New Pulaski County Facilities Plan Proposes Demolishing Courthouse, Expanding Justice Center

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.

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Pulaski County Courthouse Elevator Tentatively Scheduled to Be Ready for Monday, Despite Delays

Pulaski County officials are hopeful that the courthouse’s new elevator will be ready in time for Monday’s county commissioners meeting, in spite of a last-minute hiccup. Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston says a fire alarm issue means the elevator probably won’t be in service by tomorrow, as previously announced. But the contractor says it should still be ready for Monday, according to Johnston. He adds that crews are working diligently to get it done.

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Wind Energy Developer Discusses Proposed Wind Farm during Pulaski Plan Commission Meeting

RES Development Manager Matt Boys discusses a proposed wind farm, during Tuesday’s Pulaski County Plan Commission meeting

Representatives with a wind energy company were questioned for over an hour Tuesday over a potential wind farm in Jasper and Pulaski counties. Matt Boys with Renewable Energy Systems (RES) discussed the project, during Tuesday’s Pulaski County Advisory Plan Commission meeting.

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Pulaski County to Reactivate Security Committee, Following Proposal to Move Circuit Court

Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn discusses the proposed relocation of circuit court with the county commissioners.

Discussions about moving Pulaski Circuit Court into the Justice Center are drawing complaints from Judge Michael Shurn. During Monday’s county commissioners meeting, Shurn complained that he hasn’t been included in recent discussions. “I never see it on the docket, but yet I read about it in the newspaper,” he said. “You’re trying to decide what security is, and you’re trying to decide the future of the Circuit Court. You know, I think it would behoove you all to actually involve the Circuit Court in that conversation. I’m sort of shocked that you don’t do that.”

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Highway Superintendent to Get Direction from Commissioners about Changes

  
 

Changes to be made at the Pulaski County Highway Garage will be handed down by the commissioners, according to Superintendent Mark Fox.

Fox told WKVI News that some changes were made from suggestions made by Commissioner Bud Krohn, Jr. during Tuesday night’s commissioners meeting. One of those changes included putting a pad lock on a fence to the department’s outdoor equipment and covering up animal carcasses at the site.

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Pulaski County Commissioners to Discuss Highway Department Position

Pulaski County Commissioners (L to R) Bud Krohn, Jr., Terry Young and Larry Brady
Pulaski County Commissioners (L to R) Bud Krohn, Jr., Terry Young and Larry Brady

Pulaski County Commissioner Bud Krohn, Jr. brought up the idea of adding another position out at the county highway garage when they met last week.

He suggested a working supervisor position be created at the Pulaski County Highway Garage and requested a pay raise for that position of $750. He thought that another supervisor position could improve productivity at the highway garage. Krohn said that it would not be an additional employee but just an additional position.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Reorganize, Hire New Recycling Center Director

Pulaski County Commissioners (L to R) Bud Krohn, Jr., Terry Young and Larry Brady
Pulaski County Commissioners (L to R) Bud Krohn, Jr., Terry Young and Larry Brady

The Pulaski County Commissioners reorganized to start 2015 where Larry Brady was retained as commission president while Terry Young was appointed as vice president. Bud Krohn, Jr. attended his first meeting as a commissioner Monday night.

The commissioners made several appointments to boards. Mark Fox was retained as supervisor of county highways, Dave Dare was retained as building inspector, Ed Fleury was retained as veteran service officer, Jeff Johnston as maintenance director and Sarah Kasten was retained as animal control officer.

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