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January 10, 2018

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Wilson said because it is the first of the year and no additional appropriations will be approved until about March by the Indiana De- partment of Local Govern- ment Finance, they request- ed a transfer to keep a posi- tive balance in the account. He said at some point, the council will have to make an additional appropriation to fund the position. The council reorganized Tuesday morning in their first meeting of the year. Au- ditor Ron Wilson called the meeting to order and asked for nominations for presi- dent of the council. Greg Willis was nominated and re-elected president by a 6 -0 vote, with Willis abstaining. Greg Mangin was re- elected vice-president unanimously as well. They also voted to continue with the same meeting date and time of the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the courthouse auditorium. They also approved a list of nine year-end trans- fers of less than $250. Au- ditor Ron Wilson was au- thorized to approve them if they were less than $250 be- tween their last meeting on December 12 and the end of the year. Those ranged from 21 cents in the Prosecutor's IV-D fund from office sup- plies to check administra- tor to a $188.79 transfer in the Extension Office from 4-H Fair Operation to Trav- el Expense. The next council meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 13. gressman John Hostettler, have announced they are seeking the seat. In District 63, Shane Lindaurer is seek- ing election. He was appoint- ed in November when Mike Braun resigned his position to concentrate on his cam- paign for the U.S. Senate seat. Braun is one of three Republicans announcing an intention to run. U.S. Con- gressmen Todd Rokita and Luke Messer have both an- nounced they are also seek- ing the position. In the county council rac- es, Greg Mangin, who is the District 2 councilman will not seek re-election. Man- gin said last year he took a position with the Crane Na- val Depot. Consequently, it made him part of the exec- utive branch of the federal government. Mangin said he is able to hold office or be appointed to an office, but not be part of a campaign. The other three district councilmen: Randy Harris in District 1, Max Elliott in District 3 and Travis Trout- man in District 4 are all seeking re-election. Candidates for county of- fices have until noon Friday, February 9 to officially file in the Clerk's office on the sec- ond floor of the courthouse. Candidates for the Winslow Town Council have until Ju- ly 16 to file for office, while School Board candidates can file between January 25 and August 24. $181,706 and had been cut by $194,294. SALARY ORDINANCE SIGNED The original 3-0 vote for a four percent salary ordi- nance raise for Winslow em- ployees was signed by new council president Greg Sim- mons, prior president Ter- ry Strobel and councilman Dick Brewster. The trio also approved minutes from the last meeting, the Open Door Meeting with Mid-Western and the Park Board, and signed the clerk and coun- cil bonds and USDA Water/ wastewater budgets. In other new business, the council approved the town budget, Govpaynet program and also a request from Clerk-Treasurer Beth Bennett for her and Mara Bolin to attend a communi- cation training course. Ben- nett explained that the Gov- paynet program was a debit or credit card that is used to pay utilities by the custom- er with no fee going to the town. In old business, the coun- cil had voted to elect David Gayhart as Zoning Board Administrator, named Greg Simmons council presi- dent and discussed obtain- ing 2018 insurance quotes. Of the latter, Clerk-Treasur- er Beth Bennett said there was an earlier meeting with the current insurer, but no figures have been presented for review at this time. OTHER DEPARTMENT REPORTS David Gayhart and Ti- na Gayhart reported a re- pair kit on a suspended sol- ids pump in the wastewa- ter treatment is failing and a new pump was needed at a cost of between $ 800 and $1,400. Brewster suggested ordering the $ 800 pump and the motion passed 3-0. A motion by Brewster to purchase chemicals for wastewater use was also ap- proved on condition they would not expire and have a shelf life to match the needs in the wastewater treat- ment system. Use of Ridex in septic systems and also the town sewer was recom- mended by several people in attendance and Gayhart add- ed that it would be a help in holding down solids in the lagoon. Gayhart's request to purchase tires from Leinen- bach Tire for town vehicles was approved by a vote of 3- 0 by the council. Pike Gibson Water was commended by Gayhart when a crew weathered the subzero wind chill tempera- tures while repairing eight- inch broken water lines on the weekend in the town. Gayhart said, "Pike Gibson deserves a lot of thanks for that." Gayhart also reported that one customer took the check valve out of the meter when their water froze. He advised against customers disassembling meters and Brewster stated there was a town ordinance regarding meter tampering. The coun- cil also approved two water adjustments for a toilet leak and a pipe leak. Community Center Direc- tor Henry Nelson reported to the council that there had been " $7,000 worth of rent- als last year" for the commu- nity center, plus there were a number of free services. He added that people who use the facility several times a year get a break in price. He also mentioned a heater there needed about $ 300 in repair and that a sink in the upstairs needs fixed. There was an announcement from Deb Lamb for a blood drive to be conducted at the com- munity center on January 30 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Town Marshal Steve Eng- lish reported that things had been "extremely quiet" in town, but he did have a re- quest for a replacement cam- era. The batteries in the de- partment camera failed and ruined what was still