Exciting Times in Indiana’s Oldest City


“It’s a very exciting time for Vincennes.” That was the theme of Mayor Joe Yochum’s state of the city address Monday.

The excitement ranges from street paving, to downtown developments, to public safety improvements.

“We’ve got a lot going on in the city. A lot of positive. It’s because everybody’s cooperating and working together,” Mayor Yochum said after his state of the city.

You could feel the good vibes in the room Monday night as Mayor Yochum issued his state of the city. Vincennes is in good financial shape. So good that the city has been able to invest a million dollars per year on street paving and it’s a worthy investment.

“You can truly see a difference in Vincennes with the paving we’ve done the last 3 years and we want to make sure we continue with that,” the mayor added.

One can’t help to think about the correlation paving streets has with the future developments coming to downtown. That includes the work of IN-VIN, a non-profit organization looking to rehab the Moon Theater. But one thing the mayor is most excited about is the riverwalk project.

“We’re a river community and probably one of the few river communities that don’t take advantage of that river. Well, we’re going to take advantage of that river now. It’s going to open up amazing things downtown once we get it into place.”

Fire Chief Sonny Pinkstaff also looks forward to the future along the river. It’s why the fire department is desperately hoping to purchase a rescue boat. “There’s going to be a lot more pedestrian traffic if you will. Lot more excitement around the river. Well, we want to be able to provide the best protection for the people that come to Vincennes. God forbid something did happen, we want to make sure that we can be there to help them.”

The fire department will also be getting a new fire truck. It adds a truck once every five years. One of the stations could see some much needed renovations. But Chief Pinkstaff recognizes another aspect brewing within the city that has many excited.

“I’ve been doing this almost 30 years here in Vincennes and i cannot recall a better time where all the departments are working together, working in conjunction. If the street department needs something, we’ll help them. If we need something from the police department or street department or parks department, they’ll come help us,” the chief added.

To help the fire department purchase the rescue boat, call the headquarters at (812)882-2600. You can also click here to donate.

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