Now that the Pulaski County Commissioners have chosen a path for a potential courthouse renovation, Sheriff Jeff Richwine is renewing calls for a dedicated work release facility. He told the county council last week that while there are no easy answers for preventing drug addiction, additional programs could help treat the problem that already exists.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners have chosen a path forward for a potential courthouse renovation project, but it could mean the closure of one of the county’s other buildings. Architectural firm Rowland Design had presented three courthouse renovation options, ranging from just under $4.9 million up to almost $8.6 million.Continue reading
Renovating the Pulaski County Courthouse will cost a bit more than preliminary estimates suggested. Architect Eric Rowland presented his final report to the county council and commissioners Monday.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Council is getting a clearer picture of the financial impact of a potential courthouse renovation project. Financial consultant Jeffrey Peters presented some revised estimates Monday, based on the most recent renovation plans presented by Rowland Design.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Council got a closer look at recent spending increases Monday. Consultant Jeffrey Peters pointed out that while the county government’s annual income has remained just above $10 million over the past six years, spending went from just over $10 million in 2016 to almost $12.5 million in 2018.Continue reading
Pulaski County officials continue voicing their concerns with courthouse security. They shared some of the most pressing needs during Tuesday’s presentation on potential renovation options.Continue reading
Upgrading the historic Pulaski County Courthouse could cost between $4.5 and $6 million. Residents and government leaders filled the Circuit Courtroom Tuesday to hear the preliminary findings of Rowland Design’s facilities study.Continue reading
Pulaski County residents will get the chance to hear some updated recommendations for the future of the Courthouse and Justice Center tonight. A public presentation will take place at 6:00 p.m. EDT at the Courthouse.Continue reading
An update on a possible Pulaski County Courthouse or Justice Center project will be given to the public in a couple of weeks. The presentation will take place Tuesday, August 13 at 6:00 p.m. EDT at the courthouse in the circuit courtroom. Residents are expected to hear from Rowland Design, Indiana Landmarks, and the courthouse taskforce.Continue reading
After the Pulaski County Commissioners disbanded the county’s IT Department, the county council continues trying to figure out how to cover technology costs going forward.Continue reading
Pulaski County has fewer and fewer people, but the county’s courts and probation office are only getting busier. Chief Probation Officer Chris Allen told the county council Monday that the number of people on probation has gone up over the past three years.Continue reading
As the Pulaski County Council continues exploring potential budget cuts, the county’s judges and chief probation officer had the chance to share their cost-saving ideas Monday. Circuit Court Judge Mary Welker told council members that there’s $50,000 in the commissioners’ budget for detention of children that she doesn’t think will be needed.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Council will continue looking for ways to cut expenses tonight. For the past month, the council has been meeting with department heads for preliminary discussions on their 2020 budgets. The goal is to avoid a $2.7 million deficit that’s projected to develop over the coming years. Meeting with the council tonight will be the two courts and Probation Office, according to the Auditor’s Office.Continue reading
As the Pulaski County Maintenance Department prepares to take over lawn care at county properties, the county council has approved a funding measure that would allow the department to keep its new part-time employee.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
A study on the possible preservation of the Pulaski County Courthouse has begun. Last week, representatives from architectural firm Rowland Design and Indiana Landmarks joined county officials for a tour and discussion of the building.Continue reading
If Pulaski County keeps its current courthouse, there’s a chance that it might not actually house any court facilities in the future.Continue reading
A new court program designed specifically to support families may soon be coming to Pulaski County. Pulaski Circuit Court is looking into what it would take to launch a family reunification court, according to Judge Mary Welker.Continue reading
Pulaski County’s 123-year-old courthouse would be torn down and replaced by a parking lot and memorial park, under the county’s latest facilities proposal. During Monday’s joint county council and commissioners meeting, Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston publicly unveiled a four-phase plan designed to address security, ADA compliance, and a number of other concerns with the county’s government buildings.
The Pulaski County Commissioners have signed off on funding arrangements for the county’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program. During last week’s meeting, it was explained that the county council has allocated $40,000 to the CASA program, and the state would provide more than $8,400 in grant funding.