Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


February 28, 2013

Mayor and administration members outline pending initiatives

Greensburg — Mayor Gary Herbert was a featured guest on local radio station WTRE Thursday morning, promoting a number of city government initiatives being overseen by his administration.

Herbert appeared alongside Street Commissioner Mark Klosterkemper and City Engineer Gary Murray.

High on the Mayor’s priority list in the coming months is the Veteran’s Way construction project.

Veteran’s Way, he said, will be a three-lane road running east-to-west across the city. The plan, he continued, is to build the road’s entrance across from the Hampton Inn on Highway 421. It would then run all the way to an outlet between Burger King and MainSource Bank on Lincoln Avenue.

The road’s name, Herbert added, has been approved by the city’s TIFF board, and now awaits final approval of an anticipated three-phase construction process.

In a January interview with the Daily News, Herbert said he expects the city to pay for phase 1 and hopes INDOT will then step in with grant money once it sees that “we’re serious about this project.”

Murray cautioned that completion of Veteran’s Way could prove long and complicated, especially considering the drainage and utilities issues involved; business and landowners along the proposed route also present potential roadblocks.

Herbert agreed. In a best case scenario, he stressed, “we might start construction in 2014,” with construction itself lasting four-or-five years or more

Klosterkemper outlined a more pressing issue soon to take effect this month: The city’s new trash ordinance.

The street commissioner explained that the new ordinance has been “in the works” for a while and that it both clarifies and adds to the existing ordinance.

The new ordinance, he said, imposes a strict five-bag trash limit for residential customers.

Added Herbert, “The five-bag limit has always kind of been a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ in regards to the current ordinance.”

He continued, “I’ve seen people in the county set their trash on the curb with the trash of relatives in the city. There have been times, you’ll drive by and see 20 bags of trash on the curb.”

Herbert stressed, however, that even with the new, more stringently-enforced five-bag limit, the city would still work with residents on a case-by-case basis.

Other issues addressed in the new trash ordinance, according to Klosterkemper, include new rules regarding brush, limbs and vegetation, and commercial-building pickup.

Klosterkemper predicted that the new commercial-building guidelines would prove the most controversial part of the new rules, but added that commercial owners and residents could potentially money by contracting to private collectors.

Klosterkemper anticipates the new ordinance to be fully implemented by the end of March.

Also upcoming for the Street Department: Electronic Waste Day from 2 to 5 p.m., April 16, at the Decatur County Fairgrounds; a county-wide Paper Shredding Day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., April 27, at offices of the Street Department; and Heavy Waste Pickup Week, April 22 to 26.

Paper Shredding Day, Klosterkemper clarified, is open to all county residents, business or residential; anyone can bring their old documents that day to be shredded.

During Heavy Waste Pickup Week, the city will collect large and heavy trash items not normally accepted on each customer’s regular pickup day.

The mayor also touted the city’s upcoming addition of Radio Read Meters for water and waste water billing of the city’s 4,300 water utility customers.

Murray, who will oversee installation of the new readers, anticipates huge advantages with the new system.

“With this system,” he said, “we’ll be able to read customer water usage remotely. With our current system, we only take usage measurements once every month. If an individual’s system springs a leak on the first day of the new billing cycle, that means they’ll pay for 30 days of leaked, wasted water. With the new system, we’ll be able to detect that leak when it occurs.”

For more information on any of these or other city initiatives, call City Hall at 663-3344.

Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.


Text Only
  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240. April 22 1 to 3 p.m. - Euchre at

    April 19, 2014

  • Hoosiers need to move over for workers GREENSBURG - Hoosiers need to slow down and move over to allow a cushion of space for vehicles stopped on the road's shoulder, particularly on the interstates. National Work Zone Awareness Week was last week and the 17th anniversary of Indiana State

    April 19, 2014

  • Lunch Menus April 21 – April 25 Good Shepherd Christian Academy Monday - Pizza, grape tomatoes, strawberries and cake, milk Tuesday - Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad, ice cream, milk Wednesday - Chicken nuggets, tater tots, green beans, casserole, applesauce, milk Thu

    April 19, 2014

  • Graduation rates high GREENSBURG -- Greensburg and South Decatur High schools had among the best graduation rates in the state last year. North Decatur High School ranked near the middle, but still above the state average. Greensburg reported a graduation rate of 99.3 per

    April 19, 2014

  • nws-gb041914-pig virus photo Pig virus taking toll GREENSBURG -- When Decatur County farmer Jeff Smiley ducked into the nursery barn, about two dozen piglets rushed into a corner of their pen, their pinkish hides bouncing into one another like a porcine version of bumper cars. The piglet's round nose

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb041914-santee fire station - pic1 (please place on pg1) Clarksburg Vol. Fire Department breaks ground on Station 2 CLARKSBURG -- In 2012, members of the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) Board of Directors proposed building a new Firehouse to service the Lake Santee Community. CVFD Board President Wayne Geiss recalls that construction of a separate Fire

    April 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • A pedicure that cured all my pet peeves Since I was a young person, I always had some pets around. Most of these have been dogs, hunting dogs in particular. And I loved my pets. In getting older, I discovered that having a pet dog around is a lot of work. More work than I care to do in lig

    April 19, 2014

  • Church Briefs Liberty Baptist Church Sunday, April 20 - Resurrection Sunday Liberty Baptist Church will have Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. in the Sanctuary, with the women doing the program. Following the Sunrise service the men of the congregation will serve Easter B

    April 19, 2014

  • Cards RHP Kelly on DL WASHINGTON -- St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly has been put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The Cardinals also optioned righty reliever Keith Butler to Triple-A Memphis and recalled rookie right-handers Eric Forn

    April 18, 2014

  • nws-gb041814-ymca flat rock - pic2 Local retreat mostly unknown around Decatur County ST. PAUL -- Out in the northwest corner of Decatur County lies a place that's largely unknown within the county itself. Oddly enough, this hideaway of natural splendor is anything but secret to the rest of the world. From Spain and Hong Kong they com

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos