By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor
As the calendar year winds down, the Estill County Fiscal Court continues to take care of the county’s business which included, among other things, a discussion about hiring some new employees.
Judge-Executive Wallace Taylor advised the court that since the road department work force had diminished, two part-time employees should be promoted to full-time status.
“Joe Jones and Scott Doyle have shown loyalty and dependability,” Taylor said. “I recommend we make them full time.”
During the discussion that followed it was learned that the county always advertises in house when positions are available. Taylor said these weren’t new positions but they were jobs already in place that need to be filled.
Emergency Management Director Fred Rogers said his department always had to advertise when filling any position.
The court voted to advertise in house for the two positions for a period of three days. County Attorney Rodney Davis suggested they look at the personnel policy to see if it needs to be revised.
Rogers said he just wants to make sure all departments are treated the same.
Taylor then asked the court to approve longevity pay for 14 employees who had worked for the county for long periods.
“I have always believed in advocating for full time employees who have been here long term. Our employees are important to the success of our county,” he said.
He explained that there is no provision in the personnel policy for pay based on years of service and that this is the county’s way of rewarding them. The payment is salary based with a cap of $600 for employees with 20 or more years of service.
“We pay it near the end of the year, when the tax money comes in,” he explained. “It is not considered a bonus, just an addition to their pay.”
In his monthly address, Taylor told the court that floodplain maps are being prepared for Estill County.
“We’ve been trying to get this done for six months. It will help homeowners to know what kind of insurance they need,” he said.
He wrapped up his report by telling the court:
•Hinkle will begin blacktopping county roads on Monday;
•The new Emergency Operations Center should be complete in 30 days;
•The emergency generator was delivered for the center at a cost of $49,000;
•Green Earth Biofuel signed their first contract for the delivery of soy bean oil due in January;
•They are almost ready to close on the sale of the old Headstart building.
•He and Davis played in a fundraiser basketball game what raised $2,700 for WestCare.
•Taylor recommended the appointment of Ann Hardy and Sharon Hensley to the Estill County Public Library Board.
Fire Chief Derrick Muncie told the court he has received 100 smoke detectors to install in homes. He will soon be taking applications for the detectors as soon as he knows all the criteria for giving them away.
“We will install them in low income households with children who are under five years old,” he said. “We will also install them in manufactured housing.”
The detectors came from the state fire marshall’s office.
Muncie said the department had a total of 33 runs since the last court meeting bringing their total for the year to 466.
“If you continue at this rate, you will exceed last year’s, won’t you?” District Three Magistrate Darrell Johnson asked. Muncie said yes.See HIRE
By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor