EVANSVILLE CITY COUNCIL FEBRUARY 10, 2020 AGENDA

first_imgMemo Attachment: A.ORDINANCE F-2020-01 An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Transfers of Appropriations, Additional Appropriations and Repeal and Re-Appropriation of Funds for Various City Funds Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Discussion Date: 2/10/2020 Notify: Russ Lloyd, Controller X.COMMITTEE REPORTS XI.ADJOURNMENT VII.REGULAR AGENDA:  SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS Agenda Attachment: II.APPROVAL OF MEETING MEMORANDUM IX.MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS C.ADDITIONAL MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS R-2020-03 Attachment: B.BOARD AND COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS III.REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONScenter_img I.INTRODUCTION F-2020-01 Attachment: A.ORDINANCE R-2020-03 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 2117 E. Riverside Drive Petitioner: David W. Hamm Owner: David W. Hamm Requested Change: C2 to R1 Ward: 2 Mosby Representative: David W. Hamm A.THE NEXT MEETING of the Common Council will be Monday, February 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. City Council Meeting on FEBRUARY 10, 2020 At 5:30 P.M. in the Civic Center AGENDA V.CONSENT AGENDA:  FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS VIII.RESOLUTION DOCKET VI.COMMITTEE REPORTS IV.SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

SENATOR FEINSTEIN HUSBAND WIN CONTRACT TO SELL U.S.P.S. BUILDINGS

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare SENATOR FEINSTEIN HUSBAND WIN CONTRACT TO SELL U.S.P.S. BUILDINGSThe US has entered into a contract with a real estate firm to sell 56 buildings that currently house U.S. Post Offices. All 56 were built, operated, and paid for by tax-paying American citizens. Now enjoy reading the rest: The government has decided it no longer needs these buildings, most of which are located on prime land in towns and cities across the country.The sale of these properties will fetch about $19 billion!A regular real estate commission will be paid to the company that was given the exclusive listing for handling the sales. That company is CRI and it belongs to a man named Richard Blum.Richard Blum is the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein!(Most voters and many of the government people who approved the deal have not made the connection between the two because they have different last names).Senator Feinstein and her husband stand to make a fortune, estimated at between $950 million and $1.1 BILLION from these transactions!His company is the sole real estate agent on the sale!CRI will be making a minimum of 2% and as much as 6% commission on each and every sale. All of the properties that are being sold are all fully paid for. They were purchased with U.S. taxpayers’ dollars.The U.S.P.S. is allowed free and clear, tax exempt use. The only cost to keep them open is the cost to actually keep the doors open and the heat and lights on. The United States Postal Service doesn’t even have to pay county property taxes on these subject properties. QUESTION? Would you put your house in foreclosure just because you couldn’t afford to pay the electric bill?Well, the folks in Washington have given the Post Office the OK to do it! Worse yet, most of the net proceeds of the sales will go back to the U.S.P.S, an organization that is so poorly managed that they have lost $117 billion dollars in the past 10 years!No one in the mainstream media is even raising an eyebrow over the conflict of interest and on the possibility of corruption on the sale of billions of dollars worth of public assets.How does a U.S. Senator from San Francisco manage to get away with organizing and lobbying such a sweet deal ? Has our government become so elitist that they have no fear of oversight?It’s no mere coincidence that these two public service crooks have different last names; a feeble attempt at avoiding transparency in these type of transactions.Pass this info on before it’s pulled from the Internet. You can verify it on TruthorFiction and Snopes:http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/b/Blum-Post-Office-Sale-061013.htmhttp://www.snopes.com/politics/business/blum.asplast_img read more

Bertinet pop-up opens despite wholesale glitch

first_imgAuthor and TV baker Richard Bertinet has opened a pop-up shop in Bath and is close to securing permanent premises in the city after setting up a new production bakery.The new Bertinet Bakery pop-up shop opened last week and will trade in the run-up to Christmas, selling the baker’s award-winning sourdough as well as tarts, cakes and pastries. Located in The Podium shopping centre and due to be taken over by Waitrose next year, the pop-up shop will relocate to other, permanent premises after Christmas.The new shop has opened in the wake of disruption to the company’s wholesale operation during the summer, when a joint-venture partner, which had been providing production space, went into administration. The Bertinet business was unaffected, but had to move quickly to set up its own production bakery to maintain its supply to delis and restaurants in the area, although it is still not able to supply customers in London, including Selfridges. The company is currently in the process of registering its new site for Soil Association accreditation, which is expected to be confirmed in the next few weeks.”It was a difficult time for us, but we managed to restart production within a week and are now ready to start growing both the wholesale and retail sides of the business,” said Richard’s wife, Jo, who manages the company.Richard Bertinet was named BBC Food Champion of the Year 2010 for his work on bread, and is the author of two award-winning books on baking, Dough and Crust. He runs regular bread classes at his cookery school, The Bertinet Kitchen, in Bath.last_img read more

