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Shelby County Fiscal Court: Jail expects growth next year

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Land deeded to build water tower in Peytona

By Lisa King

Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said Tuesday night that he expects the detention center’s population to increase by about 11 percent in 2013-14 and that new revenue will cover that additional expense.

Waits told Shelby County Fiscal Court that he is projecting about 300 inmates on the average for the next fiscal year, up from 270 this year, and will need slightly more than $3.81 million to operate the facility, an increase of $182,779 – about 5 percent – from 2012-13. Magistrates approved that budget on first reading.

 “It costs more to feed and house more inmates,” Waits said.

But that increased cost will even out, he said, because he will get an increase in revenue from Anderson, Spencer and Henry counties to take in their inmates. “So that will just be a wash,” he said.

Waits negotiated a $600,000 contract last year with the Anderson County Fiscal Court to house inmates, a move that came about because Anderson jail officials had a disagreement with officials in Franklin County, where they had been housing their inmates.

Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he was very pleased with the budget.

“Revenues are looking very good for the upcoming year and expenditures are within acceptable limits,” he said.

“A lot of that is because inmates from the counties we contract with are up, while our own inmate population is down,” he said. “That’s how you make money, when you house more of someone else’s inmates.”

Waits said he expects to house at least 65 inmates from surrounding counties this year.

Waits said the budget would need to be tweaked a bit before it’s submitted for a second reading in May.

 

Water tower for Peytona

Magistrates deeded an acre of land the county owns behind its EMS station at Peytona to the U.S. 60 Water District to allow the installation of a 750,000-gallon water tower. District 5 Magistrate Eddie Kingsolver said he and Bill Eggen, chair of that water district, have been working for some time on the project, which is about to come to fruition.

“We hope to get started on the construction within a couple of months and have it completed by this fall,” Kingsolver said.

The project will be funded by the U.S. 60 Water District and will include electronic meters for customers, although those meters won’t be installed until after the water tower is completed, Kingsolver said.

He added that the water tower would enable the area in District 5, including Peytona, Waddy and Clay Village, to have increased water pressure and just a better quality of service.

“People in those areas will see a drastic improvement,” he said.

 

County road aid

Magistrates also approved the annual County Road Aid contract with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for $814,911 for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

“The issue is how you want to get the funding,” Rothenburger said. “You can get it in a lump sum but not participate in the emergency fund account. Most counties do want to be able to tap into the emergency fund to get money in case a bridge is washed out or something. But we want to make sure we have that money in place.”

The county would receive 60 percent of the money by August and the remainder at the end of the fiscal year.

 

Also at the meeting, magistrates:

§       Approved the first reading of an updated ordinance related to open burning to include air quality alerts.

§       Accepted bids for surplus property for bridge trusses.

§       Authorized County Road Supervisor Carl Henry to participate in the KACo Reserve auction for road salt.

§       Authorized changing software for the animal shelter to get improved microchips for pets.

Declared surplus property of a Lexmark printer, a Panasonic fax machine, and a Gateway PC from Shelby County Emergency Management.