The Pulaski County Council will take steps to balance line items in the 2019 budget, as the end of the year approaches. Several budget transfers will be up for the council’s approval tonight , including $240,000 for the Highway Department, and almost $47,000 for the Sheriff’s Department.Continue reading
Pulaski County once again has a decision to make, when it comes to IT services. Back in July, the county commissioners disbanded the county’s IT department, and later agreed to contract IT services out to DeGroot Technology. Now, DeGroot has notified officials that it will stop providing services to the county in January.Continue reading
Vehicle repairs and a salary increase for Sheriff Jeff Richwine have prompted a series of budget transfers for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Richwine asked the county council last week to move a total of $10,000 to cover the various expenses.Continue reading
Hiring an outside company to find potential fuel tax reimbursement appears to be paying off for the Pulaski County Highway Department. The highway department expects to bring in more than $10,000 in reimbursements, according to information shared during last week’s county commissioners meeting.Continue reading
Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies have been busy recently, and that’s led to a significant shortfall in the department’s overtime budget. The county council voted Monday to transfer a total of $27,000 out of the deputy salary and part-time dispatcher salary line items, to fill the gap.Continue reading
Pulaski County government offices with technology needs will now have to find money to pay for them out of their own budgets. For the past few years, those expenses had come under the IT Department’s budget, but it was recently disbanded, after it apparently used up all its money for the year. Last week, the commissioners officially voted to have individual departments cover their own IT costs, until they can reach a long-term solution.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Public Library may be moving ahead with a bond issuance. Library Attorney Justin Schramm is expected to discuss it with the county council tonight. Officials have been working on plans for lead dust and asbestos remediation in nonpublic areas of the Winamac library.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Council finalized more than $70,000 in additional appropriations this week. A large chunk of that was pension and vehicle funding for the Sheriff’s Department, according to Auditor Laura Wheeler.Continue reading
Reimbursable costs are eating into the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department budget. Sheriff Jeff Richwine recently told the county council that when his jailers have to transport federal inmates, his department gets $18 per hour from the federal government for their labor.Continue reading
Pulaski County Human Services will be able to get a new van, thanks to some financial help from the county. The county council recently approved the transfer of $7,000 out of the Community Development Commission’s Land Acquisition line item, to help cover the local match.Continue reading
Pulaski County officials will get their first look at the county’s new fiscal plan tonight. Last year, the county hired consultant Jeffrey Peters to look at the county’s finances and recommend adjustments to its tax structure, to make it more sustainable going forward.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Public hearings over three potential tax abatements will be held during tonight’s Pulaski County Council meeting. Council members have recently taken steps to make the JSI Steel and IBC Thermoplastics properties eligible for abatements, along with a site near U.S. 421 and County Road 200 South that’s being considered for a potential value-added agriculture business.Continue reading
One of the local officials leaving office as 2018 comes to an end is longtime Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn. Over the past month, he’s been updating the county council and commissioners on the transition process.Continue reading
The Culver School Board approved a number of policy updates last week. A revised holiday policy was adopted, according to Superintendent Karen Shuman. She previously explained that the update brings the policy in line with the school calendar.
The Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation is making the final preparations for the 2019 budget year. Last week, the school board officially readopted the 2019 Operations Fund budget, after Superintendent Dan Foster said an error was found in the fund’s adopted tax levy.
The demolition of a Medaryville home as part of a blight elimination project continues to create headaches for Pulaski County Building Inspector Doug Hoover, a year after the house was torn down. “Everything was done, completed,” he told the county council Monday. “[Building Department Assistant] Karla [Kreamer] and I did everything we were supposed to do. About a week before the last date, the state comes in and says they wanted it cleaned up. It wasn’t to their specs. Six months I waited. They could have told me six months ago. Now I had to jump through hoops.”
More details about proposed renovations to Pulaski County’s government offices are expected to be revealed during tonight’s joint county council and commissioners meeting. Back in October, Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston unveiled a plan to improve the accessibility, security, efficiency, and usability of the county’s buildings, all within a three-year period. He said the plan would include a security checkpoint at the courthouse, full ADA compliance, and a 50-to-75-percent reduction in utility costs.
The Starke County Council members will consider several budget transfer requests when they meet tonight.