News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

February 20, 2013

Otter Creek, Nevins township fire departments exploring merger

TERRE HAUTE — Nevins Township and Otter Creek Township fire departments are proposing to merge and create a new fire protection area to be called the Otter Creek Fire Protection Territory.

A public meeting on the merger is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Nevins Township Firehouse in Fontanet. A second public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 6 at the Sandcut Firehouse.

Tonight’s meeting will focus on property taxes, response times and training for firefighters.

The proposed fire protection territory would have an estimated budget of $770,300 plus an additional $187,873 for its equipment replacement fund, according to an analysis of the proposed fire protection territory from the Indianapolis auditing company Crowe Horwath.

The boundaries of the new fire territory would be the boundaries of Nevins and Otter Creek townships. The estimated property tax rate of the fire territory per $100 assessed valuation is 0.2432, according to Crowe Horwath.

The fire territory would provide nine full-time firefighters on three rotating 24-hour shifts of three firefighters per shift, in addition to volunteer firefighters.

The full-time firefighters are estimated to save 3 to 8 minutes on most responses. The firefighters can immediately start toward a fire instead of waiting for volunteers to respond first to a fire station.

The fire territory would be better able to financially provide for adequate training and safety equipment for firefighters, merger supporters said.

The new department could respond with four engines, a rapid-rescue team and a support vehicle to all structure fires in the territory on a first-alarm response. Additionally, three tankers could respond.

The merger could allow the addition of two new fire stations to replace the existing Otter Creek and Nevins facilities, both of which are too small, energy inefficient and are prone to flooding, organizers said.

James Koch, who owns 800 acres of farm land in Nevins Township, disagrees.

“I have mixed feelings on it. We need a fire department. I don’t think we have the capability to keep one in Nevins Township,” Koch said. “But, a new firehouse in Fontanet is money that is unnecessary. If we merge, there is nothing wrong with the firehouse we have in Fontanet just to store trucks in it.”

Koch said a new fire station in Otter Creek Township is already in the works. “That happens regardless of the [fire protection] territory,” he said.

Koch said he is concerned that a new fire territory would be exempt from property tax levy controls for the first three years. Koch said people can still learn about the proposed territory and ask questions at the public meetings.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or howard.greninger@

tribstar.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
  • Purdue Shooting2.jpg Purdue shooting leaves one person dead

    A Purdue University engineering student opened fire inside a basement classroom Tuesday, killing a teaching assistant and prompting officials to put the campus on lockdown, police and the university said.

    January 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vigo County Jail Log: April 24, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Wednesday and Thursday, based on jail records.

    April 24, 2014

  • Purdue Shooting_Will.jpg THS grad Miller among students in adjacent building when shooting occurs

    Kris Miller and his roommate were in a computer lab of Purdue’s mechanical engineering building Tuesday when they received a call that a shooting had occurred next door.

    January 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bosma Bosma moves gay marriage ban bill to friendlier committee

    Republican House of Representatives Speaker Brian Bosma sent a bill that proposes a constitutional ban on gay marriage to a more conservative-leaning legislature committee Tuesday, because it lacked support on the first committee to which it was assigned.

    January 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • MET012014 snowtracks.jpg We enter the deep freeze again

    If you had to step outside to get your newspaper this morning, you might have noticed it’s painfully cold once again.

    January 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • MET012014busses weir.jpg Levy redirects school funds

    If the new “protected levy” legislation goes into effect later this year, it would mean “a substantial reduction” in revenue for Vigo County School Corp. bus transportation, capital projects and bus replacement funds, according to the district’s chief financial officer.

    January 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • School debt levy redirects funds across Indiana

    School officials and state legislators from around the state are searching for ways to keep the school buses running — and children safe on the streets — pending the loss of millions of dollars for school transportation.
    More than 50 school districts in Indiana stand to lose at least 20 percent of their revenues for transportation, new buses and other big-ticket projects under a new law that requires them to first pay off their debts.

    January 21, 2014

  • MET 012114 DONNELLY BOARD.jpg VIDEO: Sen. Donnelly updates T-S editorial board

    Passage of a long overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed by the end of this month, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said Tuesday.

    January 21, 2014 1 Photo 1 Video

  • Vigo coroner tries again for salary increase

    After being denied last year, Vigo County Coroner Dr. Susan Amos is again seeking to have her county salary increased to match that of several other county office holders.

    January 21, 2014

  • ATV rollover.jpg Teen seriously injured in ATV rollover

    At about 5:53 p.m. on April 23, Vigo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an ATV crash in the 10200 block of South Trueblood Place in southern Vigo County.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Camm Steidl ISU Justice system questioned

    David Camm says that when he looks critically at the Indiana State Police today, he sees arrogance, ego and the desire for personal — even monetary — gain.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Death certificate delay angers Health Board

    The Vigo County coroner is not signing death certificates in a timely manner as required by law, according to the Vigo County Health Department.

