Judge gives state of the county address Thursday

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By Shannon Brock

Spencer County Judge-Executive Bill Karrer addressed those in attendance at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Sept. 12 for the annual State of the County address. Karrer provided attendees with a copy of a mailer he sent highlighting the county’s progress during his time in office. Karrer specifically addressed the sheriff, roads, county clerk, EMS, recycling and parks departments.

Highlights from that address include:
•The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department now has 24/7 patrol to help prevent crime.
•The sheriff’s department has received, at no charge, an RV to be used as the emergency command center, a boat to be used in lake emergencies and a variety of Department of Defense surplus equipment, including Humvees, handguns and diesel generators.
•Training is now provided in firearms, court security, marijuana identification, first aid, CPR and equine.
•The county has invested more than $1 million in asphalt to pave county roads.
•The road department is staying current and expanding training for its employees.
•The county clerk’s office has become more technologically advanced with Fiscal Court minutes, deed transactions and more online.
•The clerk’s office now accepts debit and credit cards.
•EMS now has a completed headquarters on Spears Drive, in the building of the former extension service.
•The recycling program is open for more hours and facilities have improved.
•Security cameras are in place at the county parks.