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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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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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County Home Eliminated from 2015 Pulaski County Budget

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

The residents at the Pleasant View Rest Home are going to have to find another place to live.

The Pulaski County Council last night approved a motion to remove funding for the county home from the 2015 budget.

The issue of bills not being collected and the high amount of money it will take to keep the building functional and up to code were the main reasons for the decision. County Council President Jay Sullivan said that he will notify county home board president Bob White of the status change and to set things in motion to get the residents a new place of residency.

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Pulaski County Council Holds Budget Public Hearing

 The Pulaski County council members held a public hearing for comments on the 2015 budget.

The council members worked in budget sessions in July to cut over $2 million in the budget for next year. The county is asking for a 2.7 percent increase over last year.

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Pulaski County Council Members Briefly Discuss Airport Issues

 The Pulaski County Council has had several questions concerning the operations at the county’s airport, Arens Field, and manager Bud Widner was at the council’s Monday meeting to answer questions by the council members.

At the last meeting, the council members voiced concerns about the payment for fuel.  There was a dispute over how much money the county should be receiving for the fuel that has been used and how much was in the fuel tank when the full-time employment began. That part has been ironed out and accounted for but the method of payment for fuel by customers was discussed briefly.

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Pulaski County Council Approves Funding for Health Department Generator

Pulaski County Courthouse

Pulaski County Courthouse

The Pulaski County Council approved the purchase of a generator for the health department.

Terri Hansen had been asking for a generator for the department for several years. After working with county maintenance director Jeff Johnston, Hansen said they are ready to make the purchase.

“Jeff Johnston, I talked with him a couple of times and he said the generator that would run our office is about $2,900. I’m asking for an additional in equipment for $3,500 for the generator and for any cost for the hookup,” said Hansen.

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Pulaski County Council Discusses Salary Ordinance Amendment at Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

The Pulaski County Council discussed a salary ordinance change request with the sheriff’s matron, Carrie Avery, Monday night.

The situation is unique in that a dispatcher and his wife work at the department and officials want to move one into the chief dispatcher role. That would create a nepotism law violation. To get around that, Avery went before the county council to request that they approve the creation of co-assistant chief deputy positions and put the pair into those roles.

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Pulaski County Council Approves Appropriation for New Ambulance

The Pulaski County Council approved an additional appropriation for the EMS for the purchase of an ambulance and new cardiac monitors.

EMS Director Nikki Lowry requested $88,000 in an additional appropriation in order to pay for the new ambulance. The insurance company will be paying $82,000 to the county after totaling the ambulance that was damaged in a fire on Feb. 7 at Wagner’s Towing. The cost of a new ambulance is approximately $150,000.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Approve Purchase of New Ambulance

The Pulaski County Commissioners approved a quote for a new ambulance during their meeting on Monday night.

EMS officials announced last week that the ambulance damaged from a February fire and subsequently repaired did not pass state inspection so it was totaled by the insurance company.

During this week’s meeting, EMS Director Nikki Lowry presented the commissioners with four quotes for a new ambulance. They approved a quote from Arrow in the amount of $130,700. Since the insurance company totaled the truck, an $82,000 settlement will go toward the purchase of a new ambulance.

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Pulaski County Council Discusses Appropriation for Fuel at Airport

 The Pulaski County Council continues to iron out financial details since taking over the financial aspect at the airport.

When the decision was made to make Bud Widner a full-time employee, that meant that Wagner had to cease purchasing items under his own name and the county had to reimburse Widner for those items to ensure that all equipment was county owned. That was done for liability purposes.

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Pulaski County Council Approves Transfer for Zoning Ordinance Update

The director of the Pulaski County Community Development Commission (CDC) requested a transfer of funds to work on zoning ordinances.

Nathan Origer told the Pulaski County Council members that he is an advisor to the plan commission and said the zoning ordinances were not done professionally and they need to be to fit the needs of the county.

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Pulaski County Justice Center Equipment Needs Discussed

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston presented the county council members Monday night with several issues with the Justice Center.

Johnston explained the issues.

“The air units on the rooftop of the Justice Center are 17 years old and they have 15 year life spans. Four of them have already failed and the fifth one is failing now. We’re replaced four this year. We still have seven that are about to give it up. We’ve got three water heaters in the upstairs room, one of which failed its inspection from the state. We’ve replaced it but another one started leaking out of the bottom. Those machines are also past their life span by about seven years. We have two water softeners in that same room that are also leaking out of the top and they’re getting ready to go as well,” said Johnston.

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Pulaski County Commissioners, Council Discuss County Home

The Pulaski County commissioners and the county council met in joint session last night where one of the topics was the future of the county home.

In previous meetings this year, Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston presented the county boards with a preliminary structural condition assessment of the county home conducted by American Structurepoint, Inc. The repairs needed are extensive and are estimated between $500,000 to $1 million. With that, the government entities are wondering what should be done.

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Pulaski County Commissioners, Council Discuss Airport Concerns

 The Pulaski County Commissioners and Pulaski County Council members met in joint session to clarify some questions that have arisen concerning the airport.

The issues that the council members discussed during their meeting last week was if Airport Manager Bud Wagner’s position with the county needs to be full time and about the revenue coming into the airport.

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Pulaski County Commissioners, Council to Meet in Joint Session Today

 The Pulaski County commissioners and county council will meet in a public joint session tonight to discuss the airport operations a little further.

When the Pulaski County council members met last week, several questions were brought up concerning a part-time or full-time position for the airport manager and other issues such as fuel.

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Pulaski County Election Board Discusses Municipal Election Costs with County Council

The Pulaski County Council heard from Laura Bailey, the vice chairperson of the Pulaski County Election Board, about changes that will be made to put municipal elections more in line with the law.

Bailey explained that paperwork for a financial agreement pertaining to municipal elections has not been signed.

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Pulaski County Council Reviews Additional Appropriations and Transfers for Issues at Justice Center

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Justice Center

The Pulaski County Council discussed several additional appropriation and transfer requests on Monday night. A couple of requests from the Pulaski County Justice Center were discussed at length.

Sheriff Michael Gayer spoke at the Eastern Pulaski School Board meeting so Matron Carrie Aaron and Sergeant Fred Rogers represented the sheriff’s department where they explained an $80,000 additional appropriation. Sergeant Rogers said the money is needed to pay past bills that have been due – some for many years. For example, according to Sergeant Rogers, the fuel bill hadn’t been paid since September of 2013 while other vendors for a variety services have been waiting since 2011 for payment.

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