Pulaski Council to Discuss Budget Transfers, Additional Appropriations, 2020 Salary Matrix

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 will take steps to balance line items in the 2019 budget, as the end of the year approaches. Several budget transfers will be up for the council’s approval tonight , including $240,000 for the Highway Department, and almost $47,000 for the Sheriff’s Department.

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Swayze Camp Lane May Have to Be Rebuilt After All, after Landowner Declines to Sign Agreement

An agreement to leave Swayze Camp Lane as it currently is but make it an official Pulaski County Road has apparently fallen through. The gravel access lane runs from County Road 400 South to the Swayze Camp subdivision along the Tippecanoe River south of Winamac. However, it apparently drifted out of its easement and onto a neighboring property, leading the landowner to close it off entirely.

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Pulaski County Council Signs Off on 400 North Speed Limit Change

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

A stretch of Pulaski County Road 400 North will soon get a lower speed limit. The county council voted four-to-two Monday to reduce the speed limit to 35 miles per hour between U.S. 421 and County Road 1400 West, and make 400 and 1400 a four-way stop. The speed limit change had been approved by the county commissioners last month.

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Pulaski County Council Debates Pay Changes, As Budget Discussions Continue

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 continues working on the 2020 budget, but more cuts still need to be made. The goal is to try to bring the county’s spending back to 2016 levels, since that was the last time the county brought in more than it spent.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Recommend Lower Speed Limit, Additional Signs on 400 North

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

A stretch of Pulaski County Road 400 North may soon get a lower speed limit and a number of warning signs. The county commissioners voted Monday to lower the speed limit to 35 miles per hour between U.S. 421 and County Road 1400 West. That now goes to the county council for final approval.

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Pulaski County Council Approves Budget Transfer for Fuel Tax Reimbursement Consultant

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

With the Pulaski County Highway Department expecting a substantial fuel tax reimbursement, the county council has agreed to make funds available to pay the consulting firm that helped them get it.

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Pulaski County Council Approves Pay Raise for Seasonal Highway Department Employees

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

Some Pulaski County Highway Department employees will finally be getting a pay raise. The county council voted Monday to raise the pay rate for the department’s seasonal part-time employees from $13 to $15, and make the raise retroactive to May.

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Several Concerns Remain to Be Addressed, As Pulaski County’s Budget Discussions Continue

The Pulaski County Council is hoping to cut budgets, adjust the salary matrix, and start reconfiguring the county’s tax structure, all within the next month or so. Council members will continue discussing potential budget cuts with department heads tonight and next Monday at 7:00 p.m. EDT in the Pulaski County Highway Garage. During last week’s special session, Council Member Kathi Thompson said there are still several departments they need to see.

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Confusion Remains over Pulaski County Highway Department Seasonal Employees’ Pay Rate

Some Pulaski County Highway Department employees will have to wait a bit longer before finding out whether they’ll get a pay raise. Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff asked the county council last week for a final decision on the pay rate for seasonal employees. “The seasonal is the mower guys and what we’re doing, the blacktop and everything, in the summertime,” Ruff explained.

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Pulaski County, Landowners Reach Agreement on Swayze Camp Lane

Pulaski County Attorney Kevin Tankersley explains the alignment of Swayze Camp Lane, during Monday’s commissioners meeting.

Swayze Camp Lane will remain in its current alignment but become an official Pulaski County road. The county and neighboring landowners have reached an agreement on the disputed access lane, according to County Attorney Kevin Tankersley.

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Pulaski County Council Finalizes Additional Appropriations, Reappoints Library Board Member

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 finalized more than $70,000 in additional appropriations this week. A large chunk of that was pension and vehicle funding for the Sheriff’s Department, according to Auditor Laura Wheeler.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Take Action to Settle Swayze Camp Lane Dispute

Pulaski County Attorney Kevin Tankersley (right) reviews documents presented during Monday’s commissioners meeting

The Pulaski County Commissioners may have reached a solution on a long-disputed access lane. Several residents were at Monday’s meeting calling for Swayze Camp Lane to be reopened. It runs from County Road 400 South to the Swayze Camp subdivision along the Tippecanoe River south of Winamac.

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Pulaski County Council Approves Encumbrance Requests, Following Confusion over Procedures

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

We’re more than a third of the way through 2019, but some Pulaski County officials are still trying to pay bills out of the 2018 budget. More than $10,000 in encumbrances were presented to the county council for approval Monday.

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