LANCASTER — Garrard County Fiscal Court is in the process of finding a new emergency medical services director, following Charles O’Neal’s resignation, which will be effective Oct. 31.
Near the close of the special-called Fiscal Court meeting Monday, the court entered into executive session to interview prospective directors.
According to Garrard County Judge Executive John Wilson, the position was posted on the website for the Kentucky Board of EMS, which is a standard method of advertising. There were 14 candidates who applied. Two of the three shift supervisors working with the Garrard EMS were among the applicants.
One member from each of the EMS shifts was selected to review the resumes, which were narrowed to down to “manageable numbers,” Wilson explained to the magistrates.
This is similar to the method that was used in the previous search, except shift members were substituted for shift supervisors.
Wilson pointed out neither he nor O’Neal reviewed the resumes. Brandon Brown has been appointed as interim director and will step in until the new director has been selected.
In other news:
- The court approved an emergency budget amendment, which referred to funds that were being received that weren’t included in earlier budgets. In order to accept and spend the money, it must be written into the court’s budget.
- A new appointment was approved to the library board of trustees. Marlene Townes was chosen to fill the vacancy left when Jane West resigned.
- A bid was awarded to Aper Installation, which will be hired to spray insulation in the road department building’s roof deck. The project will cost a total of $8,925 to spray a two-inch layer of insulation in the building, which is 3,750 square feet, according to Deputy Judge-Executive James Bushnell. Money remaining from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant that Garrard County was awarded will cover the cost of the project.
- Lucille Drive, a section of roadway with about six lots but only three residences, has been put on a petition, signed by residents, requesting the Fiscal Court allow an additional charge added to their tax, which will pay to bring their road up to county standards.
According to Wilson, state law says the petition has to be signed by “20 percent of the registered voters who live in the area of service.” There will be a public hearing on this matter at the December fiscal court meeting.