Pulaski County Council to Reorganize, Consider Budget Transfers Tonight

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 reorganize for 2020 when members meet tonight. In addition to choosing a president and vice-president, council members will also appoint a representative to the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Again Urges Officials to Keep Work Release Center in Facilities Plans

Now that the Pulaski County Commissioners have chosen a path for a potential courthouse renovation, Sheriff Jeff Richwine is renewing calls for a dedicated work release facility. He told the county council last week that while there are no easy answers for preventing drug addiction, additional programs could help treat the problem that already exists.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Warns that More Budget Cuts Could Impact Services

Pulaski County Sheriff Jeff Richwine warns that if his budget gets cut much more, he’ll have to start cutting services. “I’ve been kind of quiet about all the budget cuts, but it finally comes down to where you just can’t cut anymore and you’ve got to start cutting services,” he told the county commissioners Monday. “So we’re already kind of starting to look at that, to see where we could cut some things that wouldn’t necessarily jeopardize somebody’s safety and all that.”

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Pulaski County Commissioners to Open Bids for Winamac Ambulance Garage Addition

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

The Pulaski County Commissioners will open bids for the addition to the Winamac ambulance garage tonight. EMS Director Brandon DeLorenzo told the commissioners last month that the addition will bring the garage up to a total of four bays. The expansion has been discussed for years, since the county’s ambulances can barely fit in the existing space.

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Pulaski County Facing Court Security Implementation Deadline

The Pulaski County Council and Commissioners are each asking the other group for direction on courthouse security. Last week, the commissioners indicated that they’re ready to act on the issue. But during Monday’s county council meetings, Council Member Kathi Thompson pointed out that it hasn’t been factored into the 2020 budget proposal.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Gives More Details About ‘Suspicious Device’ Discovery

More details about the suspicious device that led to the evacuation of two of Pulaski County’s government buildings Friday were shared during Monday’s county council meeting. Sheriff Jeff Richwine said the object was found by maintenance staff as they were emptying the trash bin in the southeast restroom in the courthouse basement.

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