County to get funding for inmate work program

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State to also fund substance abuse program for inmates

By Lisa King

Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to two programs for the detention center that will be funded by the state.

Jailer Bobby Waits outlined the programs to magistrates at Tuesday night’s meeting of the court.

The first was an inmate work program in which the state will supply $50,000, which would allow Waits to hire a person to oversee the program, he said.

He explained that this would be a year-round program in which the inmates will work five days per week. Some of the work the inmates will be doing will involve picking up litter and trash on state roadways, as well as working at the local state garage and anything else that needs to be done.

“The good part of it is that they don’t have to undergo any training; anybody knows how to pick up trash — it’s not like they are going to be laying bricks or something like that,” he said. “This keeps them working.”

Waits added that the position of the person who would oversee the program is full-time, so that person can also be utilized to help out at the jail.

“That’s why I want to hire someone who is a sworn deputy,” he said.

Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger was glad the county would not incur any expense.

“It sounds like a fabulous program, especially since it won’t cost the county a dime,” he said.

Also at Waits’ request, magistrates approved another state-funded program for the jail, a substance-abuse program that would provide the jail with $40 per day per inmate. The program also would furnish $4,000 for classroom supplies as well as $2,400 for books and manuals. There will be 30 inmates in the program, Waits said.

Magistrate Tony Carriss said the substance-abuse program is one of 18 such programs being implemented across Kentucky, and he wanted to commend Waits on agreeing to undertake it.

“I have talked to several counties who have this program, and I am very impressed with Jailer waits for bringing such a program to Shelby County,” Carriss said. “He is not required to do so, and it will be extra work for him, but it is certainly needed.”


Jail budget

 “I just need $3.5 million for the jail budget, that’s all,” he told magistrates. Then he outlined his budget:

§       State reimbursements: $50,905

§       Jail operation pay: $60,000

§       Jail medical payments: $101,000

§       Court costs (circuit): $35,000

§       Inter-county contracts:$210,000

§       State prisoners: $650,000

§       DUI fees from state: $15,000

§       Class D felons: $1,050,000

§       Court costs (jail): $17,000

§       Work release: $50,000

§       Jailer bond fee: $5,000

§       Prisoner reimbursement: $80,000

§       Telephone commissions: $87,000

§       Miscellaneous Revenue: $10,000

§       Interest earned: $100

§       Cash transfer: $1,094,355

§       Total estimated receipts: $3,515,360


Charitable organizations to receive funding

Each year Fiscal Court selects some organizations to help financially, and Tuesday night, magistrates approved nine organizations at the recommendation of the county’s finance committee.

“We try to chose those organizations that serve the community in a significant way,” Magistrate Michael Riggs said.

The list consisted of Hazel Joyce Wiley Career and Financial Literacy Institute ($1,000), Simpsonville Parks and Recreation ($1,500), Dorman Preschool Center ($2,500), Operation Care ($2,500), Shelby Prevention ($2,500), Calvary Cemetery ($1,000), CASA ($1,500), Waddy Ruritan ($2,500) and Bagdad Ruritan ($2,500).


Magistrates also:

§       The Reappointment of Steve Miller to the U.S. 60 Water District Board.

§       A declaration of surplus vehicles.

§       Approval for a hog dog stand to operate in Veteran’s Park downtown.

§       Heard a presentation of Eagle Scout Project.