Starke Street Lighting Upgrades Still on the Radar for Hamlet Town Council

The Hamlet Town Council last week revisited the possibility of adding more streetlights on Starke Street. In 2016, the town installed decorative lights on the east side of the street, across from the town hall, as the first part of a four-phase project. But additional work has been put on hold, as the town council has focused instead on Community Crossings paving projects.

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Pulaski County Council’s Authority to Cut Election Board’s Pay Disputed

A 10-percent pay cut for all of Pulaski County’s board and commission members drew some concerns during Thursday’s election board meeting. During last fall’s budgeting process, the county council voted to cut their own pay, that of the county commissioners, and that of all other county board members in the 2020 budget. But Clerk JoLynn Behny said the council doesn’t have that authority, when it comes to the election board.

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Bass Lake Beach Manager Plans to Continue Repairing Gate House

Repairs to the Bass Lake Beach gate house may be complete this spring. It was seriously damaged more than two years ago, when a pickup truck reportedly crashed into it. But during last month’s Starke County Park Board meeting, Board Member Butch Gerstandt reported that parts of the building still weren’t painted, and the wood was falling apart.

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Pulaski Drug Free Council May Have More Grant Funding Available than Expected

The Pulaski County Drug Free Council will be able to give out more grant funding this year than previously thought. Drug Free Council Member Sandy Lucas told the county council Monday that the group had budgeted $8,000 for the year. But she said according to the auditor, the fund has actually collected almost $13,500 in substance offense fees over the past year.

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BraunAbility Secures Lease to Continue Winamac Operations

Pulaski County’s largest employer is committing to its Winamac operations. BraunAbility executives have announced that the company has secured a 15-year facility lease with the Braun family that includes three extension options. That’s according to a Facebook post Tuesday from the Pulaski County Community Development Commission. The company has also approved a significant expenditure for office remodeling, according to the CDC.

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Kankakee-Yellow River Basin Commission to Host Informational Meeting in LaCrosse Today

Residents have another chance to learn about future plans for the Kankakee and Yellow rivers today. The Kankakee River Basin and Yellow River Basin Development Commission will host another in a series of informational meetings. It will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. CST at The Center of LaCrosse at 100 South Washington Street.

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Rep. Gutwein Introduces Bill to Help Fund Pulaski County Courthouse Renovations

Now that the Pulaski County Commissioners have recommended a path forward for courthouse renovations, discussions about how to fund it will begin in the county council and the Indiana General Assembly. State Representative Doug Gutwein has introduced legislation that would allow a special income tax that’s currently in place to pay for the Justice Center to be extended until 2036 to fund courthouse renovations.

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