Pulaski County officials had to resolve some confusion over the county’s NIPSCO billing. Coroner John Behny told the county commissioners last week that he recently got a call from a NIPSCO representative with an order to disconnect gas service to the former Winamac Masonic Lodge, now called the West Annex.
North Judson officials took an important step last Monday to secure financial assistance for the creation of a comprehensive plan. An up-to-date comprehensive plan is one of the requirements for the county-wide Regional Stellar Initiative.
The total cost of the comprehensive plan project is $44,000 which is $6,000 less than what was originally anticipated. To help pay for the plan, the Town is applying for $39,600 Community Development Block Grant that is offered through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Continue reading
Several training opportunities in October have proved successful for the crews at the Starke County Highway Department. Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the Starke County Commissioners that the snow plow drivers brushed up on skills and new drivers took in new information presented by Mark Ennis of Bliss-McKnight.
Students in the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation are taking the pledge to stop and look when it comes to school bus and student safety.
The Culver School Board has decided to move ahead with requesting formal proposals for energy-savings upgrades. Board members have heard presentations from a few companies. Last week, they decided to take the next step by advertising a request for qualifications from guaranteed energy savings providers.
Winamac Town Council members opened bids for the Town’s garbage services contract when they met Monday night. Three bids were received by the deadline. Council President Tom Murray opened the bid and read them into the record. Continue reading
A shortfall in the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department’s overtime budget has the sheriff asking to move some money around. Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the county commissioners last week that he plans to transfer a total of $17,600 into his overtime budget. “Some of this is due to people not getting moved in the matrix in time, so we have to go back and do back pay, so that’s some of it,” he explained. “Some of it’s overtime.” Richwine said that money will come out of the Dispatch Salary, Equipment Repair, and Part-Time Cooks line items.
A public hearing over a Community Development Block Grant for the Knox wastewater and drinking water project will be held during tonight’s City Council meeting.
Public attendance during hearings is valuable to the grant process so residents are encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting to ask questions and provide input. Continue reading
Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the county commissioners last week that he’s planning to ask the county council members next week to approve some additional appropriations.
Now that North Judson officials have received a few different splash pad designs from Vortex Aquatic Structures, they’ll be looking into some different companies to ensure they’re making the most financially feasible decision.
When Town Council members met last Monday, Councilman James Young said he’ll be bringing the two new renderings from Vortex to the next meeting. He also encouraged his fellow council members to check into some alternative splash pad providers. Continue reading
It’s nearly that time of year again, when Salvation Army bell ringers pop up all across the country, collecting funds to assist local families in need. Salvation Army Bell Ringer coordinator Joe Lopez said they’re currently looking for volunteers to pitch in at the Starke County locations.
Unlike many places where Bell Ringers have to stay outside, Starke County volunteers have the chance to do their work inside. Continue reading
Multiple ordinances will come before Winamac Town Council members when they meet tonight at 6 p.m. ET.
Members will consider an ordinance permitting adjustments to the water and sewer bills due to undetected water leaks, one that would establish a policy and procedure for declaring bad debt uncollectable and another ordinance approving credit adjustments due to clerical or read errors.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board members will meet tonight where they will approve a job description for a Graduation and Career Coach. The position will be funded by an RLIS grant in the amount of $26,490.
A Saturday night house fire resulted in moderate damage to an English Lake home, according to firefighters. The fire was reported around 7:40 in the 7000 block of West 250 South. A nearby resident says the house was completely engulfed in flames. Railroad Township Assistant Fire Chief Andy Tilleraas says there were no injuries, and the fire remains under investigation.
Navy Veteran Charles “Chuck” Johnson accompanied officials from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department Friday morning as they placed wreaths on the entrances of local cemeteries to commemorate service members who made the ultimate sacrifice.
North Judson Town Attorney Justin Schramm encouraged town council members to appoint a safety board when they met Monday night. Currently, North Judson Town council members also serve as members of the safety board.
The attorney referenced an Indiana code that regulates the discipline and removal of firefighters and police officers which gives individuals the right to a hearing where they can appeal to the safety board if they face a suspension exceeding 5 days.
Schramm said that can lead to a bit of an issue when safety board consists of the same people who serve as town officials.
The former Winamac Masonic Lodge officially has a new name. The Pulaski County Commissioners voted Monday to name the building the “West Annex.” The county bought the building back in June. It will house the Coroner’s Office and Emergency Management Agency.