The office of Governor Steve Beshear has confirmed he will visit Elkton Monday afternoon.
An email says Governor Beshear will be at 701 West Main Street for an economic development announcement at 1:30. As reported by WHOP News last Wednesday, he is expected to announce future plans for Glass Door Solutions to open for business in the old Ardco Building near Dairy Queen.
Officials say the plant will bring between 15 and 20 jobs to Elkton at start-up and up to 80 by the end of 12 months. Governor Beshear will be joined by State Senator Whitney Westerfield, State Representative Martha Jane King, Todd Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield, Elkton Mayor Nancy Camp, South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council Chairman Eston Glover and John Walton of the Todd County Industrial Foundation.
The Todd County Ambulance Service could soon be privatized after Fiscal Court decided to bid out the service to interested companies this morning.
The county has been advertising a full-time EMS Director position in the Todd County Standard for a couple weeks and Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says interviews have already been conducted with interested candidates. Current Director Locky Beasley fills that position on a part-time basis.
Judge Greenfield and Magistrates Brent Spurlin and John Camp have recently been looking at the county's options and studied Logan County's procedures. Logan contracts with Com-Care, which is a private ambulance service. Com-Care also provides full services to Ohio County and does the billing for Hancock County.
Com-Care President Jim Duke took questions for nearly an hour from county officials and explained what they do in Logan.
Judge Greenfield asked if he would try to have as many Todd County residence on the force as possible and Duke says he has a record of a strong local presence in all of his communities.
There would be positive and negative impacts for employees. Wages would likely be increased for employees, based on the figures Duke gave, though they would lose their county employment benefit package. Duke said Com-Care does offer health insurance, time off and a 401k program.
The cost to patients could also be reduced, at least for some services, though those figures were not given in detail by anyone. Fiscal court unanimously voted to bid the service out to look at what options are available for privatization, should they decide to go that route. Judge Greenfield was quick to point out the county could still decide to operate the ambulance service as an entity of Todd County Government, though more full-time employees will have to be hired soon and that will take a larger portion of the budget.
Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Kentucky will become the 21st state to join the Obamacare plan to expand Medicaid.
The program already provides medical coverage to some 800,000 low-income residents. The Affordable Care Act allows Kentucky to expand coverage to an estimated 300,000 additional people.
The expected move drew praise and criticism even before Beshear made the announcement during an afternoon news conference. AARP Kentucky says expanded Medicaid coverage can make a real difference in the lives of thousands of people. A Tea Party activist predicted the move will result in additional government waste.
Expanded Medicaid will be available starting January 1st, and uninsured people can start signing up this fall.
Washington will pick up the entire cost of the expansion for the first three years, and 90 percent over the longer haul. It's estimated that less than $100 billion in state spending could trigger nearly $1 trillion in federal dollars over a decade.
Governor Steve Beshear will be in Elkton Monday to make an economic development announcement that Todd County has been waiting for.
Multiple sources say Governor Beshear will announce the the future opening of Glass Door Solutions at the old Ardco building near Dairy Queen on old 68 in a 1:30 pm ceremony.
The plant will start out with between 15 and 20 employees, but will expand to approximately 80 by the end of the first year.
There has been much talk that the plant would soon open, but Monday's ceremony will make that official. While Todd County's unemployment rate hasn't been as high as many other Pennyrile counties, it has suffered from the closure of multiple plants over the last several years.
The new plant will allow residents to make a good wage while not having to commute outside of the county.
Officials in Todd County are hoping for good weather Thursday afternoon when the new farmer's market opens for the first time in Elkton.
The Todd County Farmer's Market will open at 3 and close around 7 p.m. at the Elkton Baptist Church parking lot on East Main Street. Todd County Health Department Director Jen Harris says there was a need for access to fresh produce and grant money helped get the market started to address that need.
Ms. Harris says results of a community assessment survey showed residents were interested in having a farmer's market, so she hopes they will show up in large numbers.
The Todd County Farmer's Market Facebook page says homemade breads, spring honey, herbs, kale, chard, radishes, lettuce, green onions, tomato plants, potted flowers, and canned goods are some of the items expected to be for sale the first time around.