Pulaski County Commissioners to Open Bids for Winamac Ambulance Garage Addition

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

The Pulaski County Commissioners will open bids for the addition to the Winamac ambulance garage tonight. EMS Director Brandon DeLorenzo told the commissioners last month that the addition will bring the garage up to a total of four bays. The expansion has been discussed for years, since the county’s ambulances can barely fit in the existing space.

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Pulaski County Council Votes Down Proposal to Reestablish IT Department

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

A motion to “reboot” Pulaski County’s IT Department failed during this week’s county council meeting. The county commissioners disbanded the IT Department back in July and later agreed to once again contract IT services out to DeGroot Technology. But that arrangement has drawn concern from some council members and IT professionals, specifically when it comes to cybersecurity and larger oversight of the county’s technology systems.

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Gas Prices Expected to Continue to Go Down

The decrease in gas prices is expected to continue. Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, says prices have been inching lower, following a spike during the attacks in Saudi Arabia. “The statewide average in Indiana is down about five cents a gallon in the last week,” DeHaan says. “It stands at $2.51. That’s about 50 cents lower than last year.”

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INDOT Offering Scholarships, Paid Jobs to Civil Engineering Students

Civil engineering students can get help paying for college, as well as a paid job, from the Indiana Department of Transportation. INDOT’s scholarship program gives students $3,125 per semester for up to five years for educational costs, fees, and books. In return, they’ll be expected to work for INDOT full-time during summer breaks and for a certain amount of time after graduation. Funding for the program comes from the federal government.

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Pulaski County Council Votes to Cut Microfilm Department, CDC Project Coordinator

Pulaski County Council members review 2020 budget proposal Monday

Two Pulaski County employees would lose their jobs and one county department would be eliminated entirely, under the county council’s current budget proposal. Council members voted four-to-three Monday to cut all funding for the Microfilm Department out of the 2020 budget, presumably eliminating Janet Onken’s position.

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Woman Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Bring Drugs into Westville Correctional Facility

A Kosciusko County woman was arrested for allegedly trying to bring drugs into the Westville Correctional Facility over the weekend. Investigators with the Indiana Department of Correction believe Rita Sellers, 46, of Silver Lake, was attempting to traffic drugs while visiting an offender on Saturday. The investigation turned up what officers suspect to be Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat people who are dependent on opioids.

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Pulaski County Council to Continue Working on 2019 Budget 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 Council will continue working on the county’s 2020 budget tonight. Council members have begun suggesting significant cuts, but more specifics still need to be worked out before the budget is ready for adoption on October 14.

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Engineer Offers to Work on Updating Hamlet’s Zoning Map

The Hamlet Town Council is moving ahead with updates to the town’s zoning map. The idea was first raised during this month’s zoning board meeting, when town officials noticed that the 2005 zoning map didn’t reflect the way much of the land is actually being used, with several homes being zoned for local business. The map also leaves off the storage facility north of U.S. 30 that has been annexed into the town.

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