I would also like to see the county grow, both in population and economically. However, the deck is stacked deeply against this.
Rush County has lost nearly 15 percent of its population since 1970. This was the time when the county implemented comprehensive zoning. Policies that are used to control the citizens and deter small businesses of Rush County by the Area Plan Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals, thus controlling economic and population growth in the county. These boards serve self interest groups that have no interest in growing Rush County. It is easier to own 10,000 hogs in a CAFO than to own a chicken in your backyard.
Our neighboring Franklin County has steady growth. Perhaps it would be better if we follow their lead by disbanding the self-interest boards and allowing its taxpayers each a single vote on policies.
The ECDC is equally at fault. Last year we learned of the ECDC’s “pay-to-play” policy. The ECDC and county government are working with Germany based Nordex to construct the Flatrock Windfarms. The tax abatements and tax credits necessary will make this venture profitable for Nordex and the large landowners who have leases for the turbines, but will drive out the small landowners and residents in the area. This will decrease the residential property values by making it an undesirable part of the county to live in. But it will be a good place to construct more CAFO installations. Yes, by default, it’s possible that the displaced residents will be forced to move to single lot subdivisions of “generous sized lots” along the municipal sewer lines, if they want to live in Rush County. Otherwise they still have the freedom to move to and live in other parts of the state, perhaps on lots larger than your “generously sized lots.” Without a viable population in the area, it will no longer be necessary to have a school in the northern part of the county. Perhaps this was in the vision of the key stakeholders: city and county government, the school corporation, the healthcare system, the Chamber of Commerce and obviously, the ECDC.
The policy makers cater to the international developers and the industrial livestock producers while abandoning and stifling the small landowners, small business owners, citizens and independent farmers in the county.
Sadly though, I believe the appointment of Mr. McCane, who is well connected politically and has a solid grasp of the interrelationship between all the major stakeholders and major players, will offer no change in the direction of the county.
Resident, taxpayer and voter
The best years of your life
As people age they often look back to fondly recall the best years of their lives. Natural timeframes are the college years or that certain age before the daily grind of work and family take over the bulk of the day. Associations are to being carefree with limited responsibilities, a light and airy existence.
Ziemke: My Summer Homework
Even though session has been out for a little more than a month, the General Assembly still has much work to do. I had a brief break where I got to go home and mow the lawn, spend time at my restaurant, the Brau Haus, and attend a few festivals in addition to continuing to work on constituent concerns. The time has come for work on summer study committees to commence and I’m ready to get back at it.
Mauzy: Rush County: The hope and the despair
Moments arise when hope and despair briefly intersect. During these emotional overlaps, it’s a toss-up as to which energy will win even though we desire the best. Two recent high-profile events present the overlapping calamity often noticed in this community.
Asbestos awareness is an important topic
My father, sister and husband all died because of asbestos. Now my brother has asbestosis. I set up my website because of the death of my husband to let people know of the dangers. It was the first website designed by a person on the internet at that time instead of by lawyers. The stories are to honour those effected by asbestos and to make sure they are never forgotten. I had just finished the last sentence when I heard of Janelle’s death.
Proposed parade route
I see room for compromise on the 4th of July parade route. Up Main Street to 5th Street then take 5th Street to Harrison Street to 11th Street.
Barada: Good advice for parents and college students
This week’s column is more for the parents of kids about to head to college than unsolicited advice for students about to go. Why? Because kids going away from home, some for the very first time ever, can be an even more traumatic event for the parents than for their children!
Stop the student loan interest rate hike
The key to a great life is a good education. But paying for a college education is tough. Many families are taking out second mortgages. Some are putting-off deserved vacations. Others are telling their kids they just can’t afford to attend the school of their choice.
Mauzy: Recent graduates are free to explore
Two weeks have now passed since Rush County Schools released new graduates from a state required academic curriculum.
Parade should be on Harrison Street
There was good reason for not moving the parade back onto Main Street after the third lane was rammed through: we learned Harrison Street is a better route for both the participants and the spectators.
Barada: The right people in key places
For the first time in years, this community has exceptionally good people in key places within organizations involved directly with helping make Rush County a better place in which to live!
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