Government

Key Partners to Combine Forces for Virtual Community Political Candidate Forum Series

By Aimee West, Community Candidate Forum Series Committee— Muncie, IN—Times are hard; the electoral politics of 2020 are confusing; but staying connected to leadership and the issues which impact you the most in our community does not have to be. While our country is experiencing challenges and divisions we have never before faced as a nation, we have an opportunity to come together as a community to learn about the leaders asking for your vote in November. COVID-19 continues to be a barrier for citizens to safely convene and candidates to…

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Bureau of Water Quality to Start Testing Wastewater for Covid-19

By Rick Conrad— Muncie, IN—The Muncie Sanitary District’s Bureau of Water Quality (BWQ) recently began participating in a project designed to help aid the community’s response to Covid-19. Sampling for the presence of coronavirus in wastewaters has emerged as a powerful tool for the early detection of outbreaks. One of the greatest challenges in controlling the spread of this virus has been the lag time between when an infected person becomes contagious versus when they become aware they are infected. With…


Muncie Sanitary District Names New District Administrator

By Stephen Brand, MSD Board President— Muncie, IN—The Muncie Sanitary District (MSD) Board of Directors has named a new District Administrator to fill the interim position that has been held for the last year by Board Member Bill Smith. John C. Barlow will be the new MSD District Administrator. The Board of Directors has the authority to hire this position and conducted a search for a candidate that would be able to lead the District into the future and knows…


Delaware County Attracts Growth-Minded Company to Repurpose Empty Industrial Building

DELAWARE COUNTY, Indiana – In another move to create jobs and revenue and reclaim an empty industrial site, the Delaware County (Indiana) commissioners have announced that a closed machine shop in the town of Albany has been purchased by an Illinois company that will relocate its headquarters there. Pinson Manufacturing Company (PMC) will use the 82,000-square-foot former Littler Diecast building in Albany, installing equipment to begin creating products, jobs and tax revenue. PMC will perform CNC (computer controlled) milling and…


Delaware County Commissioners To Put Railroad Spur Into Service

By: ECI Regional Planning District— Delaware County, IN– In a case of making lemonade after life hands you lemons, the Delaware County (Indiana) commissioners have announced that a railroad spur built to serve a now-defunct manufacturing plant will serve as a shipping and receiving point for companies that need goods transported by train. In the fall of 2008, a maker of wind turbine parts announced plans to open a huge manufacturing facility in Delaware County. But the economy soon slipped…


MSD Announces Updates to the Muncie Central Levee Trail

By: Allison Robbins— Muncie, IN—The Muncie Sanitary District is pleased to announce that it will complete the construction of the Muncie Central Levee Trail this summer.  The trail design and construction are being funded through a grant awarded to the Muncie Sanitary District from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources through its Recreational Trail Program. The new trail starts at the Cardinal Greenway near the McCullouch Trailhead on the south side of the river continuing on the levee to the High…


Mayor Dan Ridenour Says YES to Muncie City Parks, Recreation and Employment Programs That Keep Kids Active

By: Mike Rhodes— Muncie, IN—Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour is stepping up to promote parks and improve the overall quality of life and place for the citizens of Muncie.  He began his administration with smart appointments and big plans to move Muncie Parks into the spotlight, but quickly found Muncie in the midst of a pandemic.  He might have had a perfect excuse to sit this year out for programs, but Mayor Ridenour did not look at the challenge as an…


Police Merit Commission to Form Diversity Task Force

Muncie, IN—The Muncie Police Merit Commission is in the process of forming a Diversity Task Force which will assist the Merit Commission and the Muncie Police Department in hiring and promoting from a larger pool of diverse applicants. The main goal of this task force is to review current merit commission polices in order to ensure a wide spectrum of potential law enforcement officers are hired to the Muncie Police Department in the future. According to Michael Mueller, secretary of the…


Muncie Sanitary District Board Expanded

By: City of Muncie Communications— Muncie, IN- The Muncie City Council held a special meeting on June 29th, 2020 for the purpose of voting on Ordinance 4-20. Ordinance 4-20 expands the size of the Muncie Sanitary District Board from three individuals to five. The expansion of the board was designed to “provide better oversight and accountability for the sanitary district.” The Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 4-20.  This ordinance enables the current City Engineer, Brian Stephens-Hotopp room to serve…


New Walking and Biking Trails Planned for South Side of Muncie

By: Delaware County Redevelopment Commission— Muncie, IN – Three miles of new walking and biking trails south of the city, serving fast-developing areas, are planned by Delaware County officials. The Muncie Industria Center Trail, which will connect residents of the south side of Muncie to the Ivy Tech Community College campus, industrial areas and the new Delaware County Justice Center complex, is a project created and led by the Delaware County commissioners. The trail, estimated in cost at about $3.3 million,…