Kokomo Perspective 02 10 2016 E Edition Page A1

FCA US salute coming February 24th The Kokomo Perspective's an- nual Salute to FCA US will arrive on Feb. 24 -- our ongoing cel- ebration of the men and women who work for the communitys largest employer. This oversized edition is filled with stories and photos that take readers behind the scenes to see and learn about the company, its products, and the lives of their friends, neigh- bors, and family who make FCA US an outstanding company. According to John Floyd, for- mer manager of the FCA US complex in Kokomo, the edi- Eastern School shuts off water due to lead Greentown Municipal Water maintains town water is safe; Howard County Health Dept. says water source isn't the problem Eastern Howard School Corp. shut offall water last week at the request of the Howard County Health Depart- ment in conjunction in with the S t a t e Depart- ment of Health. The ac- t i o n c a m e after tests came back Jan. 29, indicating elevated levels of lead in the high schools life skills class- room. We are hopeful that its not a bigger issue, but that will remain to be seen, said Donna Pe- traits, communications consultant for the corpo- ration. The corporation sent out a letter to parents, students, and staff last Thursday, indicating that students will not be exposed to water in drinking fountains, cooking, swimming, washing hands, or show- ering until clearance is given by the health de- partment. The corporation took steps to prevent students and staff from coming into contact with the wa- ter, including purchas- ing 2,500 bottles of water and additional water for cooking. The next day, the cor- poration received word from the Howard Coun- ty Health Department that, after review of the Centers for Disease Con- trol guidance on lead in water, the De- partment r e c o m - m e n d e d the school c o n t i n u e to provide bottled water for cook- ing and drinking within all corporation busi- nesses, but, since lead is not absorbed through the skin, the Department said it was acceptable to use tap water for hand- washing, showering, and swimming. The corporation began looking into the quality of its water after learn- ing in October 2015 of a potential problem after the Greentown Munici- pal Water sent a letter informing its customers the company had found elevated levels of lead in the water in some houses and buildings in Green- town. Tracy Caddell, super- intendent of the corpora- tion, said that while the school had no indication County radio system to be replaced Howard County Commis- sioners selected a replacement for the areas outdated radio system. Last week the commission- ers chose one of four bids submitted to replace the radio infrastructure first responders utilize for communications. With the nearly $2.3 million purchase almost entirely elim- inating the countys rainy day fund, the manufacturer touts the new system as being capa- ble of improving the range of radio communications within Howard County. Included in the purchase from J&K Communications will be three antennae - to be installed in Kokomo, Green- town, and Russiaville that are purported as being ca- pable of boosting radio cov- erage within the county to 97 percent. Additionally, the countys purchase entails the installation of consoles and other hardware in the Howard County Government Dispatch Center. This all comes at the cost of Howard Countys accumu- lated rainy day fund. J&Ks bid, totaling $2,285,503.46, will leave Howard Countys 765-452-0055 kokomoperspective .com e-edition February 10, 2016 spective com e-edition DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENTS From a speak-easy style cigar bar to a shared retail space for five busi- nesses, downtown is get- ting even more variety as open signs are set to hang in several previ- ously-empty locations. It is really cool to see local vendors and busi- nesses come downtown. The downtown is re- ally starting to grow into what it should be, said Zack Miller with For- tune Companies. The first of the string of businesses is Blind Owl Cigar Bar that opened last Friday at 113 B E. Sycamore St., owned by Steven Foht, who also owns Boon- docks Food and Spir- its, which opened in downtown Kokomo last spring. The bar, located un- derground and de- scribed as having a speakeasy feel, will offer a variety of scotch, bour- bon, and cigars, ranging from $3 to $35. Foht said when he saw the space it was a no- brainer that it needed to be a cigar bar, and he wanted to be the one to make that happen. Cigars are actually a really popular trend right now, and its more of the perfection of the space meets the need. The space is just so beau- tiful and made so per- fect for a cigar bar and for that environment and atmosphere that it was just an absolute no- brainer when I saw the space that it needed to be open, he said. Foht said the rea- son he wanted to open Blind Owl in downtown was the same reason he wanted to open Boon- docksfor the energy. I just love the en- ergy and whats go- ing on downtown, and were just really glad to be on the bottom floor of whats booming right now, he said. Then, bringing the arts to downtown is Biz Bates, whos opening Biz & Ink at 102 N. Main St. Bates will offer private and group art lessons for adults and children and sell original artwork. Bates also will be avail- able on a contract-basis to perform private Wi- nevas events in homes. Then, providing re- tail, the first floor of the Eddie Bethea building, located at 119 W. Syca- more St., has been newly remodeled into a shared retail space, similar to a mini-mall, to provide homes to five business- es. Currently, two of the spaces have been rented, Slew of new businesses opening in downtown Kokomo by Alyx Arnett Editor aarnett@kokomoperspective.com Perspective Photo / Alyx Arnett UNDERGROUND - Blind Owl Cigar Bar opened Friday at 113 B E. Sycamore St. Downtown A8 FCA US A9 Water A3 Radio A10 For Local Weather Call 457-9211 Sponsored by: City of Kokomo Coca-Cola White's Meat Market Indiana Hearing Aid at Kokomo Over 3.6 Million Callers by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Perspective Photo / Devin Zimmerman COMMUNICATION - Miami County Sheriff's Department Transport Supervisor Stephen McCoy stops to use his hand-held radio system. The incoming replacement for the county's radio infrastructure is touted as offering increased signal range. by Alyx Arnett Editor aarnett@kokomoperspective.com

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