New Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Dealing with Unfinished Paperwork, IT Challenges

New Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Mary Welker has a bit of organizing to do, as she settles into her new position. She told the county commissioners Monday that Judge Michael Shurn appears to have left behind some unfinished paperwork when he left office. “There’s 300 to 400 files that are waiting on orders, and I think everybody knows that that was an issue. And as judge, I have two choices. I can just give those files to Judge Shurn and say he has to do them, or our staff can do them, make sure they get done, make sure they get signed, make sure they get filed, and I think that’s the only appropriate way to deal with it because there’s 300 or 400 of them.”

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Pulaski County Highway Department May Accept WorkOne Job Training Participants

The Pulaski County Highway Department is looking into partnering with WorkOne to get some free labor. As part of a job training program, participants would have the chance to learn skills by working with the Highway Department for a certain period of time, while WorkOne would pay their wages and assume any liability. Similar partnerships have already been put in place with the county’s Maintenance Department, as well as the Starke County Highway Department.

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Pulaski County Maintenance Department Gives Update on Repairs

Pulaski County Commissioners Larry Brady, Vice President Terry Young, and President Tracey Shorter
Pulaski County Commissioners Larry Brady, Vice President Terry Young, and President Tracey Shorter
The Pulaski County Maintenance Department is working steadily to improve conditions of buildings and equipment throughout the county, and according to Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston, his department has already made a number of improvements this year. Johnston said his department has already installed the four HVAC units on the roof of the justice center and they’re running in good condition. However, some minor work with sensors must still be done over the course of the next few days.

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Lot of Work Ahead for Pulaski County Maintenance Department

  
 
Pulaski County Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston has a full plate when it comes to projects as his department tackles a number of large undertakings, such as repairs to the sheriff’s department’s roof and the courthouse elevator and improvements to the recycling center’s drainage system. Johnston said the big question is whether or not the county can fund the projects from another source because the cost of the work would deplete his budget.

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Pulaski Commissioners Hear Maintenance Update

Pulaski County Commissioners Larry Brady, Vice President Terry Young, and President Tracey Shorter
Pulaski County Commissioners Larry Brady, Vice President Terry Young, and President Tracey Shorter

The Pulaski County Maintenance Department has been staying busy, according to Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston. He told the county commissioners at their regular meeting that the office relocation has been completed, annex repair work is done, and they’ve also repaired some equipment at the county highway garage.

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Pulaski County Maintenance Supervisor Relocates Office

  
 
The Pulaski County Maintenance Department is now housed at the county highway garage north of downtown Winamac on U.S. 35. Maintenance supervisor Jeff Johnson received permission from the county commissioners to move his office from the courthouse basement into one of the spare spaces at the highway building. The former maintenance office will now be converted into a supply closet. In addition to cleaning and maintaining all of the buildings in the county, the maintenance department is also in charge of ordering office supplies for all county departments as part of an effort to save money. They buy supplies like ink pens and copy paper in bulk to take advantage of price breaks and distribute them to offices on an as-needed basis.