Pulaski County Council Rejects Change in Victim’s Assistance Coordinator Salary

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 has reversed course on a salary change for a staff member in the Prosecutor’s Office. Last month, the council voted to tie the victim’s assistance coordinator’s pay rate to the level specified by the grant that funds the position, with Ken Boswell and Scott Hinkle opposing. But when it came time to update the salary matrix to reflect the change last week, council members Rudy DeSabatine and Jay Sullivan joined Boswell and Hinkle in opposition, denying the measure by a vote of four-to-three.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Stick with Town & Country Paving for Community Crossings Projects

The Pulaski County Commissioners have decided to stick with Town & Country Paving for several miles of road projects. They accepted the company’s bid for just under $1.18 million Monday, at the recommendation of Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff. “We had Town & Country last year,” Ruff said. “They done 200 South and that stretch out here by Lawton. They’re all right, so if they’ve got the low bid, why wouldn’t you go with them? It was close between them and Central Paving, but that’s why you bid it off, I guess.”

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Culver Elementary School to Get Outdoor Classroom, Thanks to $5,000 Grant

Culver Elementary School is getting a new outdoor classroom, and volunteers are being sought to help with the installation. The school recently got a $5,000 grant from the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, according to a school press release. That money will be used to install an outdoor classroom, which will include covered seating, an art area, space for gardening and science projects, and bird watching tools.

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Pulaski County Council Agrees to Tie Victim’s Assistance Coordinator Salary to Grant Funding

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

After a couple months of discussion, the Pulaski County Council has approve a salary change for a staff member in the Prosecutor’s Office. The county council voted five-to-two Monday to tie the victim’s assistance coordinator’s pay rate to the level specified by the grant that funds the position, as requested by Prosecutor Dan Murphy back in January.

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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 Council Salary Matrix Committee to Consider Requests from Prosecutor, EMS Department

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 has referred a series of salary-related requests to its salary matrix committee. Prosecutor Dan Murphy has been asking for a pay raise for the victim’s assistance coordinator, to bring the position in line with the conditions of the grant that funds it. He initially suggested removing the position from the county’s salary matrix entirely, but last week, he told council members that it might be better to create a new position in the salary matrix to reflect the new responsibilities.

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