Pulaski County Commissioners Recommend Pay Raise for Recently-Rehired Chief Deputy Coroner

Pulaski County Chief Deputy Coroner Jon Frain is apparently back on the job, after resigning amid a wage dispute. Coroner John Behny told the county commissioners Monday he rehired Frain, when the Coroner’s Office found itself short-staffed a couple weeks ago. “I was away for an autopsy, had to leave the county,” Behny explained. “We got another call. Fulton County assisted Mr. Frain. So we were grateful that he was there and was able to respond in a very timely manner. That helped EMS and first responders and our sheriff’s deputies.”

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North Judson Town Council Considers Request from Habitat for Humanity

A Habitat for Humanity Representative submitted a request to the North Judson Town Council Monday night.

Ernie Smith spoke on behalf of the organization and said that volunteers are going to install a wheelchair ramp at a residence near the Girl Scout Cabin on Talmer Avenue. He asked the council if they’d be willing to waive the $50 permit fee to do the work. Continue reading

Winamac Parks’ New Drinking Fountains Installed

Winamac’s new drinking fountains have been installed. Now, the park board plans to recognize one of the donors. Two decorative drinking fountains were placed in the Town Park: an ADA-compliant fountain along the trail near the basketball courts and one to replace the fountain between the swinging bridge and the restrooms. The park board shared the cost of a third drinking fountain for Rinehart Park with the town’s Lion’s Club.

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Pulaski County Council, Winamac Town Council Members Unseated in General Election

Pulaski County’s General Election ended with some incumbents unseated in tight races. Democrat Linda Powers lost her District 3 County Council seat to Republican Brian Young by a margin of 56-to-44 percent. Winamac Town Council Member Dan Vanaman lost his at-large seat by just five votes, coming behind fellow Republican Alvin Parish and Democratic challenger Dave Schambers.

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NJ Town Council Amends Water Revenue Bond Ordinance to Reflect SRF Public Pool Interest Rate

North Judson Town Council members were required to make an amendment to the Town’s 2018 water revenue bonds ordinance when they met Monday night.

As previously reported, the Town is funding their drinking water project with money from a State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan. When members initially passed the water revenue bond ordinance, they included the anticipated interest rate which was 3.25 percent. Continue reading

More Trees Removed in Winamac Town Park

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

Tree removal continues in the Winamac Town Park, but some new ones are also being planted. Practical Tree Service has completed the removal of 15 trees according to the town’s specifications, according to Park Manager Dave DeLorenzo. He told the town’s park board last week that he also plans to remove some smaller ash trees himself, and he’s already cut one down by the volleyball courts.

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