a new camera. English said Rich Coan at Radio Shack had looked at the camera and said it was beyond re- pair. The board approved purchase of a new camera through the emergency ser- vices fund. Claims of $ 38,466 were approved and the next meet- ing was set for February 12 at 7 p.m. in the community center. A field fire that burned about four acres Sunday evening was extinguished by the Lockhart and Spur- geon Fire Departments. Lockhart Township Fire Chief Larry Riesenbeck said the fire apparently start- ed from embers of a previ- ous fire being blown into dry grass near Mike Hans- leman's residence on CR 1075 E. Riesenback said Hansle- man had a debris fire ear- lier in the day and the fire had died out. He left his residence, but when he re- turned, he noticed the fire at about 7 p.m. Riesenbeck said dry grass, near where the fire was, ignited, ap- parently from the strong winds blowing embers in- to the grass. It then burned through the yard into a pas- ture and then to an area of thick brush. Riesenbeck said it took about 90 minutes to extin- guish the fire. Field fire extinguished in southern Pike County three slide-offs blamed on icy roads Monday morning. Besides Harker's wreck, a second accident was report- ed on Highway 56 near Pike Central. Barry May, 52, of 1560 N. CR 500 E., Winslow, was driving a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo west on Highway 56, about a mile east of Pike Central, when the accident occurred. Pike County Deputy Sher- iff Jason McKinney said May was going up an incline and wiped his eyes. His vehi- cle's right side tires left the roadway, causing him to lose control and the truck to overturn. Deputy McKinney said when he arrived at the scene of the accident, he found May standing up outside the vehicle, which was up- side down and the road was covered in a sheet of ice. It happened at about 5 a.m. and caused an estimat- ed $10,000 to $25,000 dam- age. May was not injured. ICY ROADS Continued from page 1 By Andy Heuring A sense of community, and the importance of 4- H and the fair, led two ar- ea groups to donate $5,000 each so the Pike County Fair can have free rides again this year. "Just a little part of what we can do. We are very hap- py to do what we did," said Mark Flint, of IPL, which do- nated $5,000 for free rides for the 2018 4-H Fair. "That is what we like to do. We want to help the community. Our customers aren't in Pike County, but we like to do as much as we can do in Pike County. This is very important to us," said Flint of the donation. Pike County Farm Bureau also donated $5,000 for free rides at the fair. "The Farm Bureau nation is in rural communities and 4-H is the youth organiza- tion you normally think of in regards to agriculture," said Farm Bureau Secretary Ju- dy Gumbel. "Farm Bureau and 4-H have always been partners. Locally, we have supported the 4-H Fair near- ly forever," said Gumbel. She added, "The board as a whole, any time you men- tion 4-H and what is good for Pike County, we are right there. We all remem- ber the days when the fair was such a thriving happen- ing. We wanted to help cre- ate that again and we want everyone to have the op- portunity to enjoy the fair. There were times we were out there and we would hear mothers and children talk- ing and the mother would say, 'I bought you a ticket to ride and that is all we can af- ford,'" said Gumbel. "It's not that we think the kids should have everything they want, but our philoso- phy is a kid should be able to enjoy the fair. We really, really enjoy the free rides," said Gumbel. Last year, both IPL and Farm Bureau donated $5,000 for the first time for free rides, along with sever- al smaller individual donors. It was a big hit. Atten- dance at the fair on the nights of the free rides was dramatically increased as the midway was teaming with kids and parents, often parents riding with their kids. The 2018 4-H Fair has been moved up one week. It is scheduled for Sunday, Ju- ly 22 through Saturday, July 28. However, the free rides will only be the nights of Thursday, July 26 through Saturday, July 28. By Andy Heuring A rural Winslow man was arrested late Saturday af- ter police stopped him for speeding. Ronald McGary, 59, of 1403 E. CR 375 S., Winslow, was arrested by Pike Coun- ty Deputy Jason McKinney at 11:44 p.m., when McK- inney stopped him on Ayr- shire Road (CR 375 S.) for driving 45 mph in a 30 zone. Deputy McKinney said McGary said he didn't have a driver's license and McK- inney noticed the odor of al- cohol. K-9 Officer Bleck in- dicated illegal narcotics in the vehicle after during a walk-around. McKinney said during a search of the vehicle, he found an Aleve bottle with a plant material that field test- ed positive for marijuana. McGary, according to Dep- uty McKinney, failed field sobriety tests, but passed a portable breath test. Mc- Gary said the Aleve bottle wasn't his. According to McKinney's report, McGary told him he had taken Loratabs, and then drove to the Bob Inn and had a couple of beers. He was taken to the Da- viess Community Hospital, where he tested positive for amphetamines, metham- phetamine and opiates. He was taken into custo- dy on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while in- toxicated and possession of marijuana. McGary arrested for DWI, pot possession after speeding stop IPL, Farm Bureau donations will provide free fair rides Pike County Farm Bureau and IPL donated $5,000 each to the Pike County 4-H Council to help spon- sor free rides again for the 2018 Pike County Fair. Last year was the first year for free rides and it was a huge success, drawing large crowds to the fair. Above, members of the Pike County Farm Bureau and Pike County 4-H Council presenting and receiving the check are (l to r): Dave Flint, Mark Flint of IPL, Judy Gumbel, Sara Hopkins, Kelly Davis, Kelli Jenkins, Dan Jenkins and Petersburg Mayor R.C. Klipsch.

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