Pulaski Council Approves Budget Transfers for Deputy and Dispatcher Overtime, Fiscal Planning

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

Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies have been busy recently, and that’s led to a significant shortfall in the department’s overtime budget. The county council voted Monday to transfer a total of $27,000 out of the deputy salary and part-time dispatcher salary line items, to fill the gap.

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Pulaski County Officials Asked to Consider Building Lease As Facility, Financial Discussions Continue

As Pulaski County officials consider ways to address facilities needs while also stabilizing the county’s finances, questions are being raised about why one facilities option hasn’t gotten more attention. Last month, County Council Member Rudy DeSabatine said someone has offered to build a brand new building and rent it to the county for $20 per square foot per year, which could be much cheaper than the other ideas being considered.

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Pulaski Commissioners to Get Update on Ambulance Garage Expansion, Choose Insurance Consultant

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

The Pulaski County Commissioners will get an update on the EMS Department’s ambulance garage expansion plans this morning. The expansion of the Winamac ambulance garage has been discussed for years, since the county’s ambulances can barely fit in the existing space.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Approve Updates to Revolving Loan Fund Program

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

Some tweaks to Pulaski County’s Revolving Loan Fund program were approved by the county commissioners last week. One of the big changes is the addition of new guidelines for when a business would have to get an appraisal to qualify for a loan, according to Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer.

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Pulaski County Commissioners to Discuss Bridge Inspections, Revolving Loan Fund Guidelines

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

The Pulaski County Commissioners will get an update on bridge inspections this morning from Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff and Jeff Larrison with United Consulting. Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer is scheduled to present updated guidelines for the county’s Revolving Loan Fund program for the commissioners’ approval.

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Pulaski County CDC Director Calls for Change in Culture, during State of the Economy Address

Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer delivers the 2019 State of the County Economy Address.

Pulaski County is its own worst enemy. That was the theme of the State of the County Economy Address delivered by Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer Tuesday. “This speech is supposed to be about the state of the Pulaski County economy, but ultimately, our problems are not economic,” he said. “They’re not even just about our fiscal health. It is time to admit what I have long been loath to acknowledge. The underlying problem hurting Pulaski County is cultural.”

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Pulaski Commissioners to Choose Bank, Discuss Funding Match for Human Services Van

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

The Pulaski County Commissioners will consider bids for a number of different items this morning. They’re expected to choose a bank to handle the county’s cash management services. The county received bids from four local banks last month.

Maintenance Director Mia Salyers will discuss contracts for lawn care and snow removal at various county properties, along with bids for the removal of an ash tree near the Annex Building. Fuel bids will also be discussed, and the commissioners are expected to finalize a contract with Golden Tech for a new email system.

Additionally, the possibility of the county once again helping with the cost of a new van for Pulaski County Human Services will be discussed by the organization’s executive director, Jacki Frain. Meanwhile, a $25,000 expense with a Chicago media outlet will be presented for the commissioners’ approval by Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer. The CDC has tried a few different advertising packages in recent years, in an effort to attract tourists to Pulaski County.

Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff, Sheriff Jeff Richwine, and Assessor Holly VanDerAa are also scheduled to make appearances at this morning’s Pulaski County Commissioners meeting. It starts at 8:30 a.m. EDT at the Pulaski County Courthouse.