Confusion over new hot food tax

first_imgGreggs has seen a £20m drop in value as the government announced its plans to apply a standard rate tax of 20% to hot food products.The high street retail bakery saw its share prices decline by 4% to 528p on Wednesday (21 March), after details of the new VAT rules were outlined in the Budget by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer.A consultation document entitled ‘VAT: Addressing borderline anomalies’ described the move to tax hot products such as pies and pasties, which will take effect as of 1 October 2012.Mike Holling, chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB), has labelled the new VAT rules as confusing for UK retail bakery businesses. He said: “This could have quite an impact on the bakery industry. Confusion is going to linger over this new tax on hot foods, such as classifying what ambient temperatures are.“There’s so many grey areas to this, for both companies and their customers, and in an already challenging time on the high street.”Holling added that the move could be a hidden agenda of the government as a means of stopping customers from purchasing baked goods that could be deemed unhealthy. “The bakery industry is an easy target in this instance and if this is the case I would have to disagree. We have done a lot of hard work as an industry, and at the NAMB, with the Food Standards Agency when it comes to salt reduction.”The Budget document read: “VAT will also apply, to the extent that it does not already do so, to the sale of hot food, cold food consumed on the supplier’s premises.”Closing date for comments have been set for 4 May 2012.last_img read more

Hovis ends 100% British wheat pledge

first_imgHovis is to cut its UK wheat usage by a third, as the poor 2012 harvest forces it to source from the EU.Hovis, a Premier Foods brand, has long promoted the fact it uses 100% British wheat in its products. However, the reduced UK wheat harvest, due to the wet weather seen last summer, means it cannot rely solely on UK wheat.The brand will begin sourcing wheat from the EU from this weekend, and will remove the 100% British wheat claim from its packaging, according to the Financial Times.It has been reported that the amount of British wheat used by Hovis will fall from one million tonnes to 660,000 tonnes.Premier said it remains committed to using British wheat, and will source as much wheat from British farmers as possible, in 2013.”With the 2012 UK wheat harvest being the worst for more than 35 years, the company is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain the high quality bread standards that it requires,” said Premier. “Therefore, it has been put in a challenging position and has had no option other than to use a percentage of imported wheat from the EU.”Premier will be introducing this across the Hovis range by the end of January with the exception of the Farmers Loaf range where it will continue to use only flour milled from 100% British wheat. Andrew Watts, arable crops committee chairman, National Farmers’ Union (NFU), said: “It has been widely reported that 2012 harvest was, for many of our members, the worst in living memory as excessive rainfall severely affected both wheat quantity and quality.This directly impacted availability of high quality wheat from UK farmers and we understand the need for Hovis to provide their customers with consistently high quality bread and therefore source wheat from overseas supplement the UK shortage.”He said the NFU endorsed Hovis’ commitment, quality dependent, to increase UK inclusion from the 2013 harvest.In September, Premier Foods’ milling arm Rank Hovis said the 2012 UK wheat harvest had certainly been challenging in terms of timing and grain quality.“Wheat availability and significantly reduced white flour extraction levels have been the key issues resulting from the combination of delayed harvesting and subsequent low grain density (as measured by hectolitre weight),” it said.Gary Sharkey, head of wheat procurement at Rank Hovis, had confirmed that yields were down. “Rather than the 16 million tonnes (m/t) we were expecting, it looks to be more like 14m/t; and there are issues with quality,” he said.last_img read more

The Infamous Stringdusters Announce Big Top Halloween Run In Denver

first_imgThe Infamous Stringdusters have announced some big plans for this coming Halloween. With a two-night run scheduled at Denver, CO’s The Fillmore Auditorium on October 28th and 29th, dubbed Big Top Halloween, the Stringdusters will play host to what is looking to be quite the extravaganza.Scheduled to play support on the 28th will be the Funky Meters and The Magic Beans, while Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass and The Lil’ Smokes will serve things up for the Stringdusters headline set on the 29th. It has been also been announced that the Stringdusters will play as Williams’ backing band for a portion of his set.Fan pre-sale tickets are currently available and can be purchased HERE, with a general onsale beginning this Friday, July 15th.last_img

