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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, October 11, 2017 A-3 LOCAL Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg NEWS BRIEFS PCHS Junior Class fundraiser The Pike Central High School Junior Class is cur- rently selling fruit, pecans and tumblers. For more in- formation or to place an order, call Cassi Craig at 812- 354-8478, ext. 480, by October 30. NARFE meeting is today at Schnitzelbank The National Active and Retired Federal Employ- ees (NARFE) Patoka Valley Chapter #1847 will meet at noon on Wednesday, October 11 at the Schnitzel- bank Restaurant in Jasper. The speaker will be Vick- ie Fessel. Her topic will be membership information. Friday night community revival The Gathering Place, located at 207 E. Lafayette St., in Winslow, will be hosting a community revival on Fri- day, October 13 at 7 p.m. Beverly Riesenbach Loveless will bring the message, and praise and worship will be provided by Peach Riddle, Krystal Breeding and Don- na Russell. Call 812-789 -6396 for more information. Free HIV and Hepatitis C testing at Health Dept. The Pike County Health Department and the Aids Resource Group are partnering together to bring Free HIV and Hepatitis C testing to Pike County. The Mission of the Aids Resource Group (ARG) is to provide quality specialized case management, HIV prevention education and supportive services to peo- ple living with, at-risk for, or affected by HIV/AIDS. It is the goal of the ARG to educate and empower the community to recognize and reduce the stigma asso- ciated with AIDS, as well as Hepatitis C. ARG serves Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties in South- western Indiana. The ARG will be conducting Free HIV and Hepati- tis C testing on Monday, October 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pike County Health Department, 907 E. Walnut Street, Petersburg. Appointments can be made, but walk-ins are accepted. If you have risk factors for HIV or Hepatitis C, take advantage of this free, confidential opportunity. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the ARG at 812-421-0059 or the Pike County Health Department at 812-354-8797. READER GUIDE Subscriptions: Subscription rates: One year: $30 for Pike and surrounding counties and all 475 and 476 addresses; elsewhere in Indiana $33; out of state $50 Paid in advance. Change of address — subscribers changing addresses will please give their old address as well as new one along with phone number. We cannot guarantee prompt change unless this is done. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Press-Dis- patch, P.O. 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Box 68, Petersburg, Indiana 47567 • • • • • • Entered at the Post Office in Petersburg, Indiana for transmis- sion through the mails as Periodical Mail, postage paid at Petersburg, Indiana. Published weekly. (USPS 604-340) JOIN 4-H NOW! Youth: Want to be part of a national youth organization that helps you to become the best that you can be and have a great time doing it? Parents: 4-H has something that will catch your child's interest: STEM Training, Robots, Shooting Sports, Livestock, Photography, Wildlife, Child- care, Fine Arts, Culinary Arts, Pageantry, Horse and Pony, Pets, Leadership... just to name a few. Attend: See Sample Project Exhibits, Watch Horse and Pony Demonstrations, Pet Rabbits, Goats and Chickens, Complete a Cra, Meet Some Leaders and more. Remember both new and current 4-H members must enroll annually. is is the day to get registered! PIKE COUNTY 4-H ENROLLMENT EVENT FOR 2018 Paint a Pumpkin "Pet Rock" Make an Ornament Go on a Hayride Enjoy a Snack Enroll and Receive a Real Pumpkin! Limited supply. Only $20 per youth in 4-H and $5 per youth in Mini 4-H Maximum $60 per family! Sunday, Oct. 15 from 2-5 p.m. Pike County 4-H Building at Hornady Park BUY ONE GET ONE HALF OFF Dr. Clint Shoultz 715 S. 9th Street, Petersburg, IN 812-354-9400 Locally Owned and Operated CALL 812.354.9400 to schedule an appointment today. Mon. 8-7, Tues. 8-Noon, Wed. 10-7, Thur. & Fri. 8-5 Some restrictions apply. See store for details. it is expensive for them to pay to have the tanks filled. He said he would have a better es- timate on the cost at a later meeting. Debi Lamb asked the council if there was a restriction on driving a golf cart on town streets. She said the Beautifi- cation Committee and Lions Club are looking at having a lighted golf cart parade throughout town near Christ- mas time. Right now, it is just an idea they are working on. However, she said they may try to have a chill cook-off or something similar following the pa- rade. Councilmen approved the claims of $20,378.92. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, November 6. OMA given deadline to resolve fire code violations By Ed Cahill Fire code violations at Otwell Miller Academy must be resolved by Thurs- day, Oct. 19, or Friends of Otwell Ele- mentary, Ltd., could face legal action by the Indiana Department of Home- land Security Division of Fire and Building Safety. On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Jason Bu- chanan, an inspector with the IDHS Division of Fire and Building Safety, issued a Fire and Building Code En- forcement Inspection Order that list- ed 12 violations of the fire code: • Vertical grab bars have not been added in accessible bathrooms; • Rear and side wall horizontal gr- ab bars have not been added in acces- sible bathrooms; • Fire alarm acceptance testing showed lack of required duct detec- tors due to incomplete HVAC make up air installation; • Bathroom