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A-2 Front Wednesday, September 11, 2019 The Press-Dispatch Quick as a Click! Submit your classified advertising by e-mail It's easy Submit your classi ed ad along with your name and phone number to: classi Code enforcement reports extensive work By James Capozella The Petersburg City Council meeting last week varied somewhat from the norm, having been moved to Tuesday due to the La- bor Day holiday, and also because the Board of Pub- lic Works and Safety inter- viewed and hired a new Pe- tersburg Police officer. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Baumgart report- ed to the Petersburg Board of Public Works and Safety that he had accepted a res- ignation from former Peters- burg Police Officer Isaac Salters following an out-of- county crash that totaled a city patrol car. Recently hired Patrolman Isaac Salt- ers was taken into custo- dy on Highway 61 in Knox County on Sunday, August 26 and charged with operat- ing while intoxicated. Petersburg Mayor R.C. Klipsch and city attorney Brian Mahoney discussed interviewing William Bryce Manning after the Board of Public Works and Safety ac- cepted Officer Isaac Salters' resignation. A decision was made to adjourn the meet- ing, interview Manning and then reconvene and vote on the hiring. Board mem- ber John Melhiser made the motion to hire Manning, seconded by Fran Lewis and passed by a voice vote. Klipsch made the motion to accept the resignation and Melhiser made the second. Baumgart had recom- mended that the Board of Public Works and Safety accept Salters' resignation, and also apprised the board of the insurance and that the police cruiser was a to- tal loss. In other business, the council voted to accept the demolition bids with the no- tion there could be some un- foreseen problems not cov- ered. David Henson report- ed the demolition bids for the 606 and 608 E. Main Street properties at $ 351,450, which includes alternate #2 in the amount of $26,450. It was reported that the proj- ect should start around Oc- tober 1. Lewis made a mo- tion to accept the bid from Jeff Guisewite, pending the release of funds, and Melhis- er made the second. First reading of an ordi- nance for appropriations and tax rates for 2019 was made following the public hearing, which had no com- ment from the public. Lew- is made the motion and Bri- an VanMeter made the sec- ond. Lewis made a motion to approve the 2020 holiday schedule and Bertis Jenkins seconded. Mayor Klipsch explained that the E and B Paving company was to begin pav- ing work in October through the Community Crossing paving project. There was a discussion centered on street closings for the Buf- falo Trace Festival. The ride company will be setting up first, then the stage and af- ter that, the vendors. The planned wastewater proj- ect is still awaiting under- writing. Klipsch made a motion to accept a proposal for the new water line and board mem- ber Jon Welch provided the second, and it was approved by a voice vote. The propos- al from GM Development Companies, LLC was for de- velopment, design and con- struction of the water line and to enter into a scoping period with the offer per terms of the RFP, whereby GM Development will pro- vide design, pricing and due diligence to the council at a public hearing for final proj- ect approval. Klipsch stated the new water plant construction will include a solar panel ar- ray situated next to the pres- ent wastewater treatment plant. The County Council met on September 10 and, af- ter a lengthy discussion, ap- proved the $ 857,000 project. CODE VIOLATIONS City Code Enforcement inspector Kyle Mills was not in attendance Tuesday, but submitted a lengthy re- port for July that included a dozen locations with viola- tions and their present sta- tus. Mills also listed five un- safe buildings in his report. Four were for abandoned residences and one was for a burnt residence. The 2044 E. Main Street resi - dence has been signed over to the city and will be demol- ished. The city now owns the 508 N. Seventh Street resi- dence and it also will be de- molished. The burnt resi- dence at 1215 E. Main Street is now being demolished by the owner. Most of the weed viola- tion addresses were just warnings or resolved, but two received citations. Vio- lations included abandoned vehicles, improper dispos- al, litter, zoning violations for campers, open burning and dangerous trees. Most of these violations were re- solved, but there were warn- ings and citations as well. There were eight addition- al violation locations for just weeds and vegetation, ac- cording to the report. The next Petersburg council meeting is Septem- ber 16 at 6 p.m. for the Wa- ter Company, 6:15 p.m. for the Board of Public Works and Safety and 6:30 p.m. for the Common Council. Petersburg hires Manning to replace Salters on police force By Andy Heuring Three people were ar- rested for drunken driv- ing in Pike County over the last week. One was riding a child's AT V, another failed to use a turn signal and the other was weaving across lanes of I-69. William Flener, 29, of 103 E. Porter St., Winslow, was arrested at about 10 p.m. last Wednesday when he was stopped for driving a child's AT V on Highway 61 with no headlights on. Pike County Sheriff's Sgt. Buck Seger and Indiana State Trooper C. J. Boeck- man said about 30 minutes earlier, they had checked on Flener because he was push- ing the AT V up the sidewalk. Trooper Boeckman said Fle- ner seemed intoxicated at the time, so they told him to take the AT V home and not to ride it anymore. About 