Magistrates voted to increase the county coroner's salary by more than $10,000 during Tuesday's fiscal court meeting.

Coroner Jimmy Cornelison had requested the salary raise due to the large increase in his case load. The coroner had 229 death calls last year.

Cornelison's salary will now be $50,000 per year, up from $39,488.

The average salary for a coroner in Kentucky is $56,000, Tudor said.

"There's no doubt in my mind that Jimmy deserves a raise," Barger said.

The pay raise will take effect Jan. 1, 2019. The position is elected; Cornelison is running unopposed for this year's election.

Other business

• County treasurer Glenna Baker reported that the county's total fund balance as of March 31 was just over $7.2 million.

• Tim Houck with Richmond Rotary Club announced that the club will be holding a lawn party event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass and Hope's Wings domestic violence shelter. The event, scheduled for May 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Battlefield Park in Richmond, will feature tournaments of croquet, badminton, corn hole and lawn bowling. The cost to compete is $30 per two-person team. Admission to the event is free.

•Taylor proclaimed May 2018 Community Action month in Madison County.

• Andy Farrey with the Madison County Health Department presented a proposed pedestrian/bike plan to the fiscal court. The fiscal court took no action on the plan.

• Magistrates voted to amend a letter of credit with People's Bank of Madison County on the Twin Lakes Subdivision. The letter of credit will be amended from $108,000 to $43,000, which is half the estimated cost to blacktop the subdivision.

• The fiscal court approved a mutual fire aid agreement between the county fire department and the Blue Grass Army Depot.

• Magistrates approved the county applying for grants including a $400,000 grant for E-911 to upgrade equipment. The funds will be matched by $150,000 from the E-911 board. Another grant application approved was a grant through the Kentucky Department for Homeland Security for personal protective equipment for the county fire department ($20,000), cameras for the sheriff's office ($20,000) and breathing apparatuses for a volunteer fire department ($13,000).

• Application for a grant from FEMA to allow the county to hire additional employees for the fire department and have their salaries paid out of the grant also was approved. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant would pay much or all of the salaries for the firefighters hired the first year, then would pay a lesser portion the second, and would continue to taper down, Taylor said. Taylor said the county is applying for the grant due to there being "several firefighters getting close to retirement."

• Magistrates approved hiring an animal control officer at $9.50 per hour and approved hiring three seasonal personnel for Battlefield Golf, two at $8 per hour and one at $7.25 per hour.

• After a closed session, the fiscal court voted to terminate county employee Phillip Williams.

The next meeting of the Madison County Fiscal Court is scheduled for May 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the Berea Police and Municipal Building at 304 Chestnut St.

Reach Kelly McKinney at 624-6626; follow her on Twitter @kellymckinney18.

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