The Pulaski County Commissioners may not be able to prohibit the wearing of campaign attire at their meetings. Supporters of District 1 Commissioner candidate Jerry Locke were asked to remove hats promoting his candidacy while in attendance at a recent meeting. However the commissioners were unable to offer a clear explanation as to why. Continue reading
A campaign hat has led to a debate on whether clothing with political messages is allowed on Pulaski County property. The issue was brought up during the “Public Comment” portion of this week’s County Commissioners meeting, after someone was asked to remove a campaign hat during a county government meeting earlier this month. Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners have approved the replacement of a piece of equipment for the county’s Highway Department. During Monday’s Commissioners meeting, Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff asked for the commissioners’ approval to replace a broken repeater, part of the radio system used to communicate with the department’s trucks. Continue reading
A new fence around a collapsed building in downtown Monterey should be in place by this evening. Monterey Town Councilman Doug Denton says the Pulaski County Building Inspector advised a chain link-type fence will be placed around the rubble from the former Sportsman’s Lounge at the southeast corner of Main and Walnut Streets. Continue reading
Plans to make the former Pleasant View Rest Home easier to sell are in the works following Monday night’s Pulaski County Commissioners meeting.
The property ceased operations about one year ago for several reasons, with the property put up for sale for possible future development or renovation. In an effort to make the property easier to sell, Pulaski County is hoping to rezone the site to a residential building.
A Downtown Winamac building is one step closer to demolition. The Long Branch building had been acquired by the town under a quitclaim deed after the county issued a demolition order against the site. Continue reading
Starke and Pulaski Counties are working together to expand adult workforce training. Continue reading
Pulaski County is working on a deal with an architectural engineering firm to renovate the courthouse. The County Commissioners voted to have maintenance supervisor Jeff Johnston set up a meeting with Keystone Architecture to discuss a proposed contract. Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners continue to work toward a solution for housing unwanted animals. Continue reading
Pulaski County officials continue to discuss ways to deal with unwanted animals. Right now, the county’s out of designated space to house animals, and officials have been discussing whether the county should open its own full-time shelter. Continue reading
The issue surfaced last week during a joint session of the Pulaski County Council and County Commissioners. Talks continued during last night’s Commissioners meeting to find space to properly house the animals.
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
A county-wide severe flooding emergency has been declared in Pulaski County. Continue reading
Approval has been given to the Pulaski County Community Development Commission (CDC) to contract with Valparaiso-based Regional Development Company (RDC) to handle the financial administration aspect of the revolving loan fund.
Pulaski County CDC Executive Director Nathan Origer told the Pulaski County Commissioners this week that the RDC will receive the application and run a credit report plus gather personal or business tax forms. The county will then receive a credit memo as part of the process in applying for a revolving loan. The RDC will give a ranking to a committee set up by the Pulaski County CDC. Other aspects will be considered in an overall ranking which will be presented to the Commissioners for approval or denial of a loan.
The Pulaski County Commissioners received information last night about a Local Option Highway User Tax (LOHUT) that can be used to construct, reconstruct, repair or maintain streets under a county, city or town jurisdiction.
Pat Conner from the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) out of Purdue University explained that the LOHUT is made up of a surtax of the vehicle excise tax and wheel tax. The surtax and a wheel tax can be a flat rate decided by the council that will be payable at the time vehicle registration is due. If the council decides to pass the LOHUT, an ordinance would be approved, and a public hearing held to gather opinions concerning the increase.
The joint governing bodies in Pulaski County will be receiving information from a representative from the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) from Purdue University about a Local Option Highway User Tax or LOHUT. A LOHUT includes a vehicle excise tax and a wheel tax. It is included in the vehicle registration payment at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston presented the Pulaski County Commissioners and the Pulaski County Council members with a long list of exterior and interior issues that need to be addressed soon. Johnston covered structural needs including cleaning limestone, realigning dislocated stone, replacing deteriorated stone, repairing defective concrete, and repairing and sealing the north side basement entry. The uneven sidewalks also pose as tripping hazards around the courthouse. The cracks found in the cement stairs and walls around the courthouse can gather water that causes damage during the winter with the action of freezing and thawing.
A new superintendent has been hired at the Pulaski County Highway Department.
The commissioners last night approved the hire of Terry Ruff as the highway superintendent by a 2-1 vote with Bud Krohn, Jr. and Terry Young voting for the position. Larry Brady had the dissenting vote.
A speed limit change on a county road in Pulaski County will be enacted once an ordinance takes effect.
The Pulaski County Commissioners recently approved the preparation of an ordinance that reduces the speed on County Road East 50 South between the junction of south old State Road 14 and 200 South. The speed limit will be 30 mph on that stretch of road. Several residents have complained to the commissioners of reckless driving on that road for some time.