The strong storms and high winds that moved through the Greater-Lafayette area earlier brought with them power outages and damage to the southern part of Tippecanoe County.
The Tippecanoe School Corporation has confirmed damage to Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye (min TAW nee) Elementary School. The nature and extent is not known, but there were no injuries reported.
A company on US 52, south of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway sustained heavy damage. A portion of Voestalpine Rotec was essentially destroyed. No known injuries have been reported in that case, either.
Tippecanoe County officials are considering the possibility of employee raises in the next budget.
Auditor Jennifer Weston provided the commissioners with cost estimates in increments of 1% with each percent representing $577,529. That includes wages, Social Security and the Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF).
Weston says PERF is increasing more than usual.
“It’s been increasing anywhere from a quarter to a half percent lately, and it’s going up 1.2% (next year),” she says. “Yeah, that’s going to be a big hit for us.”
A newly formed organization will be running the Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service.
Currently, Tippecanoe County Commissioners provide the ambulances and dispatch center, while Franciscan Saint Elizabeth Health staffs and operates the service. Beginning in July, the hospital group is partnering with IU Health Arnett to run the 24-hour emergency care effort.