OPEN ITEM: SerVaas Passes and Homes Demolished
Good Morning! Today is the 4th of February and this is your Open Item.
We heard yesterday that former City-County Council President and lifelong Indianapolis businessman, Beurt SerVaas, passed away. SerVaas was well known for coming into failing businesses and turning them around. One of the most iconic business that he is responsible for rescuing is The Saturday Evening Post. He also served on the City-County Council of Marion County/Indianapolis. There are stories of him flying back to Indianapolis from Poland in order to make it to council meetings on time. Both Governor Pence and Chairman Tim Berry took a few moments to remember this great man:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Beurt SerVaas, whom I consider a long-time friend. With decades of service to the people of Indiana as a civic, business and philanthropic leader, as well as military service to this great nation, Dr. Beurt SerVaas devoted his life to bettering his community and the lives of all those he served. His legacy will endure for generations to come. On behalf of the state of Indiana, I offer my deepest condolences to all those he held dear as they honor the life of this beloved Hoosier leader.” – Governor Mike Pence
“Beurt SerVaas was a visionary, whose leadership helped Indianapolis evolve into the thriving city it is today. He has left a lasting imprint on this community and will be missed.” – Chairman Tim Berry, Indiana Republican Party
Indiana is making a concerted effort to rid neighborhoods of abandoned homes. According to the article, the state has budgeted $75 million to this process. Lt. Governor Ellspermann announced this program at the Statehouse and said that around 4,000 homes could be taken care of with this money. That is a mere drop in the bucket when compared to the over 50,000 abandoned homes across the Hoosier state.
Managing Editor Derek Pillie continues our weekly previews of the political campaigns across Indiana this week by taking a glimpse inside Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. His profile is extremely well written and provides some outstanding insight. Be sure to take a moment and read it.
As always, if there is something we missed or simply something you want to share . . . do so in the comment section below.
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