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Union Co. Road Supervisor Hired; Fiscal Court Approves Dispatch System Bid

Union Co. Road Supervisor Hired; Fiscal Court Approves Dispatch System Bid

Bill Stephens

September 28th, 2016


Union County has a new road supervisor.

During Tuesday mornings’ meeting, Union County Fiscal Court magistrates unanimously approved Union County Judge-Executive Jody Jenkins’ recommendation to hire Mike Schmied for the position.

In other business, Union County Fiscal Court magistrates approved the lone bid submitted for an enhancement to the 911 console system for the county. Judge Jenkins informed magistrates they received the one bid from Don’s Mobile Radio, Inc. of Henderson for a total of over 169-thousand dollars.

Union County 911 Supervisor Mark Doepel informed magistrates they originally were looking at a price tag of 3.3 million dollars if they had joined Henderson, but that was not financially feasible. He also informed magistrates of the serious issues they have with the current system.

After learning the bid was good for 90 days, Judge Jenkins asked magistrates if they wanted to table it. Magistrate Joe Clements then asked if they needed to have Mark review the bid to see if it met all the specifications of what they needed. County Attorney Brucie Moore added she thought action should be taken on the bid during the meeting.

After reviewing the documents, Mark returned to the meeting and said it met all specifications. Magistrate Joe Wells then made a motion to approve the bid contingent upon finding funding to pay for the enhanced system, which magistrates unanimously approved.

In other action, magistrates unanimously approved a Memorandum of Agreement for the Early Childhood Advisory Council between the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Early Childhood Advisory Council and Union County Fiscal Court to establish an agreement to improve the quality of early care and education through an Early Childhood Development Grant in the amount of $7,000, which is effective from September 16, 2016 through August 1, 2017.

Magistrates also unanimously approved a motion to change the location of the October 25, 2016 fiscal court meeting to the Union County Library; and unanimously accepted the claims.

Rebecca Logan of Happy Packs gave an update fiscal court and said they are currently serving 15 percent of the 2,227 students in the Union County School District and sending out 250 to 300 packs per week to qualifying children.

The next regularly scheduled fiscal court meeting will be 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Union County Courthouse.

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