sinks drain pipes have not been insulated/covered; • Bathroom in common office area is not accessible; • Employee training documentation on the emergency fire safety and evac- uation plan was not available; • Current means of egress does not lead to a public way; • Penetration of wiring through rat- ed ceiling assembly has not been fire stopped; • Door to electrical room in men's restroom and door to men's restroom have not been labeled to show electri- cal room location; • Switch in main corridor did not have approved cover; • Fire safety plan showed assembly point and primary evacuation route; and •Current means of egress to public way is loose dirt and gravel. According to an email from the IDHS Office of Public A ffairs dated Tuesday, Oct. 10, a code official with the IDHS Division of Fire and Build- ing Safety conducted an inspection of Otwell Miller Academy on Thursday, Oct. 5. "The code official found that five outstanding violations from the Sep- tember 6 inspection were resolved," the email states. "Due to extenuating circumstances, Otwell Miller Acade- my was given a two-week extension in order to finish resolving the seven re- maining violations." "In the event that the remaining violations have not been resolved by October 19, IDHS will then seek le- gal means to obtain compliance," the email concludes. According to a separate email from the IDHS Office of Public A ffairs on Tuesday, Oct. 10, the Indiana De- partment of Homeland Security has "broad" authority to execute different types of actions in order to obtain com- pliance. "This may include fines, building closure orders or other sanctions as the agency sees fit," the email states. During a meeting of the Otwell Miller Academy School Board on Monday, Oct. 9, school director Rick Fears announced that the seven fire code violations that remained unresolved "are not items ... that we can do here from school." "They are with outside entities, that they have to do to with the building structure and outside grounds," Fears said. "I think once we get those done, I think we're going to be in pretty good shape." Mike Houtsch, who serves as chair- man of the school board's Operations and Facilities Committee, told the board that he had spoken by phone with the code official following the inspection on Oct. 5. "Initially, all I was told was that as long as we're making progress, we're fine," Houtsch said. "But he kind of changed his tune, and said that he was hoping there'd been more progress made, and that, really, once you move into a building, you're really supposed to have 60 days to cover all this stuff." Otwell Miller Academy students, af- ter starting the school year on Monday, Aug. 14 at two Otwell churches, began attending classes in the new building on Wednesday, Aug. 30. "He said he doesn't have a problem giving an extension, but things need to start moving a little bit further," Houtsch said. Houtsch said that an individual who was going to connect the building's downspouts was expected to begin that project on Tuesday, Oct. 10, "weather permitting." "They'll, hopefully, get that done by the end of this week," Houtsch said. "And then after that, hopefully, next week, the people that are pouring the concrete will have an opportunity to come in and take care of that." One of the biggest hurdles that re- mains is the installation of a make up air unit by Gudorf Supply Company of Jasper, Houtsch noted. "What I was told by one of the Friends people was they were supposed to get the make up air unit in last week al- ready, and get in here and start putting it in right away," Houtsch said. "And, of course, that hasn't happened." "I'm trying to keep on top of that and, obviously, what's going to happen is – if we don't get these things cleared up pretty soon – they're going to start fin- ing us, and we can't afford that either," Houtsch added. "I just wanted to make sure that you are aware," Fears said. "Those guys give you only so long." "Well, he didn't say that initially," Houtsch replied. "But after he made the inspection, he goes, 'Well, you've got 60 days.' I was, like, 'Where did that come from? ' Initially, it was just as long as you're making progress. I guess our progress is too slow for him." Fears also announced that parent- teacher conferences would be held at Otwell Miller Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 3:30 p.m. to approximate- ly 7:30 p.m. "The first grading period ends this Friday," Fears said. "I can't hardly be- lieve it, but the nine weeks have gone by, and that's why the parent-teacher con- ferences are next week. The teachers will give the parents the report cards at that conference. That way, they'll be handing it to the parent and they'll know they got it." In addition, Fears informed the school board that Otwell Miller Acade- my had three additional students enroll. "So we're up to 60 students now," Fears said. "That's good news. There may be a few more coming in down the line, but that's up from the 57 we had a week or so ago." WINSLOW Continued from page 1 Water line break isolates Cox Trailer Court A water line break on the lone street to Cox Trailer Court restricted their access and lowered water pressure for Petersburg residents. Mayor R.C. Klipsch said an eight inch line broke at about 3 p.m. Tues- day. He said they had to reduce water pressure on the line so they opened up fire hydrant which allowed them to fix the line without turning it off. This prevents a boil order. At 8 p.m. Klipsch said they were just about finished with the repair.

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