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October 9, 2019

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A-2 Front Wednesday, October 9, 2019 The Press-Dispatch net edition yeah, it's that fast! Z M It's The Press-Dispatch. No matter where you live. Delivered every Wednesday morning! Add it for $5 to your current print subscription or stand-alone for $35/year. GRANT Continued from page 1 Halloween CONTEST Decorate a light pole on Main Street, Petersburg with your scarecrow. Individuals, businesses, schools or civic organizations are invited to participate. e scarecrow needs to be displayed by Oct. 25 for judging. All art should be removed by Nov. 16. Contact City Hall at 812-354-8511 to make location arrangements. S P O N S ORE D B Y $100 PRIZE will be awarded on Oct. 26 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 8 pm "Lighted" Golf Cart Parade (Dark) Will begin at the beach parking lot. Hayrides around the park following the golf cart parade till 10 pm SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 10 am- Crafts and Pumpkin Painting at Noon Shelter House 1 1 pumpkin per child and must be present to participate. 2-4 pm Trick or Treating No cars/trucks allowed in park after 12:50 pm until 4 pm. Hayrides available for transportation throughout the park. Parking at the beach. 7-10:30 pm Hayrides around the Park Riders picked up at the beach parking lot, loops around the park and ends at the Haunted Woods. Parking at the beach amphitheater. 8-11 pm Haunted Woods (In the woods behind campsite 250) Little Goblins will be allowed in at 8 pm, please no big kids at this time. For admission fee, bring a canned good donation for Sombody's Place. Cash prizes awarded for scariest scene. Prizes donated by Anthony's Pest Control, of Winslow. Weekend 1 4 th Annual 1045 E CR 400 N, PETERSBURG • 812-789-3099 Enjoy the Festivities! in the Park Winslow celebrates new Town Hall Winslow officials had a ribbon cutting celebration with the Pike County Chamber of Commerce on Fri- day to celebrate their new Town Hall. It has moved from its previous location to the former German Amer- ican Bank location across the street. GAB gave the building to the Town of Winslow a couple of years ago and after efforts to sell or rent the building, they decided to move Town Hall into it. It is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Above are: Town Council member Debra Lamb, Norm Sweet, Dalene Frederick, Nathan Deweese, Jes- sie York, Clerk-Treasurer Stacy McCandless, Town Marshal Steve Nelson, Councilman Josh Popp, Hugh Eskew, Krista Robinette and Stephanie McGuire. By Andy Heuring County Commission- ers requested more than $10,000 for computer equip- ment in several offices and approved two detour routes on county roads for two state highway projects. Highway 64 will be closed to do overlay on a bridge deck over Cup Creek. The bridge is 0.88 miles east of Highway 257. The "unoffi- cial detour" is to use CR 900 E. to SR 257, then north to Highway 64. According to the Indiana Department of Transporta- tion, Highway 64 is sched- uled to be closed for 30 days. The second unofficial de- tour is to go around a proj- ect on Highway 64 in Dubois County. They will be doing an overlay of the bridge deck located over Rock Creek 1.93 miles west of Highway 161. The detour on county roads traveling east is to take Pike CR 1000 E. to Pike CR 275 S. to Dubois CR 450 S. to Dubois CR 875 W. then out to Highway 64. This project is scheduled to last 30 days. E911 Director David Capehart requested an ad- ditional appropriation of $ 9,570 to purchase a new CAD service for the 911 sys- tem. He said the new serv- er would replace an outdat- ed server. He requested it be tak- en from either the State- wide 911 accounts or Cap- ital Community Develop- ment funds. The commissioners voted 3-0 to request the addition- al from the county council. Pike County Recorder Jeff Harting told the com- missioners he would like to trade in an older plat scan- ner/printer for an $11,995 credit towards a new Book- eye 4 scanner. He said the Bookeye 4 scanner is a more versa- tile piece of equipment than their current OCE plat scanner/printer. It will al- low them to scan their large bound books of records. It has a cost of $43,500 with peripheral equipment and $ 31,505 with the trade- in. He said the perpetuation fund would be used to pay for the purchase. The transaction doesn't require approval of the commissioners or council, but Harting said he wanted them to know about a pur- chase of that size. County Clerk Lana Griffith requested permis- sion to dispose of old com- puters. The commissioners voted to approve disposal of the computers if she de- stroys the hard drives in the old computers. EMS Director Chris Young requested $ 3,020 from Technician Vacation and Sick Time to Office Equipment to make com- puter upgrades. He requested another $ 3,000 from Tech Vacation/ Sick Time to Vehicle Main- tenance, and $1,000 from the same account to Fuel, Oil and Lubricants, $5,000 to Basic EMT and $2,000 to Group Health. They were all approved 3-0. In other business, the commissioners voted to ap- prove rehiring Pam Cosby as the primary bio-terrorism preparedness coordinator. They also approved job descriptions for the posi- tions of Commissioners' As- sistant, Highway Superin- tendent, Highway Road Su- perintendent and Highway Dept. Office Manager. The next commission- ers' meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday, Oc- tober 21. Commissioners approve additional funds detour routes Ashley Willis, executive director of the Pike Coun- ty Economic Development Corp., explained its impor- tance. "In 2018, we complet- ed the master plan for the I- 69 interchange to achieve a road map for economic de- velopment that included land use planning, identifying ex- isting infrastructure, infra- structure improvements/ extensions. A critical piece to economic development is having water and waste- water capacity for