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Decatur County, Indiana

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In 1819, through the Indian Treaty of St. Mary's, the U.S. Government acquired a tract of land known as the New Purchase. Soon after this, the John Fugit & "Griffy" Griffith families entered the region, becoming the first settlers of the county. The area comprising Decatur County was set off from this tract in 1821 and named for Commodore Stephen Decatur, a naval hero. In April, 1822 court was established and government set up in May. The site of the county seat was chosen in June, 1822 and named, Greensburg by Thomas Hendricks wife, for her home in Pennsylvania. The first county building was a jail built in 1823 on the southeast corner of the courtyard.

Decatur County is located in southeast Indiana at the intersections of Interstate 74 and State Road 3. The County Seat of Decatur County is Greensburg. The population of Decatur County is approximately 25,000, with 11,000 of those people living in Greensburg.

As you can see in the above picture, the courthouse of Decatur County has a tree growing out of the top of the courthouse tower. This tree has been mentioned in publications throughout the world, including an episode on the television show, "Ripley's Believe It or Not", and causes thousands of visitors to come to Greensburg each year.

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Comprehensive Plan Update
Listed below are three links that you can follow to learn more about the process being used to update Decatur County's Comprehensive Plan.  These links will contain information about the Steering Committee meetings, public meetings and information about an on-line forum and social media interactions.

Decatur County Comprehensive Plan Draft

Decatur County Comprehensive Plan


Updated  -  Survey for Decatur County Residents and Business Owners (posted 10-4-2016)

We realize that not everyone has access to a computer.  Therefore, if you would like to participate in the survey, you may either print this file out or come to the Area Plan Commission Office to fill out the survey.  Please place the survey in a sealed envelope as it will be processed by the Countys consultants.  All paper surveys need to be into the Area Plan Commission Office by 4 pm on January 20th.  If you choose to print out the survey, you may mail it to the consultants instead of dropping it off at the Area Plan Commission Office.

Cynthia Bowen/Adam Peaper
Rundell Ernstberger Associates
618 E. Market Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

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Request for Use of Facilites
(request to use the Courthouse and/or the Courthouse grounds - please print, complete and submit to the Commissioners)

Decatur County, Indiana Code of Ordinances.

Americans with Disabilities (ADA) - Decatur County

Public Hearing on October 7, 2013

ADA Notice and Grievance Procedure Documents

County Properties - August 28, 2013:

ADA Report

Solid Waste Management Report

Health Department Report

Animal Control Report

Fairgrounds Report

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Click HERE for the Decatur County Comprehensive Plan (adopted on September 4, 2007)

Click HERE to view a video of the March 19, 2007 Honda Official Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Click HERE for photos of the February 6, 2007 grand unveiling of the new Decatur County Web Pages!

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