During a recent county commissioner meeting, county treasure Cindy Humphrey gave her monthly report ad discussed tax delinquent properties located throughout the county.
According to Humphrey, 76 properties are slated for tax sale due to non-payment of taxes and liens. Following a lengthy discussion, the county leaders set a priority order in hopefully selling the properties and relinquishing the outstanding liens and taxes attached to the parcels.
"A majority of the properties have been abandoned and in most cases for multiple years,” Humphrey said.
In other business brought before the county leaders, project manager for the new jail project John Painter gave an informative presentation regarding changes to the reception area of the jail. Painter said the reception area will include a Class 3 bullet proof enclosure as a security measure.
County APC Director Gregg Duke was next to have the floor during Monday’s meeting and gained approval for two rezone requests. The first was for a parcel in the rural community of Carthage and the second agriculture property located on Orange Pike.
County EMA Director Chuck Kemker gave a visual presentation of damage which occurred during the June 15 tornado which struck locally. The presentation included aerial footage captured by the RPD Drone after the storm passed. Actual live footage caught on security cameras at Fraley & Shilling Trucking south of Rushville at the time the tornado struck was included in the presentation.
According to Kemker, the National Weather Service determined that a F2 tornado struck Rush County with 130mph winds. The storm caused major damage to seven properties, eight sustained minor damage and three structures were destroyed.
“We received 39 reports of damage; the vast majority was for downed trees, power lines and livestock out. Most importantly no injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the storm. The tenants of residence destroyed by a direct hit were not home when the weather event occurred,” Kemker said.
He added the tornado traveled 14.15 miles in the county with roughly $5 million in damage incurred.
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