IS IT TRUE JANUARY 31, 2018

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that a public hearing was held recently to discuss the possibility of increasing Vanderburgh County/Evansville water rates?  …this fact-finding meeting was held at Bosse High School?  …this public hearing was hosted by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in order to discuss future increases of water and sewer rates the city is planning?  …just in case you missed the meeting you can send your questions to the office of utility consumer counselor via their website?  …we are puzzled why we didn’t receive any advance notice of this public hearing from anyone with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission or the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Department?IS IT TRUE despite the obvious attempt to discourage any of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Department rates payers to attend this hearing sponsored by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission a good crowd of people attended this event and voiced their opposition to the proposed water and sewer rate increases?IS IT TRUE over the years we have made numerous reference that the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Board was not only known for their political patronage activities but was also used as a funding source to help the City of Evansville in their occasional financial cash flow problems?  … it’s safe to say that over the last several years the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Board give the City of Evansville many millions of dollars in cash advances to help the city with cash shortfalls? IS IT TRUE that the cost of complacency is about to come crashing down on the customers of the City of Evansville Water and Sewer Utility?…long needed replacements of old cast iron water pipes is finally underway and the cost of the project is staggering?…the latest estimate for replacing just 1.5% of the pipes that need replacing will increase the price of the average water bill in Evansville’s service area by $412 per year per customer?…that works out to just under $40 per month to replace just 1.5% of the pipes?…that if we could just do that 66 more times all the pipes would be replaced and we may be good for another century?IS IT TRUE if you multiply that $412 per year by 66 the result is $27,720 or an increase in water bill of $2,310 per month?…if we were going to bring our infrastructure up to date in the next three years and if the cost for each foot of pipe replaced is the same then come the summer of 2022 the average water bill in the service area will be about $2,400 per month or $28,800 per year excluding taxes?…this is almost the entire earnings for the average Evansville household?…this doesn’t even include the BILLION DOLLAR SEWER REPAIR that is mandated by the EPA because a half-century of Evansville Mayors was content to spew raw sewage into the streets and the Ohio River?…it is entirely feasible to conclude that with the needed repairs to the water pipes, sewers, roads, sidewalks, plus the highest electricity in the state hat your average household in Evansville will not have a red cent available to live in the future?IS IT TRUE this situation may well impoverish the region so badly that digital infrastructure like Gbps internet service and 5G communications will never be implemented because the market can’t support the cost?…the responsibility for this lies firmly with the leadership of the City of Evansville during at least the last 60 years if not further? …time and time again, Evansville, has squandered taxpayer dollars on fun and games  and political “pork barrel” projects while neglecting basic infrastructure?….the game that our litany of Mayors has played has Evansville in a position of overextended finances with no high-value workforce to pay for the cost to bring the place into the modern world?IS IT TRUE that by 2021 when these few miles of water pipes are replaced, the water rates will have increased by 118% in only 5 years?…the new pipes alone are causing a 48% increase in the next 3 years?…if you like that just bend over and prepare for this to happen 66 more times with just the water pipe replacement program?…while the CCO is supportive of and an advocate for these updates, we are very concerned that the people who live in Evansville will be run out of town by the costs associated with doing them?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: DO YOU FEEL THAT OUR “IS IT TRUE” COLUMNS ADD SUBSTANCE TO THE CITY COUNTY OBSERVER?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]last_img read more

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Bernie Worrell ‘Has Rallied A Bit,’ Wife Urges Fans Not To Say He’s Passed

first_img2016 has been a tough year for fans of Bernie Worrell, as his wife Judie notified fans that the legendary Talking Heads/Parliament Funkadelic keyboardist had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Since then, Worrell’s fight with cancer has been an uphill battle, and yesterday, Judie Worrell told fans in the area to visit and say their last goodbyes.While the statement clearly read that Worrell was alive, many fans spread the word of his passing anyway. Today, Judie has some more uplifting news to share about Worrell’s health condition, saying that the funk legend has been able to sit up at the edge of the bed for the first time in days. She also urged fans “NOT to speculate,” for fear of worrying family and loved ones.Read Judie Worrell’s statement below.In addition to our thoughts and prayers for Bernie Worrell and his loved ones, we want to extend our warmest gratitude to Judie Worrell who has been bravely updating all of Worrell’s fans and followers on this situation. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.last_img read more

