EMS moves closer to cool new home

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Schwan’s old cooler must first be removed

By Lisa King

Emergency Services Director Todd Early gave Shelby County Fiscal Court an update Tuesday on progress in EMS’s move into its new headquarters.

The county last year purchased for $650,000 from Schwan Food Service a 5.5-acre facility at 101 Old 7 Mile Pike, and EMS will relocate this year from the building it has outgrown on Hospital Drive in Shelbyville.

“The conveyor system has been removed, and the electric doors have been replaced; now we just need to remove the cooler,” he said.

Early said he could not give an exact estimate for the timeframe of the move.
“It will depend on how long it will take to remove the cooler, because that is a sizable project,” he said.

He added that removing the huge walk-in cooler will involve replacing some insulation and wiring, among other things.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger asked for – and received – permission to change the method of disposing of surplus property pertaining to the old Schwan equipment that is being sold, with the proceeds going to help pay for the relocation.

He told the court that the county had accepted sealed bids for some freezer panels but that method that had not worked out very well, so he now intends to put them out for sale on an online auction Web site, govdeal.com.


Road-sign theft issue

Magistrate Tony Carriss, who is on the county’s legislative committee, told the magistrates he is working to try to get stiffer fines for road-sign theft, a problem that has been recurring in the county, he said.

“A bill has been proposed in Frankfort that imposes stiffer penalties for stealing copper from air-conditioning units,” he said. “We are trying to get the bill to include road signs and tiles as well.”


Horses that need homes

Deputy County Judge-Executive Rusty Newton, who is also animal control director, gave an update on some horses the Shelby County Animal Shelter has been housing for several months.

“We have  had several people look at them, but we have had no takers, and we are still looking to find them good homes,” he said. “It’s a shame, really, because they are nice horses; it’s just that nobody wants to take on another mouth to feed.”


Also at the meeting, magistrates:

·       Appointed Seth Croutcher, David Martin and James Riggs as part-time paramedics at $13 per hour.

·       Appointed Aaron Hall, Timothy Stigers, Michael Jennings and Courtney Longeway as part-time EMTs at $10 per hour.