• 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.

  • 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.