It is with a sense of deep gratitude and heartfelt appreciation that I write this letter.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, I was treated to a birthday “open house” to celebrate my 83rd birthday. I was so pleasantly surprised to have had so many wonderful friends, neighbors, church and family members attend this celebration from Rush County.
Since there are so many wonderfully kindhearted people to thank individually, I am writing this public “thank you” to all who attended, called and sent cards to me. This pleased me immensely and made this birthday so very special. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Jo Ann Brees
Storm responsewas good
I would like to express my highest regard for the speed and efficiency with which the Rushville Street Department responded to the numerous obstructions which occurred during Tuesday afternoon’s storm. My own experience was with a downed tree blocking Perkins between Fifth and Sixth Streets: I called it in at the height of the storm, figuring it would go on a list to be taken care of after it was over. Imagine my surprise when they showed up just a few minutes later in the driving rain, cleared the tree, and moved on down the street to clear another one below Fourth Street.
I do have a suggestion, though, for better coordination between the Street Department and the Rushville Police Department to address traffic control in similar circumstances. Evidently the storm triggered the railroad crossing guard at Main Street, blocking Main Street as well. In addition to the usual Perkins Street traffic at that time of day, a lot of drivers were diverting to Perkins from Main because of the backup on Main. As they approached Fifth Street only to find Perkins blocked, impatient ones were doing things which endangered themselves and others and made an already bad situation worse, like driving on the wrong side of the street trying to jump the line, turning in front of other vehicles, and so forth; truckers were driving on yards or getting hung up trying to turn in intersections never designed for 18-wheelers.