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January 10, 2018

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, Januar y 10, 2018 A-3 LOCAL Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg READER GUIDE Subscriptions: Subscription rates: One year: $30 for Pike and surrounding counties and all 475 and 476 ad- dresses; 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-Dispatch, 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) Continued from page 1 SCHOOL NEW 2017 ENVISION ESSENCE NEW 2017 LACROSSE ESSENCE UEBELHOR PRICE 1 UEBELHOR PRICE 2 $40,890 MSRP $11,513 TOTAL SAVINGS $ 29,377 STOCK# B64117 STOCK# B66117 $43,165 MSRP $11,171 TOTAL SAVINGS $ 31,994 - - 1. Not available with special finance, lease, and some other offers. Take delivery by 1/31/18. See participating dealer for details. 2. Excludes 1SV model. Not available with leases and some other offers. Take delivery by 1/31/18. See participating dealer for details. 28% OFF MSRP 25% OFF MSRP 626 Kimmell Road, Vincennes 812-882-5574 or 800-264-0046 Woman-Owned Business NEWS BRIEFS Friday night Revival at The Gathering Place There will be a Friday night Revival, Jan. 12 at The Gathering Place, 207 E. Lafayette Street, Winslow at 7 p.m. Speaker for the evening will be Jim Burden, and the praise and worship music will be lead by Peach Rid- dle. Everyone is welcome. Swing choir at Gospel Center this Sunday The Pike Central Swing Choir will be performing at the Petersburg Gospel Center on Illinois Street this Sunday, January 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be followed up with refreshments and fellowship for everyone in attendance. Active Shooter Response training program offered January 19 The Oakland City-Columbia Twp. Public Library will host an Active Shooter Response training program, be- ing presented by the Indiana State Police, Friday, Jan- uary 19, at 10 a.m. The one-hour program is being geared towards busi- nesses including any churches who might be interest- ed in having leaders or staff attend, but it is also open to the public. Space is limited and anyone interested is welcomed to register, by calling the library at 812- 749 -3559. Upcoming event? We want to know! Do you have an upcoming event? Send it to news@ or call 812-354-8500. MARRIAGE LICENSE Charles M Fultz, 36, of 7070 S. SR 61, Winslow, son of Jesse Fultz and Peggy Schuster Fultz, to Christina Marie Shelton, 32, of 7070 S. SR 61, Winslow, daugh- ter of Paul W. Shelton and Linda F. McNelly. Corporation Board of Trustees for 2018." The school board also approved the re-appointment of Lorice Chamberlain as deputy treasurer for 2018. "Lorice is knowledgeable of the du- ties of this position," Blake said. "She is willing to attend professional devel- opment opportunities and communi- cate with other school finance officials while ensuring compliance with ac- counting and school budgeting guide- lines." In addition, the school board ap- proved the meeting dates and times for its regular monthly meetings dur- ing 2018 as recommended by Blake – Monday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m.; Tues- day, May 8, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, June 12, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. The school board voted unanimous- ly to re-approve a resolution establish- ing board members' annual compensa- tion at $2,000 with mileage being reim- bursed at a rate of 53.5 cents per mile for 2018. On Blake's recommendation, the school board voted to designate Home Building Savings and Loan as the de- pository for the school corporation's health insurance fund and German American Bank as the depository for all other school corporation funds for 2018. The school board also voted unani- mously to re-appoint Val Fleig as the school corporation's attorney for 2018. "The monthly retainer is $ 600, pay- able the first of each month, and he goes into detail as to what the retain- er includes, and then any other mat- ters outside of that would be billed at the rate of $100 an hour," Blake told the board. The school board also voted unan- imously to designate The Press-Dis- patch as the school corporation's pri- mary source for the publication of no- tices. Blake also updated the school board on various fund balances, which, as of Dec. 31, 2017, were: General Fund – $512,935.57; Debt Service Fund – $ 933,653.73; Retirement/Sever- ance Bond Debt – $293,479.72; Cap- ital Projects Fund – $400,306.83; Transportation Operating Fund – $ 3,090,135.21; and Bus Replacement Fund – $172,492.43. The Rainy Day Fund, meanwhile, had a balance of $1,210,528.41 as of the end of the year. "I will note that Capital Projects had been in the negative, so we rebound- ed back into the black with it once we got our tax draw for December," Blake said. "Also a note I think of signifi- cance is the General Fund being at a half million dollars, and there was no bank loan, no interfund loans, no sup- port of Rainy Day (funds) on the gener- al fund expenses. The only thing (the) Rainy Day (Fund) was used for was the three-percent stipends for the employ- ees, the bonus." The general fund balance at the end of the 2016 calendar year was $ 387,052.69. One year earlier, the gen- eral fund ended 2015 with a balance of negative- $1,430,725. "I think that's a big step from where we've been," Blake said. Blake also noted that the School Lunch Fund ended 2017 with a bal- ance of $206,876.21. "In the School Lunch Fund, we have recovered, in December, over $ 3,000 through the collections