Nine Inch Nails, Primus, Deftones Lead Louder Than Life 2018 Lineup

first_imgToday, Louder Than Life has announced its 2018 lineup, adding a third day to its rock-oriented lineup. The three-day festival, which takes place in Champions Park, in Louisville, Kentucky, calls itself the “World’s Largest Rock ‘N’ Roll Whiskey Festival,” gaining the reputation from its expansive “Bourbon World” that samples spirits from a number of local Kentucky distilleries. For its fifth year, Louder Than Life is scheduled to return to Champions Park from September 28th to 30th.On Friday, headliners of the festival include Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, and Breaking Benjamin. Louder Than Life will also host performances from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Seether, Skillet, and more. On Saturday, September 29th, the festival will see sets from Godsmack, Bush, Sevendust, Gwar, and others. Closing the weekend out on Sunday, September 30th, the festival will offer its most accessible lineup of the weekend, with sets from Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Ice Cube, Primus, Billy Idol, Action Bronson, Clutch, Asking Alexandria, Yelawolf, The Sword, and more.You can snag tickets for Louder Than Life when they go on sale on June 8th via the festival’s website.last_img read more

Police Rescue 23 Migrants Kidnapped in Mexico

first_img Among them, there are 15 from Guatemala and 12 from Honduras, said the Comitán Police (state of Chiapas) in a report, and added that traffickers apparently abandoned the migrants because one of the vehicles transporting the victims broke down. In total 23 people from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico were rescued from a house in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo (north), where they were held as hostages by smugglers, the Prosecution reported. The institution said that due to an anonymous call, on July 31 state agents were able to find the house where the 23 people were held, including four women, according to a prosecution official from Tamaulipas, Nuevo Laredo state, on the border with the United States. The victims stated that they were held hostage for several days in that house, waiting for their families to pay a ransom, so that they could be transported to the United States and released in North American territory. About 140,000 foreigners cross the Mexican border illegally every year, in an effort to arrive in the United States, and many of them are victims of theft, extortion, kidnapping and murder.center_img In addition, the police said that other traffickers in two trucks in the municipality of Comitán, southeast of the country, abandoned a group of 27 Guatemalan and Honduran migrants. By Dialogo August 02, 2013 The agents arrested two of the men holding the migrants captive. last_img read more

Ecuador Seizes 4.4 Tons of Cocaine in Largest Seizure of the Year

first_img This is the biggest seizure reported so far this year, increasing the total amount of drugs confiscated in 2013 to 32.6 tons, according to official figures. After the operation, four Ecuadorean nationals were captured, including executives of the exporting company. Ecuadorean Police seized 4.4 tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of palm hearts that were destined to Spain from the port of Guayaquil, authorities reported on August 20. By Dialogo August 22, 2013center_img The shipment was found on August 16, and it had been initially estimated at 3.2 tons of cocaine; however, after a new inspection, the exact amount was 4.4 tons, Minister of Interior José Serrano, escorted by police commands, told the press. Ecuador is considered a drug transit country to the United States and Europe. Last year, 42 tons of drugs were seized in the South American country, compared to 26 in 2011, and 18 in 2010. In 2009, a record 68 tons were seized.last_img read more

Long Island LGBT Discrimination Case Goes Before U.S. Supreme Court

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The case of a man who claimed Long Island Skydive fired him for being gay has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard arguments Tuesday on the accusations. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan had overturned a lower court’s ruling against Donald Zarda, who sued the former owners of the Calverton-based skydiving company arguing that his firing violated discrimination laws. The company’s former owners, who counter that Zarda was fired for making a customer feel uncomfortable, appealed to the highest court in the land, which agreed to hear the case that is expected to result in a landmark ruling. “There’s a lot at stake,” David Kilmnick, president and CEO of the Long Island LGBT Network, told reporters during a news conference Tuesday at his Hauppauge office.The Zarda case is one of three LGBT discrimination cases that the Supreme Court heard Tuesday and its first on the issue since conservative-leaning Justice Brett Kavanaugh replaced retired swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, bringing the court to the right. The ruling may decide federal anti-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity — protections that some argue should be passed by Congress instead of decided by the courts. New York State has laws barring such discrimination, but more than half the other states in the nation do not.The Supreme Court is also hearing the case of a transgender woman who claims that she was fired from her job at a Michigan funeral home after telling her boss that she was transitioning — a case that she won and a Cincinnati federal appeals court affirmed. The third case involves a Georgia man who argues that he was fired from his Clayton County job for being gay, although in his case, he lost his lawsuit and a federal appeals court in Atlanta also ruled against him. Zarda died in a skydiving accident five years ago, but his sister and former partner are continuing the case on behalf of his estate. Kilmnick was flanked by local lawmakers rallying in support of Zarda’s case. Among them was New York State Sen. Kevin Thomas (D-Levittown).“This is an absolute travesty that such a case has to come before the Supreme Court,” Thomas said. “They’s not looking for any special rights. They’re looking for the same rights that everyone else has in this country.”Em Moratti, a Long Island woman who said she lost her first teaching internship after parents objected to LGBT-related internet posts of hers that they found, said the ruling in the three cases will affect the lives of those in the community.“Regardless of which direction, this will have an incredible impact on LGBT people,” she said.last_img read more