INDOT files suit over land dispute

The Indiana Department of Transportation has sued 3M Corporation in Hartford City for land along State Road 26.  INDOT officials want the land to widen the highway in the area, and 3M rejected an offer of $18,500 for the parcel.  The Blackford County Commissioners and Hartford Equipment and Salvage have also been named in the suit as parties that might be interested in the land.

Courthouse focus of meeting

The Randolph County Commissioners and County Council hold a joint meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday.  The boards will discuss what to do about the aging Randolph County Courthouse.  The previous commissioners board voted in 2005 to tear down the old courthouse and build a new one on the same spot.  The commissioners then rescinded the decision after a huge outcry in the community.

Future bright for call center

The Family and Social Services Administration call center planned for a former Marion middle school could be up and running by fall.  The Marion School Board could vote on a lease agreement next week.  250 people will be employed at the center.

Education a priority

Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold held his State of the City address at the Meshingomesia Country Club Thursday.  He says the city needs to raise the bar for education as it has for economic development.

Hoping to hammer out agreement

The new chairman of the Marion City Council’s ordinance committee says he plans to meet with opponents of a property maintenance ordinance to work out a compromise on the proposal.  Del Garcia says he wants feedback on the plan.  Opponents of the ordinance have repeatedly claim that the council wouldn’t listen to them.