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Ghost Light Announces Free Brooklyn Bowl Webcast

first_imgGhost Light has made serious waves in 2018. The newly formed project from Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Raina Mullen, Scotty Zwang, and Steve Lyons is a force to be reckoned with, wowing audiences across the country with their next-level improvisations and already-stellar catalog of originals. With less than a year as a band under their belts, Ghost Light impressively sold out most of their inaugural spring tour, based off of word-of-mouth buzz alone. Now on their fall tour, fans are chomping at the bit to get a taste of the new band.Tomorrow night, Ghost Light is hitting New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl. For those unable to make the show, The Relix Channel is offering a free webcast, starting at 8:30 pm ET. Head here for more information.From there, Ghost Light’s tour will head south, stopping at Washington, D.C.’s The Hamilton ahead of shows in Richmond, VA; Raleigh, NC; Charlotte, NC; Charleston, SC; and Atlanta, GA, through to December 1st. Ghost Light will finish out their fall tour in the South, with performances at Nashville, Tennessee’s The Basement East on December 5th; Lexington, Kentucky’s Cosmic Charlie’s on December 6th; Cleveland, OH’s Beachland Ballroom on December 7th; and Ferndale, MI’s Otus Supply on December 8th. To round out their announced plans for 2018, Ghost Light will play the highly anticipated Holidaze, before a two-night run at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads on December 27th and 28th. Ghost Light will ring in the new year in support of The Disco Biscuits on December 31st, at Philadelphia’s Fillmore. For a full list of upcoming tour heads, head to the band’s official website.last_img read more

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State officials look for help from hunters to monitor deer

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Hunters can help monitor the deer populations in northwest and northeast Indiana for chronic wasting disease (CWD) by voluntarily submitting harvested deer to the DNR for testing during the 2018-2019 deer hunting season.The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has established a CWD core surveillance area in Newton County and Lake County south of State Road 2. In those areas, the DNR hopes to sample as many hunter-harvested deer as possible from Sept. 29-Dec. 23, 2018.CWD enhanced surveillance areas have also been identified in Jasper County, Lake County (north of S.R. 2), and LaPorte, Porter, Pulaski, and Starke counties in northwest Indiana, as well as in Steuben County in northeast Indiana.Surveillance involves collecting and testing lymph nodes from the neck of deer harvested by hunters and voluntarily submitted for evaluation.CWD is a serious neurologic disease affecting white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and moose. The fatal disease is transmitted directly through bodily fluids like feces, saliva, blood, or urine or indirectly through environmental contamination of soil, plants, food, or water. CWD is found in free-ranging white-tailed deer in several Midwestern states close to Indiana, including Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. CWD has not been detected in Indiana.In northwest Indiana, DNR will be collecting samples throughout the season with the help of area processors, taxidermists, and businesses. During weekends beginning Sept. 29, biologists will be stationed at Phil’s Truck Stop (3347 S.R. 10, Lake Village, IN 46349) and Jay’s Deer Processing (2651 Clifford Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385) to collect samples for CWD testing.During the week, hunters may submit samples for CWD testing to area Fish & Wildlife Areas, by appointment, during normal business hours. Additionally, partnering processors and taxidermists will be working with DNR to ensure CWD samples are collected for customers wishing to participate in surveillance.In northeast Indiana, DNR biologists will be collecting voluntary samples for CWD testing from deer harvested within Steuben County at Pigeon River FWA (8310 E 300 N, Box 71, Mongo, IN 46771), by appointment, during normal business hours. Additional locations and hours of operation will be available beginning opening weekend of firearms season.For more information, to view an interactive map of sampling locations, or to help, visit the DNR CWD webpage.last_img read more

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