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A-4 Local Wednesday, November 7, 2018 The Press-Dispatch Commissioners move forward on hiring a full-time sanitarian By Andy Heuring Pike County Commission- ers voted to allow the Health Department to move for- ward with a proposal to hire a full-time sanitarian and tabled a request to increase the rates for a septic permit. Commissioners also opened bids for rock, blacktop ma- terial and culverts for the highway department. Pike County Health Nurse Amy Gladish told the commissioners the Board of Health has recommend- ed they create an applica- tion fee for a septic permit. Gladish said they have sev- eral cases of people com- ing to the Health Dept. and asking about getting a sep- tic permit. The department then has to do a lot of work on the application and then, for some reason, the would- be applicant decides not to get the permit. She said this happens often and they are out a lot of hours of work and the department doesn't get paid. She said the Health Board has recommended a septic permit application fee be established at $50. They would then leave the current septic permit fee at $50, which she said it con- siderably lower than most other counties. She also said the Health Department has been op- erating for several months with two part-time inspec- tors. However, because the environmental code is very gray, they get people calling and asking the same ques- tions of both inspectors, and sometimes getting dif- ferent answers. "A lot of it is how you interpret it," said Gladish. She said the board was recommending Aman- da Howald, who is working 21 hours a week, be made full-time. They would also do away with the 18 hours a week Tom Dooley had been working as the other inspec- tor. "Amanda has picked up the ball and is running with it," said Gladish. "She has helped clean up problems that are hideous. It is hard to think about the messes she has cleaned up. She gets this like no one I have ever seen. Tom will tell you he doesn't get it like Amanda," said Gladish. She added the money for the salary is already there. However, adding a full-time position will require the county to pay benefits to that person. She said it would be about another $20,000 a year. "That probably won't hap- pen until next Spring," said Commissioner President Brian Davis. He said she should have brought that up at budget time. "The installers will tell you we need it and the home- owners will tell you we need it," said Gladish. She said she was just ask- ing for the commissioners approval to proceed to the county council with their request. The commissioners vot- ed 3-0 to approve proceed- ing with the request, but Da- vis said they would need to table the request to change the permitting fees. The commissioners al- so opened bids for material pricing for 2019 at the high- way department. The commissioners opened bids for rock, hot mix asphalt, cold mix as- phalt, rock and culverts. The county got bids from E&B Paving and Cave Quar- ries for hot asphalt mix. Cave Quarries' bids ranged from $55 a ton to $57 a ton for #5 to binder to #11 sur- face, while E&B ranged from $53 for #5 binder to 61 for #11 surface. Three companies: Mulz- er Crushed Stone, Roger's Group and Cave Quarries all bid numerous grades of stone. The delivered to Pike County prices for #7 stone was $19.05 by Mulzer, $16.10 by Roger's and $12.30 by Cave Quarries. The prices for #53 or #73 were Mulzer $18.15, Rog- er's $16.25 and Cave Quar- ries $11.20. Cave Quar- ries, which is located near Otwell, was the only com- pany to bid a "picked up at plant," price. Their bid was #5 $12.10, and both #53 and #73 $11.10. Asphalt Materials was the only company to bid liq- uid asphalt products. Their prices were $ 3.19 a gallon for AE-P, $2.19 for AE-P/li- te and AE-90, $2.40 for AE- 90S polymer and $1.69 for AE-F (fogseal). Four companies: Metal Culverts, 37 Pipe&Supply, Southern Indiana Sup- ply and Civil Con, Inc. bid storm drainage structures. On high density poly cul- vert pipe smooth, their bids ranged from $5.30 to $5.76 on 12-inche diameter and from $ 94 to $113.10 on 60 -inch diameter. The bids were all taken under advisement. In other business, the commissioners accepted a check of $2,608.01 from the DNR Forestry Division for timber sales. A representa- tive of the DNR said 50 per- cent of it is to be used for fire prevention and the other for general expenses. The commissioners also voted to approve Pike Coun- ty Economic Development Corporation's Master Plan for the I-69 intersection. The document was complet- ed early this year. It set out a detailed plan for develop- ment for that area. The next commissioners' meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Novem- ber 19. attempt at an elected position, said that he and his supporters worked hard in the weeks and days leading up to Tuesday's general election. "I think it probably goes through ev- ery candidate's mind, you know – did I do enough? " Manning said. "But, in the end, I just put myself out there and knocked on doors and tried to talk to as many voters as I could." Manning said that he was look- ing forward to taking his seat on the school board in January. "Our schools are comprised of ma- ny components and all have signifi- cance in one degree or another," Man- ning said. "So I'm just looking forward to working with the school board and the administration and get things go- ing." Waltz was first elected to the school board in 2010, defeating seven-term incumbent Gary Horrall by 50 votes, and ran unopposed for a second term in 2014. He served as the board's pres- ident for three years, from 2015 -2017. "I don't think anybody ever real- ly expects something like that to happen," Waltz said of Manning's 1,039 -vote victory. "I think the tax- payers have spoken and I congratu- late Forrest. I hope he does a great job. I hope the schools continue to prog- ress and that the rest of the board just kind of embraces Forrest and moves ahead. That's the main thing. It's not about me. It's not about him. It's about the schools and the students." Waltz said that while the people that he had spoken with during the run-up to the election had provided good, pos- itive feedback, he knew that the ma- ny difficult decisions that the school board had to make over the last eight years to bail the school corporation out of a deep financial hole would like- ly work against him. "Any time you have to make tough decisions, that's going to impact it," Waltz said. "But I think you have to do the things to get our schools back in line so it's not in a state-takeover mode. And we battled back, all the way through, and we finally popped out this year. But I think that it takes a lot of decisions." "Now we're operating in the black and we were able to give, just last night, the rest of the staff a four per- cent pay increase," Waltz added. "It's still kind of raw on the taxpayers' minds, but that's okay. I think it's time that we get maybe some new perspec- tive in there, so that's great." Manning will be one of two new members on the school board, as How- ard Knight ran unopposed for the Dis- trict 1 seat vacated by Ron Sharp, who opted not to seek re-election to a sec- ond term. MANNING Continued from page 1 ELECTION Continued from page 1 CRASHES Continued from page 1 was driving a 1998 Ford Ranger east on CR 50 S. when he lost control and ran off the road, hitting a tree. His passenger, Colton E. Mallory, 23, of 1002 E. CR 25 S., Winslow, was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected through the windshield. His injuries were listed as incapacitating and se- vere bleeding from the face. White complained of knee, lower leg and foot pain. Both were taken to the hospital by Pike County EMS. Damage in the 7:40 p.m. accident at the intersec- tion of CR 50 S. and CR 600 E. was listed as $5,000 to $10,000. It takes 3 mInutes to subscrIbe to 812-354-8500 "As a county chairman you want all your people to win. I hate that Frank lost," said Flint, who is the Pike Coun- ty Republican Chairman. "It is a good win for the Republican party. Of course, I'm happy I won. All the candidates worked hard. I'm proud of every single one of them. They worked so hard, they were ded- icated and they put their hearts into it. It is just a good win for the Repub- lican party," said Flint. HARRIS EASILY WINS RE-ELECTION TO COUNTY COUNCIL County councilman Randy Harris easily won his third term as Coun- ty Councilman for District 1. He de- feated Democrat Daren Cook 918 to 416 getting 68 percent of the votes. He won all seven of the precincts in his district. "I really appreciate the people of the district having the faith in me to do a good job," said Harris. "I'm fairly pleased about the re- sults. I want to thank people who vot- ed. The one thing I know to do is try harder next time and there will be a next time. I'm going to run again," said Cook. HOUTSCH OUSTS RIDAO AS JEFFERSON TRUSTEE Republican Danielle Houtsch beat incumbent Cindy Ridao 578 to 251 votes for Jefferson Township Trust- ee. She won Jeff 1 by a vote of 324 to 166 and Jeff 2 with 253 votes to 85. "I'm very happy with the results," said Houtsch. "I'm a home town girl. I moved back to my hometown to raise my babies and I just wanted to find another way to support our community. I'm glad to be given the opportunity to do so." There were several county-wide races where candidates were unop- posed. Republican Mike Goodpaster was unopposed for Assessor, Democrat Jeff Beisterveld was elected Pike Cir- cuit Court Judge and Republican Dar- rin McDonald was elected Prosecutor. All were unopposed. Incumbent Republican County Councilmen Max Elliott in District 3 and Travis Troutman was unopposed in District 4 were both unopposed. Former Petersburg Mayor Jon Craig was unopposed as well in District 2. STATE AND NATIONAL RESULTS In the race for the U.S. Senate be- tween Republican Mike Braun and incumbent Democrat Joe Donnel- ly, Braun out-polled Donnelly 3,235 - 1,679 in Pike County. Statewide, with 73.7 percent of the state's 5,347 pre- cincts having reported, Braun had re- ceived 54.7 percent, or 768,521 votes, while Donnelly had received 41.0 per- cent, or 576,556 votes. Libertarian Lu- cy M. Brenton, who received 245 votes in Pike County, had received 4.2 per- cent, or 59,544 votes. In the race for U.S. Representative for District 8, Republican incumbent Larry Bucshon out-polled Democrat- ic challenger William Tanoos 3,539 - 1,543 in Pike County. District-wide, Bucshon received 70.4 percent, or 83,120 votes, while Tanoos received 29.6 percent, or 34,993 votes. In the race for State Representa- tive for District 63, Republican in- cumbent Shane Lindauer out-polled Democratic challenger Joseph "Joe" Lannan 1,470 -807 in Pike County. Dis- trict-wide, Lindauer received 67.2 per- cent, or 15,439 votes, while Lannan received 32.8 percent, or 7,557 votes. In the race for State Representa- tive for District 75, Republican incum- bent Ron Bacon out-polled Democrat- ic challenger John Hurley 1,488 -792. District-wide, Bacon received 58.0 percent, or 4,233 votes, while Hurley received 42.0 percent, or 3,064 votes. and your budget fits in your POCKET Sign up today Just $5 per year additional to current paper edition subscribers or $35 per year for NETedtion only. net edition Web, Smartphone, Tablet Life Milestones made free CALL: 812-354-8500 Put a free photo with write up on Weddings, Anniversaries & Engagements.

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