Input from a community task force has led to some tweaks to Knox Community Schools’ facilities proposals. Tom Neff with architectural firm Schmidt Associates reviewed some of the task force’s suggestions with the school board during a work session Monday.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department
is asking for permission to spend almost another $42,000 beyond what
was budgeted for this year. Almost $13,000 of that has to do with
medical bills, according to Sheriff Jeff Richwine.
The breakup of a special education
cooperative will mean changes at the Eastern Pulaski Community School
Corporation. Superintendent Dan Foster reviewed the dissolution of
the Logansport Area Joint Special Services Cooperative during last
week’s school board meeting.
Now that Pulaski County Chief Deputy
Coroner Jon Frain has finally gotten his pay raise, county officials
now have to figure out where the money is going to come from. Last
month, the county council voted to pay the chief deputy 82 percent of
the coroner’s salary, which more than quadrupled Frain’s pay rate to
almost $8,100 a year. While the Coroner’s Office had about $8,000
budgeted for that purpose in previous years, that figure had been cut
to match Frain’s previous pay rate.
The Eastern Pulaski Community School
Corporation is getting a few accessories to go along with the
newly-purchased Chromebooks. Last week, the school board approved the
purchase of 1,000 Chromebook bags from CDW-G, at a total cost of more
The Pulaski County Commissioners will
consider bids for a number of different items this morning. They’re
expected to choose a bank to handle the county’s cash management
services. The county received bids from four local banks last month.
Maintenance Director Mia Salyers will
discuss contracts for lawn care and snow removal at various county
properties, along with bids for the removal of an ash tree near the
Annex Building. Fuel bids will also be discussed, and the
commissioners are expected to finalize a contract with Golden Tech
for a new email system.
Additionally, the possibility of the
county once again helping with the cost of a new van for Pulaski
County Human Services will be discussed by the organization’s
executive director, Jacki Frain. Meanwhile, a $25,000 expense with a
Chicago media outlet will be presented for the commissioners’
approval by Community Development Commission Executive Director
Nathan Origer. The CDC has tried a few different advertising packages
in recent years, in an effort to attract tourists to Pulaski County.
Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff,
Sheriff Jeff Richwine, and Assessor Holly VanDerAa are also scheduled
to make appearances at this morning’s Pulaski County Commissioners
meeting. It starts at 8:30 a.m. EDT at the Pulaski County Courthouse.
The Starke County Council members will discuss a notice of
claim submitted by former Starke County Councilman Tom DeCola regarding his
reasons to be reinstated to the council.
DeCola claims that he was not given the full 30 days to respond to
allegations of disorderly conduct and public intoxication during a “social
event hosted by the Indiana Association of Counties” in Indianapolis.
DeCola also claims the Starke County Council wrongfully expelled him for
allegations that were outside his term.
He took office on Jan. 1, 2019 and the allegations occurred on Dec. 12,
2018. He said he wasn’t acting under any
type of official duty and has not been criminally charged. He also claims the
witnesses who gave statements were unreliable.