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Pulaski County EMS Director Still Looking for Paramedics

Pulaski County EMS Director Nikki Lowry told the commissioners Monday night that she has hired seven part-time personnel to help with the shortage of staff and training is ongoing this week.

While that helps cover shifts, Lowry explained that only one of those hired is a paramedic. All of the other new hires are basic life service trained only. One may move to a full-time position. She said at least one paramedic is needed per shift and there is one on each shift now.

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Radioville Bowling Alley Owner Granted Demolition Extension

The old bowling alley in Radioville will soon be demolished.

Pulaski County Building Administrator David Dare explained to the commissioners last night that the structure is unsafe as the roof has caved in and the building can’t be salvaged. According to the demolition order, the building must be demolished by Dec. 30.

Bruder explained that she has some circumstances that won’t allow her to get the building torn down in that timeframe. She noted that the Countryside Bowling Lanes, Inc. is in her name but she needs to work out details with the other owners of the building which hasn’t been occupied in many years.

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Questions Answered about County Home’s Historical Register Nomination

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

The Pulaski County Commissioners and the Pulaski County Council met in joint session last night that included a presentation by members of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Historical Preservation and Archaeology. Paul Diebold, who is a member of the committee, answered many questions concerning the historic eligibility of the Pleasant View Rest Home.

Janet Onken from the Pulaski County Historical Society submitted a 31-page application to the DNR Historical Preservation and Archaeology in order to nominate the county home as a historic structure.

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Joint Session Scheduled Tonight to Discuss Historic Status of County Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

A joint meeting of the Pulaski County Commissioners and the Pulaski County Council is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET to discuss the historic landmark status of the Pleasant View Rest Home. Members of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology will be in attendance taking brief public comments about the designation of the facility as a historic structure.

The DNR members had received 27 letters in the support of the designation in a previous meeting and decided to meet with residents to further investigate opinions regarding the structure.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Approve Certificate Sale

The Pulaski County Commissioners heard a presentation from Glenn Luedtke from SRI about a certificate sale the commissioners can hold to sell properties that have been on the tax sales for several years.

“It allows the commissioners to sell these properties at a price less than what they were offered for at the regular sale. When these properties go through several sales, you have a situation or the indenture of the taxes and liens succeed the value of the property. This gives you an opportunity to lower that price to lower it again,” explained Luedtke.

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Pulaski County Commissioners to Review Courthouse Repairs after New Year

Pulaski County CourthouseRepairs needed to the Pulaski County Courthouse structure will be determined after the first of the year.

Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston brought up the issue after an assessment was received about masonry repairs at the courthouse last month. The limestone needs to be repaired around the perimeter of the courthouse as it has come apart. Mortar joints were found to be defective, eroded or missing. The stairs also need to be repaired.

The base quote given for repairs were just over $83,600.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Approve Equipment Purchase for Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston told the commissioners last week that the opened sealed bids for the HVAC systems for the justice center were investigated to determine the reason for a large gap in pricing. Benchmark in Kokomo and McGrath Refrigeration in Knox both submitted sealed bids.

“I looked at this pretty in-depth and I can’t find a reason for it,” said Johnston. “It seems to me that McGrath’s is the way to go. Their units are comparable. It’s also practically half the cost. It would be my recommendation to go with $74,467 for the HVAC units as opposed to $135,000.”

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Pulaski County CDC Director Gives Economic Update

Nathan Origer presents information to Pulaski County Commissioners

Nathan Origer presents information to Pulaski County Commissioners

The Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director gave the commissioners some food for thought in their meeting this week.

Nathan Origer said the third and final site study has been done on a west side rail industrial development. Preliminary work will be sought to make sure the landowners are on board to move forward with efforts for economic development.

Origer presented a contract for a company to overhaul the county’s zoning ordinances.

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Signatures Sought to Keep Pleasant View Rest Home Operational

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Petition papers to save the Pleasant View Rest Home in Pulaski County have been distributed around Winamac.

Funding for the county home was eliminated by Pulaski County Council members during their meeting last week by a majority vote.

Pleasant View Rest Home Board President Bob White told WKVI News that if residents are in support of saving the county home they can sign their name to the petitions at Sanders IGA, the Pulaski County Family YMCA or on the Pleasant View Rest Home’s website at www.keeppleasantview.com.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Approve Employment of Part-Time Officers

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is experiencing a shortage of deputies to cover 14 shifts and outside county officers are coming in to help cover those shifts.

Only five full-time deputies are covering those shifts and part-time officers are needed to help with coverage for the county.

Matron Carrie Aaron and Detective/Sergeant Jason Woodruff presented paperwork to the Pulaski County Commissioners to approve a request to employ part-time deputies from other counties to help keep up with patrols for public safety. A one-time adjustment to the handbook policy was also requested to compensate the officers for payment for holidays and PTO time that cannot be taken due to this circumstance.

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County Home to be Considered as a National Historic Landmark

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

In a meeting set for this afternoon, the Pleasant View Rest Home will be up for consideration to be placed on the list of historic landmarks.

Officials with the Division of State Historic Preservation and Archaeology will review written comments submitted by supporters and non-supporters of the county home for nomination for placement into the National Register of Historic Places.

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County Home Supporters Voice Concerns to Pulaski County Commissioners

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Members of the Pleasant View Rest Home Board, employees of the facility and family members of the residents in the county home appeared before the Pulaski County Commissioners last night to ask for the commissioners’ support to keep the county home open.

