Pulaski County Council Approves Encumbrance Requests, Following Confusion over Procedures

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

We’re more than a third of the way through 2019, but some Pulaski County officials are still trying to pay bills out of the 2018 budget. More than $10,000 in encumbrances were presented to the county council for approval Monday.

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Oregon-Davis School Board Accepts Donations for Art Education, Field Trips

Art education is getting a boost at Oregon-Davis. On Monday, the school board accepted a $300 grant for the Art Department from the Cheryl Lyn Welter Family Charitable Foundation, as well as a $350 grant from the Northern Indiana Community Foundation to help give kindergarten teachers resources for art projects, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman.

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Culver-Union Township EMS Director Hires Paramedics

New paramedics joined the Culver-Union Township EMS staff.

EMS Director Kathy Hart notified the Culver Town Council members on Tuesday night that she was able to hire three new paramedics to join the department. 

The struggle to find paramedics has been a region-wide issue for several years.  Hart previously shared that surrounding departments utilize paramedics for overtime so sometimes they’re not available to work at the Culver department. 

The Culver Town Council members approved an ordinance amendment in 2017 that increases the hourly wage for a new advanced paramedic to a range from $10.00 to $15.50 an hour.  With wage increases since then, it is higher now.

Employee Retention Concerns Shared with Pulaski County Council

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

Some Pulaski County officials are asking for the county council’s help when it comes to retaining employees. Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff told council members Monday that he wants more money for his staff in next year’s budget.

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