The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

February 18, 2014

Zoning board still getting on ground

Daviess County officials are still working through the details on the development of area zoning maps and the operations of the new zoning law. The zoning maps went into effect Jan. 1, and the laws concerning construction throughout the county are now being enforced. Still the county is feeling its way through the changes.

Among the officials trying to figure it out is the county council which is providing the funding. At its last meeting the council approved $12,000 for work to be done by the area plan director for the first six months of the year. The county is utilizing the Washington building commissioner as a plan director and starting point for people looking to build.

“We don’t know exactly how many hours he will be spending working on county issues,” said County Attorney Grant Swartzentruber. “This is just an estimate. They are keeping track of the time spent and if there is a need for more money we may have to adjust it later in the year.”

“As far as cost and operations we are feeling our way along,” added County Council President Jo Arthur. “Everyone understands there is a need for flexibility.”

The area plan advisory commission spent two years and held many public hearings before the new ordinances went into effect. They are still fine tuning some of additional elements. The A.P.C. is currently considering some adjustments along the Bennington Levee that are designed to protect it from construction projects.

While government officials are getting a feel for the operations the community is also beginning to realize there is one more layer of paperwork that has to be cleared before construction can be done. “We’ve had a few complaints now that it is in place,” said Swartzentruber. “We had an impromptu meeting with several contractors who were upset about it. We talked with them and once they understood it they seemed to be okay.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Wednesday's police report CITY REPORT Tuesday 1:41 p.m. - An employee of Chuckle's, 201 N.E. Fifth St., reported a drive-off worth $10 in gas by a driver in a white Ford Ranger truck. 10:51 a.m. - Jordan Taylor reported an MP3 player stolen from his car while parked at 100 Ch

    April 16, 2014

  • SwearinPolice New police officer, fireman sworn in at meeting During a swearing in ceremony Monday evening prior to the start of the Washington City Council meeting Mayor Joe Wellman welcomed Steve Ford to the fire department and Nicholas Durnil to the police department. Ford, 23, is a native of Covington, Ind

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Moose.jpg Moose gets visit from Supreme Governor Last week local members of the Moose were treated to a special visit by Moose International Chief Presiding Officer, Supreme Governor Joseph R. Koons at Moose Family Center 1080. "This was a rare opportunity for the community to meet with Supreme G

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Daviess County hires help for human resource issues The Daviess County Commissioners have approved several contracts including one to bring some professional expertise to human resource issues. The commissioners agreed to a contract with the consulting firm Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele and Associates to p

    April 16, 2014

  • Council to hire 2 part-time employees LOOGOOTEE - The Loogootee City Council agreed Monday night to hire two part-time employees for the Public Works Department. One employee, who would earn $10 per hour, would work for 15 weeks, beginning May 5. Public Works Superintendent Bo Wilson sai

    April 16, 2014

  • Area Briefs Good Friday Closings The following are area closings for Good Friday: PACE Community Action Agency will be closed. City of Washington offices will be closed. There will be no trash pickup, and the city bus will not run. Residents with trash pick up o

    April 16, 2014

  • eastercapture.JPG The Easter Story

    A special section published by the Washington Times Herald celebrating Easter with local church services.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 5K fun run at Crane The first annual "Running for our Future" 5K walk/run is scheduled for May 17 at the WestGate@Crane Technology Park. The race is a perfect opportunity to visit the technology park, see the WestGate Academy Conferencing and Training Center, and networ

    April 15, 2014

  • SPT-WT-041514-KNEPP HITTING PIC Vikings drop two games at Barr-Reeve Tournament MONTGOMERY -- The Barr-Reeve girls softball team lost two games Saturday in the Barr-Reeve Tournament with a 4-2 loss in the first game to Clay City and in the final game of the day the Vikings lost to 6-1 to North Posey. The Vikings got a run in the

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Tuesday's police report CITY REPORT Monday 9:57 a.m. - An employee of Family Dollar, 305 E. Nat'l Hwy., reported a female shoplifter. The female left the store before officers could arrive. 1:53 a.m. - Tonya Glenn, 825 Greenwood St., reported a breaking-and-entering. A cell

    April 15, 2014