Pulaski County’s judges are worried that resistance from the auditor and county attorney is putting court programs in jeopardy.
In a lengthy and heated discussion during Monday’s county commissioners meeting, Circuit Court Judge Mary Welker said the county’s seen great success with its Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, but when coordinator Dr. Natalie Daily Federer tried to renew its funding, Auditor Laura Wheeler prevented it.
Cyclists traveling through Winamac may
soon have a place to stop and repair their bikes. During last week’s
Winamac Park Board meeting, Board Member Pat Bawcum said Friends of
the Panhandle Pathway is looking to install a bike repair station
near the restrooms.
Art education is getting a boost at
Oregon-Davis. On Monday, the school board accepted a $300 grant for
the Art Department from the Cheryl Lyn Welter Family Charitable
Foundation, as well as a $350 grant from the Northern Indiana
Community Foundation to help give kindergarten teachers resources for
art projects, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman.
Efforts to extend the Panhandle Pathway have finally gotten the support of the Pulaski County Commissioners. A motion to that effect was approved during last week’s meeting, on the condition that the plans meet the approval of local landowners. The first phase would extend the Panhandle Pathway north to the Tippecanoe River State Park. It would run alongside U.S. 35 for much of that length.
A potentially life-saving piece of
equipment may soon be within reach for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s
Department. Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the county commissioners
Monday that he recently learned about grant opportunities from the
USDA for equipment purchases. He hopes to possibly use some of that
funding to get a body scanner for the jail.
The Pulaski County Commissioners aren’t
ready to give a letter of support for efforts to obtain grant funding
to extend the Panhandle Pathway. Plans call for the extension of the
trail south to France Park and north to the Tippecanoe River State
Park. A later phase would continue the Pathway north from there, to
meet the North Judson Erie Trail near Bass Station.
The Winamac Park Board is waiting for
some direction from the town council before working on an application
for this year’s round of federal grant funding. During Thursday’s
meeting, Park Board Member Pat Bawcum suggested writing a grant for a
splash pad, if the town council decides not to move forward with a
swimming pool project.
A couple Pulaski County government officials will discuss the need for additional help with the county commissioners tonight. Building Inspector Doug Hoover is once again expected to request a full-time deputy.
The Oregon-Davis Music Department has gotten almost $1,000 in donations. A $665 donation from the Knox Masonic Lodge and a $300 grant from the Cheryl Lyn Welter Family Charitable Foundation were accepted by the school board Monday, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman.
The Pulaski County Commissioners have
attempted to provide some clarification about the future of the
County Courthouse. In a press release read during Tuesday’s meeting,
the commissioners said they’ve been presented with a number of issues
with the current building that have to be addressed.
The Pulaski County Council and
Commissioners are expected to make appointments to various boards and
commissions tonight. Appointments to the board of zoning appeals,
advisory plan commission, and Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning
Commission will be discussed during tonight’s joint council and
Some of Pulaski County’s old jail uniforms will soon be going to Starke County. The Pulaski County Commissioners agreed to let Sheriff Jeff Richwine move ahead with the sale last week. “They want them, and we would just throw them away,” Richwine said.
Marshall County will find out tomorrow whether it’s been designated a Regional Stellar Community. The announcement was originally expected today, but Culver Town Council President Ginny Bess Munroe announced last week that it’s been pushed back.
The Pulaski County Commissioners will meet tonight in the County Highway Garage. They had planned to move back to the courthouse, but an unexpected delay in the elevator project has led to a change in location.
Efforts to fight opioid abuse in Starke County have gotten a major boost. Porter-Starke Services says it’s gotten a $200,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to put together a comprehensive plan to address opiate misuse.