Vectren Tree Trimming for Evansville

Vectren has released their 2014 tree trimming schedule map. Be sure to have your easements clear for trucks and workers to have space and reach your power lines.

A few years ago I got my hand slapped by the city of Evansville, mainly because of my bad habits.  I always kept my yard nice, neat and trimmed, but not so much in my easement.  My neighbor wasn't any better, so what happened was our adjoining properties became overgrown with tree limbs, weeds, and the like.  So, I was informed I had to get the easement cleaned up or face fines.

Well, it's that time of year again when Vectren comes around and utilizes these easements to trim tree limbs that could be interfering with their electrical supply.  So it's important to make sure that trucks and workers have plenty of space between your homes to work.  It doesn't have to be as properly landscaped as the front of your house, but make sure there is enough room between properties to actually drive a bucket truck.

Vectren has released a schedule detailing which locations in the Evansville area will be trimmed.  Be prepared or expect to receive a fine.

Vectren Tree Trimming Schedule Maphttps://www.vectren.com/Public_Safety/Outage_Center/Tree_Trimming/Tree_Trimming_Schedules.jsp

New Evansville Water Bills

Paying water bills online is still not a possibility in the city of Evansville, IN.

The major announced on his twitter feed that our city water bills will launch with a new format this month.  Our reading dates will not change but it looks like the day the bills actually ship out will be different, so keep your eyes open.

Still no word on the ability to pay our water and refuse bills online, this is what I'd really like to see.  Or how about let's go completely paperless while we are at it.

Evansville Outsourcing Safety On Greenway

Due to a recent accident on the Pigeon Creek Greenway, the Evansville Parks and Recreation Board has hired an outside firm to come assess the dangers of the bike trail.  Instead of hiring a local firm, Evansville has hired someone out of Indianapolis and paying them $9,500 to point out where patrons could get hurt.

Although the inspection is most likely being done to curb any future lawsuits, the parents of the small girl who fell look like they will be suing the Parks and Recreation Board.

Jones said the girl’s family has sent a tort claim to the city, a preliminary step to filing a lawsuit.

So what's the solution, put up barriers everywhere and make sure said barriers are padded?  Take down the bike trails, because it's too dangerous anyway?  Surely some of the responsibility should be laid squarely on the parents and people who ride the trails and enjoy the scenery.  We are a sue happy society and it's going to end up ruining Evansville for the rest of us.

My heart does go out to the little girl cited as getting hurt, it's a very scary thing to have a child injured.  But is the first step to always go after someone else in hopes of getting money?  Instead, lets look at ways that the community could help with medical bills or another means of generating funds, that won't require extreme measures like building walls.

Lastly, if assessment is necessary and actions are required, let's keep the work local.  I can already imagine the next headline, 'Evansville Hires Employees From Mexico To Install Safety Equipment On Greenway'.

Source: CourierPress.com

Dotiki Mine Collapse

Dotiki Mine Collapse

It's been a sad morning for families and friends of the two miners who were lost in the mine collapse in western Kentucky.  All day news has emerged that at least one miner had been pulled out of the mine alive, while others have reported that both have been killed.  As of this posting no official word on the status of the two miners have been released.

The two men have been identified as Justin Travis and Michael Carter.  At one point this morning rescue crews were reportedly able to get within 4 ft of one of the men, although it wasn't clear which one or if they were even alive.

Social network site Twitter has been alive with updates on the western Kentucky coal mine collapse, but seems after each update it must be retracted.  Up until the past 15-20 mins everything has been speculation or unverified information coming out of local news outlets.  It's obvious that instant news from a source like Twitter can be a double edged sword, spreading misinformation being good or bad.

My thoughts and prayers have gone out to the family, friends, and miners who may still be trapped inside.  I couldn't possibly imagine what they must be going through.

Sewage Lawsuit

It's a biased opinion, but I think our current public servants are dropping the ball big time.  Not all of them, all the time, but enough to make an embarrassment of our fine city.  There has been a lawsuit filed against the city of Evansville for excessive pollution of the Ohio River.  I say excessive because the state permits a small amount of pollution, it's alleged that we've over stepped those boundaries.

What this means for the city of Evansville are extremely steep fines.  According to the Courier and Press these fines can reach up to $37,500, per day!  Weinzapfel replied in a statement that this was bullying by the federal government to exert control.  Sounds familiar.

My opinion is that there have been way too many pet projects over the past 10 years, spending money that should have been put toward sewer and drainage upgrades.  The huge downpour in Evansville on Sept 5th, 2009 is cited as one example of how our sewers lack the volume to handle a lot of rain, thus dumping sewage into the Ohio.  I know the residents of the South Side of Evansville know a little something about down pours and no where for the water to go.

I really don't know if the money being spent on the stadium comes from the same purse as what's used for our Sewers, but it should.  There should be some way to dip into allotted budgets to take care of emergencies, like our sewer problems, to keep Evansville homes and businesses from flooding.