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State considers doubling juror pay

Local judge says boost ‘a long time coming’  Wayne County jurors who spend eight hours listening to testimony and weighing evidence receive pay equivalent to $5 per hour. It’s the same all across Indiana, but it could soon change. House Bill 1466 would double compensation for those called among a jury pool and for those […]

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Council approves Sugar Creek tax abatements

Plant to install new equipment, enclose areas Wayne County Council unanimously approved personal property and real estate tax abatements for Sugar Creek Packing Co. during its March 1 meeting. The tax abatement committee last month had considered the abatements for equipment and building expansions and recommended approval. “Thank you for being such good partners in […]

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Dublin identifies water infrastructure, streets as HELP priorities

Council receives preliminary engineering plan for comprehensive water utility project Joan Casey said she attended Dublin’s Hoosier Enduring Legacy Program public meeting to listen and learn. She learned that water infrastructure, housing, streets and sidewalks are priorities for the 11 people, including town council members and town employees, participating in the Feb. 28 session. “I […]

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County urgently addresses issues identified in state audit

Consultant contracted to assist auditor’s office An Indiana State Board of Accounts audit identified issues that Wayne County is scrambling to correct. Auditor Mark Hoelscher received the necessary approvals from Wayne County Council and commissioners March 1 to hire Hartman and Williams, a Bloomfield-based governmental accounting consultant. Hoelscher told commissioners Hartman and Williams would have […]

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$411,000 opioid settlement money addresses missing element

Commissioners support programs that will provide transitional housing Wayne County lacks transitional housing for those recovering from addiction. The county’s $411,000 initial share of a national opioid settlement presented an opportunity to help fill that void. It’s an opportunity the county commissioners took. “The seven organizations that were awarded opioid settlement money are addressing an […]

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HELP group begins hearing residents’ ideas

Meetings remain for input into how ARPA dollars spent Sidewalks, streetlights and playgrounds. Residents have requested those amenities during the first three of seven public input meetings for Wayne County’s Hoosier Enduring Legacy Program participation. HELP assists with planning for projects that spend American Rescue Plan Act dollars. Each participating Wayne County community has a […]