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Magistrates praise efforts to deal with storm

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Residents must apply to get replacement for mailboxes lost to road work

By Lisa King

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Shelby County Fiscal Court received updates from several department heads and agencies on the status of storm-related repairs and clean-ups.

Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Frazee reported that the shelter at Clear Creek Elementary has been closed, but that the North Central District Health Department is now taking people displaced by the ice storm. At this time, four people are being housed there.

The road department reported that they are still working on limb removal and that all county roads are now passable. Crews are now concentrating on any minor problems that may hinder the progress of school buses. So far, only one bus has gotten stuck, but the incident resulted in no injuries.

Fire and police agencies have reported no problems and debris removal is proceeding on schedule.

The utility companies also reported there are still 500 without power served by Shelby Energy and 75-80 served by Kentucky Utilities.

Downtown stop lights are also back on line.

Magistrate Betty Curtsinger praised county employees for doing a good job getting the county back in order after the ice storm and Shelby County Judge Rob Rothenburger agreed.

“Everybody has been doing an outstanding job in this crisis,” she said.

Rothenburger said that also  goes for the crews who have come in from all over the nation to lend a hand.

“We would probably be much farther behind if they had not come to help out,” he said.

In response to some residents who were wondering who is going to repair their mailboxes that were damaged by snow plows, Rothenburger said that if the county knocked it down, they will put it back.

In general, residents must get in contact with the proper authorities to have their mailboxes repaired. City residents should call 633-1094. County residents should call 633-3270, and residents living on state roads should call 633-1744.

Other approvals

  • The first reading of an ordinance that will allow the Cemetery Preservation Board of Shelby County to apply for funds through the Kentucky Cemetery Preservation Program.
  • A proclamation to designate this week as Earthquake Awareness Week in Shelby County.  This awareness was done at the urging of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management as well as the local EMA because Kentucky is in or near several geological areas that are capable of producing damaging earthquakes.
  • The release of $25,000 to the Multi-Purpose Center and $7,500 to the Mount Eden Fire Department, as per budget allocations.
  • The first reading of an ordinance that will create the Shelby County Drug Intervention Fund, a program intended to reduce drug abuse.