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Pulaski County Coroner John Behny and deputy coroner Jon Frain appeared before the council to ask if members had reached a decision about allowing the coroner's office to  use the office space coming available at the town's municipal utility complex. Electric superintendent Doug Shorter told the council his department would like to keep the space for the electric department. It was decided that at this time, the office space will remain the electric department.

Bids were opened for a new pole digger truck for the electric department and were as follows: Weirs International, $267,530; Utility Truck Equipment, 258,960; and Altec, $237,790. Town manager Zellers and electric superintendent Doug Shorter will compare bids and decide which one to purchase.

The council voted to approve claim docket Oct. 27 as presented in the amount of $67,676, and claim docket Nov. 13 in the amount of $573,002.

 

Town Manager’s Report:

Town manager Brad Zellers reported on the following:

  • The pad is poured for the new restrooms downtown. The rest will be finished in the spring after the walls are up and the roof is on.
  • Seven ADA intersections and some sidewalk work were done with the leftover money from the INDOT grant last year.
  • The Town’s current grant writer is working on a grant from OCRA (Office of Community & Rural Affairs) to do the ammonia project at the wastewater treatment plant. Zellers also plans to apply for a grant to obtain new light poles downtown.
  • Zellers is ready to start advertising and accept bids for mowing the cemetery next year. He is possibly going to bid it out as a set price per mowing instead of a price for the entire year which has been done previously.
  • It is time to start putting information together for the garbage bid. The town’s contract with Advanced Disposal is up next year.
  • The town manager asked for permission to pay a claim in the amount of $7,000 payable to Glen White for concrete work completed. The council voted 3-1 to approve the claim.

 

Clerk-Treasurer’s Report:

A report submitted by clerk-treasurer Melanie Berger covered the following:

  • Ordinance #11 of 2017, Ordinance Regulating Golf Carts was submitted to the council. The council voted to adopt the ordinance, as presented.
  • Ordinance #12 of 2017, Ordinance Establishing a Community Crossings Grant Fund for the Receipt of a Sum Certain from the Indiana Department of Transportation was submitted to the council. The council voted to adopt the ordinance, as presented.
  • Ordinance #13 of 2017, Ordinance Amending Monthly Water Rates and Charges for the Use and Services Rendered by the Waterworks of the Town of Winamac, Indiana was submitted to the council for a first reading.
  • Ordinance #14 of 2017, Ordinance Amending the Ordinance Establishing Salaries and Wages of Employees was submitted to the council for a first reading.
  • Deputy Clerk Kim Burke asked the council for permission to purchase a public alert subscription from Softline Data. The cost is $1,250 per year for 16,000 alerts. The cost will be split by all four departments. Discussion was held regarding how alerts can be received and what type of information the town can alert the residents about. The council voted to purchase the subscription.

 

Department Reports:

Water and street department superintendent Jeremy Beckner reported his department continues to pick up brush and leaves; has flushed and winterized fire hydrants; has fixed two water leaks; has put the salt box on; has run water line for new restrooms downtown and continues to locate for the fiber optics being installed.

Town Marshall Mike Buchanan presented the police department's monthly statistical report. The new Town of Winamac reserve officers, Alec Berger and Sheri Gaillard have been working and attending training with the department.

Electric superintendent Doug Shorter reported his department has been replacing poles; helped contractors at the Nazarene Church rebuild its service; worked at the new police station; and will set up Christmas decorations this month. The contractors might start boring on Decker and Terrace drive this month for the electric rebuild.

Wastewater foreman Waylon Burke reported his department has completed a lot of concrete work at the new Police station; switched clarifiers; had the vac truck repaired; spent two days working on the new restrooms downtown; has been locating for fiber optic crew; fixed several sewer lines including the one at the new police station that was not buried deep enough; helped work at the police station and did some landscaping around the police station.

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Major flooding expected along Tippecanoe River

Updated; list of road closings

The flood warning for the Tippecanoe River at Winamac has been extended until  further notice, the National Weather Service reported early Wednesday morning.

