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Had a friend drop me a message that said I had to watch the Hysterical Board meeting from last night. I asked why and he said, just do it, so I did. Prince of Peace was asking for approval of their plans to re-do the steeple on the church downtown and the stained glass windows and some other things. It turned into a complete grilling by the Hystericals. One was demanding the engineering report. Another was telling them they had to keep the original materials and do this and that..which of course would raise the cost of an already very expensive project. A motion was finally done to approve the project but with several jump through these hoops requirements. Vote comes..2 for, 2 against. It takes 4 votes to not approve a project so it made it through but again with a lot of requirements that had to be done before work could begin.

Folks, this Board is completely out of control. Downtown buildings are falling apart because these zealots would rather have them fall down it seems than to let anyone use materials they can afford and require them to somehow use the original materials even if they are almost completely shot. Unless you've got a ton of money, you better not live downtown because it's going to cost you a bundle to fix or make improvements on your own property.

Admin reply: You DO NOT need their permission or a permit to make repairs.

The worsts thing you can do is ask them or let them know you intend to make repairs.


Added: July 25, 2017 06:05:00 PM
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Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Added: July 25, 2017 05:29:58 PM
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See where the county commissioners are advertising for a County Veterans Service Officer. Call 812-265-8944 for jobdescription. Resumes due no later than Aug 4 at 300 E. Main St, Jefferson County Courthouse.

Added: July 25, 2017 05:00:11 PM
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Wasn't is just a few years ago that the county under commissioners Cash, Berry, and Pietrykowski spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to remodel the Courthouse annex? If so and its crumbling, shouldn't the present Commissioners be looking at suing the contractors on that remodel job rather than writing an RFP to fix up what some other contractor messed up?
Why throw good money after bad money?


Added: July 25, 2017 01:10:03 PM
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There have been many requests for information & comments about poorly maintained county buildings especially the "annex" with crumbling walls & what some say is a near collapse roof. Many ask about the courthouse expansion that was never completed. Others ask why there is no county facilities & building management plan. There are many public records which indicate past /current officials have known for some time that buildings are unsafe, unsecured and pose a risk or danger to public, employees or county property including historic records. However the good news is since Commissioner Bramer has been on board he has worked with Little and Schafer to implement an RFP program- (request for proposals)

Implementing RFPs is one way to assure attention to cost and fairness in the bidding process. But it is also a way to begin the process of addressing complex & sometimes expensive projects. I will be sending JB a copy of the RFP for evaluation of specific county buildings. For those concerned about the annex collapsing, over crowding at courthouse etc- the RFP may give some hope that the commissioners are finally seeking facts & information from qualified sources before spending millions on ill conceived projects.


Added: July 25, 2017 10:22:14 AM
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A widely circulated email titled "Think Before You Donate" aims to convince readers that “Goodwill CEO and Owner Mark Curran profits $2.3 million a year", but fact-checking groups have debunked the content of the email: the CEO of Goodwill Industries International is not Mark Curran, nor does he make $2.3 million a year.[27] The current President and CEO of Goodwill is Jim Gibbons, who in 2014 received a total reported compensation of $689,418.[28]

A 2013 article on Watchdog.org reported that Goodwill's tax returns showed that more than 100 Goodwills pay less than minimum wage while simultaneously paying more than $53.7 million in total compensation to top executives.[37] Douglas Barr, former CEO of the Goodwill of Southern California, was the highest paid Goodwill executive in the country.[38] He received total compensation worth $1,188,733, including a base salary of $350,200, bonuses worth $87,550, retirement benefits of $71,050, and $637,864 in other reportable compensation.[39] "In 2011, the Columbia Willamette Goodwill, one of the largest in the country, says it paid $922,444 incommensurate wages to approximately 250 people with developmental disabilities. These employees worked 159,584 hours for an average hourly wage of $5.78. The lowest paid worker received just $1.40 per hour."[37]

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Added: July 25, 2017 07:28:30 AM
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I don't quite understand the sudden need to stop those stands selling whatever at the old gas stations on the bridge. No 1: I live up here. This practice has been going on for years. Now suddenly someone got their panties in a wad. No2: I believe next year those properties will be bought by the state. Project 421 will be well underway. The situation will remedy itself. I get the fact it doesn't look eye appealing coming into town. The practice has gone on for years. I've seen fireworks, drug paraphenalia, pornography, used cars, and a tattoo parlor selling tattoos on Harrison St. So why now is it suddenly a problem?
Please advise


Added: July 24, 2017 08:19:10 PM
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Donate to "ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING'. 0% is used for salaries. 100% goes to help the needy.

Added: July 24, 2017 06:22:13 PM
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The Historic Board nor Visit Madison have any authority over that situation. That would fall under the Zoning Board which enforces all the zoning ordinances which includes variances if approved. Their enforcement officer is the Building INspector primarily. Those properties could be under Central Business District and could have variances. The Zoning Board or that office would know what the zoning is and any complaint should be filed with that office.

There is also a recently passed update to the Public Nuisance Ordinance that my or may not cover what the problem is. . This would be Chapter 96 of City Ordinances but the current online ordinance has not been updated to reflect the passing of Ordinance 2017-5 which replaced what is there. Again, a complaint would go to the Building INspector office.


Added: July 24, 2017 09:29:26 AM
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Why hasn't the historic board or the visitors center done anything about the mess at the bridge? Seems those are the people who should. I thought I heard Lytle was leaving and the hystericals were doing new ordiances or something. So what's the problem now?

Added: July 24, 2017 08:28:40 AM
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