Area Five Head Start is taking applications for their free, developmental preschool for children ages 3-5 from low income families. Children must be 3 by August 1 to be eligible. Applications will be taken April 25 from 9-4 and Friday, May 2 from 9-4 at the Area Five Logansport Head Start Site located off of Chase Road. Parents need to bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization record and proof of income for the previous 12 months. For more information call 574-722-4451 ext 251.
Earlier this week, Governor Mike Pence received word that FEMA has granted his appeal for federal assistance for the severe winter storms that impacted much of the state from January 5-9. The major disaster declaration from FEMA will allow grants to 19 counties. The state can now request assistance for additional counties. Counties granted public assistance include: Boone, Clay, Hendricks, Huntington, Jasper, Kosciusko, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Noble**, Owen*, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Tipton, Vigo, Wabash, White and Whitley**. Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton and Miami Counties were among those denied assistance.
A forum last night at McHale Performing Arts Center addressed a number of issues, including the topic of solar energy, the benefits of public power through municipal utilities and how membership in the Indiana Municipal Power Agency, or IMPA, is working for Hancock County where former LEDF president Skip Kuker now heads up economic development efforts.
Mercedes Brugh, a founding member of the Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy, which organized the forum, talks about what people gained from the presentation.
“It’s important for the people of Logansport and all LMU customers to realize that if we choose to have a private company generating our power that we may, as part of that deal, be giving up some of the benefits that you get from public power and you know what, we’re not getting all the benefits of public power now that we could be getting because we’re not a member of IMPA and IMPA has never been asked for a proposal. So we hope that the Utility Service Board will shop around and not just take whatever deal is presented to them.”
Meanwhile, the Logansport City Council and LMU Utility Service Board meet in executive session today, to discuss strategy with respect to pending litigation, the purchase or lease of real property, and for interviews and negotiations with an industrial prospect.
During a city council committee meeting last night, Mayor Ted Franklin told the council that a number of items will be coming that have been identified by the State Board of Accounts in the annual audit that’s been underway for the last couple of weeks. That includes asking them to reapprove the spending of more than a million dollars for expenses the mayor says are related to the power plant project but will be repaid to the city upon successful negotiations with a vendor to undertake the project. Franklin says the State Board of accounts is asking for more information than they have in the past, and wants a resolution from the council and utility service board approving not only the appropriation of the money but the way it was spent.
Another item the mayor is asking the city council to look at, possibly in June, is moving $850,000 from the 2013 budget to the rainy day fund, where he says it can’t be scrutinized by the Department of Local Government Finance or any state agency. He told the council he currently has no plans for the money but that after the executive session, they may see why it’s starting to surface.
The Utility Service Board meets Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The city council meets at 5 p.m Monday, May 5.
The Cass County Commissioners discussed compliance with some requests from the State Board of Accounts during their meeting Monday night. They say there are issues with reports that need to be filed monthly, according to commissioners Dave Arnold and Jim Sailors.
"We are, by the Indiana state code, we are supposed to get a report every month. and it’s supposed to be a signed one," Arnold said Tuesday on Talk of the Town. “The auditor gets the copies she gives the commissioners a copy, and what that does, it tells us how much we have in the bank, and they need to balance with the bank and balance with the auditor’s report and do all of the above, and right now it’s not doing it."
“We have reports but the reports don’t balance and it’s a bookkeeping thing,” Sailors said.
“I made the motion that we give full support to the State Board of Accounts because that’s who are actually doing the audit right now for the complete county,” Arnold said.
Units of government are audited annually by the State Board of Accounts and the entities must respond to deficiencies that are identified in the audit.
The numbers have been totaled following the annual Earth Day Plastic Bag contest for the area elementary schools, sponsored by the Cass County Solid Waste Management District. Director Bob Ehle Jr. says they were overwhelmed with the response from the contest, which took place over a two week period. He says a number of schools decided to only use a week of that, because of the volume they were receiving.
Overall, 2,475 pounds small, plastic bags were collected for recycling, up more than 700 pounds from last year.
The contest was structured so that there would be a winning grade level in each building. The grade in each building with the most bags, by weight, receives recognition on a plaque, provided by the Solid Waste District, and also an additional recess from the school.
Southeastern Schools will hold a second chance Kindergarten Roundup event tonight (4/21/14) for those who missed the first one earlier this month. Children must be 5 by August 1 to attend kindergarten in the fall. Bring your child and their birth certificate and immunization records to the Thompson Elementary library tonight between 6 and 8 p.m. You should allow half an hour for the Kindergarten Roundup Process. Schools have reported low turnout for kindergarten roundup this year -- roundup allows schools to plan for the number of incoming students they’ll see in the fall, and also includes kindergarten readiness screenings that can provide additional assistance for incoming kindergarteners.
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held this week in memory of Kathy Dingo, celebrating what would have been her 65th birthday. It’s set for 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Mike Anderson Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, located at 417 S. Third Street in Logansport. Donors are asked to call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule your blood donation appointment.