News briefs: Nov. 14, 2012

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By The Staff

EMA to test alert sirens

at noon on Wednesdays

Shelby County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the 26 early warning sirens placed throughout the county to provide the public with early notification of severe weather and other conditions.

The agency has created a schedule to have staff on site of each siren several times a year to ensure that it is working properly.

These tests are scheduled to occur at noon on every Wednesday, starting today, but if there is an active incident occurring on the fire channel, the test may be postponed.

The regular weekly test also could be cancelled when there is inclement weather or it has been determined that an incident will be ongoing and the channel must remain secured for communications.

During a test, officials say you can expect to hear the sirens for the full 3-minute cycle as radio signals from Shelby County E911 are tested, too.

Officials also suggest that these weekly tests provide each household and business an opportunity to test their response capabilities to an emergency event.

If you have any questions or concerns, visit the Emergency Management page on www.shelbycountykentucky.com or call 502-647-9001.


Spencer has radio problems

Spencer County Judge-Executive Bill Karrer has declared an emergency with law enforcement radio communications, saying the current analog system consistently fails and does not meet the needs of the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, so Karrer – at the urging of the fiscal court – said he would declare the emergency and move forward in purchasing a digital radio communications system.

Days later, at a special meeting of the Taylorsville City Commission, Karrer acknowledged that the Taylorsville Police Department and Spencer County Sheriff’s Department share the same radio frequency, meaning the Taylorsville Police would be extremely inconvenienced if the county switched to a digital system.
Karrer made an offer to the city commission for the county to purchase the city’s radios, and as part of the deal, the city would allow the county to use its water towers, which currently house the analog radio antennas, for the new digital antennas.
The commission unanimously voted to allow the county to use its towers and to develop a memorandum of understanding, or MOU, with the county detailing the county’s purchase of all the equipment required for the city to operate on the new digital radio system.

But an agreement between Karrer and Mayor Don Pay went into dispute when the commission said it hadn’t authorized Pay to enter into an agreement.


Holiday closings today

All federal, state, county and city offices will be closed Nov. 22 in celebration of Thanksgiving Day. That means the post office, the Shelby County Judicial Center, Shelby County Courthouse and city halls in Shelbyville and Simpsonville will be closed. The Shelby County Public Library will be closed, as will banks. Shelby County Public Schools will be closed next Wednesday through Nov. 23.

The library also will be closed Nov. 23-24, with the latter day for library flooring maintenance. The library will reopen Nov. 26 at 9 a.m. For more information, call 633-3803, E-mail marketing@scplibrary.netor visit www.scplibrary.net.


I-64 widening gets busier

Lane closings and rolling lane blockages will be part of the continued widening of Interstate 64 between Simpsonville and Shelbyville.

Contract crews will be setting bridge beams at the Exit 32 overpass on Tuesday and Wednesday, which will require rolling road blocks between 8 p.m. each evening and 6 the following morning.

There also could be lane closures starting every evening at 7, Sunday through Friday, and continuing to 5 the following morning.

The eastbound exit to KY 55 South (Exit 32A) is closed for several months because of ramp construction. Motorists can use Exit 32B to access both KY 55 North and South.


Diabetes events scheduled for Shelby

The KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition has scheduled two events for Shelby County residents as part of the World Diabetes Day celebration this week.

Shelby residents with Type II Diabetes and their family and friends will be able to learn more about how to manage and/or prevent Type II Diabetes.

First, a nutrition awareness initiative will feature Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and will be held at noon Thursday at the Dairy Queen restaurant on Midland Trail in Shelbyville.

That will be followed Friday by a Diabetes Education Day and Food Demo, at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office on Frankfort Road. Keynote speaker will be Genni Smith.

The KRDC exists to improve the health and welfare of adults aged 50 and older who have Type II Diabetes. KRDC's strategic plan includes initiatives for increasing exercise, healthy eating, smoking cessation, and increased self and health care.


Driving course at Collins

Collins High School Youth Services Center will host a survival defensive driving course called "Alive at 25,” which instructed by the Kentucky State Police. The program will be at 3:45-7 p.m. Nov. 26.

“This highly effective three-hour course addresses why motor vehicle crashes are the number-one cause of death among teens, and encourages young drivers to take responsibility for their driving behavior,” YSC Coordinator Leesa Stivers said. “Through interactive media segments, workbook exercise, class discussions and role playing, young drivers develop convictions and strategies that will keep them and others safe on the road.”

This program will be open to any CHS student that has a driver's permit or driver's license and is limited to the first 30 students who sign up.

To sign up or for more information, call 647- 1171 or E-mail Leesa.Stivers@shelby.kyschools.usby Nov. 20.


Multi-Purpose board meeting

 Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency’s board of directors will meet at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Spencer County Fiscal Court’s room in Taylorsville. The public is invited to attend. Multi-Purpose CAA provides services in Bullitt, Shelby and Spencer Counties.


Leaf pickup in Shelbyville

The Shelbyville Department of Public Works will offer leaf pickup through Dec. 30 within the city limits. Leaves must be bagged in strong garbage bags and tied with a 50-pound weight capacity. They should be placed on the curb, not blocking the sidewalk or street. Residents must call this department, 633-1094, to get on the list for pick-up.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.