econom- ic growth for business at- traction. Without water and sewer, we would not be in the game to attract new business and industry to Pike Coun- ty," said Willis. "Mayor Klipsch has been a champion for the city and Petersburg's utility servic- es. The mayor also served on the master plan com- mittee, realizing the future growth at the interchange and Megasite is dependent upon water and sewer utili- ties. Through this process and the city's planning pro- cess for the new water and wastewater treatment fa- cilities, the mayor and city council took strategic steps to plan for the future growth and development at the I-69 corridor, the shovel-ready site and the Southwest In- diana Megasite. The recent grant award and low-inter- est, long-term loan under- scores how needed these utilities are and express- es USDA/Rural Develop- ment's support of our eco- nomic development efforts. I applaud Mayor Klipsch and the city council for being for- ward-thinking and planning for next 50 plus years for our community as we continue to attract new business and industry, and create new jobs for Pike County." Klipsch said the prelimi- nary design of the wastewa- ter treatment plant is nearly completed. He hopes it can be bid by the end of the year or beginning of 2020 and have it completed in 2021. "I know that may be a little bit aggressive, I hope we can do that. This is a big deal for us." Councilmen also voted 3- 0 to approve salaries of elect- ed and appointed positions. They read and passed their salary ordinances. Councilman Brian Van Meter abstained from the vote on salaries for appoint- ed positions because his wife, Shirley, works in an ap- pointed position. The ordinances set the salaries of mayor at $ 621.82 from the general fund, $584.75 from water utili- ty and $584.75 from waste- water utility for a total of $1,782.32 per pay period, which is every two-weeks. Clerk-treasurer salary is set at $ 634.25 from gen- eral fund, $584.75 from water utility and $584.75 from wastewater utility for $1,803.75 per pay period. Councilmen's salaries are set at $2,600 per year from the general fund. The chief of police rate was set at $2,000.56 per pay, police sgt. $1,880.53, cpl. $1,800.51, first class patrol- man $1,673.07 and patrol- man $1,500 per pay period. Deputy clerk-treasurer is $455.56 per pay period and is also paid from the water and wastewater utilities. Ex- tra-clerical rate is $ 8.04 per hour. Mayor's assistant is $11.87 per hour. Part-time utility clerk is $12.36 per hour. City attorney rate is $ 8,150 per year for normal issues. Extraordinary issues will be paid on an hourly or percentage basis. Fire territory members shall receive $25 per meet- ing, City services manager re- ceives $538.69 per pay peri- od, plus pay from the waste- water and water utilities. City hourly workers have three categories. Catego- ry 3 is $13.50, Category 2 is $16.50 and Category 1 is $18 an hour for regular hours. The street dept. crew chief gets a weekly salary of $79.91 and can be paid more from the all the utilities. Park hourly caretaker rate for Class 1 is $14 and $10.30 for Class 2 worker. City code inspector has a rate of $18.50. Waterworks directors and Board of Public Works and Safety members both re- ceive $1,650, with the pre- siding officer receiving an additional $125 per year. The board attorney receives $2,150. Park Board members re- ceive $25 per meeting. Trick or treat hours were set for 4 to 8 p.m. on Octo- ber 31. That is a recommen- dation, said Petersburg Po- lice Chief Chuck Baumgart. Mayor Klipsch announced the demolition of Main St. buildings at 606 and 608 E. Main St. is scheduled to be- gin on October 14. Peters- burg obtained ownership of the dilapidated buildings and declared them unsafe. They received a grant to raze the buildings and leave the front facade in place. Mayor Klipsch said he had been invited to attend the Community Crossing Grant presentation next week. Klipsch said nothing is official, however, he called to see if this meant Peters- burg was going to receive a third consecutive Communi- ty Crossing grant for paving. Klipsch said in a previous year he was invited to the ceremony and wasn't given a grant. "I didn't go to that, but how awkward would that have been," said Klipsch. He said while talking with state officials, he said if Pe- tersburg wasn't going to get a grant he didn't plan on at- tending. "They told me I should attend. So I will at- tend." Councilmen were in uni- son praising the Buffalo Trace Festival. Fire Chief Ross Williams and Police Chief Chuck Baumgart both said it went off without a hitch. Baumgart said he was re- ceiving complaints about speeding on Alford St., near Petersburg Elementary School. He said he was go- ing to start running radar in that area. The next council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Monday, October 21. Pike Central's Marching Band place third out of six groups in the Springs Valley hosted band competition. They also won Best Percus- sion in their class. Director Chris Ashworth said the competition in Springs Valley was set up much like the Indiana State School Music Association's prelims. "Our scores went up again and we are almost at our highest score from last sea- son," said Ashworth. He added, "The students have handled the changing of weather very well. A lot of times when we have tempera- ture changes, the music is af- fected because the students do not adjust their tuning. It is difficult to toss color guard flags when it is windy. The students have learned how to compensate for these con- ditions and have done well." Pike Central will compete in the ISSMA Prelims on Saturday, October 12. They are scheduled to perform at 12:05 p.m. at Jasper. Two weeks ago, the Char- ger Marching Brigade placed second in a competi- tion at Evansville North. At that contest, they won Best Color Guard. Charger Brigade wins best percussion at Springs Valley

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