RUS’s John Padalino Visits Mexico Indiana

John Padalino visited Mexico Indiana in May to tour the town’s new wastewater treatment plant. The plant was designed by Commonwealth Engineers and funded by USDA Rural Development. Mexico is an unincorporated area in Miami County. There are 283 homes and small businesses located along the Eel River which had been using septic tanks for […]

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The Easement TEAM Approach

When the project requires land acquisition, negotiating with property owners can often be a challenging experience with questions like: Why are you doing this project? Are you going to tear up my yard? I’ve heard this will reduce my property value? Are you trying to force me to agree? Whether you need to negotiate a […]

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BIM – Taking Shape

Taking Shape!   BIM (Building Information Modeling) offers a technique to decrease project costs and increase project quality.  BIM provides a clear visualization of what is being built and aids in the identification of potential design, construction and/or operational issues.  With BIM technology, an accurate virtual model of the project is digitally constructed.   Commonwealth […]

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Grant Deadlines Are Quickly Approaching

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) have grants for numerous types of infrastructure projects. In order to apply for their funding a proposal needs to be submitted by March 22, 2013 for their Community Focus Fund (CFF) and the Main Street Revitalization Program (MSRP). The final applications are due May 31, 2013. […]

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Preliminary Planning

The development of a Preliminary Planning Report (PER) could take several months. It is best to have a plan at the ready in order to take best advantage of funding opportunities. During the recent funding brought about by the stimulus monies, many communities missed the boat because they were not ready with preplanning. By the […]

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Windows 8 Weigh In

Chances are if you go out and purchase a new PC, Windows 8 will come preinstalled.  What are the biggest changes with Windows 8?  What Windows 8 versions are available and can I still purchase Windows 7?   The biggest changes in Windows 8 include the introduction of the Metro interface and the removal of […]

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New Notebook, No Windows?

Samsung and Acer have rolled out a new laptop with an interesting twist, the operating system.  They run a Chrome operating system by Google.  The new and relatively inexpensive ($249) devices dubbed “Chrome Books” are selling fast.  As of October 21, the ARM-based chrome book is the bestselling computer on Amazon. The most notable features […]

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