the BEACON Newspaper, Indiana beaconwebapr2018 BEACON PUBLISHED MONTHLY SINCE 1994 Proposed Rate Re-establishment- Minimal Impact INSIDE The BEACON Dearborn County Commissioners discussed the re- establishment of the original rate of the Cumulative Capital Development Fund during the Feb. 20 meeting. The Cumu- lative Capital Development fund was established in 1993 and was funded at the rate of .0333% per $100,000 of a property’s assessed valuation. As mandated by the State, the Cumulative Capital De- velopment Fund rate decreases each year unless the rate is re-established by the Commissioners. Over the past decade, the decreasing funds were subsidized by riverboat gaming funds rather than by the re-establishment of the original rate. However, as many residents are aware, the riverboat gaming funds received by Dearborn County have been declining. The Cumulative Capital Development Fund was es- tablished for the construction, repair, and remodeling of courthouses; construction, repair, remodeling, enlarging, and equipping the county jail or detention center; maintain- ing public buildings; acquiring land for public construction; demolishing of improvements for construction of public buildings; acquiring land for right-of-ways; constructing public ways, sidewalks; acquiring land for sewers; purchas- ing utilities; purchasing land for use by utilities; purchasing land for parks; purchasing vehicles for police or fire depart- ments; retiring bond obligation; purchasing or leasing Continued on page 3A Lawrenceburg Invests in The Future Mardi gras a Huge Success An evening of fun was had by all at the Mardi Gras Ball benefitting the Children’s Advocacy Cen- ter of Southeast Indiana. Page 3A The South Dearborn High School Football team filled emergency sand bags for property owners to use to protect entry ways. Metamora Yellow Bank Trailhead Metamora Trailhead Brookville Whitewater Canal Trail US 52 Open Planned Parking/Access Tecumseh Landing Exploring New Trails A nonprofit group in Frank- lin County has developed new hiking/biking trails throughout the area. More trails are planned for the future. Page 7A The Flood of 2018 As the Ohio River crested at 61’, volunteers pitched in to help those who were affected. Fire fighters from Aurora, Moores Hill, Dillsboro, and Manchester worked tirelessly pump- ing water and shovelling sludge. Emergency management, Commis- sioners, and police worked hand- in-hand to keep residents safe from flooded roads and hazardous areas. Jason Sullivan, Roger Fehling, and Commissioner Shane McHenry discuss the status of flood issues in the county. ational ational Geographic Geographic Eating Healthy A Harrison mom uses a recreational sport for pro- viding healthy food for her family. Page 7B April 2018 High waters flooded buildings and closed roads throughout the area. Aurora firemen Bob Brunner, Jason Rogers, and Brian Gibbs were joined by Lee Bruce from Moores Hill Fire Dept. to assist with flood control. The City of Lawrenceburg is dedicat- ed to growing Downtown Lawrence- burg and is willing to put their money where their mouth is. A new program called the Lawrenceburg Redevelop- ment Commission (LDC) Investment Program has been put into place ac- cording to Lawrenceburg’s Redevelop- ment Director, Bryan Messmore. The goal of the program is to devel- op the downtown area so that private entities will be able to support the area independently. The LRC Investment Plan standardizes the grant program process and streamlines the require- ments that are being administered by Lawrenceburg Main Street. The LRC Investment Program con- sists of seven categories- five are busi- ness oriented, and two are designed for residents. The paint and façade program for commercial and mixed-use properties in Downtown Lawrenceburg is for exterior projects such as painting, pres- suring washing of exteriors that are not paintable, door and window replace- ment, roofs, gutters, and façade resto- ration. Funding for qualifying projects is a $2 match for every $1 invested by the property owner. The second LRC Investment Pro- gram is for signs and awnings. Eligible projects include new or refurbished signs and awnings. An owner must Continued on page 3A Perseverance, Faith, and Hope are a Way of Life By Susan Ray While traveling through much of Indiana, hundreds of acres of tall corn and thick soybeans can be seen, inter- rupted only occasionally by a picturesque white house or bright red barn in the distance. But what isn’t so easy to detect while driving along the highway or over a county road is the perseverance, the research, and the hope that are as integral to every successful crop as sun and rain and soil. In 2017, this region yielded almost 160 bushels of corn, and about 50 bushels of soybeans per acre, mostly through the year-round commitment of family farmers. Franklin County residents Philip and Susann Wendel grow mainly corn and soybeans on their family farm, in addition to oper- ating an agritourism enterprise. Mrs. Wendel explains why she believes that farmers are optimists, “They have to be because even if you have a terrible year, the farmer always says next year is bound to be better. We’re optimistic be- cause it’s like someone taking the money that they make in a year’s time and putting it in the ground and hoping it will grow - and that’s exactly what we do … a lot of farmers Philp and Susann Wendel are glad to share their love of and respect for farming. have a good faith. You have to.” Mr. Wendel agrees, saying, “It’s like you plant this thing that looks like dead seed out there. So we have the seed, the equipment, then we worry about whether it’s an inch and a half deep or two-inches deep … did your press Continued on page 4A THE BEACON Over 21,000 readers and growing! Serving Dearborn, Ripley, Franklin and Ohio Counties in Indiana and to nearby Ohio commu ѥ̸)=UHYIQ%MILIe=UH9%! =ILM!=@1= 09Q10Q!4e=TM\Q!%HL%8Q!  =8