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Shelby County Fiscal Court: Ison gives state of the county

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By Glen Jennings

 Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison presented a State of the County address to update residents about last year’s progress in 2019’s first fiscal court meeting Tuesday.

“As 2018 came to an end, we in Shelby County had another wonderful year,” he said.

Ison started by reviewing several updates the county made to existing buildings, including renovations to the original courthouse that allowed fiscal court meetings and several government offices, including the judge-executive’s office, human resources, the county treasurer and others to move back into the historic building. 

“Extensive work took place on the old courthouse, which included fixing water leaks in the roof, updates to the employees’ restrooms as well as replacement of the outdated broken cooling system,” he said. 

Other renovations have taken place at EMS Station II and the Stratton Community Center. 

Ison also pointed to several improvements in county services, including the creation of a county coroner’s office and a new food service contract for the jail that will save $80,000.

He noted as well that several departments within the county were fully staffed despite tight competition those fields. 

He cited EMS and the county jail and road departments in particular, also noting that employees from these departments were given raises in 2018. In addition, he noted the county has maintained its staffing level since 2017 without adding new jobs to the payroll.

Despite raising the salaries for many departments, Ison noted that the county’s taxpayers would not foot the bill for higher-paid county workers.

“Shelby County’s tax rate has maintained the same rate as 2017, with no increase to our property taxes,” Ison said. 

He also touted the county’s approach to an increasing population and some longstanding issues.

“We have passed a comprehensive land usage plan to take land usage forward in order to define the growth of Shelby County,” he said. “Highway 53 became a reality in 2018 after a fourteen year wait.”

Ison closed the address by affirming that he hoped to carry the same goals into the coming year.

“As we go forth into 2019, we will continue to work with a focus on employees, cost, taxes and growth within Shelby County,” he said. 

 

Also at the meeting, magistrates: 

  • Approved the county’s financial statements.
  • Approved budget and cash transfers. 
  • Approved county invoices. 
  • Voted to accept a deed transfer tax check for $292,836.55.
  • Approved appointments to the judge-executive’s staff. 
  • Reappointed county personnel included under the road fund, EMS fund and general fund. 
  • Approved the county judge-executive’s surety bonds.
  • Approved public official bonds.
  • Reappointed Chris Spaulding as Emergency Management Agency Chief. 
  • Authorized the jailer to accept bond release fees. 
  • Reappointed Craig Myatt as Shelby County Road Department Supervisor for a four-year term.
  • Approved a $4,000 contract with Trane for the Shelby County Judicial Center. The court will be reimbursed. 
  • Heard a presentation on the UK Safety Circuit Riders, a group that works with county and local governments to improve road safety using low cost techniques, on how the program works with small government.
  • Heard a presentation from Shelby Main Street Director Eilene Collins about the purpose of the Shelby Main Street program and how it functions. 
  • Approved for surplus a Dell computer and several printers and copiers from the Road Department. 
  • Heard in a report from Magistrate Bill Hedges that the finance committee would meet at 6:30 Monday in the courthouse meeting room. 
  • Heard in a report from Magistrate Eddie Kingsolver that an EMS meeting would be at 1 p.m. Jan. 24 at the courthouse.
  • Appointed Hedges to preside over meetings in Ison’s absence.