Ashbaugh has unfinished business to do

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Election 2014

By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - While pleased with some of the accomplishments the past three-plus years, Ruthie Ashbaugh believes more can be done.

With that in mind, Ashbaugh has filed for a second term as First District magistrate on Bullitt Fiscal Court.

She will face a primary opponent in former magistrate Dennis Mitchell.

“I love helping people,” said Ashbaugh, 67. “I just feel there is a lot more that I want to see done.”

One of the major accomplishments was work done by Ashbaugh and others to finally get relief for residents in Big Valley.

For years, the sewage treatment plant did not work properly. With the help of people like Linda Belcher, Mike Higgins, Jerry Kennedy of the Bullitt County Sanitation District and Roger Recktenwald of the state, the plant is now operating.

“That is great for the people in that area,” said Ashbaugh. “It took a lot of people (working on the project) but it was well worth it.”

She is proud that work has been done on various road and drainage projects.

Serving as a member of the salary committee and the emergency services committee, Ashbaugh said she has seen progress made.

While the salary committee has stopped meeting, the emergency services group is still active.

Trying to address a turnover issue in EMS and Central Dispatch, Ashbaugh said the committee was able to recommend some pay increases, which fiscal court approved.

Over the course of the next four years, Ashbaugh said there are several projects she would like to address.

First, she would like the county to have some role in getting an indoor aquatic facility built.

She said there are a lot of youngsters who have to go to other counties if they are interested in competitive swimming.

And those just interested in swimming for relaxation or exercise do not have any options when the pools close after the summer.

“I think it would be good for the entire county,” said Ashbaugh.

She would also like to see more roads qualify to be taken into the county maintenance program. With that, she would like to see more blacktopping done.

The expansion of water has been significant but more is needed. She said in her district there remains pockets of land which need the availability of water service.

When talking to the voters, Ashbaugh said her mission to help people has not changed.

“I enjoy being around people,” said Ashbaugh.