Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners Agenda

first_imgApproval of April 25, 2017 Meeting MinutesEmployment ChangesNeighborhood Association Registration 2017:The Villas of DeerfieldIndian Woods Department Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessPublic CommentConsent ItemsContracts, Agreements and LeasesTreatment Court: Professional Services Agreement with Tamika Evans Teaching Thinking for a ChangeBurdette Park: Royal Crown Beverage Contract AGENDAVanderburgh CountyBoard of CommissionersMay 2, 20173:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceAction ItemsFirst Reading of Vacation Ordinance CO.V-05-17-002 & Permission to Advertise Notice of Public HearingFinal Reading of Ordinance CO.05-17-009: Amending County Health Department Fees for Service Treatment Court : Request to Surplus a VehicleCounty Commissioners:Temporary Replacement Transfer Request for Burdette ParkCoverage Letter for Medical Compression Garments RezoningFirst Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-6-2017Final Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-1-2017 as AmendedFinal Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-2-2017 as Amendedcenter_img AdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare County Auditor: April 2017 Accounts Payable VoucherCounty Engineering: Department Head Report Township Standards 2017:CenterGermanKnightPerryPigeonUnionlast_img read more

THURSDAYS “READERS FORUM”

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY? “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Friday.Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that Mayor Winnecke will save Mesker Amphitheater from the wreaking ball?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributelast_img read more

How bakers are adapting to trading during coronavirus

first_imgBakers are being forced to adapt to survive after social distancing measures transformed Britain’s trading landscape overnight.With many major retail and café chains closing their doors, and some consumers either unable or unwilling to shop in supermarkets, bakeries are redefining their role within their local communities.Cooplands, which usually operates around 170 sites, has closed more than 50 town centre and city shops to focus on neighbourhood shops that serve the local community.“As our world gets smaller for a while, and now the country is in lockdown for three weeks at least, the local neighbourhood bakers will play an even more critical part in community support,” said CEO Belinda Youngs. “We also contacting local care homes, retirement homes and doctors’ surgeries to deliver bread for them.”The business has since launched a food care packages service, delivering packs of essentials such as eggs, butter, meat and vegetables.Another northern business, Seasons Bakery in North Yorkshire, lost almost half its trade due to social distancing measures, but is now baking more bread than ever before. See full story here.Like Seasons Bakery, Surrey-based Bachmanns Patisserie has leveraged its good relationship with suppliers to adapt its business.Bachmanns, which has shops in Thames Ditton and Weybridge, is a retail-only operation after exiting wholesale some time ago.Owner Chris Bachmann has managed to maintain retail turnover by offering a wider range of goods than usual, and is operating a strict ‘one in one out’ policy in the shops to ensure staff and customer safety.“We have a good supply of essentials like flour, sugar, yeast, butter and eggs, so immediately after the lockdown, we put something out saying if people needed basics like eggs they should get in touch.“From that day, in Thames Ditton we’ve been constantly busy with people coming through the shop to get a little something and then buying other stuff as well. We put a strict limit on it, such as a maximum of 500g of butter or two kilos of flour.”Overnight, the celebration cake business went completely because no one’s having weddings or partiesThere have been big changes in Bachmanns’ bakery product mix following the lockdown.“Overnight, the celebration cake business went completely because no one’s having weddings or parties – but individual products and smaller cakes are doing very well. Previously, we made modest quantities of bread, but we are now doing four or five times as much.”Sales in Bachmanns’ Thames Ditton shop were at normal levels, if not a little better, he added. Weybridge was a slower start but, now word had got around, it was trading close to normal levelsOne potential difficulty was the supply chain, said Bachmann.“Because we are small, we are potentially a little bit vulnerable as supermarkets have hoovered up a lot of product. But our grocer, flour and dairy suppliers are family firms and we’ve all seen that if we’re not careful and don’t support each other, there will be nothing left but the big supermarkets.”Business of all sizes have made changes to production schedules in recent weeks, with major bread brands focusing only on core SKUs.Dina Foods in Park Royal, London, has seen a drop in foodservice demand, while its bakery orders have soared. Consequently, it has moved staff from production of falafel and houmous to its bakery operation.In arguably the most extreme example of industry adaption, ingredients supplier Macphie has partnered with Loch Lomond Distillery to create a hand sanitiser for frontline care services. The distillery is blending ingredients supplied by Macphie with its own alcohol, before Macphie bottles and packs the final products in its North Lanarkshire production site.last_img read more

