Pulaski County Commissioners Award Bid for Ash Tree Removal, Discuss Justice Center Roof Issues

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

The Pulaski County Commissioners have hired a contractor to remove a large ash tree by the Annex Building. They officially approved a $2,000 bid from LeRoy’s Tree Service Monday. It was the only bid the county received.

The commissioners initially held off on awarding the bid to see if the County Highway Department would be able to do the work, with help from the Town of Winamac. But after looking at the tree, Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff decided he didn’t want to tackle it, according to Commissioner Kenny Becker. “He said there’s too many lines and stuff around there, and he said we might as well get somebody that’s insured because he’s just afraid if it starts to come down and have the town involved . . . he said it could be dangerous,” Becker explained. “He said it sits right beside the building. He said let’s just have somebody professional do it.”

Roof issues at the Justice Center were also addressed during Monday’s meeting. Sheriff Jeff Richwine said that all of the skylights in the back of the building leaked during a recent rainstorm. Commissioner Jerry Locke said that Maintenance Director Mia Salyers and former Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston think the roof may still be under warranty.