Culver Beach Lodge Construction Plans Complete

The construction plans for the Culver Beach Lodge are now complete.  The project is ready to go to bid, according to Town Manager Jonathan Leist.

“They’re posted online for any interested bidders,” commented Leist.  “The bid opening is scheduled for March 28.  Anyone interested must submit a bid by 10:30 a.m. on the 28th.  Steve Park is our architect on that and has some concern about trying to attract multiple bidders to it.  It’s kind of a project that’s in the middle zone where it’s too small for the larger contractors, but kind of too bid for some of the smaller, local ones.”

The bids will be taken under advisement at the March 28 bid opening meeting to be discussed further at the April 9 Culver Town Council meeting.

Leist said the Culver Beach Lodge project is part of the Stellar Communities Designation program plans that were approved for the Town of Culver with funding from the state.

The Culver Beach Lodge will undergo a major renovation with new plumbing, restroom fixtures, and electrical updates.  The main floor will also under go a major facelift with an addition on the street side to allow for a new staircase and elevator.    

The project is anticipated to begin this spring with plans to work around the summer schedule at the Culver Town Park with completion in the fall.

State Budget, School Accountability Proposals Draw Concerns from Eastern Pulaski Superintendent

Some of the bills making their way through the Indiana General Assembly are drawing concerns from Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dan Foster.

During his legislative update to the school board Monday, Foster said the state’s proposed budget would increase what the school corporation gets for each student, but not enough to keep up with costs.

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Winamac Park Board Prepares to Rebid Restroom Project, Following Funding Delays

The Winamac Park Board is almost ready to get construction bids for new restrooms in the Town Park, but town officials will have to work around some scheduling constraints. Last year, the park board was awarded a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to help with the cost, but as of last week, the paperwork still hadn’t been finalized, according to Park Board Secretary Kim Burke.

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Pulaski County Attorney Wants to Review Contract before Commissioners Approve Email Switch

A proposed switch in Pulaski County’s email system still needs more review before the county commissioners will approve it. Since January, IT Director Matt Voltz has been recommending using Golden Tech, to switch county employees over to the Office 365 email system. Voltz says it will make it easier for various departments to coordinate their schedules, which would be especially helpful for the county’s judicial system.

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Pulaski County Council to Discontinue Salary Matrix Committee Due to Open Door Law Concerns

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 appears to have disbanded its salary matrix committee, which council members say never officially existed in the first place. Last month, council members referred a series of salary-related requests to the committee for further consideration.

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Starke County Park Board Chooses New President

The Starke County Park Board welcomed two new members Tuesday. Attorney Richard Ballard was appointed to the board by Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall, following the resignation of Roger Chaffins. Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler had been appointed by the county council back in January, replacing Debbie Mix. Ballard and Ritzler both took their seats on the park board for the first time Tuesday, during the board’s first official meeting since last September.

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