Slightly Stoopid Announces Closer To The Sun Destination Festival With Awesome Lineup

first_imgSan Diego-based dub rockers Slightly Stoopid have have confirmed plans and the initial lineup for their third annual Closer To The Sun destination event. Set to take place from December 14th – 18th the the Now Sapphire Resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, the event has announced three shows from the hosts, along with two performances each from the Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, Stick Figure, and Tribal Seeds with additional acts and special guests to be announced in the near future.Slightly Stoopid band member Miles Doughty states, “Closer to the Sun is the ultimate pre-holiday get away for fans and the bands. From the beach to the cenotes and ruins, the Mayan Riviera is truly a special place. We’re looking forward to getting back to Puerto Morelos and having some holiday fun in the sun hanging with all of our friends! There is nothing better than being able to jam with your friends in paradise on the beach.  Come spend the holidays with the Stoopid family!”On-site, the event promotes a full schedule with artist-hosted activities and workshops, an autograph signing, pool contests, beach side games, and impromptu jam sessions, bringing fans and artists together on a vacation in paradise.Rooms will be available for booking starting May 18th, and can be found HERE.last_img read more

Bob Weir Is Live Streaming His Birthday Show Tonight For Free

first_imgHappy birthday Bobby! Leave it to the Grateful Dead guitarist to pay the birthday love forward.Tonight, Bob Weir will be performing at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, playing a show along his “Campfire Tour.” The tour has seen Weir perform Dead classics and newer originals from his solo album, Blue Mountain, playing alongside an all-star cast of Steve Kimock, Jon Shaw, Bryce Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, and Josh Kaufman.As tonight is Weir’s 69th birthday, the guitarist has a special treat in store for his fans. Anyone who can’t make the show can watch a live stream, for free! All you have to do is tune in via the YouTube player embedded below. The show starts at 8:00 PM Eastern, so don’t be late!If you’re looking for great live streaming content in general, be sure to check out the official Live For Live Music channel on LiveList. With an updated listing of official streams and great YouTube content, there’s no shortage of musical entertainment. Check it out below.last_img read more

UGA in Griffin

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaToday, 15 University of Georgia students made history. They were the first undergraduate students to attend classes toward a UGA degree in Griffin, Ga.”This is a pivotal, historic moment for the UGA Griffin campus and the metro Atlanta Southern Arch,” said Gerald Arkin, assistant dean for the Griffin campus of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”UGA degree programs are now available and accessible to students, particularly place-bound students, that would otherwise not be able to get a UGA degree,” Arkin said.The program has attracted a collection of traditional and nontraditional college students from across the south metro Atlanta area.On the Griffin campus, these students will have two degree options: a biological science major that will lead to a bachelor of science in agriculture and an environmental resource science major that will lead to a bachelor of science in environmental sciences.The new teaching program offers students the benefit of study close to home, with world-class facilities, laboratories and faculty members.The century-old Griffin campus has long been a nationally respected agricultural research facility. It’s home to some of the world’s most respected agricultural, environmental and food scientists. To enter the Griffin-based program, students must have 60 transferable hours of course work. To make that transition easier, UGA is partnering with nearby Gordon College in a two-plus-two program. Students do their freshman and sophomore work at Gordon and transfer to UGA at Griffin to complete the degree.”I watched both of the first two classes as they began, and things are going well,” Arkin said. “We started out on the right foot.” Besides the core students on the Athens campus, the CAES also offers degrees through their Tifton, Ga., campus, in a similar arrangement with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. That program graduated its first class of students in May.last_img read more

Vermont auditor says state needs to tighten Economic Development, Buildings, Motor Vehicles departments