At 9 p.m., Wednesday, the river was measured at 11.32 feet and rising in Winamac. Major flooding is forecast. Flood stage is 10.0 feet.

 
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Event offers free help for filing FAFSA for financial aid

LOGANSPORT -  Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport campus and 39 other sites in Indiana to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday.

The event is set for 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25 on the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way in Logansport.

 
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Thompson, retired from a career in criminal justice and social services, debuted her first novel in the series, Tiger Lily’s Café, in 2014. The series now contains 10 volumes. Turtle Soup, Boo!, Phishing, Holiday, A Rock And A Hard Place, Splash, Chasing A Butterfly, Pumpkin Squash, Snowblind, and Hearts On Fire. All volumes will be available.

 
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PACE was established in 2002 as the result of a Lilly Endowment CAPE grant won by the Community Foundation of Pulaski County. The purpose of CAPE was to provide selected counties with the ability to expand educational opportunities.

 
Chamber seeks nominations for 2018 Halleck Award

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2018 Halleck Community Service Award.

The award will be presented at the Chamber's annual meeting/awards banquet this spring. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28.

 
PCPL lists February programs, events

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for February, including a Harry Potter Night and a Valentine's Tote Bag Craft.

For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946- 3432.

 
Scholarships available through Community Foundation of Pulaski County

Scholarship applications for 2018 high school graduates will be available online through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County starting Friday, Jan. 12.

Applications are found on the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfopc.org.

 
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Indiana News

Indiana State Police seeks recruits for 78th Recruit Academy

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Individuals who are interested in beginning a rewarding career as an Indiana State Trooper must apply online at http://www.in.gov/isp/2368.htm. This website will provide a detailed synopsis of the application process as well as information on additional career opportunities with the Indiana State Police.

 
Grants available to cultivate Indiana's specialty crop sector

INDIANAPOLIS  - The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is now accepting proposals for projects designed to enhance the competitiveness of Indiana's specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture). Applications are due to ISDA by March 26.

"Various organizations have benefited from grants from USDA, and I am excited to see what projects will come to fruition through the funds awarded,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Encouraging competition and innovation will help take Indiana agriculture to the Next Level.”

 
Flu claims 167 Indiana lives so far this season

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reminding Hoosiers that influenza activity continues to be high and widespread across Indiana and is urging people to take precautions against the illness, which has claimed 167 Indiana lives so far this flu season.

According to ISDH’s weekly influenza report (Friday, Feb. 9), emergency departments and outpatient providers continue to see increased visits from individuals with flu-like illness. Flu outbreaks also have increased in schools and long-term care facilities.

 
Donnelly, Walorski, Young weigh-in on federal budget deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress passed a $400 billion budget deal Friday (Feb. 9), ending a brief U.S. government shutdown.

President Trump signed the measure which is expected to push budget deficits past $1 trillion with $300 billion in new spending over the next two years for military and nondefense programs, plus $90 billion in disaster aid.

 
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Pulaski County's unemployment rate dipped 3.1 percent in December, down from 3.3 percent in November, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday (Jan. 24). The rate was 4.5 percent a year ago.

The county has 5,810 employed persons in a labor force of 5,997. Last month those numbers were 5,887 of 6,087. A year ago the numbers were 5,798 of 6,072.

 
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Post News

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) trains volunteer advocates who are appointed by judges to speak on behalf of these children, to make sure they do not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system, or languish in inappropriate group and foster homes. These CASA volunteers make a lifelong difference in the lives of children in their community.

 
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Incoming members are Kaye Beall, Megan Moon and Tim Gearhart. Each will serve a three-year term, with a maximum of three full consecutive terms of service.

 
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Superintendent Dan Foster presented a request to purchase one 78-passenger International/Collins school bus and one 48-passenger school bus. Funds have been set aside for these purchases. After discussion, the board voted to approve both purchases as presented.

 
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Community Foundation changes grant process

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