Winning Communities Vision Plan


The preliminary Crawfordsville-Montgomery County Winning Communities Vision Plan will be released to the public on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 pm in Lovell Lecture Hall in Baxter Hall on the campus of Wabash College. The document containing seven Goal Areas and numerous Measurable Objectives is the product of numerous meetings since the end of January. The plan has been facilitated by Wabash College students and has had input from the public at meetings. A listing of the community assets, challenges, and opportunities is part and a call for action will take place. Information has also been received from the Crawfordsville Main Street Plan, the Mayor’s Visioning Committee, and other background documents. The meeting will call for the follow up of groups and individuals who will be asked to set actions including, entity responsible, resources needed and a timetable for the action steps.
 All interested Crawfordsville-Montgomery County residents are encouraged to attend. The students at Wabash have been trained in Servant Leadership as part of the community process.

Almost 1.900 Acres to Open in HRI Areas


Beginning Friday, almost 1,900 new acres will be open to the public in two project areas of the DNR’s ongoing Healthy Rivers INitiative (HRI).
The DNR has purchased more than 11,800 acres through HRI, a program launched in 2010 to secure permanent conservation protection of nearly 70,000 acres along Sugar Creek, the Wabash River, and the Muscatatuck River.
The new openings increase HRI purchases to 8,242 acres, including a 3,500-acre purchase of land previously leased as part of Fairbanks Landing Fish & Wildlife Area. The remaining 4,700 acres are in three locations – the Austin Bottoms (Muscatatuck), Sugar Creek and Wabash River conservation areas.
In Austin Bottoms CA, 673 new acres will open on Friday, bringing the total in that area to just over 3,000 acres. Five parking areas have been completed at Austin Bottoms with two more under construction. Austin Bottoms is along the Muscatatuck River in Scott, Jackson and Washington counties.

In Sugar Creek CA, 1,221 new acres will open on Friday. There are three newly constructed parking areas. Sugar Creek CA is in Parke County.

Last year, a 419-acre site was opened in the Wabash River CA in Vermillion County near the town of Montezuma.

Maps for all three conservation areas are online at dnr.IN.gov/healthyriver/6502.htm.
Allowable activities include fishing, hunting, trapping, bird watching, nature photography and observation. Mushroom hunting is allowed after 1 p.m. EST during the spring turkey hunting season (April 19-20, youth season; April 23-May 11, regular season).
HRI is a partnership of resource agencies and organizations working with landowners to provide a model that balances forest, farmland and natural resources conservation; connects separated parcels of public land to benefit wildlife; protects important wildlife habitat and rest areas for migratory birds; opens lands to public recreational activities; establishes areas for nature tourism; and provides clean water and protection from flooding to downstream landowners.

To date, more than 31,300 acres are protected through DNR purchase, landowner enrollment in the federal Wetlands Reserve Program, or lands already under DNR management prior to HRI.

City Offices Closed Good Friday


All City of Crawfordsville offices will be closed on and Friday (April 18) for Good Friday.

CEL&P offices will be closed on Friday (April 18) and Saturday (April 19) for Good Friday.

Since the Crawfordsville Street Department will not be open on Friday there will be a double trash pick-up both Monday (April 21). On Monday, the Friday and Monday routes will be collected.

As a reminder the Crawfordsville Yard Waste Site will be closed on Friday (April 18) and Sunday (April 20) but will be open for normal hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on Saturday (April 19).

Montgomery County Assessor Resigns


The Montgomery County Assessor has tendered her resignation and her last official day in office will be April 30. However, Joyce Laughlin, an employee in the county assessor's office, said Ewoldt told her that she does not plan to return to her office in the courthouse.

Laughlin said that Ewoldt said she plans to marry in September and the groom is going to be Madison County Councilman David McCartney.

Ewoldt said in her resignation letter that she has taken another job.

Ewoldt wrote, "I have accepted a position where I will have the opportunity to provide services to county assessors across the state."

She was involved in controversy in 2012 when a string of inappropriate emails were sent between Ewoldt and McCarty, who was an employee of the Madison County Assessor's office. Those emails were made public.

Ewoldt was named to the assessor's position in 2010 by a Republican caucus and decided to not run for re-election this year.

Montgomery County Republican Chairman John Pickerill said that the Party will schedule a caucus to replace Ewoldt in May.

The only candidate on the Republican ballot in the May primary election is Sherri Bentley, Ewoldt's chief deputy in the assessor's office.

This story is featured in The Paper of Montgomery County.

MUFFY to Donate to Free Clinic


Through the generosity of the people of Montgomery County and the Lilly Endowment, the Montgomery United Fund For You (MUFFY) is able to give $35,168 in matching grant revenues to the Dr. Mary Ludwig Free Clinic in Crawfordsville.

Throughout its 2013 fundraising campaign, MUFFY promoted its matching grant program called INvest1213, funded by the Lilly Foundation through the Indiana Association of United Ways.  Through the INvest1213 program, new donors to MUFFY who gave at least $1000 or current donors who increased their giving to $1000 or more could have their gifts matched dollar for dollar, with the matching funds going entirely to the Free Clinic.

“The spirit of the matching grant was to attract new MUFFY donors, whose gifts benefit over sixteen local partner agencies,” said David Johnson, MUFFY’s Executive Director.  “At the same time, their gifts could be doubled to also help the Free Clinic.  The response to the program was tremendous and really highlighted the generosity of the Montgomery County community.”

MUFFY will be presenting a check to the staff and board of the Dr. Mary Ludwig Free Clinic on Tuesday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m. at the Clinic, located at 816 Mill Street in Crawfordsville.

“This donation celebrates what a worthwhile organization this area has in the Free Clinic,” said Johnson, “And the willingness of Montgomery County citizens to give to their neighbors in need.”