first_imgVermont State Auditor Tom Salmon issued a report today that says the state can do more to set goals for programs and to track actual results. In audits of the Department of Buildings & General Services, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Economic Development, results indicate that agencies have established goals, but fall short in setting up relevant performance indicators, targets and methods to track actual results.“Part of our fiscal challenge in state government is to get a better handle on which programs are working well and which aren’t,” Salmon said in releasing an audit report on the performance measurement systems at three key state agencies. Salmon noted that governments use performance data to weed out expensive programs that are underperforming and to more effectively deliver programs that show good results and potential.Salmon said, “Unless we’re doing a good job of setting goals and actually tracking results, we’re not going to do a good job in budgeting.”Salmon said his office has begun to do more performance audits with the realization that most state governments are entering “a state of permanent fiscal crisis.” As part of his new accountability approach, Salmon approved a series of audits to learn if departments have adequate performance measurement systems in place.Auditors determined there were three vital ingredients to a well-functioning performance measurement system:1. a department or agency must establish relevant goals for major programs, and it must set up measures or “indicators” to help monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of those programs;2. a department or agency should track actual results against its performance targets and also make sure that the results are accurate and reliable; and3. a department or agency must report to the Governor, Legislature and the public on a regular basis about whether or not it is meeting key goals.Using these three broad standards, auditors researched other organizations and States and developed 21 “best practices” to meet these standards. Best practices [included below] included common-sense notions such as:· Program goals should be consistent with those in the agency’s strategic plan.· Each goal should have one or more measures or “indicators.”· Actual results should be tracked, with documentation to support the actual results.· Strategies being used to meet goals, and actual results, should be reported to the Legislature each year.Salmon said three audit reports have been posted to his website:Department of Buildings and General Services: Performance Measurement System Could Be ImprovedDepartment of Motor Vehicles: Performance Measurement System Could Be EnhancedDepartment of Economic Development (and Vermont Economic Progress Council): Enhancements to Performance Measurement Systems Could Be MadeEach report is available online at: www.auditor.vermont.gov(link is external) and can be accessed by clicking on “Audits & Reports” and then on “Special Audits.” Reports can also be requested by calling the Auditor’s toll-free number, 877-290-1400.Auditor Salmon noted that since 1994[1] departments and agencies have been required to submit performance measurement information with their annual budgets. Salmon said, “This was a well-intentioned, valuable legislative exercise that never matured. It will now require a level of sustained attention over the next 3-5 years to fully implement. The grave financial situation we face over the next decade demands fact based measurement of performance.” The information submitted should include:· a statement of mission and goals;· a description of indicators used to measure output and outcome; and· a description of the means and strategies for meeting the needs of the agency or program, including future needs for achieving the goals.“As budgets for important state programs come under pressure, we all have to do a better job of tracking and reporting the results of programs,” Salmon said. “State program managers are working hard on day-to-day aspects of their jobs, and they need more guidance and support to improve their performance measurement system. Investments here will pay off,” Salmon said.Salmon said he hopes the performance measurement concept will get more scrutiny by the Legislature, too. “The state budgeting process can’t simply be about how much funding an agency gets,” Salmon said, “but it must include solid data on performance so that Legislators and the public can re-focus budget decisions on results.” 21 RECOMMENDED PRACTICES for Performance Measurement in Local & State GovernmentGeneral Standard 1: Goals and Measures Are in PlaceThe operating organization has goals and measures that gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of major programs and operations. Best practices include: 1.1The organization has established one or more goals that describes what it is trying to achieve.1.2The organization’s goals and major programs and operations are aligned.1.3The organization’s goals were developed through a strategic planning process that resulted in a written plan.1.4The organization’s current goals are consistent with those in its strategic plan.1.5All goals have one or more relevant measures.1.6The organization has a mix of measures, such as outcome, intermediate outcome, output, and efficiency measures, that demonstrate progress towards intended results and the economic use of resources.1.7The organization’s measures are quantified or quantifiable.General Standard 2: Actual Results Are TrackedThe organization tracks actual results against performance targets and validates the reliability of such data. Best practices include:2.1Suitable numerical targets are established for every measure at least annually.2.2The organization tracks actual results for each measure.2.3The organization compares actual results to targets on at least an annual basis.2.4The organization has identified the methods and sources for the collection of actual results, including relevant limitations.2.5The organization has documentation that supports its actual results.2.6The organization has processes to validate that actual performance results are accurate and reliable.General Standard 3: Results Are ReportedThe organization is regularly reporting performance measurement data for each of its goals [to a Select Board, School Board, or other public oversight body, citizen group, etc.]. Best practices include:3.1As part of performance report(s) the organization includes one or more goals related to its major programs or operations.3.2As part of performance report(s) the organization includes a description of the strategies that it will be pursuing to meet its goals.3.3As part of performance report(s) the organization includes measures that are linked to reported goals.3.4As part of performance report(s) the organization includes a variety of measure types, such as outcome, intermediate outcome, output, and efficiency measures.3.5The goals and measures reported are generally consistent from year to year.3.6As part of performance report(s) the organization includes future targets for each reported measure.3.7As part of performance report(s) the organization includes a comparison of its prior years’ numerical targets to its actual results for each reported measure.3.8As part of performance report(s) the organization incorporates a narrative explanation of its results, including, when applicable, (1) an analysis of why a target was not met and corrective actions being taken and (2) relevant data limitations.[1] See 32 V.S.A. §307(c).Source: Salmon’s office. 9.18.2009.last_img read more

