Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 5, 2012

Commissioners prepare to deck the halls

Tess Rowing
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — In the regularly scheduled Decatur County Commissioners meeting Monday, a variety of topics were continued, and judging by the morning discussion, the holidays are expected to be as colorful as ever.

Executive director of Main Street Greensburg, Bryan Robbins, briefly reviewed the success of the 2012 Farmer’s Market. He said the Farmer’s Market was successful this year despite the drought, and that once the rain came there was a lot of great food available. He said the farmers were glad of the location, and that anywhere else would not have been as successful.

Robbins requested, and was approved for, usage of the courthouse for Santa in the Court House and the Holiday Walk.

The festivities are planned to run from 4:30 to 9 p.m. (7 p.m. after Nov. 30) Nov. 30 until Dec. 21. Robbins also spoke of the possibility of having a live reindeer as an attraction to add to the Christmas decorations planned for the court house. The reindeer has not been confirmed.

Rob Duckworth, EMA director, reported that the EMA has received a $4,045 grant after scoring high on an assessment. Duckworth requested that the grant be used to purchase phones which would allow for conferences calls, as well as LCD video and iPads, which would be used for communications. Duckworth’s request was approved.

Executive director of the Greensburg/Decatur County Economic Corporation, Marc Coplon and Mayor Gary Herbert have returned from their trip to Japan.

Coplon reported that the diplomacy trip was successful. Another Japanese company has shown interest in settling in Decatur County. The company would bring $3.8 billion in capital investments and 60 full time jobs.

The other companies which were visited were gracious and hospitable, said Coplon. Mayor Herbert stressed the importance of networking and becoming familiar with the corporate members of the companies. The trip to Japan was well worth the money, the Mayor said.

Animal Control has taken another step forward in approving a change in policy, which would lengthen the time the Animal Control board has to respond to appeals.

County Highway Superintendent Mark Mohr reported that some roadside construction has been delayed because of drainage issues, but that paving continues.

The possibility of acquiring a section of privately-owned property through court became a possibility.

The commissioners mentioned a dangerous section of road that requires drivers to pull into the middle of the intersection to view oncoming traffic.

The city has tried to begin preliminary plans to make the intersection safer, but one property owner refuses to sell right of way on his property, prolonging a potentially serious safety hazard.

Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004