Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic Indians bounce back with 67-59 win over East OHSAA Baseball Pitch Count Regulation approved for 2017 At the buzzer, Rothwell gives Dragons an overtime win Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth Lady Indians roll past West Union 80-29 From Division II to the Senior Bowl COSI On Wheels visits West Union Elementary News from the Peebles PTO NAJH Basketball hosting ‘Play For The Cure’ Jan. 28 North Adams Elementary recognizes Students and Staff Members of the Month for December Honoring a coaching legend Benefit will assist double-lung transplant patient Peebles to be featured in new documentary Cleaning the stables-the worst job on the farm Wenstrup reselected to serve on House Intelligence Committee

Project awaits state approval

Plans to build a work release facility at the Salamon Airport Terminal in Winchester are back on track after being derailed by the general contractor’s failure to comply with state regulations.

Mark Brooker, CEO of the Olive Group, LLC, was hired as the consultant/project manager for the remodel. His contracting firm began renovations at the terminal on May 26, 2015. The work was expected to be completed in 90 days. The discovery that Brooker’s building plans and permits were not in compliance with state requirements led to his dismissal from the project.

“Once we realized that the guidelines our general contractor should have been following were not being followed, we put a stop on everything, and terminated the contract with Olive Group,” said Adams County Commissioner Brian Baldridge.

The commissioner’s office has since hired an architectural firm, Darin S. Schweickart (DS2Architects), to develop new plans for the facility that comply with state regulations.

Construction at the site will resume following the state’s approval of the new plans.

“We’ve had to backtrack a little bit and make sure that we comply with everything the state wants, obviously it set us back time-wise but we’re still on track,” said Baldridge.

The commissioners are also seeking a variance at the site which would shave another $20,000 off the cost of the renovation.

“This board is very fiscally sound, we really work hard to treat the public’s money with respect,” said Commissioner Stephen Caraway, “We are still within the confines of our budget and we firmly believe that we can stay within that budget, because we were actually below budget in the initial phase.”

Because of over-crowded conditions, Adams County has spent $235,000 in the past two years to house prisoners in the Butler and Gallia County jails.

According to an official report: “In June 2013, the Adams County Commissioners launched a Jail Task Force to conduct a review of the county’s current jail facility, policies, and operations. The task force was also asked to provide potential solutions to overcrowding issues to include the feasibility of a minimum security jail facility. After receiving the recommendations from the task force, the board looked at the feasibility of a new full-service jail and decided that the cost of building and maintaining a new facility would put the county in long-term financial peril. The next course of action the board considered was a work release facility. In collaboration with Sheriff Kimmy Rogers and Prosecutor David Kelley, they determined this was the most cost-effective way to deal with the jail over-crowding issue.”

“This facility is a creative response to dealing with the overcrowding in our county jail,” Commissioner Paul Worley stated, “I am proud of the collaborative effort of our county officials to adapt to changing circumstances and to deal with this issue effectively.”

The work release facility would allow prisoners who are sufficiently trusted to continue working at their current place of employment. As members of the program, inmates are still legally prisoners of Adams County’s incarceration system. Any inmate who violates the work release rules by leaving the facility without permission or failing to return at the designated time can be charged with escape, which is a felony.

The estimated costs of renovating the airport terminal is $140,000. According to officials, it will pay for itself within one year.

“After two years of careful planning and deliberation, I believe that this is the most cost effective plan for helping keep our inmate housing costs under control,” said Commissioner Caraway, “Utilizing existing county property saves public money and at the same time gives Sheriff Rogers the resources he needs to lock up people when they break the law.”

The new facility will feature a protected room for a member of the sheriff’s department , kitchen and laundry areas, bedrooms for inmates, restrooms with showers, and a common room which can be used for drug treatment programs, religious services, computers so inmates can look for jobs, and a television.

Sheriff Rogers made it clear that only low-risk prisoners will be housed at the facility. Residents will be considered inmates of the county, and failure to return to the facility immediately after their work shifts would result in felony charges.

“I think the thing to remember here is that the only inmates out here will be low risk and non-violent,” Rogers said. “There’s certain standards they have to meet before we’re able to bring them out here.”

Rogers also said this will be a way to provide these inmates easy access to drug treatment programs and mental health services. “A plus to this facility is we can hire drug counselors, provide mental health professionals and treatment for people in this facility.” Rogers also added this facility will free up a deputy on his force that normally would be traveling to another county to pick up inmates.

“Our mission is to give the sheriff and the courts the tools they need to do their jobs and we must work to provide those tools in the most cost-effective manner,” said Worley.

There will be no impact to the regular use of the other airport facilities or runway operations and the airport will remain open during construction and after construction is complete, officials said.

This terminal at Salamon Airport in Winchester will be converted into a work release facility.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_airport.jpgThis terminal at Salamon Airport in Winchester will be converted into a work release facility.
Construction of work release facility at Salamon Airport is set to resume

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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