Fiscal court resolves recycling position

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By William Carroll

The Spencer County Fiscal Court finally resolved an issue which has been languishing on the court’s agenda for the last several months, namely how to handle the Recycling Center Supervisor’s position currently held by Karen Spencer.
Over the last several months the battle has raged between Judge Executive Bill Karrer and Magistrate Jerry Davis over whether magistrates created a new department head position in the county’s administrative code. Karrer has contended that the magistrates did create a new position and that he was not going to fill the position, while Davis has contended that the magistrates simply modified a currently existing position.
In order to ameliorate the dispute Davis made a motion to raise Karen Spencer’s pay rate to $14.76 from $12.50 an hour. Davis also made a motion to give Spencer back pay at the higher rate dating back to the point her raise should have taken effect under the magistrates modification to the county’s administrative code. Both motions passed 5-1 with Karrer voicing the lone no vote on both measures.
In other matters before the court:
• Spencer County Library Director Debra Lawson presented the Library District’s tax rates. According to Lawson the district will be collecting 4.6 cents per $100 in assessed value for real property and 11.23 cents per $100 in assessed value for personal property.
• Magistrates unanimously approved a bid by AirJoy in the amount of $1,706 to repair the HVAC unit in the Court Annex building.
• Magistrates unanimously approved the $427.20 purchase of four Mutt-Mitt pet waste disposal stations for installation in Ray Jewell and Waterford park. Only one bid was submitted and magistrates did not request a second bid be provided.
• Magistrate Jerry Davis requested that County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock obtain another bid for polling place cleanings. Hesselbrock had originally submitted a bid from Coit Cleaning and Restoration, who has handled such projects in the past.
• The court also approved the expenditure of $379.00 for a pressure washer to be used by the Parks Department and the Recycling Center.
• After a lengthy discussion with Emergency Medical Services director Jeff Coulter, the court approved $4,091 to enroll two EMTs in the new advanced EMT program being offered by Emergency Medical Training Professionals in Lexington. The expense is contingent on that Coulter said that the Advanced EMT designation is new in the state of Kentucky and that he wanted to get in at the beginning of the program.
• Coulter also wanted Jonathan Mattingly approved as a paramedic for EMS. The motion was originally made to approve such appointment but was withdrawn after Davis asked questions regarding Mattingly’s current employment status with Bardstown/Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department.