    April 23, 2014

  • MET042314 glove.jpg MARK BENNETT: The memories from a baseball mitt fit like a glove

    Man hasn’t developed the technology for time travel.
    The smell of your old baseball glove can come pretty close, though.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Former Parke County teacher arrested on felony charges

    A former Montezuma Elementary teacher — who also had served as president of the Southwest Parke Education Association — was arrested Wednesday on felony counts related to alleged missing funds, according to Indiana State Police.

    April 23, 2014

  • Bucshon has commanding money lead

    Incumbent U.S. Rep. Larry D. Bucshon of Newburgh has a commanding lead in campaign funds over fellow Republican Andrew McNeil of Freedom for the May 6 primary election, according to election reports from the Federal Election Commission.

    April 23, 2014

  • MET042314 arborday dell.jpg City’s first Arbor Day awards named

    Terre Haute and its citizens were recognized on Wednesday night for contributions to the urban forest.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • kersey turner Turner skips House ethics hearing

    House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner skipped a House ethics review Wednesday but claimed in filings submitted to the panel that he did nothing wrong when he fought legislation that would have cost him millions of dollars in profits.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Activity Fair is Saturday at park

    Are you looking for fun, afterschool and summer activities for your kids? You can review options a the Greater Terre Haute Afterschool Network Camps and Activities Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Vigo County YMCA at Fairbanks Park, according to a press release.

    April 23, 2014

  • Children’s charity to conduct fundraiser this weekend

    March for Babies — the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies — will step off Saturday morning at ISU’s Memorial Stadium on the east side of Terre Haute.

    April 23, 2014

  • Villa Grove High School students win state anti-drinking PSA contest

    The State of Illinois on Wednesday announced that students from the eastern Illinois’ Villa Grove High School won the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s statewide video public service announcement contest. The announcement ceremony at the Douglas County school also served as the statewide kickoff for this spring’s Your Actions Matter! underage drinking awareness campaign.

    April 23, 2014

  • For Wrigley, it’s party of a century

    CHICAGO (AP) — For Wrigley Field, it really was the party of a century.
    Exactly 100 years after the Chicago Federals pounded the Kansas City Packers in the first game at the Chicago ballpark, Wrigley got quite the birthday bash this afternoon.

    April 23, 2014

  • Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert believes college sports can address the concerns of union organizers without changing the entire model.

    April 23, 2014

  • Former Parke County teacher, president of teachers’ association, arrested for alleged forgery, theft

    A former Montezuma Elementary teacher — who also had served as president of the Southwest Parke Education Association — was arrested this morning on various felony counts related to alleged missing funds, according to Indiana State Police.

    April 23, 2014

  • Shots fired at cars, homes of Vincennes officers

    VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Investigators are seeking the public’s help in finding whoever fired shots over the weekend at the cars and homes of police officers in a southwestern Indiana city.

    April 23, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: April 23, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Tuesday and Wednesday, based on jail records.

    April 23, 2014

  • MET 042214 SWIM BULL.jpg Swim by 7 program

    Swim by 7 is a collaborative effort involving the United Way of the Wabash Valley and the Vigo County School Corp. As envisioned, all VCSC kindergarten students would participate in the learn-to-swim program once the new VCSC Aquatics Facility is constructed and ready for use at Voorhees Park.

    April 22, 2014 6 Photos 1 Video

  • Candidates file finance reports

    The Democratic race for judge of Vigo County Superior Court Division 2 boasts the most fundraising of all campaigns for the May 6 primary election.

    April 22, 2014

  • MET042214 earthdaymcclennan.jpg Mayor Duke Bennett leads community discussion on litter

    Talking trash in the neighborhood can get down and dirty.

    April 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Public hears about grant to clean up E. coli in Otter Creek

    Greg Dunham has known Otter Creek since his childhood. “I walked that creek. I lived in that creek and I was all the time fishing in it, so this was news to me” he said about the concern of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in the Otter Creek watershed.

    April 22, 2014

  • MET042214 elanco.jpg Lilly to buy Novartis Animal Health

    Eli Lilly and Co. plans to acquire Novartis Animal Health for about $5.4 billion, a move believed to strengthen and diversify Lilly’s own animal health business, Elanco.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher New Pictures of Ship That Sank in 1888 Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call Oregon Gay Marriage Ban Goes to Court Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot Swimmer Michael Phelps Attempts Comeback Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Companies Ramp Up Wellness to Lower Health Costs Raw: Pres. Obama Visits Japan's Imperial Palace Raw: Obama Arrives at State Dinner in Tokyo Raw: Obama Visits Meiji Shrine in Tokyo
NDN Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity