More than $1.4 million in additional appropriations that were requested back in February were finally approved by the Pulaski County Council this week. The bulk of that was to allow the County Highway Department to spend Community Crossings grant funds on bridge and paving projects. It also included $145,000 to replace a faulty door control system at the Pulaski County Justice Center and $40,000 for Superior Court pauper counsel, to keep up with an increasing number of cases.
Council members went on to approve several more recent additional appropriations requests. One authorizes the county’s Drug Free Council to spend just over $5,500 of its money to issue grants and offer educational programs, among other uses. The Pulaski County Assessor’s Office was given permission to spend another $5,500 to cover the cost of sending out assessment notices, as required by law. Also approved Monday was a request to spend $96,000 from the county’s Cumulative Building Fund for building project costs at Pulaski Memorial Hospital.
Meanwhile, the county council finalized an $80,000 additional appropriation from the Pulaski County Public Library’s Library Reserve Fund. That will pay for accessibility upgrades and flood repairs at the Winamac library. While that money wouldn’t normally be under the county council’s jurisdiction, the size of the request meant that council approval was required.