One Dead Found in a Sunken Submersible in Panama

first_img Costa Rican coastguards pursued a submersible that carried cocaine on board, and sank in Panamanian waters, leaving one dead and three detainees – two Honduran citizens and a third one from Colombia – who were brought to the Panamanian police, informed an official Costa Rican source on December 5. The drug commissioner of Costa Rica, Mauricio Boraschi, said that 66 packages of cocaine weighing about a kilo each were found in the boat. However, they presume that due to the size of the vessel, there could be about 4,000 kilos of cocaine inside. Boraschi said that one passenger, suspected of activating the device to sink the submersible, was already dead when the Costa Rican authorities arrived in the area. “When we were there, an American frigate arrived, and then a plane from the Panamanian Air Naval Service came to assist, so we handed in the detainees and the cargo as well. The arrestees will be prosecuted for drug trafficking in Panama,” explained Boraschi. The Costa Rican Minister of Security informed that the National Coast Guard Service (SNG) pursued the submersible after receiving an alert from a U.S. plane flying in the area. The SNG’s Chief of Operations, Rodolfo Murillo, explained to AFP that the Costa Rican coast guards entered Panamanian waters after requesting permission to the Panamanian Air Naval Service to perform the joint operation. Following the chase, the vessel sank in Panamanian waters, 74 kilometers from Sixaola, a border town between Costa Rica and Panama. Panamanian authorities said that the submersible sank in very deep waters, for which specialized divers are required to reach the area. By Dialogo December 07, 2012last_img read more

Regulators helping credit unions

first_imgFederal regulators are reaching out and helping credit unions and community banks with a series of changes.On October 3, 2018, Federal regulators ruled that credit unions and community banks can pool resources for anti-money laundering. The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Treasury Department, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the National Credit Union Administration, reported that the decision was borne out of a working group that the agencies created to improve anti-money laundering processes. The decision is a more significant attempt to help strengthen money laundering defense in the US. However, the sharing of resources does not alleviate the responsibilities of the individual institution. It should also be noted that this does not change the existing legal and regulatory requirements. Additionally, if an institution decides to share resources, it should be done in the same manner as any other business relationship.Another recent decision at the federal level will potentially make it easier for credit unions to participate in the real estate underwriting process. The threshold requiring a full appraisal for real estate transactions was recently raised from $250,000 to $500,000. The hope is that more credit unions can integrate automated valuation models (AVMs) into their underwriting process. AVM is the name given to a service that can provide real estate property valuations using a mathematical equation combined with a database. Most AVMs calculate a property’s value at a given point in time by further analyzing values of comparable properties. This could allow underwriting tasks to be completed faster, with the potential of increasing loans that credit unions issue using AVMs. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Paul Pogba ruled out of Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jan 2020 10:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link917Shares Paul Pogba is set to miss Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Manchester United will be without star man Paul Pogba for their Premier League clash against Arsenal after the midfielder was left out of the squad that travelled to London on New Year’s Eve.The Frenchman made his long-awaited return to first team action against Watford before Christmas and followed that up with a 45-minute display against Newcastle on Boxing Day.He was left out of United’s squad that beat Burnley 48 hours later but that was seen as merely a precaution as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t want to risk the midfielder so soon after his return.However, Pogba was not spotted as United made their way down to London by train on Tuesday, in what is a bitter blow for the Red Devils.ADVERTISEMENT Paul Pogba ruled out of Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal United are looking to start 2020 with a win (Picture: Getty)Solskjaer is already without Scott McTominay, meaning it’s likely to be a central midfield pairing of Nemanja Matic and Fred at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal are seeking their first win under Mikel Arteta when United make the trip to north London but they have problems of their own.Calum Chambers faces a prolonged period on the sidelines after injuring his knee in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, while Granit Xhaka is struggling to make the match due to illness.MORE: Arsenal vs Man Utd TV channel, live stream, kick-off time, team news, odds and head-to-head Advertisementlast_img read more