Pulaski County Council to Consider Library Bond, EMS On-Call Pay, Budget Transfers Tonight

Pulaski County Council: back row: Mike Tiede, Kathi Thompson, Brian Young; front row: Scott Hinkle, Rudy DeSabatine, Jay Sullivan (not pictured: Ken Boswell)

The Pulaski County Public Library may be moving ahead with a bond issuance. Library Attorney Justin Schramm is expected to discuss it with the county council tonight. Officials have been working on plans for lead dust and asbestos remediation in nonpublic areas of the Winamac library.

Also during tonight’s council meeting, EMS Director Brandon DeLorenzo is expected to once again request the reinstatement of on-call pay, something he’s been pushing for since taking over the position in January.

He told the county commissioners last week the change would allow the department to continue taking transfers without having to staff a third ambulance full-time. “We haven’t been doing a lot with the third truck, to try and save some money,” DeLorenzo explained, “but when we go on a transfer – and the majority of our transfers are four-hour turnaround time – that leaves us with one truck in the county. And one car accident with two vehicles can quickly overwhelm that.”

The county council will also consider a few budget transfer requests tonight, to allow Superior Court to pay DeGroot Technology, the Sheriff’s Department to cover deputy overtime, and the Community Development Commission to pay Peters Municipal Consultants, which is helping with the county’s fiscal plan. Meanwhile, Maintenance Director Mia Salyers will request the addition of a part-time employee.

Tonight’s Pulaski County Council meeting starts at 7:00 EDT at the Pulaski County Highway Garage.