January 27, 2014

New leadership at animal shelter


The end of this month will bring new leadership to the Laurel County Animal Shelter.

During Thursday’s regular monthly meeting of the Laurel County Fiscal Court, Judge Executive David Westerfield noted current manager David Coffey had submitted his resignation, effective Jan. 25.

“I’d like to put Tom Baker III in that position, to receive the same pay as David was making of $17.51 an hour,” Westerfield told magistrates.

Coffey has overseen the local animal shelter for several years. Westerfield did not give any explanation to Coffey’s departure from the shelter, simply that he had submitted his resignation, with Friday (today) being his last day.

The measure passed unanimously.

Another change will be the janitorial services at the Laurel County Judicial Center. Shine On LLC, established and operated by Paige Vanhook, was the lowest bidder for the janitorial services at $118,000 per year. Shine On will begin their watch of the judicial center on February 1.

Magistrates also approved accepting the 2013 excess fees from the Laurel County Clerk’s office. Dean Johnson, clerk, said the total fees were $384,390.97 for last year, and he was presenting 90 percent of those fees — $345,951.87 — to be budgeted into the fiscal court’s revenues.

Rick Brewer, deputy judge executive, said the projected excess fees are included in the annual budget for the fiscal court each year.

Magistrates also approved the second reading for the Pay Lake Road Extension in District 1 and appointed Danny Smith and Teddy Benge to a committee for two roads in District 2. One road is no longer used and residents have requested a “decrease in footage by 250 feet,” Westerfield said. The second is Mystic Lane, which is being considered for inclusion in the county road maintenance system.

A third road, D. Sizemore Road in District 6, has been requested to be closed. Magistrates authorized Westerfield to publish advertisements for a public hearing on that issue.

Magistrates also re-appointed Ronnie Ball to the Laurel Water District #2 as a commissioner. He will have a four-year term which will expire on July 31, 2017.

A change in the committee meetings for fiscal court members was also approved, although that schedule has not yet been released. 

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