A new budget for the next fiscal year was approved by Wayne County Fiscal Court during their meeting on Thursday, June 13. The budget, which totals approximately $12.2 million, includes some wage increases for employees as well as some equipment purchases for departments within county government.
The budget includes a 25 cent per hour cost of living pay increase
for all county employees. There are some exceptions within different
departments, where adjustments were made to the pay scale for
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 road department, with the exception of road foreman, will receive
pay increases of $1.25 per hour.
That is also the amount of the pay increase for the recycling center
attendant. 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.
Purchases included in this budget are a paver, a dump truck and two
tractors for the county road department. There is also money to buy a
new mapping vehicle for 911.
Also during last week's meeting, the court approved bids for various
contracted services and goods that will be purchased over the next
year. Bids were awarded for contracted services, blacktop, concrete,,
diesel, gas, propane, stone and culverts.
Magistrates appointed Barbara Gehring to serve as county treasurer
for fiscal year 2020. They approved the appointment of Darrell Smith
to the Industrial Development Authority for a four-year term.
Several appointments were made to the Tourist Commission. Ray
Chesney, Scott Upchurch and Dwight Gregory were reappointed for one-
year terms. Brandy Lee and Micki Simmons were reappointed to two year
In other action, the court:
• Heard a presentation of county health data by Shannon Beaty, with
the Wayne County Health Department.
• Approved the tax settlement for the Wayne County Sheriff's
• Declared several air packs and breathing apparatus used by the
fire department as surplus property.
• Received a copy of the audit report.
• Agreed to advertise to include an extension of Redbud Lane into
the county road system.
• Agreed to advertise the adoption of Kings Court, off O.P. Link
Road, into the county road system.
• Heard a monthly report from Wayne County Jailer Ronnie Ellis who
stated that the current population at the jail is 199, which includes
132 state inmates and 67 county inmates. For the month of May they
billed $135,200.76 for housing inmates.
• Heard a monthly report from Solid Waste Coordinator Tim Bell who
said that white goods were collected at 99 households in May,
bringing the total for the year to 380. Litter Abatement covered 106
miles and collected 447 bags of garbage last month.
• Heard a monthly report from Wayne County EMS Director Bubby Corder
who said the ambulance service answered 274 calls in May which brings
the total for the year to 1,289.
cluded 58-year-old Roger Meece, of Somerset, for operating a motor
vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, etc. and reckless
Also, 46-year-old Gary Webb, of Lancaster, was charged with
operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs,
etc., no motorcycle operators license and reckless driving.
Water patrols Friday night on Lake Cumberland led to four arrests
and those individuals included 49-year-old Ricky Miller, of
Independence, for operating a motor boat while intoxicated or under
the influence and two other charges.
Tracie Brown, 47,of Pee Wee Valley and 46 year old Christine Brown,
of Louisville, were each charged with boating under the influence and
failure to operate at an idle speed in a congested area.
Zachery Stivers, 24, of Louisville, was charged with alcohol
intoxication in a public place and disorderly conduct.
Some individuals were additionally charged with sitting on the bow
while boats were operational, no navigational lights, no fire
extinguisher or improper fire extinguishers, as well as no life
jackets or insufficient flotation devises.
Those arrested Thunder Run weekend were lodged in the Wayne, Russell and Pulaski County Detention Centers. The next big events on Lake Cumberland will be Independence Day, July 4 weekend, followed by Raft Up in August and the Poker Run in September.