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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

Pulaski County Systems of Care group conducting needs assessment survey

The Pulaski County Systems of Care group is asking county residents to complete a needs assessment survey related to local mental health and substance abuse services.

The survey may be completed online, and will be open for completion from Nov. 20 through Dec. 20.

 
PCPL lists December events, including Santa visits

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for December, including visits by Santa, Christmas carols and Christmas Bingo.

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

 
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The Salvation Army of Pulaski County has announced its annual holiday kettle campaign will run Nov. 22 - Dec. 23, in the lobby at Sanders Grocery in Winamac.

Funds raised during the campaign will be utilized in Pulaski County.

 
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WINAMAC - The First United Methodist Church, Winamac, will once again serve a "Community Christmas Dinner" on Christmas Day.

The free dinner, open to all, will be served from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25, at the church, located on the corner of Monticello and Spring streets, Winamac.

 
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NIPFP 26th annual Toy Show Jan. 21

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Pulaski County Historical Society membership drive underway

The Pulaski County Historical Society welcomes new - and "re-newed" members as it launches its annual membership drive for 2018.

As 2017 draws to a close, many current or new members may prefer to pay their tax deductable memberships before the new year begins. Memberships also make thoughtful gifts for the holiday season.

 
4-H enrollment opens for Pulaski County

Pulaski County 4-H enrollment opened Oct. 1, and will run through Jan. 15.

New and current 4-H members can enroll by going online at https://in.4honline.com or by picking up an enrollment form at any of the local schools or the Extension Office. There is a $15 state program fee for each 4-H member to enroll in 4-H. Kindergarten through second grade members are exempt.

 
PMH Senior Care helps senior citizens with mental health issues

Pulaski Memorial Hospital's new Senior Care program can help senior citizens with mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, fear and worry lasting more than two weeks. It also assists with grief issues.

Program director Mindy Shidler, RN, hopes to spread information about the Senior Care program throughout the community.

 
 

Indiana News

Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike on Jan. 1

INDIANAPOLIS - Usher in 2018 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks.

First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2018 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends.

A hike at Tippecanoe River State Park, north of Winamac will begin at 12 noon. Those who wish to participate should meet at the fire tower parking lot for a half-mile hike that will last about 30 minutes. Hikers can climb the tower for excellent views.

 
Indiana Farm Bureau president discusses 2018 priorities

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This year’s convention took place Dec. 7-9 in French Lick.

 
Young, Donnelly release statements on Senate tax reform bill

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Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee joined all Senate Democrats in voting against the 500-page bill. The proposed legislation now moves to a conference committee to work out the differences between the Senate version a House of Representatives tax bill passed last month.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate remains at 3.5%

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The county has 5,822 employed persons in a labor force of 6,034. Last month those numbers were 5,883 of 6,094. A year ago the numbers were 5,973 of 6,213.

 
Food Finders Food Bank receives pet food donation

LAFAYETTE - Food Finders Food Bank recently received a pet food donation of 820 bags of dog and cat food totaling 31,160 pounds from PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program. For every bag of pet food purchased from PetSmart until Dec. 31, they will donate a meal to a pet in need.

The families Food Finders serves often struggle with difficult choices like paying the rent or buying food, and some have to choose between keeping their pet and putting food on the table. Pets provide comfort and become part of the family, and people who are struggling financially more than likely will need food for their pets as well.

 
Veterans Day 2017 - Veterans by the numbers

From U.S. Census Bureau

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I.

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.

 
Indiana Dept. of Agriculture launches conservation ‘one-stop’

INDIANAPOLIS – Improving water quality and soil health continues to be a priority for farmers statewide, and while data has always been available to support this claim, it hasn’t been accessible in one, easily navigable location.

To address this issue, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), using information compiled by the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP), launched Oct. 12 an online story map, a one-stop shop for Indiana’s conservation efforts.

 
 

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EPCS approves 2018-19 school calendar

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West Central Board continues work on safe school entrance projects

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Town manager Brad Zellers also reported on plans to apply for a grant to obtain new decorative light poles for downtown.

 
CFPC awards youth grants

Two county youth organizations have recently been awarded grants totaling $800 through the Good Oil/BP Youth Philanthropy Fund.

Checks were presented to Boy Scout Troop #229 to support their 2018 Summer Camp, and to the Winamac Community High School Arts Department for “Sculpting Clay/Shaping Futures” project.

 
EPCS board approves teachers' master contract

WINAMAC - A new master contract with the Eastern Pulaski Teachers Association was approved by the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board at its month meeting Monday evening (Nov. 13).

Superintendent Dan Foster recommended an approximate three percent increase in compensation and some updated language in the contract. The contract was earlier approved by the teachers association.