Fair Oaks Corporation establishes vendor selection process

Columbus C   COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Fair Oaks design committee met Friday afternoon and established a timeline for selecting a firm to plan the design that will transform the former shopping mall into a vibrant community asset. A request for proposal was approved and it will be sent to six candidate design planning firms next week. The six companies will have a March 20 deadline to submit their proposals. The design committee’s timetable of events continues with a walk-through of the facility for candidate firms on March 8. Two to three companies will be approved for interviews on April 17 and 18. The committee will then make its recommendation for a design planning vendor to the Fair Oaks Community Development Corporation. All candidates need to be open to the involvement of students from the Columbus Signature Academy, which emphasizes project-based learning, as well as students at the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program at Indiana University. The post Fair Oaks Corporation establishes vendor selection process appeared first on Local News Digital.

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Baby Box donated to Seymour fire station

Safe Haven Baby Box SEYMOUR, Ind. – A Seymour fire station will be the home of another central Indiana Safe Haven Baby Box. The baby box was a gift from a student at Columbus North High School. Hunter Wart worked for nearly a year to earn the $10,000 needed to pay for the box as his senior class project. Last month, Wart had designated the baby box to be housed at a fire station in Columbus, but the plan was rejected by the Columbus Fire Department (CFD). After careful consideration and research by city officials, CFD administration and staff, and medical providers, the Columbus Fire Department chose not to enter into a contract with the Safe Haven Baby Box Company. Capt. Mike Wilson said, “While we fully support the local high school student’s efforts to complete a required senior project, the proposed project does not align with the department’s current medical care standards regarding the Indiana Safe Haven Law.” The post Baby Box donated to Seymour fire station appeared first on Local News Digital.

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Johnson Co. contracts new election vendor

Election FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Johnson County Board and Election Commissioners on Monday dismissed the software vendor that caused system crashes which resulted in thousands of voters waiting in line for hours for last year’s November 6 election. The Johnson County Commissioners voted to adopt county election board recommendations to terminate its contract with Omaha-based Election Systems and Software (ES&S). An investigation concluded that the company was not properly set up for the high turn out on election day. It was also determined that ES&S violated Indiana election law by setting up voting sites and not having them able to communicate with each other over the computer system. County officials will contract with a company called KnowInk for 90 new electronic poll books for the 2019 primary election. The contract is expected to cost $166,000 and should be up and running by the election on May 7. The post Johnson Co. contracts new election vendor appeared first on Local News Digital.

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Three Bartholomew Co. roads still closed

Road-Closed-High-Water COLUMBUS, Ind. – Law enforcement officials say there are still a few areas with high water on roads causing travel difficult or impossible. They continue to warn motorists to not drive past Road Closed signs or officers blocking the roadway. From Bartholomew County Emergency Management, here is the updated list of road closings and high water areas as of 5 a.m. Monday. High Water Marr Road, north of 600N
Carr Hill Road, between Morgan Willow Trace and Appleblossom Lane. Water in SB lane near Morgan Willow Trace 50W, north of 550N Closed 400N, between River Rd and US31 800S, between SR11 & US31 Tellman Camp
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