Cahoe says Fouts to work for Salt River as part-time consultant

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - As the search begins to hire a new director for the Bullitt County Economic Development Authority, the calls from potential prospects continue.

Nicky Rapier, interim director for the Bullitt County EDA, said that several projects are still looking to locate in the area.

In his update to the board, Rapier said there is a food distributor looking to relocate to the area and an existing business that is looking to expand.

There is also some interest in the remaining 624,000 square feet in the building beside Amazon/Zappos off Cedar Grove Road.

Unable to reveal any details due to the confidentiality of the negotiations, Rapier said the phones have been fairly busy.

He also praised the work of administrative assistant Doris Owen and said former director Bob Fouts has been very helpful whenever he had a question.

If the office is closed, Raley said all calls go to his cell phone.

In other business:

*Board member Mark Stout said that the company hired to lead the search for a new director has gotten some interest through word of mouth. Now, the company is going to place advertisements in special publications.

*The board hired Robert Flaherty through June 30, 2013, to represent the agency.

Flaherty would be paid $400 per month for his legal representation.

Board member Scott Wantland questioned whether he was the only one who did not get a copy of the agreement.

Flaherty said he sent his original proposal to each board member, including Wantland, through e-mail. The actual contract was sent to the executive board for consideration or concerns.

*Board member Happy Cahoe said that Fouts will return in some capacity.

He said Fouts had been hired as a part-time consultant by Salt River Electric.

He will work in Bullitt, Nelson, Spencer and Washington counties on various projects for Salt River.

Stating that Fouts did an excellent job for Bullitt County, Cahoe expected him to help the other Salt River counties as well.

The next meeting of the Bullitt County EDA will be on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 8 a.m. at the Ridgway Memorial Library. The public is invited to attend.