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January 16, 2014

State of improvement: Leaders describe city, county status

Sailors, Franklin declare state of county, city

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Last year also saw the repaving of 275 West, a road Sailors said was in “dire need of repair.”

The county hopes to continue its road repair efforts, Sailors continued, specifically by repaving 400 South with funding made possible by the relinquishment of state roads formerly maintained by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Officials worked to successfully bring a truck stop to the county in 2013 and plan to entice more businesses through the extension of utilities and fire protection out toward the Clymers area, Sailors said.

Sailors went on to praise developments at France Park, like the zip line and wireless internet service installed there in 2013.

Franklin presented the Kathy Dingo Spirit of the City Award to Bill Rozzi, owner of R & R Greenhouse. Before presenting the award, Franklin honored Dingo, who passed away in December, for her fundraising and event organization efforts throughout the city over the years.

Franklin praised Rozzi for his fundraising efforts and assistance with community projects like the pots of pink petunias hanging along city streets, a project Dingo spearheaded.

Cass County Commissioner Ralph Anderson presented the Spirit of the County Award to Cj Gilsinger, the county’s information technology director, for his positive attitude in light of “impossible tasks.”

An emotional Gilsinger thanked Anderson and contradicted his words in his acceptance speech by saying, “I come home most days thinking I’m the grouchiest person in the world,” drawing a laugh from the audience.

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