  • CGB passes score card by county council

    Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB) Enterprises, Inc. passed the tax abatement scorecard by the Posey County Council. This means the county will soon see another project in the upcoming months as CGB is planning a $31 million dollar expansion of their existing soybean processing facility.

    “CGB is firmly committed to the Mount Vernon and Posey County area. This is our western region office for the Ohio Valley region,” said Steve O’Nan, Vice President for CGB.

  • Tourism commission launces website for Posey County

    The Posey County Tourism Commission launched visitposeycounty.com late last week.

    “The website is a start to put Posey County on the radar as a tourism destination,” said Jim Spann, President of the Tourism Commission.

    The website features four sections that viewers can click on to learn more about: The Point, Historic New Harmony, Harmonie State Park and Upcoming Events.

  • Kessler 'Feels the Bern'

    When Bernie Sanders made a visit to Evansville last week, local resident and historian Ray Kessler knew he wanted to be in attendance.

    Kessler is a Sanders supporter because he feels that with the importance of this election, Sanders offers the more positive, and progressive choice.

    Kessler said on the morning of the rally, his cousin Lisa Conrad called him at around 6 a.m. to see if he was there.

    “I arrived at around 7 a.m. and jumped in line with them,” said Kessler. “We were only about 300 people from the door.”

  • Public hearing for Western Bypass project; Midwest Fertilizer Plant

    The Posey County Commissioners will hold a public meeting concerning the Western Bypass and the boundaries of the project.

    The meeting will be held at the Hovey House in Mount Vernon on May 17, at 9 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend. The commissioners will hear all homeowners in the proposed district regarding their concerns of the project.

    The bypass will connect Indiana State Road 62, west of Mount Vernon, with Indiana State Road 69, north of Mount Vernon. The cost of the project is estimated at $27.5 million.

  • Bid awarded for County assessment plan

    Roads in Posey County will be reviewed via an assessment plan to determine their conditions as county commissioners at a recent meeting awarded a bid to Beam, Longest and Neff, LLC (BLN).
    BLN bid approximately $67,500 on the project. The company arrived at the cost by estimation of cost per mile at $125 to $135; BLN said they will study around 500 miles of road. The consulting engineers and land surveyors are based out of Indianapolis.

  • County exploring high speed internet options

    The Posey County Council and Commissioners are exploring what options are available for the county to install high-speed fiber optic internet in order to keep the county connected.

    “Our goal is to enhance the county. One of the ways we can enhance the county is by trying to find a way to bring high-speed internet throughout the county,” said John Taylor, Executive Director of Posey County Economic Development Partnership.

  • White wins only local contested primary race

    Justin White and Angela Wiley squared off in the only contested primary race in Posey County’s 2016 election. White won the primary to earn his spot on the ballot in the November General Election. The county also followed the rest of the state, selecting Donald Trump-R and Bernie Sanders-D as the top vote-getters for the presidential nominations.

  • First review of nuisance ordinance shows problems

    The Mount Vernon City Council was presented with the first reading of the proposed nuisance ordinance last Thursday.

    The ordinance, officially called the Chronic Problem Real Properties Ordinance, brought up a number of discussion points.

    In the ordinance, a landlord could be fined after a number of complaints without corrective action.

    Councilwoman Brittaney Johnson asked if the fines would stop if the landlord processed an eviction.

    Councilman Larry Williams wondered if the fines stopping would get the landlord’s attention.