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Other ideas either Forum readers sent, were submitted by elected officials or added by veterans:
* Whenever a veteran is admitted the jailer should notify the VSO immediately regardless of time or day.
*The VSO would then be aware an at risk veteran was jailed & arrange to visit him/her ASAP to offer support, help the veteran identify options & if needed support law enforcement efforts through the countyís court initiated treatment program.
*Require all arresting officers to detail the location and manner in which the prisoner was arrested not just the charges. (Nobody gets admitted from the back of an emergency medical transport)
*Begin at least twice annual training sessions with the VSO and others as to unique needs for veterans and or mentally ill & possibly other special needs populations
*Investigate the possibility of Veterans courts and in-house jail veterans support programs.
*Clarify and identify veterans programs which should be made available to all county at risk veterans but especially those with legal and law enforcement issues.
*Engage the VA Hospital and health services to identify 24 hour emergency pharmacy resources for medication especially for those illnesses such as depression, PTSD and major psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia that if left undetected or unmedicated can result in a person becoming a threat to self or others.
* investigate the possibility of joint force training with County, City and Hanover law enforcement to more efficiently
* gather data on the number of veterans & combat veterans in Jefferson County & strengthen veteran adviser groups.
*educate the public on VA programs for housing, homelessness and business support as well as the public especially the USDA home purchase support program.


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Several weeks back I posted I would follow-up with information from various elected officials and community leaders regarding issues surrounding Mark Holtís death. Iím gathering their & ideas on what needs to be done & also asking what if any action they have taken since Marks death to assure such a tragedy doesnít occur again. I will do my best to continue the series so that those concerned will know Mark has not been forgotten, people care & the community is changing for the better.

I was honored to meet with Sheriff John Wallace yesterday veterans issue as they relate to the jail. Sheriff Wallace was very open & candid. Among the topics was the role the jail played in accepting Mark as a prisoner when in fact he had moments before been an emergency medical transport patient. The usual procedure is for an officer to bring in a prisoner & state the charges. There are a few reasons why a jailer can refuse a prisoner, but in all honesty, Sheriff Wallace would like to see additional training and support for the jail staff on several topics not just on identifying at risk prisoners upon admission but also identifying & responding appropriately to mental illness. He has some ideas but Iím sure heís willing to hear from citizens as well. You should know John has already implemented a few changes this year including whenever a prisoner is brought in there is a questionnaire that is completed to help better identify those persons with mental health issues. This was one of the most frequent suggestions Ėso scratch that off the to-do list; Sheriff Wallace already has that job done.

Sheriff Wallace was also candid that as the jail has grown, so has the need for better and more frequent medical care which includes mental health issues. Sheriff Wallace discussed the difficulty in selecting health care providers that are also skilled in mental health. There just arenít that many that can offer well trained staff. It may take some time to figure out the best approach & of course the county will need to consider additional funds for better services so that situations similar to Marks can be prevented. I believe Sheriff Wallace will be addressing some of his issues during this yearís budget session coming up this summer. In the mean time by balancing existing funds, Sheriff Wallace has arranged for professional mental health services through Life Springs. Itís only several days a week but it is a step in the right direction.

On a side note Sheriff Wallace has implemented several in-house initiatives including parenting classes, Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous and has engaged various church groups to work with prisoner needs as well. He has asked I remind the public to call him with additional suggestions.


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Dont know about other people but I'm tried of all the Welch lies. Rumor has it he tried to take credit for getting rid of blight and old buildings by saying he headed up tearing down the Madison Plaza. Now I might be a little dumb but my vision is just fine. Madison Plaza is still standing and oh by the way so is the burned out piece of cr@p Elks building downtown.

So other than Welch lying what else went down at the candidate thing last night.


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Assistant principal resigned a couple months ago. He just up and left from what I understand.

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I know the principal at E.O. Muncie resigned. However,I was told the Asst. Principal at the Junior High turned in his resignation last week and left. Is this true?

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Wow, I'm speechless. That is some very damning evidence against our mayor. How could anyone think that is acceptable? He took a major contribution from the President of a company that is currently under contract with the city. He truly has a problem understanding the boundaries of ethics. If the mayor can't see the error here, that's a problem. If he knew it was wrong and did it anyway, that's a problem. He loses either way. I must say it has been an interesting 4 years. I would have never dreamed a guy could find so many different ways to screw himself. ( and others ) He won't survive this one. This is huge!!

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Heard out on the street that the big contributor to Welch of $2,000 has a contract for his company to be the City Engineers with a deal just a couple of months ago. JB..you know anything about this? I mean why would some guy from Louisville get involved in Madison politics? Sure smells fishy to me.

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Henderson would lie if it made him 2 cents. He might be a funny guy but you can't trust him as far as you could throw his best buddy Bob Crook. Those 2 are peas in a pod and Henderson would wipe the mayors arse if Welch asked him too.

Oh wait, Darryls already done that a dozen or 2 times.


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No the ILA will not be backdated. Credit McGee, Backus at the city for stopping Welch, Henderson, Hodges, Lee and Jones who seem to have had little concern about "backdating" legal documents. On the county side you credit Schafer and Little in the commissioners office for stopping Cash who publicly admitted he saw "nothing wrong" with signing his name to the wrong date in order to assure the city could continue it's legal efforts against Hutchinson.

County Council received the ILA after the pro-back dating (falsification) group realized not everyone was as lacking on ethical standards as they themselves. Unlike the other groups- county council didn't have to have a public debate about whether or not to lie and place a false date on a legal document.


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Since I was at both the City Council and County Council meetings this morning, I will repeat what City attorney Joe Jenner said about meeting state specs on Hutchinson Lane. He said that FPBH, the engineering company on the project had said it met 2014 State Specs. However, when he was pressed by County Councilman Chris Shelton if those were normal traffic specs, light truck specs or heavy truck use specs, Jenner admitted he didn't know and neither did Joe Craig who not only is the County Council President but the President of the Madison Redevelopment Commission.

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