Pulaski County is seeking a new plan commission member. Jim Thompson, who currently serves as plan commission president, is not seeking reappointment when his term expires in January. It will be up to the county commissioners to choose a replacement, preferably a Democrat.
Pulaski County is getting rid of some unused equipment. Last week, the county commissioners agreed to let Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff sell two Unimog utility vehicles at auction on December 8.
An updated hazardous material emergency response plan was approved by the Pulaski County Commissioners last week. Emergency Management Agency Director Sheri Gaillard said the plan is almost the same as last year’s version. “The only additions to it or changes to it were training dates for hazardous material,” she explained, “and the Winamac fire chief and the Francesville fire chief were changed.”
A Winamac couple’s gift to local emergency responders will help save lives for years to come. Pulaski County EMS Director Bryan Corn says he’ll be able to purchase two automated CPR devices, thanks to the $30,000 the department got from the Henry and Alice Mooi revocable trust.
The manufacturer moving into the old Anvil & Saw property on Pulaski County Road 200 South is on track to get a $200,000 loan from the county. The county commissioners conditionally approved a revolving loan request Monday from IBC Thermoplastics.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is looking to finalize a couple of contracts. An agreement with Motorola for new body cameras, portable radios, and other equipment was approved by the county commissioners earlier this month. Auditor Laura Wheeler told the county council last week that she needs to know where exactly the money is coming from, before the paperwork may be finalized.
The Pulaski County Commissioners will get updates from several department heads when they meet this morning. Outgoing EMS Director Bryan Corn is expected to give his monthly report. He and the commissioners will likely continue their discussion of possibly renting or leasing an ambulance.
The Pulaski County Commissioners still aren’t ready to move ahead with an ambulance rental arrangement. Last week, EMS Director Bryan Corn presented more details about the two ambulances that Arrow Manufacturing has available for rent.
Pulaski County is looking for a new EMS director. Bryan Corn is resigning to accept employment elsewhere, according to Auditor Laura Wheeler. Corn has served as EMS director since January. Applications for the position are being taken through December 7. The county hopes to have a new EMS director in place by January 2.
Pulaski County Emergency Medical Services is seeking quotes for an addition to its Winamac ambulance garage. After having had a chance to review updated expansion plans from EMS Director Bryan Corn, the commissioners had no questions or issues with the proposal during last week’s meeting. They gave Corn the go-ahead to start seeking cost estimates. Continue reading
The Pulaski County Council still isn’t ready to give the county’s chief deputy coroner a pay raise. Jon Frain has apparently been getting less than $150 per month for the job, even though more than four times that amount has been available in the coroner’s budget.
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.
Pulaski County officials had to resolve some confusion over the county’s NIPSCO billing. Coroner John Behny told the county commissioners last week that he recently got a call from a NIPSCO representative with an order to disconnect gas service to the former Winamac Masonic Lodge, now called the West Annex.
A shortfall in the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department’s overtime budget has the sheriff asking to move some money around. Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the county commissioners last week that he plans to transfer a total of $17,600 into his overtime budget. “Some of this is due to people not getting moved in the matrix in time, so we have to go back and do back pay, so that’s some of it,” he explained. “Some of it’s overtime.” Richwine said that money will come out of the Dispatch Salary, Equipment Repair, and Part-Time Cooks line items.
The former Winamac Masonic Lodge officially has a new name. The Pulaski County Commissioners voted Monday to name the building the “West Annex.” The county bought the building back in June. It will house the Coroner’s Office and Emergency Management Agency.
A contract for new body cameras for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was approved by the county commissioners Monday. Sheriff Jeff Richwine previously explained that the agreement with Motorola also includes cloud data storage, video editing software, and some other equipment. The sheriff’s department will pay for the equipment in yearly installments out of the county’s 911 Fund.
Pulaski County Chief Deputy Coroner Jon Frain is apparently back on the job, after resigning amid a wage dispute. Coroner John Behny told the county commissioners Monday he rehired Frain, when the Coroner’s Office found itself short-staffed a couple weeks ago. “I was away for an autopsy, had to leave the county,” Behny explained. “We got another call. Fulton County assisted Mr. Frain. So we were grateful that he was there and was able to respond in a very timely manner. That helped EMS and first responders and our sheriff’s deputies.”
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.