Kokomo Perspective 03 02 2016 E Edition Page A1

Howard County's attrition plan, aimed at earning about $1 million to $1.5 million in savings over a three-year period for the county, met its first bump in the road last week. Members of the Howard County Council voted to table a proposed re- structuring of Howard County Supe- rior Court 2, with a split vote ultimately being decided by Council President Dick Miller. The much-debated restructuring of Superior Court 2 involved Judge Brant Perry cutting an assistant court report- er position, which was already vacant, from his budget. As a re- sult of the proposal about $30,000 would have been returned to the county's general fund this year. In line with the functions of the county's attrition plan, 15 percent of the salary, or $4,472.49, was to be redis- tributed to Perry's remaining assistant court reporter, court reporter, and secu- rity guard for picking up the duties of the defunct position. By design, the as- sistant court reporter and court report- er would each receive a $1,896.55 salary bump, while the guard was to receive a proposed $679.39 raise. The other beauty of it is we're empowering our department heads in this process, said Howard County Commis- sioner President Paul Wyman, who presented the plan. We want them thinking along these lines when some- body leaves as to how they might be able to reorganize their department, how they might be able to incentivize their employees that are doing a good job with dollars in order to get there. I believe that's what Judge Perry did in his court. However, several councilman had issue with the proposal. The primary complaint voiced by the council en- tailed a worry that the security guard's new duties - which included calendar scheduling, the handling of juries, and the ordering of supplies - along with the subsequent raise would cause con- 765-452-0055 kokomoperspective .com e-edition March 2, 2016 For Local Weather Call 457-9211 Sponsored by: City of Kokomo, Coca-Cola, White's Meat Market, Indiana Hearing Aid of Kokomo Over 3.77 Million Callers Drug A7 Ad- dicts walking the road of recovery face a winding trail stretching over the horizon. According to Superior Court 1 Judge William Menges, effective treatment takes anywhere from one to three years to take hold, freeing someone from the disease's clutches. Within the last week changes were made in Howard County to allow for those suffering from addiction to take their first steps toward recovery much sooner. According to Menges, those arrested for drug-related offenses are now subject to an addiction assessment. Should an assessment, performed by the Howard County Probation Department, turn up evidence of addiction, the arrestee may now be subject to addiction treatment as a condition of their bond. The goal, said Menges, is to implement treatment sooner than after sentencing takes place. The theory is that the sooner we get somebody into treatment following their arrest the more likely it's going to be suc- cessful, said Menges. So we're able to do that instead of putting offthe assess- ment and so forth until six or nine months after the arrest. While the program exists in a fledgling state, the judge cautions changes may be enacted to the procedure in order to fine tune its functions. However, he believes it's necessary be- cause of the length of time required for addiction treatment to take hold. The original idea is sparked from the fact that in order to have effective treat- ment it lasts anywhere from one to three years, said Menges. That's been shown pretty universally. The other factor that's important, and is the single most impor- tant variable as to whether or not treat- ment is going to be successful, is how long somebody's in treatment. Drug court begins new treatment plan Court can now require addiction treatment as a condition of bail by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Attrition plan meets first hiccup County Council tables restructuring of Howard County Superior Court 2 Cartier Lounge owner reflects after business' destruction Hatcher constructed award-winning bar more than 30 years ago A fire claimed a hallmark of Koko- mo cuisine late last month. The blaze, still of indeterminate origin as of the time of reporting, destroyed Cartier Lounge on Feb. 20. The revered barbecue joint and bar, having earned multiple accolades throughout the City of Firsts' culinary competitions, served the community for more than three decades. It's so devastating, said owner and operator Curtis Hatcher. I've got plaques I won in there, like number- one in food sales at Ribfest and Taste of Kokomo year after year. Hatcher first came to Kokomo in 1959. Coming from Clarksville, Tenn., he said the move marked an immedi- ate step in the right direction for him. When I left Tennessee, I was working for $4 a day, said Hatcher. I came here and was making $1.05 an hour at McGonigal's on Su- perior Street. Then I went to Chrysler. For 30 years he worked at the transmission plant in department 19. However, he wanted more. While still working at Chrysler, Hatch- er purchased the property on North Main Street in 1978 that would become Cartier Lounge, and his double duty began. As he tells it, Hatcher woke up in the mornings for an entire year and went to work on his soon-to-be bar. With only the help of one other friend, he toiled for a year to bring Cartier Lounge to life. He mixed cement, tore out walls, and built the building as it became to be known throughout Kokomo. Then he would shower and head to work at Chrysler. I always wanted a little bar or something like that, said Hatcher. On April 13, 1979, Cartier Lounge iciallyopenedwithabeerandwine license, before eventually upgrading to the ability to serve hard alcohol. From there, it's history, so to speak. Every year Hatcher said he attended events like Ribfest and the Great- est Spectacle in Tasting, bringing in award after award. Now, he said the plaques are buried beneath rubble of the bar on 1105 N. Main St. I'm real proud, said Carter. I had a lot of plaques and everything, but that came to an end last Saturday when everything burned down. I had so much memorabilia in there. It's un- believable -- stuffI had 30 years on. While awaiting word from his in- surance company, he said he is unsure of what he may do next. You know what, I'm going to think about it for a long time because I'm 74, and I've got retirement for Chrysler, said Hatcher. I'm not going to rush by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Perspective Photo / Devin Zimmerman Addiction A7 Cartier A6 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com

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