Pulaski County Commissioners Approve Chip Spreader Purchase

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

An equipment upgrade for the Pulaski County Highway Department was approved by the county commissioners Monday. They agreed to let Highway Superintendent Gary Kruger buy a chip spreader from Southeastern. It will cost the Highway Department $193,000, after a $30,000 trade-in allowance.

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Pulaski Commissioners Approve Purdue Extension Contract, Recycling Center Drainage Work

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

Purdue Extension will continue to serve Pulaski County, at least for another year. The county commissioners approved the Extension Contractual Services Agreement last week. The county agrees to pay Purdue almost $62,000. County Attorney Kevin Tankersley said the agreement is the same as it’s been every year.

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Pulaski County Council Member to Discuss Courthouse during Tonight’s Commissioners Meeting

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

The Pulaski County Courthouse is expected to be discussed during tonight’s county commissioners meeting. Three renovation options, ranging from just under $4.9 million up to almost $8.6 million were recently presented to the county council and commissioners. Council Member Mike Tiede is scheduled to discuss the courthouse with the commissioners tonight.

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Pulaski County Commissioners to Award Construction Bid for Ambulance Garage Expansion

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

The Pulaski County Commissioners are expected to choose a builder for the expansion of the Winamac ambulance garage this morning. Three bids were received for the work, ranging from under $77,000 to more than $221,000. The low bid came from TM Construction of Winamac.

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Swayze Camp Lane May Have to Be Rebuilt After All, after Landowner Declines to Sign Agreement

An agreement to leave Swayze Camp Lane as it currently is but make it an official Pulaski County Road has apparently fallen through. The gravel access lane runs from County Road 400 South to the Swayze Camp subdivision along the Tippecanoe River south of Winamac. However, it apparently drifted out of its easement and onto a neighboring property, leading the landowner to close it off entirely.

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Pulaski County Council Signs Off on 400 North Speed Limit Change

Pulaski County Council: back row: Mike Tiede, Kathi Thompson, Brian Young; front row: Scott Hinkle, Rudy DeSabatine, Jay Sullivan (not pictured: Ken Boswell)

A stretch of Pulaski County Road 400 North will soon get a lower speed limit. The county council voted four-to-two Monday to reduce the speed limit to 35 miles per hour between U.S. 421 and County Road 1400 West, and make 400 and 1400 a four-way stop. The speed limit change had been approved by the county commissioners last month.

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Motorists Beware! Current Weather Conditions Ideal for Pothole Formation

As the weather continues to fluctuate between warm and cold, it can unfortunately cause ideal conditions for pothole formation.

Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler explained why the damp, dynamic conditions can result in these unwanted road hazards.

Ritzler said, “Potholes generally form from water on the road and it gets into the cracks on the roadway and then as the water turns to ice and it expands and then contracts and that expansion and contraction over time, causes the structure of the pavement to deteriorate.” Continue reading