Delaware County Hires Firm To Explore Jail Funding

Delaware County is hiring an Indianapolis law firm to look into financing options for building a jail. The State Jail Inspector says currently, the lockup, on the second floor of the Delaware County Justice Center, isn’t up to standards. Frequently the jail runs over its maximum 200 inmate capacity. Coupled with understaffing there are concerns it could lead to an incident in the jail.

Local Food Bank Beneficiary Of Philanthopy Group

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana is one of the charitable groups chosen as beneficiaries of the Gene B. Glick Company. It’s awarded more than $300,000 to 50 organizations across eight states that are working to end food insecurity through Glick Philanthropies, a family of charitable entities, funds and initiatives focused on building community and creating opportunity.

Training Session Monday For Big Pitch

Monday is the first training camp for the Innovation Connector of Muncie’s fourth annual BIG Idea Pitch competition for local entrepreneurs and innovators to “pitch” their business, business concepts, product or invention to a panel of judges from the business and investment community. There are many very creative and interesting concepts from people in our region, and this competition will showcase those ideas and offer what it takes to advance them. They’re hearing from Krystal Geyer, Assistant Director for Ball State University’s Entrpreneurship Center.

Bill Growing For Asbestos Removal In Mad Co Gov’t Center

The bill for removing asbestos from the Madison County government office building is getting bigger.
The cost for the work had been estimated at $2 million. But county administrator Dan Dykes says that projection is now $3.5 million.
The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin reports that estimate includes the asbestos removal, new fireproofing, moving and storage for county offices, new ceiling tiles, paint and carpeting. That total doesn’t include the $420,000 cost to lease space to house county offices for seven months so the work can be completed. County council members are expected to vote Nov. 14 on a plan to borrow the $3.5 million and repay it with county income tax revenues.

Latest On The MadJax Lawsuit

The city of Muncie has filed its first argument against a local man’s lawsuit to stop the city’s plan to loan $4.5 million for a near downtown makers hub. The city argued in a recent court filing that Thomas Bracken’s lawsuit is premature and fails to adequately state its claims, among other criticisms.

$300K For MCS Emergency Manager

The state’s Distressed Unit Appeal Board expects to pay $300,000 for the emergency manager it installed at Muncie Community Schools. Administrator Assistance, a West Central Indiana consulting firm of retired Hoosier school superintendents and financial officers, has been on the job at MCS since being named emergency manager in June.

Conflict Of Interest Claim Closed

A complaint of conflict of interest has been closed by the Madison County Prosecutor’s office. The complaint filed by Anderson Councilman Ollie Dixon against fellow Councilman Lance Stephenson was dismissed after the prosecutor found that Stephenson was not receiving any monetary benefit from a remodeling job at the water pollution control department.

Anderson Couple Walks Appalachian Trail

Indiana’s running behind expectations for this year’s budget. The state missed its tax collection target for September by 66-million dollars. The shortfall’s almost entirely in corporate taxes — the State Budget Agency says refunds are running higher. The state took in 107-million less in the first quarter than what the state budget anticipates.