Pulaski County may be looking to state lawmakers to help make up a shortfall in local income tax revenues. The issue was brought to the attention of the county council last month, after Winamac officials noticed a sudden drop in the town’s share of Local Levy Freeze Income Tax funds. Pulaski County communities are now facing big holes in their 2018 budgets.
The Winamac Park Board is looking to remove as many dead trees from the Town Park as possible, before the end of the year. Board members voted Thursday to hire Practical Tree Service to cut down 32 trees for a cost of $5,600.
After four months of searching, the Pulaski County Commissioners have finally found a new member for the Star City Sewer Board. Mike Reid was unanimously appointed to the sewer board during Monday’s commissioners meeting. The seat became open last spring, but no one expressed interest in filling it until now.
Pulaski County is looking to keep a closer eye on some of its bank accounts. Auditor Laura Wheeler told the county council Wednesday that most county bank accounts are supposed to be under the jurisdiction of the treasurer, with all transactions being handled by the auditor. However, some departments have apparently set up their own independent accounts. Continue reading
Winamac’s swimming pool rebuilding effort appears to have come to an end. The town council narrowly decided Wednesday not to proceed with the project until the town has the money to support the ongoing maintenance of the pool. Without the town council’s financial support, the park board followed suit Thursday, voting to stop work on the project.
The Pulaski County Council met in special session Wednesday to cut $338,000 from its 2018 budget proposal. As part of that effort, county employees who were set to get a two-percent raise would now only get a one-percent increase, based on Wednesday’s discussion. That’s expected to save the county about $45,000 in next year’s budget.
A sergeant with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is being recognized for saving the life of an overdose victim in Clinton County last month.
Three local elementary schools saw their letter grades decline in the latest round of School Accountability Grades. Oregon-Davis, Eastern Pulaski, and West Central elementary schools all got a C for the 2016-2017 school year, down from a B the year before. Culver Community Middle/High School also went from a B to a C.
It may soon be easier for Pulaski County employees to use their comp time for needed medical procedures. The issue came up during Monday’s county commissioners meeting. It was learned that an employee in the Assessor’s Office is scheduled to have a knee replacement in January and planned to use 42 hours of comp time that she’d accumulated.
The Pulaski County Council will put the finishing touches on its 2018 budget tonight. Council members spent a couple of days in August working on the budget with various county department heads. But as of last month’s regular meeting, a few hundred thousand dollars still had to be cut.
Keeping Pulaski County residents safe depends a lot on the training received by the county’s police officers, according to Sheriff Jeff Richwine. Continue reading
Starke County residents can get rid of their unused prescription drugs this week at the Starke County Justice Center. The Sheriff’s Office is hosting a drug take-back event today through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A felony charge has been dropped against a woman who’d been accused of assisting a murder suspect back in March. Augusta Hadden, 39, was accused of throwing a cell phone out of a truck driven by Edward Blackburn, following the murder of Cord Colgrove in rural North Judson.
Pulaski County’s ATV ordinance is expected to be discussed during tonight’s county commissioners meeting. Last year, the commissioners adopted an ordinance allowing off-road vehicles to be driven on county roads in certain circumstances. These include agricultural and governmental uses.
See the sandhill cranes while enjoying a bike ride through rural Pulaski and Jasper counties next week. The Medaryville-White Post Township Fire Department will hold the 19th annual Crane Cruise Bicycle Ride on Saturday, October 14.