By Brandon Mattingly
Sun Staff Writer
Washington County Solid Waste Coordinator George Ann Palmer raised a pair of proposals at a regular scheduled fiscal court meeting on Friday. A proposal for a contract involving e-scrap recycling was put on hold, while a request for a workplace training program was accepted with no opposition.
The contract request was with a Louisville-based company involving the recycling of e-scrap (computers, cell phones, televisions, etc.).
“They are proposing to take over our program, modify it and do some education in the schools in Marion, Nelson, Washington and Taylor Counties,” she said, “which should increase our e-scrap recycling.”
The company claims that if Washington County were able to recycle as much as a ton of e-scrap per week, it could mean a profit of around $70,000 per quarter. It’s a number that Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles is skeptical of, but still believes the program could be beneficial.
“Even though I think their projections are way out of line on possible income,” Settles said, “if we can make anything at all off of it, it’ll help profit.”
Magistrate Hal B. Goode raised the question of personal privacy since the contract would involve sending the community’s e-scrap out of the county. Settles agreed that Goode’s concerns need to be addressed before moving forward.
“I want to make sure that we have reasonable assurance that they’re not taking information and using it some other way,” Settles said.
The court decided to postpone moving forward with a decision until they have heard the company’s full disposal procedure.
Palmer’s second proposal was for a workplace training program for inmates that has been supported by Marion County Jailer Barry Brady.
“We’ve been working on turning our recycling center into a workplace training site for the last two years,” she said. “I think it’s finally come to fruition.”
The program would allow inmates to gain expertise and qualifications in different areas before returning to the workforce. The Kentucky Department of Corrections requires that each inmate undergo cognitive behavior therapy in conjunction with the program.
Palmer said she would be sending supervisors from her company to the first class that is offered. She noted that the program would give industries in Washington and Marion Counties an opportunity to seek training for their employees as well.
Settles said the benefit to the fiscal court would be more stable inmate numbers.
“We have to have a minimum number of inmates – about 12 – to operate,” he said. “Last year there were days we only had five, most days seven or so. We’re going to be ensured of having a full complement of inmates, so that’s going to be a big advantage to us.”
Full time janitor job opens
Magistrate Benjamin Settles’ motion to move forward with advertising for a full-time janitor job at the 1816 Courthouse facilities received no opposition.
A full time position could potentially cost the county up to twice as much as a part-time position.
Judge Settles pointed out that any wages paid for work done at the judicial center would be reimbursed by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Settles and Benjamin Settles both cited the need for a full time janitor to help keep the appearance of the 1816 Courthouse in order.
EMT leaves full time position
Brian Carpenter will be leaving his position at Washington County Emergency Medical Services to pursue a career in marketing in the Lexington area.
Carpenter said the job will more closely reflect his degree from Campbellsville University, but he said he wants to continue to serve Washington County.
“I do plan on still serving this community as a rescue squad member and as a part-time EMT when need be,” he said.
Absent from the meeting was magistrate Greg Simms. The next regular scheduled meeting is on Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.