Helping the victims
It seemed a fair question to ask: What specific additional steps is the Center Township Trustee’s office taking to help the mostly low-income victims of last week’s flooding?
After all, Center Township Trustee Jean Lushin is sitting on one of the largest surpluses held by any government unit in the state, when one compares the surplus to what the unit spends each year.
As of Dec. 31, 2012, Lushin had $7.4 million in reserves, a 17 percent jump from two years prior. Lushin spent about $642,000 last year running the office, and distributed about $828,000 in poverty relief.
We put in a request Tuesday to speak to Lushin about what he’s doing for the flood victims. Other than two conversations with Lushin’s daughter, Dawn Manfredi, who works at the trustee’s office, we’ve heard nothing back. Manfredi, who wanted to know what questions we had, said she was thinking about preparing a written list of things the office is doing.
Is it public or not?
This past week the Kokomo/Howard County Convention & Visitors Bureau began discussing the development of a new strategic plan.
The CVB board hired Teresa Anderson to help with the development. During the Tuesday board meeting, Anderson said there were two public sessions scheduled, at 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday. She said there would also be an online survey.
Michelle Martin said board members don’t normally attend the public sessions so people can speak freely about the organization.
Anderson said the meeting allowed stakeholders to have input on the development of the strategic plan.
When asked if the two sessions were open to the public, it turned out attendance was by invitation only to local businesses involved in the tourism industry.
Kim Morgan, operations manager for the CVB, said there were 25 people invited to attend each meeting.
Martin said the sessions were to promote tourism business and involved stakeholders serving on the Tourism Council.
“People aren’t interested and don’t know what we do,” Martin said of the CVB, which is funded through the 5 percent innkeeper’s tax.
Last year the tax generated $556,000 for use by the CVB.
“We’re having a public session, but not inviting the public,” board member Kirk Daniels said, apparently unimpressed.
No one from the public will be turned away, Morgan said Friday.
Every vote counts
It’s interesting to note the influence mayoral appointee Kurt Reed has had on the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Board, considering the two split votes he’s taken part in.
Reed, a firefighter, took over from Lance Rice, who wasn’t reappointed in December. Rice has since been charged with impersonating an excise police officer in connection with an incident which happened while he was on the liquor board.
Rice made no secret of the fact he was interested in shutting down businesses owned by Dan Dumoulin II. But Rice’s replacement, Reed, has now voted twice to renew liquor licenses at Dumoulin businesses. In both of those votes, for strip clubs Little Daddy’s and Big Daddy’s, the local board has split 2-2 after hearing from local remonstrators. Rice’s likely vote would have meant a denial of both renewal applications, and considerable additional trouble and expense for Dumoulin.
Helping the victims
- Local News
- Russiaville Summer Fest starts Friday RUSSIAVILLE — You think you can knock a baseball out of the park? There's a contest for that. If you love to sing, there's an activity for that. If you're afraid to sing but know the words to your favorite song, there's an activity for that, too. The
- July 2014 has been the coldest on record Veteran Indiana residents are familiar with the old adage as it pertains to weather: "Hang out, it's sure to change." And, change it has. Just 24 months removed from the hottest July on record in 2012, the National Weather Service announced late Thur
- Trial dates moved in Wagoner clinic drug case Trial dates for seven of the eight people charged in the Wagoner Clinic prescription drug case have been moved to Oct. 3. Several of the suspects including Marilyn Wagoner, the wife of Donald Wagoner, the former head of the clinics, were set to stand
- One injured in motorcycle crash A 50-year-old man suffered chest injuries when he crashed his motorcycle at Washington and Lafountain streets Wednesday afternoon. A Kokomo Police Department accident report stated Tommie Barger of Kokomo was driving a 1983 Honda 1100 south on Lafoun
- Waterford Place looking to expand More senior living options could be on the way in Kokomo. Waterford Place Health Campus, located in the 800 block of St. Joseph Drive, is looking to expand with 11 new senior duplexes after receiving approval from the Kokomo Plan Commission’s plat co
- BMV offering driver tests in 11 languages INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is now offering drivers tests in 11 languages other than English that are spoken across Indiana. BMV Commissioner Don Snemis said Wednesday the decision was made at the urging of businesses, un
- Kokomo celebrates Tionna Brown's gold medal victories Little boys with pretend gold medals around their necks fought Wednesday to get their pictures taken with a pint-sized superstar who had won three real gold medals for herself. Twelve-year-old Tionna Brown just returned from Texas after competing in
Staffing changes leave Kokomo Fire Department with one rescue truck
A shift in how the Kokomo Fire Department is staffed and responds to calls has some firefighters worried they will not have access to all the equipment they need. City officials, however, maintain there will be no change in the quality of service pro
- Kokomo Police officers reach out to public Tuesday Kokomo police will be out in full force Tuesday in area neighborhoods. In addition to their regular patrols, officers will be out getting to know residents and the issues they may have as part of National Night Out, a crime prevention event. National
- Feds cite Indiana Medicaid fraud unit over notices INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency found that the Indiana attorney general's office didn't give proper notice in nearly a quarter of the Medicaid fraud cases it helped prosecute in recent years. A report from the Department of Health and Human Serv
- More Local News Headlines