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November 23, 2022

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Winslow welcomes new council members By Sherri Sebella News Editor During the Monday, November 14 Winslow Town Council meeting, current board members Deb Lamb, Dee Fiscus and Dick Brewster wel- comed the newly elected council on board. Timothy Ennis, Joni Stafford, and Kavin Gayhart will be the new Winslow Town Council members be- ginning January, 2023. Lamb said the current council members are putting together a welcome packet for the new members. Current members decided to let the new town council make a deci- sion regarding holding a member- ship at the Winslow Community Cen- ter for walking purposes so no deci- sion was made at Monday's meeting. In other business the members approved claims in the amount of $130,722.88. A question about in- ternet service at the town hall was discussed. Brewster moved to drop the current carrier and go with Spar- klight, but the motion died from lack of a second. Lamb was concerned with con- tinuing telework if any of the mem- bers need to access information when working from home. Mem- bers wanted to research what Spar- klight has to offer before making a decision. Lamb said there will be a ZOOM meeting with EIWG and the Winslow Town Council members on Decem- ber 8 to discuss funding for the wastewater project. A discussion was also had about the vote to add two additional mem- bers to the Winslow Town Council. The current members are unsure of when the two additional members can be added and are talking with legal counsel about the issue. Lamb said they should have an answer at the next meeting. A new awning was denied from lack of action after Lamb moved to replace the awning at the Winslow Community Center. Winslow resi- dents questioned whether the town should purchase another canvas aw- ning or build a structure that may last longer. A transfer of $500 was made to the Park Board Fund which was a line item of the town's budget. Sal- ary increases are currently being discussed with council members and will be brought up again at the next meeting. Council members want to get quotes to fix the sidewalks that were recently damaged from water leaks throughout town. Lamb said they cannot get any companies to call them back to give quotes and they will continue their attempts to get a quote so things can be fixed. A letter will be sent to residents with their water bills in December regarding public information and enforcement of inflow and infiltra- tion which is what the town is try- ing to fix. The Street Department will be doing smoke tests to detect leaks in the system. "There will be no illegal hookups," Lamb said. "As the Indi- ana Department of Environmental Management gets stricter, we will too." Winslow Animal Control officer Bill Marshall said there is a need to raise fees for dog and cat licenses and that a new vet has to be found because the one the town was work- ing with has retired. The town has no one to use for veterinarian service at the moment. Members will decide on license fees at the next meeting. The next Winslow Town Council meeting will be 6 p.m. December 12 at City Hall. Timothy Ennis, Joni Stafford, and Kavin Gayhart are welcomed as the 2023 Winslow Town Coun- cil board members during Winslow's monthly meeting. Winter Wonderland coming to county Dec. 3 By Jill Hyneman Correspondent The announcement of ice skating on in Petersburg December 3 has created a snowball effect spreading Christmas cheer throughout the community. For those who have not heard, Discover Downtown Petersburg an- nounced they will be hosting a free ice-skating event for the communi- ty from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. next to the Pike County Courthouse. Ice skates will be provided but people are welcome to bring their own. "I am so excited to see activi- ties like this come to Petersburg," Mayor RC Klipsch, said. "I love that through Discover Downtown Peters- burg, we are able to offer it for free to the community. This sparked many additional hol- iday events that day. There will be a food truck or two near the ice rink. Planners of the event are also look- ing into some holiday music to play. The Santa house has already arrived on Main Street for the Holiday Sea- son. Many other organizations are joining in on the fun. When speaking with business owners like Calorita, Bee You Boutique, The Ole Flower Shop, Daugherity Vendor mall, and more, $20M water improvement project nears completion By Andy Heuring Press-Dispatch Editor The first wave of water projects in Petersburg is drawing to a close and they now face big increases in health insurance premiums. A new water plant is under con- struction, but many of the smaller projects that are part of more than $20 million in improvements are ether completed or nearing com- pletion. City Services Manager Ross El- more said the new water line to the