First Legislative Session Breakfast shows bipartisanship attitude

A bipartisanship attitude was on display at Saturday’s first legislative breakfast in Jasper as State Senator Lindell Hume, Democrat from Princeton and State Representative for District 74 Lloyd Arnold, a Republican from Leavenworth, shared the spotlight for about an hour. Not lost on the attendees was the fact that Hume is the long-term statesman with…

LTTE: What about Economic Development Income Tax funds?

“What to do about Economic Development Income Tax (EDIT) funds?” is the question many are asking themselves. This discussion is occurring with 2013 budget discussions under way among our elected officials. Now that the electorate is starting to realize the scope of what an EDIT is being used for, many disagree with those uses. People are frustrated as they have seen…

County Council votes to reconsider I-67 money

On Monday the Dubois County Council voted to reconsider the petition by OFS CEO Hank Menke for $25,000 to help fund feasibility studies to support the I-67 initiative. At the end of the meeting agenda, Councilwoman Barb Mathies (D) told the council she had investigated the proposed I-67 initiative and its impact on the county….

$200 billion available for public-private partnerships like I-67 proposal

The I-67 Board met Tuesday morning to discuss progress made towards the feasibility study. INDOT Commissioner Mike Cline was in attendance with local county commissioners, business leaders from Dubois, Daviess and Spencer Counties, Owensboro leaders. The presentation discussed safety, economic and traffic counts concerning U.S. 231 and the proposed I-67 connection to I-69. Hank Menke,…

County Council declines to invest in studies for I-67

On Feb 27 the County Council voted against providing the I-67 group with funds for the feasibility studies that must be done before moving forward with any plans for the highway connection. The vote was 4 to 2 against with Council President Greg Kendall withholding a vote in case of a tie. County Democrats Bonnie…

County Council passes property tax abatement, discusses I-67, bridge repair, and disc golf

The first meeting of the year for the Dubois County council was long – over 2 hours and several important issues were handled. The first order of business for 2012 was to vote on officers for the council. Greg Kendall was nominated for President; Jerry Hunefeld – who was not in attendance – was nominated…

I-67 Development Corporation formed and officers elected

There was a meeting in Huntingburg Thursday morning hosted by Hank Menke on the topic of I-67. Menke reports that a not-for-profit corporation was set up called I-67 Development Corporation and the elected officers include Menke as President, Eric Schue as Treasurer, and Travis McQueen as Secretary. The board met to approve the $200,000 for…

Letter to the Editor; I-67 important to economic growth in Dubois County

Recently,  the subject of a new Interstate in Dubois County has arisen. While running for Jasper City Council I had heard about this while on the campaign trail, and did my own research into the subject. We need to understand, as a county, that if we truly want economic growth and to entice our kids…

County Council meeting working on tax abatements and I-67

The Dubois County Council and Commissioners met in a joint meeting on Monday to discuss the county-wide tax abatement. The council is considering adopting the same abatement schedule that the City of Jasper passed in October. The county council was interested in the property tax abatement but due to the expressed concern of the County…