Pulaski County Recommends E-Poll Book Purchase

Plenty of consideration has led to a recommendation from the Pulaski County Election Board to purchase E-poll books.

The Election Board met Wednesday morning to further discuss using the devices in Pulaski County’s election activities. Starke and Marshall County’s have proposed similar measures.
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Council, Judge Confer on Security at Pulaski Courthouse

Pulaski County CourthousePulaski County Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn is hoping to work with the County Council to increase security.

The comments came earlier this week during a joint session of the County Commissioners and Council. Judge Shurn says he has formed a committee to review safety and make proposals, but addressed the two bodies to ensure they were cooperating.
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Pulaski County Part-Time Employees To See Pay Changes

Pulaski County CourthouseProbationary wages for new part-time EMS employees will be eliminated.

The Pulaski County Council on Monday night reviewed a revised salary ordinance which specifies wages for various positions. A committee worked to set wages for new hires, but council members had problems with the way starting pay for employees is set.
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Ongoing Wheel Tax Discussions Endorsed by Pulaski Commissioners

Pulaski County Commissioners (L to R) Bud Krohn, Jr., Terry Young and Larry Brady

Pulaski County Commissioners (L to R) Bud Krohn, Jr., Terry Young and Larry Brady

A wheel tax has been recommended for further consideration in Pulaski County.

The fee – assessed annually against motorists during their license plate renewal – has been discussed for a few weeks in area counties to improve and maintain roads. The Pulaski County Commissioners considered the item prior to a joint meeting with the County Council next week.
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Pulaski County Election Board Discusses Use of E-Poll Books

The Pulaski County Election Board is working to make a few decisions about e-poll books.

During their meeting this morning at the Pulaski County Courthouse, board members discussed using the technology in future elections. The board was given approval by the Pulaski County Commissioners and Council to utilize the technology.

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Town Council Considers Pricing for Section of Winamac Parkway

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Town of Winamac furthered discussions on a project that looks to create walking trails in the community.

During Monday night’s Town Council meeting, pricing for a section of the Winamac Parkway was reviewed. That walking trail is being developed along with other similar projects.
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Pulaski County Continues HCI Project with Community Forum

Pulaski County had a strong showing for collecting surveys, but now additional information needs to be gathered.

As part of its Hometown Collaborative Initiative, Pulaski County’s oversight committee will be hosting a community forum. The forum will allow community members to better explain their answers on the survey, as well as find out more about what other residents prioritize.
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Suspicious Vehicle Report Leads To Found Stolen Vehicle in Pulaski County

 A vehicle reported stolen on Thursday has been located in Pulaski County.

The Pulaski County Dispatch received a call about a suspicious vehicle on Friday morning in the area of country road 900 South and county road 1200 West. According to the caller, the 1997 Mercury van was sitting along the side of the roadway.
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Man Turns Himself In On Sexual Misconduct Warrant

A Culver man turned himself into Plymouth Police on Monday after he was accused of sexual contact with a minor several months ago.

Plymouth police say they received a phone call from 43-year-old Joey Maxon who stated he would be waiting for officers at the Wal-Mart in Plymouth. Maxon had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Pulaski County. He was taken into custody.
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Pulaski County Receives Funds For Blight Elimination

Pulaski County CourthouseSeveral applicants in Indiana have been awarded funds to help fight blighted homes.

According to the Lt. Governor’s office dozens of municipalities and counties received funds from the BEP, otherwise known as the Blight Elimination Program. Among those receiving dollars is Pulaski County.
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CAGIT Fund Proposal May Lack Statewide Support

Pulaski County Economic DevelopmentEfforts that could potentially benefit Pulaski County’s economic development may have a difficult time gaining support in Indianapolis.

Representatives of the Pulaski County Economic Development Organization say there is language in the Indiana Code restricting use of County Adjusted Gross Income Tax, or CAGIT funds. Those restrictions specify that monies generated through the tax are to be used only for the maintenance and operations of the Pulaski County Justice Center.
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Bill Could Disband Pulaski Superior Court

 Legislation was recently filed in Indianapolis that could have implications for Pulaski County.

Senate Bill 58, if signed into law, would eliminate the Pulaski County Superior Court by January 1st, 2019. The bill would also remove certain appointment privileges in other counties. Continue reading

Freezing Rain Advisory In Effect Through Mid-Morning

A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect through mid-morning for parts of the WKVI listening area. The National Weather Service warns that an area of freezing rain will move slowly northeast across northern Indiana and northeast Ohio this morning. The advisory remains in effect until 11 a.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Central for Starke, Marshall and Pulaski Counties as well as areas to the south and east. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by late morning and allow ice to melt. Light ice accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch are expected before the temperatures rise. This will be enough to make roads and sidewalks slick and potentially hazardous, so leave yourself some extra travel time and be extra careful on bridges and overpasses. They will be the first pavement surfaces to freeze.

Gayer Explains Purchase of “Mango Tango” Charger



Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

The Pulaski County Commissioners discussed with Sheriff Mike Gayer why a vehicle was purchased without their approval. Gayer said that he was under the impression that, because the vehicle is a necessary tool to the Sheriff’s Department, it fell under the type of purchase that did not need approval from the Commissioners. Gayer also stressed that he was not trying to circumvent the system and he meant no disrespect, and he purchased the vehicle  as inexpensively as possible.

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Purchases Vehicle Without Approval

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

A bill for the purchase of a new police vehicle for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was brought to the Commissioner’s attention this week, and to their annoyance, they discovered it was a purchase they had not approved. The Commissioners had previously passed a resolution that required they approve all purchases over $500 before they can be made, but the new vehicle, a 2011 Dodge Charger with a total price tag of $23,000, had not even been brought to the Commissioners attention before it was purchased.

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Public Speaks Out Against Monterey Elementary Closure

Emotions were running high at the Culver Community School Board meeting this week, as supporters of the Monterey Elementary school vehemently defended the school in the face of possible closure. This issue was discussed because of a need to reduce expenses in order to meet budget cuts from the state level in the amount of $855,928 over two years.

Culver School Board

Culver Community School Board Members (from left to right) Jack Jones, Ryan Seiber, Ken Vandeputte, Brad Schuldt, Eugene Baker, Marilyn Swanson, and Ed Behnke.

The Culver Community School Corporation has a number of options to explore in order to meet this new budget. Some of the options mentioned included increasing revenue through a referenda, in which the school tax rate would be raised $0.11  per $100; the use of the Rainy Day Fund, which has a current balance of $980,000; and decreasing expenses through budget reductions, such as closing Monterey or cutting positions.

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Pulaski County Health Department Unable to Provide for Medicaid After July 1

Individuals covered under Medicaid or by private insurance will soon have a hard time finding health service in Pulaski County. Starting July 1, new federal guidelines state that the Pulaski County Health Department can no longer provide service to those covered under Medicaid if a Medicaid provider exists in the county, and individuals covered by insurance for vaccines can also no longer receive service from the Health Department.  Because the Health Department is not a Medicaid provider, and a provider does indeed exist in the county, the Health Department will be unable to render services to those individuals. They are currently looking into becoming a provider, but it can be a long process.

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KIRPC to Manage Star City Sewer Project Grant

Pulaski County Commissioners Tracey Shorter, Kenneth Boswell, Michael Tiede

A grant in the amount of $587,253 is to be received by Pulaski County to assist in funding the construction of the Star City sewer project, a new sanitary sewer system for the unincorporated community. This project, which is funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), is to come from CDBG funds that were made available for economic recovery after many areas were damaged by natural disasters in 2008.

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