Receptionist hired for county treasurer's office
The court voted to hire a receptionist for Madison County Treasurer Glenna Baker, despite differing opinions voiced during the court's previous meeting.
Deanna Raymer now will serve as the receptionist with a salary of $24,000 a year, Baker said.
Madison Judge/Executive Kent Clark and Baker recommended Raymer be hired at the last court meeting, however the hire was voted down 3-2.
Only Clark and Magistrate Billy Ray Hughes voted in favor, with Magistrates Kenny Barger, Larry Combs and Greg King in opposition.
Barger and Combs felt like they were not informed nor included in the decision to agree to hire someone, and “Magistrate King was uncomfortable because she had checked on her application that she didn't want us to call her current employer,” Clark said.
There were 21 applicants for the position and Baker's staff narrowed that number down to five interviewees, he said.
“They chose the person they felt like would be best suited for that office,” Clark said.
All magistrates voted in favor, except Combs who was absent for Tuesday's meeting.
Barger apologized to Raymer Tuesday, stating that his initial reluctance was not because of her personally, but rather the way the decision was handled by the court.
The county treasure's office processes the health insurance payments for the clerk’s office, the sheriff’s department and the rural utility districts because it costs the county more to process them separately, Baker explained during the September meeting. Those offices and agencies reimburse the fiscal court for the service, she said.
In other business:
• Baker informed the court that the county's four-week-long state audit was complete and the exit interview conducted showed no unfavorable findings. An official report of the county's audit should be made available by the state in the next few months, she said.
• Jim Rowe of the North Madison Sanitation District (NMSD) gave the court an update about the entity which is not included among the county's taxing districts.
The NMSD has 1,620 customers, Rowe said.
“We have 100 homes that are empty,” he said. “Some of them are foreclosed. That's over $40,000 of income that we're losing.”
The district now is working to obtain grant funding for new sewer lines.
“We have 'priority one' (status) with BGADD (Blue Grass Area Development District) when grants become available,” he said.
The NMSD has $21,403,326 in assets, $7,840,000 in liabilities and the district's expenses as of June 1 were $1,124,931. The district's 2012 revenue was 1,091,000.
“We came out short,” he said. “We did have a rate increase in January, so that will take up the shortage (in funding).”
• Madison County Fire Chief Jim Cox reminded the court and audience that the Kentucky State Forestry Division issues a burn ban every year from Oct. 1 through Dec. 15. Burning is prohibited within 150 feet of a forest area or a structure between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Cox said.
• The court officially adopted Madison County's Emergency Operations Plan, which is mandated by state law to be adopted by the end of the year.
“Over 90 agencies were involved in the development of this plan,” said Carl Richards, Madison County's emergency management agency director.
The plan establishes policies and strategies for preparedness planning as well as disaster response, recovery and mitigation. It also details agencies’ emergency assignments.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Madison County Courthouse.
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