Kokomo Perspective 12 30 2015 E Edition Page A1

Mayor says Buck 'ineffective,' 'irrelevant' State Sen. Jim Bucks big splash on the local news scene in 2015 had every- thing to do with the con- struction of Kokomo Mu- nicipal Stadium. Mayor Greg Goodnight says Buck was the problem through- out the entire process. Jim Bucks column crit- icizing the Kokomo Perspec- tive contained everything but the truth, said Good- night. He has a lot of nerve calling the Perspective a bully. Jim Buck and his Howard County Republi- can Facebook page spent an entire year personally attacking me, my family and my fellow Democrats. They purposely spread nasty, horrible lies, spewed hateful innuendo, and said vicious things about people I care about. They attempted to sabotage community projects for their own political gain. Jim Buck and the Howard County Republican Party are the real bullies. In January, Buck au- thored emergency legisla- tion in an attempt to halt construction, but the bill never made it out of com- mittee in the House. The bill would have al- l o w e d the In- d i a n a Depart- ment of Home- l a n d Security (IDHS) to issue a cease and desist order on any political subdivi- sion that violates the law and creates a risk of federal Surveyor, mayor say Buck is wrong Drainage ordinance is good says Duncan Last week, State Sen. Jim Buck vented his frus- trations about the Kokomo Perspective , labeling the publication as a liar and a bully. Unfortunately for him, he chose the is- sue of drainage as one of the points to support his complaints. His words indicated a fundamental misunderstanding of how drainage is handled and who is responsible for it upkeep. Bucks property within a subdivision just south- west of the city of Kokomo has a significant drainage problem which is in need of repair. He authored leg- islation in 2015 that would have placed the responsi- bility for repairing it on the back of taxpayers rather than his own. The bill failed famously, but Buck sought to point the finger at the Howard County Surveyor's ice for the problem while resorting to name-calling with the Per- spective. The media bully has tried to portray that the drainage problem that was in my own subdivision was my problem only, said Buck. This simply is not true, as usual. H o w - a r d County has one of the w o r s t drain- a g e o r d i - nances in the state. I intro- duced legislation with the full intention of drawing Downtown rings in the New Year Annual celebration features solar-powered ball drop, fireworks off courthouse Downtown will once again be home to the citys New Years Eve celebration. The annual event will ring in the New Year with a music, light, and stage show, a solar-powered ball drop, and a fireworks display in the first minutes of 2016. This event is a won- derful opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate a fantastic year and look forward to the New Year. Its so nice to be able to do that together, said Su- san Alexander, manager of downtown initiatives with the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association. As in previous years, the event will feature a music, light, and stage show by X-sight Music that takes place begin- ning at 10:30 p.m. At- tendees are encouraged to come dressed for the occasion in New Years hats and accessories, said Alexander. Then, for the fourth year, the event is bringing in the solar-powered ball created by the Kokomo High School TechnoKats FIRST Robotics Team and powered by Green Alternatives, making the ball drop a one-of-a-kind green ball drop. Alexander said the TechnoKats have upped the ante on the ball even more. The TechnoKats have done some major im- provements to the ball. They now have more of an ability to create patterns across all the lights, and again, they reworked the whole thing, she said. That team has worked really 765-452-0055 kokomoperspective .com e-edition December 30, 2015 b om e-editio For Local Weather Call 457-9211 Sponsored by: City of Kokomo Coca-Cola White's Meat Market Indiana Hearing Aid at Kokomo Over 3.6 Million Callers Perspective's year end cartoon by Alyx Arnett Features Reporter aarnett@kokomoperspective.com Perspective Photos / File HAPPY NEW YEAR - Spectators watch the ball drop at last year's New Year's Eve celebration. New Year A12 by Pat Munsey Editor pmunsey@kokomoperspective.com by Pat Munsey Editor pmunsey@kokomoperspective.com Goodnight Duncan Duncan A10 Mayor A12

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