Wayne County Fiscal Court heard the first reading of a budget ordinance for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, during a meeting held on Thursday, May 9. The budget includes cost of living pay increases for all county employees, and it also makes adjustments in pay in other positions.

Total of all funds in next year's budget is approximately $12.2 million. County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson reviewed highlights of the budget, after the ordinance was read last week.
The cost of living pay increase for employees this year is 25 cents per hour. Anderson noted that there are some exceptions, as efforts continue to try to realign some of the pay scales within different departments of county government.
Several of those adjustments will be made in the county road department, where two equipment operators and the county mechanic will receive hourly increases of $1.50 each. All other employees in the department, with the exception of road foreman, will receive pay increases of $!.25 per hour.
That is also the amount of the pay increase for the recycling center attendant, according to the proposed ordinance.
At the jail, some pay adjustments will be made for the administrative assistant, who will receive a $1 per hour pay increase, the Class D. Coordinator, who will receive a 50 cent per hour pay increase and the maintenance person, who will receive a $1.24 per hour pay increase. Four of the sergeants will receive a pay increase of 49 cents per hour, and another sergeant will receive an increase of 52 cents per hour.
Anderson noted that the minimum starting wage for a county employee will remain at $10 per hour.
The budget includes $5,000 in funding for a mapping vehicle, as well as some additional money for cat cages for the animal shelter. There is $40,000 budgeted for an EMS maintenance garage.
In the road department, the county will spend $500,000 for blacktop next year. They will purchase a paver, a dump truck and two tractors, according to the budget.
The budget includes replacing the control board at the detention center, and replacing one HVAC unit at the facility.
In the emergency management fund, the county has budgeted $15,000 to help establish a Mesonet site in the county. A Mesonet site allows access to real time weather situations, and Western Kentucky University has agreed to split the cost with the county.
The budget will require a second reading and action by the fiscal court to become effective
Also during the meeting, the court:
• Heard a monthly report from Jailer Ronnie Ellis who said that the total population at the detention center is 214, which includes 84 county inmates and 130 state inmates. For the month of April, the county billed the state $132,505.52 for housing inmates.
• Approved the bid from Kellwell Foods to provide food service to the detention center. It was the only bid received for the service.
• Heard a monthly report from Solid Waste Coordinator Tim Bell who said that white goods were collected at 112 households bringing the total for the year to 281. Bell stated that more than 28,000 tires were brought in during tire amnesty days recently.
• Heard a monthly report from Wayne County EMS Director Bubby Corder who said that the ambulance service answered 239 calls in April, bringing the total for the year to 1,115.

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