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October 20, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

Thanks for helpingour son succeed

I would like to thank everyone that gave our son, Brandt Carmichael, the time of day to help with his benefit concert. I was simply amazed how many of the business owners and people in the community stepped forward and supported a 12-year-old.

Thanks to my son for coming up with such a heart-felt idea and following it all the way through. Thanks to Jason at Emmaus for supporting Brandt and also for asking him to make this a yearly event. Thanks to Dan at the radio station for always taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to a 12-year-old young man.

Thanks to Mathew Paul for being such an awesome master of ceremonies. Thanks to all of you that helped sell tickets, bought tickets, bought raffle tickets or purchased items through the auction. Thanks to all of our family, friends and groupies that supported the “Little Help for My Friends” benefit concert.

Kevin and Jody Carmichael

Logansport

Let the Utilities Service Board do its job

The Utilities Service Board and the City Council have different legal purposes. The Utilities Service Board (USB) makes utilities policy; that is not the business of the mayor and the council. The council only decides whether to give financial approval to a rate or construction decision by the USB. The Service Board’s legal powers and duties include consideration of contracts for “purposes that are necessary for the full and efficient construction, management, and operation” of each utility. I.C. 8-1.5-3-4(a) (10).

Any Purchase Power Agreement as well as any Build-Operate-Transfer (B.O.T.) agreement is necessarily the business of the Service Board. The City Council can only review the financial consequences if and when the USB has made the policy decision. Both the Mayor and the Utilities Superintendent have said they do not intend to present the B.O.T. to the Service Board. That would be a legal mistake.

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