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Firearms Ordinance Passed by Pulaski County Council

Pulaski County CourthouseThe Pulaski County Council this week discussed an ordinance that pertains to allowing sheriff’s deputies to be issued a firearm, retired ID card and retired badge after serving honorably for a minimum of 20 years.

In this case, Paul Grandstaff retired in December after serving over 20 years with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, including two terms as sheriff, and he has requested the retention of his shotgun that he first received when arriving on staff at the department.

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New Deputies Hired at Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

The Pulaski County Council reorganized for the year where Jay Sullivan was retained as president of the fiscal body while Roger Querry was appointed as vice president. The council also welcomed newly elected member Linda Powers.

Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the council that three new deputies have been hired and he requested $6,000 to be transferred so a part-time officer can cover their absence while they’re at the academy. Two officers will be sent to the academy in March and one officer will go after the first two come back. When the officers complete their training, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department should be fully staffed with eight deputies. The transfer was unanimously approved.

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Pulaski County Prosecutor Discusses Budget with County Council

Pulaski County CourthousePulaski County Prosecutor Daniel Murphy approached the county council this week to ask the council members to accept his full-time employment and wages as he begins his four-year term in the office. That request was unanimously approved.

Crystal Sanders was appointed as deputy prosecutor.

He also asked for a transfer of $6,000 to satisfy the installation of money to the pre-trial diversion line item in the budget. The prosecutor requested that the money be moved from the pre-trial diversion user fees.

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Pulaski County Council Approves Funds to Keep County Home Open Three Months

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

The Pulaski County Council members last night approved three months of funding for the Pleasant View Rest Home.

The council previously approved, by majority vote, to not include funding for the county home in the 2015 budget. However, by law, they have to keep the county home open for 90 days so the residents have time to find alternate housing. The council approved an additional appropriation in the amount of $52,596 to honor wages and operations until the Pleasant View Rest Home is closed for good on March 31.

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Pleasant View Rest Home Closure Underway

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Officials are moving forward with the closure of the Pleasant View Rest Home in Pulaski County.

Board President Bob White told WKVI News that attorney Jere Humphrey has called county home officials to help with the paperwork to assist in placing the residents at a different facility or find other arrangements. Humphrey was appointed by the commissioners to help with the actions necessary to close the county home.

The county council at their meeting in December approved the defunding of the county home by a majority vote at their meeting on Dec. 8.  Because funding for the county home was not included in the 2015 budget, the county commissioners approved the official close of the facility by a vote of 2-1 on Dec. 23.

The residents or their representatives will be sent a letter and they will have two weeks to notify the attorney of their plan.  Once the attorney receives the information of where the residents will be moving, the residents then have 90 days to move from the Pleasant View Rest Home.  The facility is expected to be closed on March 31.

White thanked superintendent Deb Girton and the staff for their hard work in taking care of the residents. He also recognized the board members for their efforts.

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Pulaski County Commissioners to Discuss Closing County Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

The Pulaski County Commissioners will meet in special session today to address issues in closing the Pleasant View Rest Home.

By a majority vote, the Pulaski County Council voted to defund the county home in October and that decision was reaffirmed earlier this month by a majority vote.

County Attorney Kevin Tankersley informed the Pulaski County Commissioners last week that there is a lot to go through to close the facility. He met with an attorney in Plymouth last week to see if that attorney would take over the responsibility of overseeing the process as he thought that would be a better practice.

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Longtime Pulaski County Deputy Retires

Pulaski County Sheriff's Dept. Cpl. Paul Grandstaff

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Dept. Cpl. Paul Grandstaff

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is fully staffed again, with one notable exception. Cpl. Paul Grandstaff has tendered his retirement after 26 years with the department. Sheriff Mike Gayer says he’s on leave through the end of the year using up accumulated vacation and comp days. Continue reading

Pulaski County Council Honors Retiring Member

Retiring Pulaski County Councilman Ron Powers

Retiring Pulaski County Councilman Ron Powers

Ron Powers has attended his final regularly-scheduled meeting as a member of the Pulaski County Council. He’s retiring at the end of the month after two four-year terms, as is Pulaski County Sheriff Mike Gayer. Tensions between the two have frequently spilled over into meetings. Monday night Gayer set that aside. Continue reading

Pulaski County Council Proceeds With County Home Closure

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

The Pulaski County Council is moving forward with plans to close Pleasant View Rest Home. Councilman Doug Roth’s motion for a one-time additional appropriation of $204,846 to keep the home open through 2015 in order to transition toward closure did not pass.

“There’s a big difference between the legal way and the right way. I have no doubt we’ll do it the legal way, but I’m going to say right now we haven’t done it the right way from the start,” Roth said. Continue reading

Pulaski County Council May Reconsider Closing Pleasant View

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

At least one member of the Pulaski County Council feels the decision to slash funding for Pleasant View Rest Home from the 2015 budget was made in haste. Councilwoman Alex Haschel did not attend the Oct. 13 meeting when that vote was cast. It passed 3-2 with Councilmen Mick Tiede, Roger Querry and Tom Roth in favor of not funding the home and Ron Powers and Doug Roth opposed. Council President Jay Sullivan only votes in the event of a tie. Haschel announced plans during the Nov. 11 council meeting to bring a motion tonight to rescind the prior council action and restore funding for the home. Should that motion pass, the procedural protocol is unclear, as the county’s budget has already been submitted to the state. Continue reading

Pulaski County Council Considers Money Transfers for Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Matron Carrie Aaron brought several transfers for the county council members to consider to help with paying the part-time officers to help with the shortage at the sheriff’s department.

At last week’s commissioner’s meeting, Aaron and Detective/Sergeant Jason Woodruff requested a one-time adjustment to the handbook policy to pay those officers with holiday pay with the exception of 24 hours for each employee, which was approved. All PTO will be paid down to 50 hours. Two officers from White County and an officer from the Logansport Police Department will be working as part-time officers. An additional officer will be hired on a part-time basis. They are being trained.

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More Discussion Held on Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Discussion surrounding the Pleasant View Rest Home was held during the Pulaski County Council meeting last night.

Larry Rausch, who is a county home board member, said their number one priority is keeping the county home open and realizes there is some work that needs to be done. He said if the county home is deemed a historical structure, grants would be available to assist the county in getting these repairs done. He also had another option.

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Residents Grill Pulaski County Council over County Home Budget Elimination

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Two members of the Pleasant View Rest Home Board of Directors and several residents approached the Pulaski County Council last week to discuss the elimination of the county home’s funding from the 2015 budget.

Larry Rausch and Michelle Roudebush explained to the council that 1,640 signatures were gathered on petitions to keep the county home open.

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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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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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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 Council Tables Recorder’s Part-Time Hire Request

Pulaski County Courthouse

Pulaski County Courthouse

Pulaski County Recorder Christi Hoffa presented a request for a part time person in her office to help scan documents to include in the Doxpop system for title searches.

Hoffa said that extra help could speed up the process that is currently being done in the office.

“While we have a good amount of information available online, not all of our information is available for a title searcher to be able to do a 50 year search,” explained Hoffa. “What I would like to see is to be able to hire a part time person for the office strictly to work on this project and to speed it up – to get more information online, scanned and available to these people to purchase and to be able to do their title searches and their their full 50 year searches.”

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Pleasant View Rest Home up for Historic Preservation Consideration

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Written comments are still being accepted by the Division of State Historic Preservation and Archaeology for consideration to classify the county home in Pulaski County as a historical structure.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources notified county officials last week that the Pleasant View Rest Home has been proposed for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

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.

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