The Pulaski County Commissioners have agreed to apply more pressure to the owner of a building that collapsed earlier this year in Monterey. A special meeting on Thursday allowed the commissioners to discuss potential solutions for the site of the former Sportsman’s Bar and Grill. The building collapsed in April, leaving debris and asbestos behind. Continue reading
This year’s charitable motorcycle ride sponsored by the North Judson Kersting’s Cycle Center was a success. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office extended a congratulatory thanks to the Kankakee Valley chapter 1326 of the Harley Owners Group for raising nearly $700 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Continue reading
A convicted murderer and child molester is back in jail after his arrest yesterday at a public library in Indianapolis. Richard Dobeski, 67, was picked up on a LaPorte County warrant for four counts of failure to register as a sex offender. All are Level 6 felonies, which carry a penalty of between 6 months and 2.5 years in prison. A failure to register charge will also be filed in Marion County, according to officials with the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department. Dobeski was released last week from the Indiana Department of Correction New Carlisle facility. Continue reading
67-year-old Richard Dobeski was let out of an Indiana Department of Corrections Facility in New Castle this month. He was convicted on two counts of murder dating back to 1965.
The building, owned by Courtney Hardin, collapsed earlier this year, prompting health and safety concerns in Monterey. The building is owned by an individual in Culver, but according to Pulaski County Commissioners, few are taking responsibility to clean-up the site. Continue reading
Renovations to the High School/Middle School building and Elementary School Building were discussed at length during the Eastern Pulaski School Board meeting Monday evening. It should come as no surprise that the removal of asbestos within the buildings came up. During their meeting the board unanimously approved the proposal for asbestos removal. Continue reading
The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board met last night for their final meeting of the summer. The Board unanimously approved a number of items on the agenda including a base bid of approximately $2.6 million for the elementary school renovation contract. Continue reading
On the first of July Purdue Extension officially welcomed a new member to their staff. Recent Purdue West Lafayette graduate Mandy Medbourn is the new health and human sciences extension educator for Starke and Pulaski County. Medbourn had the chance to really immerse her self within the communities during her first full week as a Purdue Extension Educator. Continue reading
Following their meeting Monday evening, the NJSP School Board held a work session to discuss the formation of a Political Action Committee. They considered various community members who could potentially be contacted to assist the school with the referendum process. The P.A.C would be responsible for making sure community members are registered to vote and spreading the word about the corporation and why the referendum is needed. Continue reading
The annual Spirit of Pulaski County, formerly known as Germanfest, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 8 this year at the Train Depot in downtown Winamac. During the event, the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a spirit ride and spirit walk in memory of Tina Kasten and all other domestic abuse victims. Kasten is a local woman whose husband was arrested for her murder back in May. Continue reading
Pre-fair judging for electric, consumer clothing and sewing and fashion review 4-H projects will be held off of the Pulaski County fair grounds. This change allows time for the fairgrounds to be tended to following recent flooding. Though the locations have shifted, all times remain the same. Continue reading
Several roads are closed in Pulaski County following recent flooding. However high water isn’t the only problem the highway department is addressing. Currently crews are out working on filling in some sinkholes that have sprouted up in the area. Continue reading
Sandra Lee’s Studio of Dance has put on nearly four decades of recitals. This year’s 37th annual show includes a variety of dances performed by students of all ages. Continue reading
The structure that housed the business at the corner of Walnut and Main Streets collapsed during the evening hours of Thursday, April 23. An asbestos study was completed on the rubble where testing found the debris positive for the presence of asbestos.
The owner, Courtney Hardin, has 30 days to clean up the property. She will need to appear before the commissioners for the public hearing and comply with the demolition order.
The area had been contained with a temporary, orange, construction-type fence. A portion of the fence was secured to a dumpster that is no longer on the site. That led Pulaski County Building Administrator Dave Dare to contact a locally registered contractor in order to install a six-foot, self-supporting chain-link fence around the area this week for enhanced security.
Dare added that his department is in the process of making the legal notification to the current owner to attend a hearing before the Hearing Authority concerning property clean-up. He noted that cleanup would proceed as soon as possible. Continue reading
Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer and Monterey Town Council President Jim Fleury appeared before the Pulaski County Council Monday night. They requested an additional $15,000 to their original loan request of $20,000. When the town began assembling information for a 2013 grant to help with the cost of wastewater treatment plant improvements, the engineers used numbers relevant to 2013. Origer says the estimates have gone up since then.
There is asbestos is the rubble of a building in downtown Monterey that collapsed last month. Pulaski County Building Inspector Dave Dare shared that information with the town council during a special-called meeting last night. A contractor he hired to check the site at the southeast corner of Main and Walnut Streets found two square feet of asbestos in the duct wrap in the basement. Dare says more could be buried in the debris and will need to be disposed of in accordance with state guidelines. Continue reading
The Monterey Town Council will decide tonight how to proceed with the cleanup of the former Sportsman’s Bar and Grill. The vacant building collapsed on Thursday, April 23rd. Nobody was injured. The area around the structure at the southeast corner of Walnut and Main Streets in downtown Monterey is blocked off. Pulaski County Building Inspector Dave Dare hired a Valparaiso-based contractor to inspect the rubble for asbestos. If any is found, special precautions will need to be followed to clean the site up. Dare will share that information with the Monterey Town Council during a special-called meeting tonight at 7 p.m. Continue reading