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 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.

Pulaski County Council Decides Not to Proceed with Additional Funding for Human Services

Pulaski County Human Services will not be getting a funding boost from the county. Executive Director Jacki Frain asked the county council last week for another $10,000, after the organization was only budgeted to get $30,000 in county funding this year. While that’s the same amount that Human Services got last year, Frain said it’s about $15,000 less than what it traditionally got in the past.

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Local Community Service Organizations Benefit from WKVI December Food Drives

The WKVI food drives held in early December resulted in community members providing a plethora of goods to Community Services of Starke County and Pulaski County Human Services.

Community Services of Starke County Executive Director Charmaine Dunkel said that more than 700 pounds of food was donated at the Five Star site. They also received about $108 in cash donations and a $500 gift certificate for the food pantry.

Pulaski County Human Services representatives shared that nine carts of food were donated at the Sanders Foods site in Winamac. Continue reading

Applications Available for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

As the winter season approaches and temperatures continue to drop, people will begin turning up the heat in their homes. If you and your family are worried that you cannot afford the additional cost this season, there is a chance you could qualify for help through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

LIHEAP is funded through the U.S Department of Health and Human Services to help low income families avoid losing utilities this winter. Continue reading

Pulaski Council Tables Funding Request, After Members Unsure if They Had Already Approved It

Confusion remains over funding for a new van for Pulaski County Human Services. On Monday, the county council tabled an additional appropriation request of $6,894, after council members were not sure if they had already approved it. That, along with a $200 private donation, would cover the local share of the purchase price, while 80 percent would be covered by grant funds.

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