The Todd County EMS Director wants to expand his department's full-time force, but that proposal was tabled for the time being at this morning's Todd Fiscal Court meeting.
Director Locky Beasley currently has one full time paramedic and wants to add three more. He also wants to increase his number of full-time EMT's from five to seven.
Doing so would allow Todd County to offer the services of two ambulances 24 hours a day, six days a week. The county currently has one full-time ambulance and another crew that is on standby for when the primary ambulance is on a run.
Magistrate Brent Spurlin asked Beasley for some time before court made any decision, saying he wants the proposal to be part of the overall budget-making process.
Beasley says some of his part-time employees are already working full-time hours, as considered by the state, so he believes the move is the right way to go for Todd County.
Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield cited rising costs for insurance and other bills as reason to proceed cautiously with the proposal and agreed with Spurlin that it should be part of the budget-making process. Magistrates Jimmy Turner and Alfred Blake volunteered to join Judge Greenfield and Treasurer Tammy Robertson in the early stages of the budget-making process, though a full special-called Fiscal Court meeting will be held before the spending plan is voted on for the first time.
In other business,Fiscal Court unanimously agreed to forward a $1,400 inheritance check from the estate of Bland Hardison of Muhlenberg County to the Christian County Animal Shelter. Every Kentucky county received the check that had to be used for the care taking of animals and Trigg and Todd counties both forwarded their money to Christitan since that's where their stray cats and dogs are taken.
Todd County residents who want to dispose of unneeded prescription pills will have a safe way to get ride of them Saturday.
Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin says unneeded pills will be collected from 10 until 2 Saturday at the Historic Todd County Courthouse on the square.
The pills will be disposed of and Chief Marklin says it's an effort to keep them from getting into the wrong hands.
There has been a pill disposal box in the current courthouse for some time, but Chief Marklin says he hopes Saturday's event will be an attention-getter and that more residents will participate.
Unemployment was down in all nine Pennyrile counties last month, including in all three southern Pennyrile counties.
The jobless rate fell six tenths of a point to 9.7 percent from February to March in Christian County. That jobless number represents about 2,600 people who were looking for work, but who were unable to find it, according to the Office of Employment and Training.
Trigg County had the steepest drop in unemployment, falling from 10.5 percent in February to 8.9 percent in March. Todd County's jobless rate ticked down two tenths of a percentage point to 8.4 percent in March—though that is up by three tenths from a year ago. Christian and Trigg counties also had slightly higher unemployment than in March of 2012.
Caldwell County had the lowest unemployment rate in the Pennyrile at 7.3 percent and Muhlenberg was highest at 10 percent.
Woodford County had Kentucky's lowest jobless rate at 6.1 percent and Magoffin County was highest at 18.3. Fulton County was ninth highest at 14.6 percent.
There is reason for optimism that the proposed Todd County Career Path Institute could soon become a reality.
Stressing that there has been no formal announcement one way or the other, Pennyrile Area Development District Assistant Director Jason Vincent says legal work has been allowed to go forth that would put a lease agreement between the county and Todd School Board into place.
Todd County officials have been waiting several months to find out whether a 1.5 million dollar federal grant to build the 2.5 million dollar facility would come through. A state issued grant of a half million dollars was already awarded with the help of Christian Fiscal Court and Todd Fiscal Court has agreed to bond the remaining half million. Vincent says the fact the process has made it this far is encouraging.
If the center opens on the campus of Todd County Central High School, it would allow students to take dual credit courses and allow adults looking for additional training to utilize the programs offered by Hopkinsville Community College.