July 30, 2013

Animal shelter to open on Saturdays

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer


Those wishing to adopt animals will have a new option beginning in August.

The Laurel County Fiscal Court approved Saturday hours for the animal shelter, in hopes of adopting out more animals and reducing the number of euthanizations.

Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield said the animal shelter will be open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, beginning on August 10.

“We hope this will help with the number of adoptions, when it might be more convenient for people to come out,” Westerfield said.

Adding an employee who has worked in a veterinarian’s office is another plus that Westerfield feels will benefit the animal shelter. Magistrates approved hiring  Christopher Reid as an employee at the animal shelter, located off Ky. 192, during its regular monthly meeting. Reid was hired as a full-time employee through the county government, at a rate of $10 per hour.

“We think having someone with experience in a veterinarian’s office will be a benefit to the animal shelter,” Westerfield added. “We want to get more adoptions and we hope the Saturday hours will help with that.”

Magistrates also approved the transfer of Chad Robinson from the animal shelter back to the county road department, where he was previously employed.

The fiscal court also approved the promotion of Sam Moore to the Shop Supervisor position at the county road department, with a pay increase of $2 per hour.

Odell King with AT&T addressed the court regarding their fiber optic line running along Robinson Road. King told the court if Robinson Spur Road becomes a private road, it could create complications with access to their cable lines. Westerfield asked King to address the issue “in writing” and submit it to his office.

In other actions, magistrates:

• Approved an amendment to the county’s Personnel Policy and Procedures  to include withholding $100 from employee’s final checks until they return any uniforms issued as part of their employment. Previous changes have included a stricter drug policy.

• Re-appointed Larry Vanhook to the 911 Board for a four-year term to expire on June 30, 2017

• Approved a resolution for Homeland Security grant to the East Bernstadt Volunteer Fire Department

• Approved a resolution for KEDFA bond issue, which Westerfield explained was a new Kentucky Revised Statute regarding “any hospital bonds.” Although approved through county governments, the fiscal court is not liable for any of those bonds.

• Approved an equipment purchase through the County Clerk’s office, which will either be purchased outright from excess fees or through the fiscal court funds

• Approved Laurel County Sheriff John Root to sell surplus property obtained through seizures, to be sold at auction

• Approved a Homeland Security grant for the 9-1-1 Dispatch office to upgrade their computer equipment

• Approved the bond release for Open Skies Estates Phase I, which Westerfield explained is done when a new subdivision is blacktopped, inspected and approved

• Approved an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for a bridge replacement project for the wooden bridge located in the Fariston community. The Transportation Cabinet has allocated $470,000 for a concrete bridge over the railroad tracks

• Appointed magistrates Noah Baker and Jeff Book to a committee to review a road in District 1

• Approved magistrates Danny Smith and Noah Baker to review a road in District 6 and appointed Billy Oakley and Noah Baker for another road in District 6