The Starke County Council will conduct a couple of budget hearings and consider several requests for funds when they meet this evening. The Starke County, North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation and Solid Waste budgets are all on the agenda for the 5:30 p.m. session. So is discussion of a possible payroll increase of between 1 and 2 percent in the Starke County budget.
EMS Director Keith Emigh will ask the council for permission to purchase a new ambulance with additional funding. The county’s fleet has experienced numerous mechanical problems of late.
The council will also discuss a budget for courthouse security workers and entertain a request from CASA Director Rhonda Adcock to increase that program’s budget.
Sheriff Bill Dulin will request an appropriation of riverboat money and the county corrections annual deposit, and the council will divide up probation user fees so money is deposited into the county’s general fund to pay for state mandated probation salaries.
The Starke County Commissioners meeting will follow the council session. They’re meeting jointly with the building corporation to discuss the result of courthouse asbestos bids. The commissioners will also consider a request from Pulaski County Economic Development Director Nathan P. Origer to use between three and four miles of Starke County roads as a bicycle trail. Bids for a county coroner’s building will also be discussed.
Both meetings will take place at the county annex building.