30 minutes later, Trooper Boeckman said he was driving down Lafayette St. when he saw Flener driv- ing the mini 4-wheeler at a high rate of speed on High- way 61 and turned onto La- fayette St. Trooper Boeck- man stopped and asked him why he was riding the AT V after police had told him not to ride it anymore that night. Flener said he was on his way to his mom's house to get his cellphone. Boeckman said he smelled the odor of alcohol on Flener, who failed field sobriety tests. He was tak- en to the Pike County Jail, where he tested 0.12 per- cent for blood alcohol con- tent and was preliminarily charged with operating a ve- hicle while intoxicated, with a prior conviction in the last five years. A Petersburg woman was arrested on Labor Day at about 9:30 p.m. after she raised officer's suspicion while they were serving a search warrant. Pike County Deputy Sher- iff Paul Collier said he and Deputy Jason McKinney, and Petersburg Officer Scott Arnold were serving a search warrant at 3871 E. CR 675 N., Petersburg, when a silver car driving west slowed down at the drive- way and then drove off. Deputy Collier said McK- inney and Arnold left and followed the vehicle. Depu- ty McKinney said it failed to use a turn signal when turn- ing left on CR 350 E., then ran off the right side of the road and went left of center after a curve. Police initiated a stop and discovered the driver to be Dwaina Young, of 2175 E. Main St., Lot 11, Peters- burg. Deputy Collier's re- port said Young failed field sobriety tests and was tak- en to the Pike County Jail, where she tested 0.10 per- cent for blood alcohol con- tent. The legal limit in Indi- ana is 0.08 percent. Deputy Collier said while doing an inventory of Young's vehicle, they locat- ed two roaches in the back passenger side seat. Offi- cers recognized them as marijuana. Young was preliminarily charged with operating a ve- hicle while intoxicated, with a minor in the vehicle, and possession of marijuana. An Indianapolis man was arrested on I-69 early Satur- day morning. Kevin John McGuiness, 26, of 4038 Bertrand Rd., Indianapolis, was arrested by Deputy Jared Simmons. Deputy Simmons said he was running radar on I-69 when he noticed a car driv- ing 72 mph, but it ran off the road and drove on the rum- ble strips for about five sec- onds. Deputy Simmons said while he was catching up to McGuiness, who was driv- ing north, he saw him go from the right lane across the left lane and off the road. He then swerved back across the left lane into the right lane. Simmons said he stopped McGuiness and while talk- ing with him, he immedi- ately noticed glassy eyes, slurred speech and the odor of alcohol. McGuiness failed field sobriety tests. According to Deputy Simmons' re- port, McGuiness said was heading home and was on- ly about three or four min- utes away. When Simmons asked where home was, Mc- Guiness said Newburgh. He was transported to the Pike County Jail, where he tested 0.199 percent for blood alcohol content, near- ly 2.5 times the legal limit. He was preliminarily charged with operating a ve- hicle while intoxicated. Three charged for OVWI in separate incidents Friday, September 27, 2019 at 6 p.m. Line-up will be at the License Branch at the corner of Pike and Nichols Ave. Everyone should be lined up by 5:30 p.m. Organization/Individual Name: ������������������������������������������������������������������� Contact Name: ��������������������������������������������� Phone #: �������������������������� Contact Address: ������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Contact Email: ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Brief Description: ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����Non-Commercial Float ����Commercial/Business Float ����Historical Float ����Antique Tractors ����Antique Cars/Trucks ����Walking/Marching Unit ����Motorcycles Nichols Ave., le on State Road 57/Main Street to the Buffalo Trace Festival on 4th Street. Please return by September 20, 2019 City Hall at 704 E Main St, Petersburg you may also call: 812-354-8511 or text: 812-202-8516 Entries will be taken the day of the parade but will be placed at the end. Also, please have respectful and well-maintained entries. ank you! PARADE ROUTE: September 19 • 5:30pm at Enhancing Lives Through Innovative Healthcare From recovery care and wellness to management of long-term health conditions, Golden LivingCenter - Petersburg offers a full spectrum of innovative programs and services, provided by compassionate, dedicated staff. These include 24-hour skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, private rehab to "Home Suites" and provides both inpatient and outpatient therapy services. ™ 309 West Pike Ave., Petersburg CAR SHOW FREE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Bryce Manning was hired last week as a Petersburg Policeman. On Monday he was sworn in by Peters- burg Mayor R. C. Klipsch and Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Baumgart. Manning is a 2015 Pike Central graduate, where he was a standout wrestler and football player. He graduated from Vincennes University with a degree in Law Enforcement. Manning has been working for the Pike County's Sheriff's Department and as a reserve officer for Pe- tersburg since last September. Manning said he grew up around police. His father was an officer in Oak- land City and for the Gibson County Sheriff's Department and his brother, Hunter, is a State Trooper. "It is just something I already know and wanted to do," said Manning.

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