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Tipton’s flood bill: $2.5 million

– Recent flooding across central Indiana caused more than $2.5 million in property damage in Tipton and displaced about 5 percent of the city’s population, its mayor has told federal officials.

Mayor Don Havens, in an impact statement to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said the flooding also eroded as much as 10 percent of the property tax base of the city of about 5,000 people, the Kokomo Tribune reported Tuesday.

The city about 35 miles north of Indianapolis has spent an estimated $150,000 on flood debris removal and landfill fees from the April 19-20 flooding along Big Cicero Creek and Buck Creek.

County won’t block wind farm proposal

Officials in a central Indiana county have decided they won’t take immediate action to block a proposed wind farm.

Delaware County commissioners decided Monday that it would be premature to impose a moratorium on wind turbines since the county plan commission hasn’t acted on a proposed zoning change to allow the project on 15,000 acres northeast of Muncie, The Star Press reported.

E.ON Climate and Renewables of Chicago is seeking permission to build the electricity-generating turbines in current agricultural areas. The plan commission last week delayed taking action on that request until its June 6 meeting.

Ball State initiative compensates losses

Ball State University has offset cuts in state appropriations this year because of an entrepreneurial initiative that aims to take learning from the classroom and apply it to real-world settings.

State lawmakers cut Ball State’s operating appropriation by $1.5 million over the next two years but increased funding for the “Entrepreneurial University” initiative by more than $4 million.

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers tells The Star Press that the commission had not recommended the increase but that lawmakers included it in the budget passed April 29.

Commission chief financial officer Jason Dudich says Ball State was rewarded for growth in some master’s and doctoral degrees.

Crews clearing Lafayette logjam

Crews have begun clearing a massive logjam caused by flooding last month that damaged a bridge near Lafayette.

Workers used an excavator with a grapple on Monday to pull, twist and break logs that piled up in Wildcat Creek next to the bridge for Tippecanoe County Road 100 North. Two men used a chain saw to cut thicker logs in half and attached cables to larger pieces so they could be dragged up the bank, the Journal & Courier reported.

Pressure from the logjam broke a portion of a steel support under the bridge, county officials said. Officials have kept the bridge open, but have put it near the top of the county’s bridge replacement list.

Lugar to receive German honor

Former Sen. Richard Lugar is collecting another honor. The Lugar Center, his Washington-based nonprofit, says German President Joachim Gauck has decided to bestow on Lugar the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit. The presentation of Germany’s highest honor will be made by German Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Ammon in Washington on Wednesday evening.

Ammon says the German Grand Cross is in recognition of Lugar’s “tireless efforts to further deepen German-American relations” and Lugar’s work on nuclear reduction and arms control.

Lugar retired from the Senate in January after six terms representing Indiana.