More funding for court-appointed attorneys was finalized by the Pulaski County Council Monday. Council members approved a $30,000 additional appropriation for Superior Court pauper counsel. It was requested by Judge Crystal Brucker Kocher back in August.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Council is slowly making progress on its 2020 budget, but there’s still a long way to go. Monday’s special meeting continued late into the night, as members reviewed the proposal line item by line item.Continue reading
Pulaski County officials continue to voice concerns with the county’s IT arrangements, but organizing a discussion is proving to be a challenge. Some county council members had wanted to discuss IT plans with the county commissioners and had apparently asked to have it included on Monday’s joint session agenda. But when it was sent out, the only item listed was the approval of the prior joint session minutes.Continue reading
As the Pulaski County Maintenance Department prepares to take over lawn care at county properties, the county council has approved a funding measure that would allow the department to keep its new part-time employee.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners are expected to choose a lawn care contractor this morning. Three companies have submitted bids for mowing and other services at various county properties. Maintenance Director Mia Salyers is expected to make a recommendation today.Continue reading
Grass may be growing, but the Pulaski County Commissioners still need more time to choose a lawn care company. Last week, they opened bids from Ditmire Lawn Care, Clean Cuts Lawn Service, and TK Lawn Service.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners have decided to continue outsourcing the lawn care at certain county properties, after all. Last year, the county contracted mowing at certain county properties out to TK Lawn Services. In January, the commissioners decided to rebid the contract for this year, but they decided last month to hold off on awarding the contract until Maintenance Director Mia Salyers could see what it would cost to repair or replace her department’s zero-turn lawnmower.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners are reconsidering the outsourcing of lawn care and snow removal at certain county properties. On Monday, they voted to turn the snow removal back over to the County Maintenance Department.Continue reading
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.”Continue reading
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.
Pulaski County crews continue preparing the former Winamac Masonic Lodge for use as a county morgue and office building. The county commissioners got an update Monday from Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Johnston.
Work continues to turn the former Winamac Masonic Lodge into a county morgue and office building. Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Johnston told the Pulaski County Commissioners Monday that his department has completed quite a bit of work, but there’s still a lot more to go.
Construction in the Pulaski County Courthouse has county officials offering alternatives for those who need to visit government offices. The basement entrance on the west side of the courthouse will be closed during the courthouse elevator replacement project, since it will be in the construction area.
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.
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.
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.
Pulaski County Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston said his department is in need of an additional part-time employee, but the county council this week decided to postpone discussion until next year. Johnston approached the council during their meeting on Monday night with a request to hire another part-time employee with the help of a $12,900 additional transfer.
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.