Kokomo Perspective 04 24 2019 E Edition Page A1

During last weeks mayoral candidate forums, the Democratic portion gave rise to some questionable claims by one of the candidates. At times, the Democratic forum, which featured Abbie Smith and Kevin Summers, resulted in unusual assertions by Summers. In particular, an exchange occurred after Summers, a former Kokomo Common Council member and recently-retired Kokomo Police Department icer, was asked what his positions were on road diets and similar infrastructure changes that occurred while he was on the city council. Decrying such construction has been a mainstay of Summers campaign to this point. Summers claimed his term on the council ended in 2011 and that, at that point, the only major road change that had occurred up until then was the road diet on Washington Street near Indiana University Kokomo. I think at that point I think IUK may MORE THAN 31,000 DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY & MORE THAN 320,000 MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS AT KOKOMOPERSPECTIVE.COM Kokomoperspective.com 209 N. Main St. - Kokomo 765.452.0055 April 24, 2019 Inside: Section C PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer Logs A2 April 24, 2019 April 24 2019 Inside: Secion C by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com S U M M E R S F O R M AYO R E X P E R I E N C E M AT T E R S Over 20 yrs. Kokomo Police Officer City of kokomo Street Dept. Kokomo City Council - 2 terms Kokomo School board Carver Community Center Big Brothers Big Sisters Cops 4 Kidz KPD Jr. Police Academy Dare Instructor C O M M U N I T Y M I N D E D PAID FOR BY CITIZENS TO ELECT KEVIN SUMMERS MAYOR Police A6 Perspective Photo / Devin Zimmerman RED FOR ED - Western School Corporation Teacher Robert Sylvester participates in a walk-in last week. Teachers A3 Perspective Photo / Devin Zimmerman DEBATES - Republican candidate for mayor Richard Stout delivers an answer alongside Tyler Moore. by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Frustrations held by teachers in Howard County and beyond boiled last week as ed- ucators held walk-in events at their schools. After clashes with leg- islators and so far un- heeded calls for better pay and school funding, multiple union leaders appeared ready to walk out of their schools in protest. Last week teachers par- taking in the Red for Ed movement from around the state took to the State- house on Tuesday, call- ing for better pay, more school funding, and de- crying legislation that allowed for teachers to be shot with airsoft guns during shooter training. Overall, they collec- tively pointed to these in- stances as evidence that teachers and public edu- cation arent respected by lawmakers in Indiana. Those frustrations amounted to further protests, in the form of walk-ins before school last Wednesday. With little movement on some of their requests this leg- islative session, multiple teacher unions in How- ard County appeared ready to take more dras- tic action, claiming edu- cators will participate in walk-outs or equivalent actions. Honestly, this walk- in is going to be a last- ditch effort before there's a walk-out, said Brad Bennett, president of the Western Education As- sociation. Thats what were trying to avoid. Were trying to get their attention. We're trying to get them to do whats best for the community. Walk-outs, sick-outs mulled by teachers as tensions rise Educators take to the Statehouse, hold walk-ins at every area school last week City, Moore trade blows over yard waste services Kokomoicialslamslogservice reduction; Moore calls claims misleading THARP In a political spat ranging from disagree- ments concerning what constitutes a log to calls of dishonesty and even charges of wasting tax- payer dollars, local of- icials traded blows last week after the Howard County Yard Waste Cen- ter cut down on what size of timber customers can bring in for grinding. At the center of the ordeal was a recent deci- sion by the waste center administrators to reduce the size of logs that can be brought in for grinding. That decision prompt- ed the city of Kokomo to issue a press release decrying the move. Ti- tled County Yard Waste Center eliminates log drop off, further limiting limb and yard disposal access for city residents, the release sparked con- tention between city icials and Howard County Commissioner Tyler Moore, who chairs the Solid Waste District Board and is in the midst of a mayoral bid as a Re- publican. The yard waste cen- ters decision to alter its grinding practices pri- marily involves limiting the size of logs that can be brought into the facil- ity. In an email that was sent to Kokomo Street and Refuse Department Director Joe Ewing, Howard County Recy- cling District Director Mikki Jeffers outlined the districts plan and the reasoning behind the limitation. According to Jeffers, the center would begin limiting logs brought into the district to be no more than six feet in length and no more than 24 inches to 30 inches in width. That decision, as explained in the email, was made due to rising costs for the centers grinds, which are held twice a year. 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