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We may be stuck with JCIDC for another year, at least with dumbo damon's drop in the bucket. But with Cash leaving the do-nothing board on Dec 31, let's hope either Commissioner Little or Shafer take their responsibility to the taxpayers seriously and let us know what rat holes the GO8 are pouring our money down and let's hope for some truth on Hadley's "leads", both the "hot" ones and the ones that need 32 foot ceilings.
As to the 30 plus that need Interstate connections, why doesn't Austin and Scottsburg attract businesses? Just read where Scott county is one of the lowest income counties in the state and just took another dip. Perhaps Nathan could prepare a pie chart to explain these exceptions to his Interstate explanation for his total failure at anything related to economic development.


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Agenda for this coming Tuesday at 5:30P County Commissioners meeting has been posted. As expected, JCIDC will be back about their contract. At that time I assume we find out their stance on the two items the Commissioners wanted in an Addendum which was shared here on the Forum.

Commissioners will also have an executive session following the public meeting for three different items. Implementation of Security Systems, perspective employees and..... "the purchase or lease of real property by the governing body up to the time a contract or option to purchase or lease is executed by the parties."


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As someone with considerable experience in site location searches for large companies, I understand the controversy relative to secrecy, both pro and con:
Many companies do not want to be pestered by land speculators, realtors and attorneys wanting to get a piece of the cake.
Some companies are just searching looking for a free lunch, or using it as a hammer to get concessions from the politicians at their present location. (Give us abatements etc, or we may be forced to relocate)
Some scam artists want secrecy knowing that an anxious or naive economic development director or board may give away the store and don't want a nosey public exposing them. ( Green Energy Solutions)
Major companies have their own or professional search organizations and don't bother with local governments. They already have a set of criteria including geographic area, etc. Does anyone believe a Toyota would bother with local officials rather than first going directly to the Governor's office?
Others, again usually scam artists or dreamers, want their name thrown out looking for fish and competition, or just to satisfy their egos.
All of that being said, does anyone really believe over 40 viable companies considered Jefferson County this year (and a like amount last year and previous years dating back decades?). Did 40 companies even relocate to Indiana? I think not.
As to our JCIDC, recall that Mr. Kennon stated EDP had been "kept in the dark" by Corey Murphy, and if we taxpayers by way of our councils and commissioners would give "the industry group one more chance" they would be more open and earn our trust. He also said the board of directors would be involved in all actions and know what the director was doing. That was two years ago.
Now Mr. Hadley is claiming that even he does not know who the "potential" lookers are because IEDC uses codes to identify them. Well, if that's the case, then by releasing the "leads" to the public, there is no way we could identify them, so the secret is kept! Let us see the requirement for 32 foot ceilings (a year ago it was 28 foot ceilings).
Finally, in Jan of this year, at the JCIDC annual meeting, I asked how many of the leads were viable, how many actually located in Indiana, etc. Mr. Hadley said he did not know but would get the information. He never did. Someone asked the same question at the latest public session. Still no answer.
So, if Mr. Hadley won't answer and IEDC does not identify the companies, and if the board has been involved in all of Mr. Hadley's actions as promised in exchange for $150,000, then I call on Mayor Welch or Commissioner Cash to share with the public the documents from IEDC listing the lead's requirements, etc.


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I attended the Jefferson County Library Board meeting Thursday afternoon. Some of what was discussed.

Library Director Brent Stokesberry brought up continuing HVAC problems, aged roof, 50 year old elevator and other repair needed for the Library. Estimated around $100,000 total. Discussed going to County Commissioners and asking for funds from the Riverboat Historic Preservation Fund. He also discussed applying for funds to upgrade some the IT infrastructure from state.

Board member Barbara McKinney brought up two options to bring in contributions to the Library. One was a public reach out and media campaign tied to the current fund at the Community Foundation. Thinking was this could bring in money quickly. The other option was to form their own foundation. Decision to come in January.

Friends of Library discussed using Annex for their book sale. Would allow them to hold it more often during the year.

No other major business was done before the Board. No one spoke from the public although several were there. The Board adjourned the public meeting and went into executive session to discuss a personnel matter with Board Attorney Wil Goering joining them.


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The job for madison school treasure that was posted on their site is for the treasure now, going on maternity leave. But here is the real kicker--she can not do the job that the person before her did!!!! She needs help-- that's why temporary could turn in to full time! It's just more money again for administration and less for the students again. Correct me if i'm wrong, but is that 4 extra full time positions in the administration building since the super has been here, with less teachers and drivers. But no help, less pay, hours cut, no insurance for us. We are just do our job because it is what is best for the students, I wish they would live by their own words! Now for the parents, that we give and try our up most best for to care for your children. YOU need to pay attention to the the school board and be a VOICE for your child. Speak at meetings, call the school members, and please vote, it does matter!!!!

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I want to thank Tami for her kind words. I hope the small donation to the Jefferson County Children's Fund is just the start of others doing the same.

And Warren, thank you for mentioning me. I'm glad that my efforts helped put into motion a good outcome.


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How do you overcharge 25,000.00 ? Is anyone doing the books over there at JCIDC ? And then, how does anyone suggest letting it play out til next year when it hasn't even been decided to fund them next year ? Thank you Larry Wynn. You will be missed.

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I recently watched for the first time Lee Ann Imel's ramblings on the justification of Bolinger. It appeared to me that she was trying to justify an incorrect decision. She really didn't do a very good job. There were many flaws in what she said. Perhaps more on that in other posts later. The slams that she took toward past and present teachers are reprehensible. She needs to make a public apology for her misguided remarks. If I remember correctly, she commented in a questionaire when she was running for the position that she was concerned about teacher morale. What a wonderful way of showing her concern. If she can't stand the heat then she needs to get out of the frying pan and resign.

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I just received an update on the Jefferson County Children's Fund Holiday campaign drive. Bill Barnes reported on behalf of the Community Foundation. Special thanks to those who have already contributed to help all area kids afford to play & participate in healthy community, school & family activities & sports. Donations have already exceeded 8 thousand including a donation from an election campaign.

For those candidates with funds remaining in their election accounts please consider doing what Larry Henry has done. Larry donated the balance of his unused campaign dollars to the Jefferson County Children's Fund. The Foundation has dedicated funds that benefit certain causes like the Children's Fund but also has unspecified funds which can be used for any worthy community project. Hopefully, if not the Children's Fund perhaps you can find another worthy cause to which to give.

Keep up the great job & generous spirit.


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