The Pulaski County Council members voted last week by a majority vote to eliminate the funding for the county home in the 2015 budget.

Pleasant View Rest Home Board President Bob White read a letter to the commissioners submitted by the residents to keep the county home open. He asked that the county home board and the county work together to keep the facility operational. Employees made an impassioned plea to support the people in their effort.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Could Hear Plea for County Home Tonight

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Members of the Pleasant View Rest Home Board of Directors are expected to appear at the Pulaski County Commissioners meeting tonight to discuss the recent action by the county council members to eliminate the county home’s funding from the 2015 budget.

Board President Bob White told WKVI News last week that board members may appear and discuss the issue. He said that they are against the decision and didn’t know that the topic would be up for a vote before the officials last Monday night. He hopes to convince county officials to keep the county home operational and to continue to offer care to the nine residents there.

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County Home Board President to Fight Closure

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

The president of the Pleasant View Rest Home Board is going to fight to keep the county home in Pulaski County operational.

The Pulaski County Council members voted 3-2 on Monday night to cut out funding for the county home from the 2015 budget. The complete budget was then approved with that approved exemption.

Bob White said he hopes to meet with county officials to reverse this decision.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Approve Transfer of Vehicle to EMA Director

EMA Director Larry Hoover discusses the transfer of a pickup to his department

EMA Director Larry Hoover discusses the transfer of a pickup to his department with the commissioners

The Pulaski County EMA Director will have a new vehicle.

Larry Hoover requested the title transfer of a pickup that the sheriff’s department no longer uses. Sheriff Michael Gayer had approved the use of the three-quarter ton pickup for use by the EMA Director and notified the commissioners of his decision.

Hoover explained that he does have money his budget for fuel and for travel. Because this vehicle will be used by Hoover for county business, he will no longer need to submit claims for fuel reimbursement for his personal vehicle. He will be able to fuel the vehicle using the county system and pay for his portion from his budget.

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Pulaski County Recorder Requests Part-time Help

Pulaski County Courthouse

Pulaski County Courthouse

Pulaski County Recorder Christi Hoffa put in a request to the county commissioners this week for a part time person to scan documents into the Doxpop system.

Hoffa said she and her staff have been able to take care of documents here and there, but another person to do just this duty would greatly help efficiency in her office.

“With the installation of Doxpop and our current scanned images being available online, we are finding from abstract companies and title searchers that it’s great that it’s online, but we don’t have quite enough information online to really be able to assist them,” Hoffa explained. “Generally, they have to a 50 year search. We would like to have a part-time person and it would be to speed up the process of getting more documents available online and to be able to aid these title searchers in having the information online.”

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Pulaski County Commissioners to Consider Deed Sale

Holly Hoover talks with Pulaski County Commissioners

Holly Hoover talks with Pulaski County Commissioners

The Pulaski County property tax sale was recently held and 29 properties were sold. Deputy Auditor Holly Hoover told the commissioners this week that 150 properties were not sold and she would like to have a commissioners deed sale to sell these properties.

She noted that most of the properties have been up for sale for many years and it’s time to get these back on the tax rolls.

“The difference between the property tax sale and the commissioners deed sale is that instead of a one year redemption when a buyer buys a piece of property at the property tax sale the owner has one year to redeem the property. With a commissioners deed sale, there would be a 120 day redemption. We want to get these properties that have gone unpaid for years back on the tax roll,” explained Hoover.

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Pulaski County Home Considered for National Register of Historic Places

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

The county home in Pulaski County could be deemed a historic structure.

The commissioners received a letter from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources stating that the county home has been proposed for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

The review board members of the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation will consider the nomination during their meeting on Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Indiana Government Conference Center in Indianapolis in conference rooms one and two. Pulaski County residents are welcome to attend this meeting and to deliver comments, either pro or con, regarding the application.

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Starke County Sheriff’s Department Gets New K9

K9 Terror

K9 Terror

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has sold one of its K9s to Starke County.

Sheriff Michael Gayer told WKVI News that the K9 officer resigned abruptly and no other officer in the department wanted to resume the responsibility of K9 “Terror”. He reached out to other departments to see if a K9 could help them. One department that expressed interest was the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. The K9 and a kennel were sold to Starke County for $8,500 about two weeks ago.

The Pulaski County commissioners discussed the K9 situation Monday night during their meeting where Commissioner Terry Young was not pleased with the amount of money for which the K9 was sold. Commission President Larry Brady gave the sheriff the option of including the vehicle with the K9 and the kennel at a price of $17,000 or leave the vehicle for use by a department head. The vehicle stayed with the county.

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Pulaski County Justice Center, Courthouse Damage Repaired

Jeff Johnston talks to the Pulaski County Commissioners

Jeff Johnston talks to the Pulaski County Commissioners

Repairs to the Pulaski County Justice Center, to the Pulaski County Courthouse and to the county home barn have been completed.

Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston told the commissioners last night that just minor items need to be finished to complete the damage sustained in a hail storm over a year ago.

“They’ve got metal coping to do on the justice center but the courthouse roof has been repaired and the justice center roof has been replaced and sealed. The barn at the county home has been repainted. The damaged section in the back and the roof have been repainted and sealed. The damaged screens were also repaired,” explained Johnson.

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