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  • City Official Apologizes for Unlawful Sign Slipup
  • Victim Sees No Difference between Smith, Ockomon
  • Two-Thirds of Mayor’s Salary Illegally Diverted from City Utilities

Political Sign ‘A Slap in the Face’

When Robert Walser came home from work to find a politician’s super-sized sign in his yard, “it felt like a slap in the face,” he told the Madison County ALERT.

A "Private Property No Trespassing" sign fails to deter a city official from erecting without permission a large sign in the yard of an Anderson resident.

A “Private Property No Trespassing” sign fails to deter a city official from erecting without permission a large sign in the yard of an Anderson resident.

Someone from Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith’s reelection campaign had erected a sign measuring 8 feet wide by 4 feet tall in Walser’s yard without permission. Walser pointed to his weathered “No Trespassing” sign in plain view and visible to anyone entering his property. He said he placed the sign there last year to discourage gang members from loitering while he is away from home.

As for the Kevin Smith political sign, “I feel embarrassed and humiliated by it. It’s the size of a small billboard,“ Walser said, who now opposes the embattled, non-consecutive two-term Anderson mayor seeking a third term. READ MORE

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  • 2. Rodney Chamberlain 60%, 28 votes
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  • 3. Tom Broderick, Jr. 40%, 19 votes
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Total Votes: 47
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  • 5. Don Muckelbauer 75%, 80 votes
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  • 1. Kris Ockomon 25%, 26 votes
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Total Votes: 106
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Broderick, Jr. or McClish. Who would make the better mayor?
  • 3. Tom Broderick, Jr. 67%, 39 votes
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  • 6. Paul McClish 33%, 19 votes
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Total Votes: 58
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Reese, Jr. or Muckelbauer. Who would make the better mayor?
  • 5. Don Muckelbauer 65%, 45 votes
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  • 4. Fred Reese, Jr. 35%, 24 votes
    24 votes 35%
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Total Votes: 69
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Will the 47% water
  • Mayor Says about Sunday Leak: “It Has Yet to be Found”

External Economic Consultant Greg Winkler gestures as Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R) looks on.

External Economic Consultant Greg Winkler gestures as Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R) looks on.

City Asking for Public’s Help

The City of Anderson is reporting another major water main break in Anderson. It is the second major break in three days.

Mayor Kevin S. Smith announced just before 5 p.m. on Sunday that there is a large leak in the city water system; however, it has yet to be found. Smith said “that Board of Works Chairman (Peter) Heuer informed me we have a suspected major water leak in our water system. Information indicates the leak is likely in the south end of Anderson. It’s probably a large 14 inch water line or similar size.”

Anderson Board of Works Chairman, Pete Heuer, tells Mayor Smith that a major unlocated water leak in Anderson is suspected.

Anderson Board of Works Chairman, Pete Heuer, tells Mayor Smith that a major unlocated water leak in Anderson is suspected.

Sunday evening, the mayor was asking for the public’s assistance with finding the leak, saying, “If you see a major leak along the roadway please notify Water Department trouble-line at 648-6444 or police dispatch at 648-6775.”

The latest break comes two days after a water main break forced the closure of several downtown streets and the Madison County Government Center. Friday’s gusher sent water freezing over roadways, including as far west as Jackson Street.

State Auditors Questioned Salaries Paid from Utility Funds

Last year, an Indiana State Board of Accounts audit report questioned the city’s longstanding policy of allocating money from city utility funds to pay salaries of local officials, including the mayor and city council members.

Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R)

Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith (R)

According to the report, during the audit period, approximately 50% of the mayor’s salary, and two-thirds of council members, were paid from money otherwise available for city utility improvements and expenses.

Indiana utility regulators also questioned READ MORE

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Elwood "Light Up the Magic" Christmas celebration.  
Photo: Light Up the Magic
  • Non-Elwood Resident(s) to Pick Next Elwood Mayor

  • Mayor’s Tenure Marked with Millions of Investment

  • National Recognition

  • Pool Reopened

  • New Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • “Light Up the Magic” Unveiled

Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold (R)

Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold (R)

Elwood, Ind. Mayor Ron Arnold (R) has announced he will resign from office at the end of March.  His resignation comes nine months before the end of his first term and just over three years into a highly READ MORE

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Park Floor

The City of Anderson Facebook Department on Monday posted pictures of the new taxpayer funded Geater Center hardwood floor art design and logo.  The floor plays host to Anderson Youth Basketball.  Over READ MORE

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