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The Shelby County Fiscal Court approved on Tuesday a long-awaited first reading of an amended ordinance relating to the reapportionment of magisterial voting districts.
Those districts had to be redrawn after new magisterial district boundaries were put in place in 2012, a process that occurs every 10 years and which took place after the 2010 census. The ordinance had been adopted in early 2012 but had to be amended before the process of redefining voting precincts could begin.
A typographic error had held up the process for months, Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said.
“We didn’t change the description before it [the new boundary] came up Old Mount Eden Road,” she said.
State election officials would not accept her voting precinct map until the names and descriptions of landmarks contained in the reapportionment ordinance matched precisely with those state officials had, so the ordinance had to be amended to reflect that change. Other counties had similar experiences, she said.
“So now we’ve been approved,” she said. “But we haven’t got the letter yet, so they won’t let us start moving people until we get that.”
Perry said the next step would be to implement these changes for 17 of the county’s 34 precincts. Most are not drastic, Perry said.
Some residents will be voting at the same location, but they will be voting for a different magistrate because the purpose of the reapportionment is to balance the number of constituents in each district.
Perry said she expects to notify residents of changes in their precincts by April, because she is required to let people know of any changes no less than 30 days of the May Primary Election, which is May 20.
Shelby County Assistant EMS Director Jeff Ivers presented several items for the magistrates’ consideration, including requests to advertise for bids for a new ambulance and to submit an annual grant request for equipment.
Magistrates also authorized Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger to enter into an agreement between the fiscal court and Medical Compliance Services Inc. to bring the county’s EMS department up to speed on needed policies and procedures. A 6-month contract will cost the county $3,600. Ivers said 40 counties had hired this company.
“This company is working with EMS throughout Kentucky to get them into compliance with Inspector General requirements,” Ivers said.
Magistrate Tony Carriss asked if Shelby County EMS was out of compliance, and Ivers said, no, that EMS just needs to update needed items.
Shelby County Deputy Judge-Executive Rusty Newton told magistrates that this action was being taken on a wide scale now because the Inspector General is preparing to institute new guidelines, and company representatives would not only update policies and procedures but also EMS employees on how to keep abreast of new developments.
“We have a lot of those guidelines in place already; we just have to get them up to the new compliance standards,” Ivers said. “There’s a lot of things they can help us stay in compliance with, only just with the Inspector General, but also with things like HIPPA compliance. It will just help us stay up to date with all of these standards.
Magistrates also authorized Rothenburger to execute an agreement between the county and the Kentucky Board of EMS for an annual grant request for EMS equipment costing $11,000.
In advertising for bids on a new ambulance, Ivers said he did not know how much the vehicle would cost but that $150,000 has been set aside in the EMS budget.
Also at the meeting, magistrates: