first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we as responsible citizens of this community need to address in a rational and responsible way? IS IT TRUE we are extremely pleased that Mayor Winnecke proposes to pay down the serious shortfall in the employee health plan in his proposed 2020 budget?IS IT TRUE we wonder why City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr hasn’t informed candidates running for a seat on the Evansville City Council how much it cost the taxpayers of Evansville to subsidize the Evansville Thunderbolts operating expenses during the 2018-2019 hockey season?IS IT TRUE that this Tuesday the Vanderburgh County Commissioners are presenting their annual State of the County at the Evansville Rotary Club luncheon?  …we are told that the Vanderburgh County Commissioners will have good news for the taxpayers of Vanderburgh County?IS IT TRUE during the first week of November our Vanderburgh County officials will reveal the new plans to renovate the county jail?  …we are told that these plans should take care of the overcrowding problems at the jail for the next 25 years?IS IT TRUE that Commissioners Ben Shoulders and Commissioner Jeff Hatfield are having a joint political fundraising outing this coming Friday, September 20th? …we are told that this golf outing is officially sold out and has over 60 foursomes playing? …we are told that Mayor Winnecke is having his annual golf outing the following Friday, September 27th? …the Mayor’s golf fundraiser has 52 foursomes signed up so far? …Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave is having her annual Wolfe’s BBQ lunch fundraiser next week? …we are told that she has ten (10) top-level sponsors and this event is sold out? IS IT TRUE that the newest Commercial Lender III at Banterra Bank-Evansville is County Commissioner Ben Shoulders?  …it looks like Old National loss is Banterra Bank-Evansville gain?IS IT TRUE the best way for Evansville City Council to balance the budget is making budget cuts not increase taxes?IS IT TRUE the taxpayers are also paying off an annual debts payment for the new downtown medical school ($2.7M), the downtown hotel ($1.26M) without having any ownership position? …we wonder who are the owners of the hotel and medical school buildings that the taxpayers are paying off the loan notes on?IS IT TRUE that our Civic Center “Moles” tell us that Mayor Winnecke has decided to not to mess with the “HOMESTEAD TAX CREDIT” in 2020:?  …the Mayor made a smart political move concerning this issue?IS IT TRUE that last weekend’s Owensboro, Ky airshow on the Ohio River was a rousing success?  …that people from all around attended this well-planned community event?  …we are told that this event generated many hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Owensboro business community?IS IT TRUE that the CPA firm of London Witte advised the Winnecke Administration to implement a “budget spending plan” more than four (4) years ago?  …that no “budget spending plan” has been developed by the administration as of this date? IS IT TRUE we are being told that Burdette Park Director, Jerry Grannon, is doing an excellent job?  …under Mr. Grannon’s leadership Burdette Park saw the highest attendance in over ten years?IS IT TRUE that you can purchase regular unleaded gasoline at Sam’s Club in Evansville for a whopping $2.11 a gallon?  Same price at Costco. Since Costco has opened prices at Sam’s Club have dropped dramatically.IS IT TRUE if you want to save big bucks please go to GOOD RX site and you could save up to 80% of your prescription costs?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: What type of renovation should the county do at the jail?Please take time and read our feature articles entitled, STATEHOUSEFILES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and LOCAL SPORTS, and OBITUARY posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site. We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgWhile the Notre Dame community usually braves its fair share of winter weather, a combination of road conditions and frigid temperatures Jan. 6 necessitated closing campus for a day-and-a-half.Superintendent Pat McCauslin and Assistant Superintendent Tim Dyczko of the Landscape Services Center were on site to manage the snow removal following the storm. Although campus roads and sidewalks were cleared of snow, McCauslin said the storm left the roads in poor condition around Notre Dame.“[The driving] wasn’t difficult on campus because we were pretty much on top of that situation,” Dyczko said. “Our campus was fine. It was very passible.”McCauslin said side roads around the county were left unplowed for one to two days. He said campus shut down due both to the poor state of the roads in the South Bend area and the cold temperatures.“We were [at] minus 15 as an ambient air temperature, [and there were] 25 mile per hour winds so the wind chill temperature was down to minus 45 for a while,” he said.A countywide state of emergency was declared and no traffic was allowed on the streets, McCauslin said.“When they declare a regular state of emergency they can actually stop and ticket people for being on the streets unless you’re emergency personnel,” he said. “All the staff in landscape services are considered essential personnel with snow emergency situations like that.”McCauslin said in order to stay ahead of incoming storms and to keep up with general landscape the Department of Landscape Services has 31 full-time staff members. Although the staff generally rotates through three shifts during the course of a day over the winter months, McCauslin said situations such as the snowstorm require two 12-hour shifts.“About 4 o’clock in the morning we started New Years Day and worked a full day on until 2 a.m. the next day,” he said.The decision to close campus, however, rested with a university committee advised by Landscape Services, NDSP and the Office of Campus Safety. McCauslin said his department advises on weather conditions while NDSP advises on county and city road conditions to determine whether or not to close the campus.“It’s a difficult decision to make, certainly, in that you don’t want to put anyone’s life at risk,” he said.Not only did this particular storm bring in 12 to 15 inches of snow, it was also a heavy lake snow with a higher water content, Dyczko said.“It takes us a little longer to get it off the roads,” he said. “It’s harder to move. Harder on equipment.”McCauslin compared the snow to the consistency of wet sand.“It can get that heavy,” he said. “And just the way it snowed, it was continuous so it’s just a matter of keeping at it, not letting it build up.”The snow was accompanied by winds that piled the snow in drifts, McCauslin said.“We did a lot of work with drifting,” he said. “It just slows you down, so it slows the operation down. You get one area cleared and you go back 20 minutes later and it’s plugged shut again, so you just keep opening it up and opening it up.”McCauslin also said lake snow is more difficult for meteorologists to precisely forecast. Determining the start and stop times and even predicting potential amounts of snow to be received are more difficult due to a lake effect.“I’ve seen it snowing like hell here and if you went five miles that way it was blue sky,” Dyczko said. “And that’s just part of living in South Bend, you just never know.”Tags: Campus Closure, Landscape Services, Road Conditions, snow, South Bend, WInterlast_img read more