Riverwood neighborhood is com- pleted and all the customers have been cut over to the new line. Also, a new water line along Highway 356 is in the ground and has been sanitized. Elmore said the last part of the project is to hook up the Elementary School. He said that won't happen until Christmas Break. Elmore said the new water tow- er on Highway 61 at Half-Mile Hill is nearing completion. He said the cool weather slows down painting. "They need a certain temperature to paint and it has been too cold," said Elmore. Elmore said he thought rehab on the water tower at Hornady Park would not begin until early next year. Mayor Klipsch said progress at the new Water Plant seems to be moving quickly. "There is so much going on there it is hard to even park out there." Petersburg is re- placing its old water plant, which is the second-oldest in Indiana. Elmore said over the weekend they had trouble with the transfer switch at the new Headworks Build- ing. It is where all the sewer from the city's system comes before go- ing into the plant. He said lightning hit the building earlier this year and Commissioners also approve Ratts 1 Solar project delay By Sherri Sebella News Editor A fter some technical difficulties, Pike County Commissioners had a virtual meeting with Stefan Bug- ge, Associate Project Manager for AREVON, regarding the delay of the Ratts 1 Solar Project scheduled to start construction 2023. In the amended agreement, Ratts I Solar shifted the no-later- than dates for the start of Phase I construction and the completion of Phase I construction forward by two years each, to account for de- lays in Ratts 1 Solar construction date. The amendment sets out a no- later-than 12/31/2024 start of con- struction date and no later than 12/31/2025 construction com- pletion and commercial opera- tion date for Phase 1. The amend- ment also provides a no-later-than 12/31/2027 construction comple- tion and commercial operation date for Phase II. Ratts I Solar requested that the three $200,000 payments be de- layed in hopes that replacing later year payments with early payments will provide the county additional financial flexibility in years direct- ly following commercial operation. The total amount of Economic Development Agreement (EDA) payments over t 20 years follow- ing the commercial operation date for Phase I will remain the same between the original EDA and the Amendment. Commissioners approved the amendment unanimously after Eco- nomic Development Executive Di- rector Ashley Willis explained the Community Dinner at Mi Patio a huge success By Sherri Sebella News Editor All throughout the Mi Patio restaurant in Petersburg on Monday you could see nothing but smiles and delicious home-cooked food made by various churches in the area, including First United Meth- odist Church, River of Life Church and First Christian Church. Beginning last year, the First United Methodist Church start- ed the Thanksgiving Community Dinner in hopes that all could en- joy a good home-cooked holiday meal with no worries about finan- cial costs other issues many face during the holidays. Patti Warner buzzed all around the Mi Patio Monday night making sure everyone was taken care of and had a full belly, along with the help of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and ma- ny, many, volunteers who came out for the event. "It will now be every year," War- ner said. "Last year we expected 125 people and got 270 people. This year we expected 270 people and we had over 350 served by 5:45 p.m. We ordered and cooked eight turkeys and we just ordered 100 pieces of chicken from JayC. Everything was bought locally. Mi Patio personnel were such great hosts. They provid- ed drinks, all the paper goods and desserts. They have just been abso- lutely wonderful. They go to church with us at First United Methodist. I am really, really happy." The local boy scouts and girl Jody Claridge (First United Methodist Church), Lori Thyen (First Christian Church), and Robin Evans (River of Life Church), serve the community Thanksgiving dinner at Mi Patio on Monday night. $1.00  24 PAGES  Four SECTIoNS  ThrEE INSErTS  PETErSBurG, IN 47567-0068 WEdNESdAy, NovEmBEr 23, 2022  PIKE PUBLISHING  voLumE 152, NumBEr 45 LADY CHARGERS LADY CHARGERS FALL TO WOOD FALL TO WOOD MEMORIAL MEMORIAL SPORTS B1 SATURDAY L Black BIZ FRIDAY SATURDAY 27 & S M A L L Black BIZ LOCAL A4 NEWS TIPS Phone: ���������������������812-354-8500 Email ����� editor@pressdispatch�net INSIDE Local ����������������� A1-6 Legals ��������������������A4 Sports �����������������B1-3 Classifieds ���������� B4-6 Home Life ������������C1-6 Opinion ������������������ C3 History ������������������� C3 Shopping������������ C4-5 Church �������������� D1-2 School ���������������� D3-5 Obituaries ���������������D6 uSPS 604-34012 See DELAY on page 2 See WATER on page 2 See EVENTS on page 2 See DINNER on page 4

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