agency," Blake said. "Our overall debt is now under $ 3,000. We do have the donation from the Pike County Lunch Guard (of $ 347.13) that brought us current on the accounts that were necessary by the end of 2017." "We will be meeting or discussing again before the end of the school year, because we have two reports, and we wanted to be sure the reports were in line for the end of December calendar year and end of the school year at June 30th," Blake added. The school board also approved its budget for the 2018 calendar year. The 2018 budget, as approved by the State Board of Accounts, totals $20,547,662 – a $ 304,995 increase from the 2017 budget. The total local tax rate, based on the county's net assessed valuation of $726,393,209, is 0.9353. In 2017, the to- tal local tax rate, which was based on a net assessed valuation of $744,394,575, was 0.9313. "Overall, not a bad budget," Blake said. "I feel like that was good. I did talk to our field rep a little bit about some of the places where cuts were made but, all in all, we think the bud- get is very reasonable." IN OTHER BUSINESS: • The school board voted to ac- cept a $1,000 donation to Pike Cen- tral High School from T Row Price Program Charitable Giving, from the Don Easley Estate, which is des- ignated for girls' basketball, volley- ball and softball; and a $1,019.70 do- nation from the Community Founda- tion's Tiffani Fisher Thomforde Mu- sic Fund, which is designated for Pike Central High School's music and cho- ral departments. The school board also voted to ac- cept a donation of $ 347.13 from the Pike County Lunch Guard. • The school board voted to approve a resolution to appropriate $2,200,000 for the school corporation's self-insur- ance fund for 2018. "This is necessary, just the docu- mentation that we maintain the self- insurance fund that we have at Home Building, and that we are on a self-in- sured plan," Blake said. • The school board voted unani- mously to allow Pam Cosby, public health coordinator for the Pike Coun- ty Health Department, to proceed with plans to install a 50,000 -watt back-up generator at the Old Petersburg Gym. The project would be funded by a grant of approximately $43,500 from the In- diana Department of Health. • The school board approved a re- quest by Yon to cancel an outstanding check dated Aug. 31, 2015, to Dubois County Tire & Supply in the amount of $2,841.13. "Dubois County Tire & Supply were called on 12-11-2017 and we do not have any outstanding payments with them," Yon's request stated. The school board also approved the following personnel matters: RESIGNATION • Andrea Weisman, Special Educa- tion teacher at Winslow Elementary, effective Jan. 12, 2018. APPOINTMENTS • J.J. Howald, Athletic Maintenance and Grounds, at Pike Central. • Melanie Ennis, instructional as- sistant at Pike Central Middle School. • David Waltz, Petersburg Redevel- opment Commission. • Chris McKinney, Pike County Re- development Commission. During the portion of the meeting reserved for comments by the super- intendent, Blake defended the decision to call school off on Monday, Jan. 8. "We have only been back in school a few days, but I think it's been a pretty crazy three or four days," Blake said. "A lot of things happen quickly and, as far as this morning, there was some ice on the roads. I'm sure a lot of people in some parts of the county don't under- stand why we cancelled, but there were some slick spots and it just would not have been good for our buses to have been out." Following the meeting, Blake con- firmed that the missed school day will be made up on Monday, Feb. 19. Water line repairs The extreme cold of the last few weeks has accelerated water line problems in the area. Saturday night, Pike-Gibson Water Corp. had a crew out fixing a problem on a service line along Highway 64, just north of Highway 364. Aaron Thurston is in the hole working to replace a deteriorated saddle connection. Kev- in Stilwell said the original saddle connections were metal and deteriorate over time. He said they are now replaced with brass saddles, which last longer. The water pressure was lowered, but never shut off, consequently no boil order was required. Taylor arrested for public intox. A Petersburg woman was arrested on disorderly con- duct and public intoxication charges after police were called to Brookfield Apts. three times on Friday, Jan. 5. Bessie Taylor, 47, of 200 W. Pike Ave., Apt. 207, Peters- burg, was arrested by Peters- burg Cpl. Jared Simmons. Cpl. Simmons said he re- sponded to a call of an "out- of-control" woman after her neighbors called police com- plaining of Taylor yelling and slamming doors, and being disruptive with other residents. Simmons said when po- lice talked to Taylor, she told him she had been drinking all day. He said when he said she needed to quiet down, she became combative. Pe- tersburg Sgt. Chad McClel- lan had been called twice earlier in the day, and told Taylor to stay in her room and sleep it off. Cpl. Simmons said when police asked her why she was out of her room, she said she went outside to see if she had cigarettes in her truck. He said she continued to yell and scream. She tested more than twice the legal limit for in- toxication and told police she had taken prescription drugs. Cpl. Simmons said because it was 10 degrees outside, they were con- cerned about her well be- ing. When she wouldn't qui- et down, they arrested her for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

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