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Local Stellar Communities committees forming
Updated on: 03.31.14

Nashville and Brown County residents and leaders have six to eight weeks to come up with a plan to wow the Stellar Communities state committee.

If they can do it, the community will be rewarded with millions in state funding for development projects — between $9.9 million and $20 million, according to past awards.

The community — town and county as a whole — is one of six finalists for an award. Two Stellar Communities will be chosen by the state committee and announced this summer.

Nashville Town Council President Bob Kirlin has been distributing fliers at public buildings asking people to sign up for committees. The goal is to form a “Stellar Team of 800” — representing every resident of Nashville.

The more local people show support for the Stellar award, the more impact Nashville’s application will have.

The individual committees are advertising, public relations, community cleanup, fundraising, youth involvement and “800 Team,” a logistics group. Each committee member is asked to donate $1 toward Stellar projects.

Committee leaders are being identified.

The time commitment sought for serving on a committee can vary, as much or as little as people have to give, Kirlin said.

The volunteer groups will aid the local Stellar steering committee, which is working on the overall presentation that Nashville will give to the state visitors. It will include a video and a detailed, bound document describing the projects the community would undertake with Stellar money and the monetary support they already have, Kirlin said.

The date that the state group will visit Nashville and see how the proposed projects would affect this community has not been set.

The group consists of 10 to 15 people from the Indiana Department of Transportation, Office of Community and Rural Affairs and Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Money from their offices creates the pool of funding for Stellar Communities.

This week, a variety of government boards from the town and county will devote time during their meetings to discuss Stellar and the role they will play in the process.

The Stellar committees

  • "800 Team": Help pick up and distribute committee sign-up sheets and perform other logistical tasks.
  • Advertising: Create ads, distribute posters and write newspaper press releases.
  • Public relations: Meet with and inform the public about the Stellar program and gather letters of support from residents, businesses and community organizations and leaders.
  • Community cleanup: Set a date to clean up the community before the site visit by the state committee.
  • Fundraising: Work to raise money for projects in the Stellar Communities letter of intent besides government dollars.
  • Youth involvement: Make sure all projects involve youth.

To sign up, find a flier at a public building. To donate to the cause or ask questions, call Bob Kirlin at 988-2227 or Brenda Young at 988-7064.

Proposed Stellar projects

The projects identified in Nashville's Stellar Communities application -- costing an estimated $24 million -- are:

  • repairing water lines in Nashville;
  • updating the Brown County Courthouse to meet Americans With Disabilities Act requirements;
  • helping to develop a 62-unit retirement apartment complex at the Blue Elk site on State Road 46 East; 
  • building a community activity building and three softball fields at Deer Run Park;
  • subsidizing essential repairs to private homes near downtown Nashville;
  • installing a metal leaf sculpture downtown;
  • finishing the main line of the Salt Creek Trail;
  • improving the look and traffic flow downtown, and;
  • redoing the facade on the Brown County Playhouse and producing a play about Brown County there.
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 23
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 27
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 27
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 28
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road
  • December 30
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 31
    Live band at the Playhouse
    8 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 2
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 8
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 10
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • January 14
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 7
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.