Hamlet officials are starting to revise their plans for Railroad Street upgrades. The town council previously decided to wait until January to apply for a Community Crossings matching grant, amid concerns about how to fairly reduce the scope of the project once the initial bids were opened.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is looking to finalize a couple of contracts. An agreement with Motorola for new body cameras, portable radios, and other equipment was approved by the county commissioners earlier this month. Auditor Laura Wheeler told the county council last week that she needs to know where exactly the money is coming from, before the paperwork may be finalized.
The Pulaski County Commissioners will get updates from several department heads when they meet this morning. Outgoing EMS Director Bryan Corn is expected to give his monthly report. He and the commissioners will likely continue their discussion of possibly renting or leasing an ambulance.
Auditor Laura Wheeler told the county council Tuesday that the bill for office phones has come in $20,000 over the county’s phone budget for the year. “They’ve gone over for the last two years,” she said. “I think IT is looking into getting something changed on that, so it drops.”
Hamlet’s new utility workers are settling into their jobs. Water Operator Jason Cox told the town council Wednesday that he’s diving into the town’s water system. “For the most part, it’s a pretty simple system,” he said. “Everything seems to be, for the most part, operating pretty smoothly.”
The Town of Culver is gearing up for the Christmas season. The town’s annual Christmas caroling and tree lighting event will take place Friday, November 30 at the Train Depot.
Open enrollment is leading students out of some smaller school districts. Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation told the Hamlet Town Council Wednesday that the state is now giving more detail about where exactly students are attending school.
Some Pulaski County candidates who failed to turn in pre-election campaign finance reports by October 19 will not be fined. The Democrat Central Committee, Coroner John Behny, former Circuit Court judge candidate Tim Murray, and former county council candidate Doug Roth all failed to turn in their reports by the noon deadline.
The Pulaski County Commissioners still aren’t ready to move ahead with an ambulance rental arrangement. Last week, EMS Director Bryan Corn presented more details about the two ambulances that Arrow Manufacturing has available for rent.
A list of salary adjustments was approved by the Pulaski County Council Tuesday. It reflects previously-approved changes to the Community Development Commission project coordinator salary, as well as a few personnel changes to fill various vacancies. “It’s the change that you made last meeting on Krysten Hinkle,” Auditor Laura Wheeler explained, “and we have Marie Roth that was promoted to the 911 director and David Kain then went to part-time, and then we have Heather Rogers who is in Soil and Water, and she went from part-time to full-time, taking over from Quentin Blount.”
Three local schools saw their letter grades decline in the latest round of School Accountability Grades. Knox Middle School and West Central Elementary School both got a D for the 2017-2018 school year, down from a C the year before. North Judson-San Pierre Elementary dropped from a B to a C.
Pulaski County is looking for a new EMS director. Bryan Corn is resigning to accept employment elsewhere, according to Auditor Laura Wheeler. Corn has served as EMS director since January. Applications for the position are being taken through December 7. The county hopes to have a new EMS director in place by January 2.
Knox teachers will get a pay raise and a sick day buyout, under the master teacher contract ratified by the school board Tuesday. “Each of our teachers in Knox Community Schools will receive a base increase on their salary of $1,168,” Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart explains.
Housing and transporting federal inmates continues to cause budget challenges for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the county council Tuesday that while the effort is making money for the county overall, the associated income and expenses are in two different parts of the county’s budget.
The acceptance of provisional ballots did not change the outcome of any of last week’s races in Pulaski County. Lynn Wilder with the Clerk’s Office says that of the 16 provisional votes cast, seven were found to be valid by the county election board Tuesday.
Pulaski County Emergency Medical Services is seeking quotes for an addition to its Winamac ambulance garage. After having had a chance to review updated expansion plans from EMS Director Bryan Corn, the commissioners had no questions or issues with the proposal during last week’s meeting. They gave Corn the go-ahead to start seeking cost estimates. Continue reading
Disposing of brush and yard waste is becoming a challenge for the Town of Hamlet. Street Superintendent Fred Rowe told the town council Wednesday that since the town is no longer allowed to burn the brush it collects from residents, he’ll eventually run out of places to put it.
A new strategy for responding to armed intruders will be discussed with parents of Oregon-Davis students tonight. School officials will give a presentation and answer questions about the ALICE procedure, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.
The Pulaski County Council still isn’t ready to give the county’s chief deputy coroner a pay raise. Jon Frain has apparently been getting less than $150 per month for the job, even though more than four times that amount has been available in the coroner’s budget.