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Committee to recommend supervisors help to get new job descriptions, handbook

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By Thomas Barr

      SHEPHERDSVILLE – An effort to complete job descriptions for county government workers will get an assist from the various department supervisors.

     In the monthly meeting of the Emergency Services Committee, the topic of job descriptions and personnel policies was discussed.

     Mike Phillips, director of the dispatch, EMS and EMA, said it is vital that the county revises its personnel policies and make job descriptions for all departments.

     County attorney Monica Robinson has been working on the documents but Phillips said she needs some guidance from fiscal court.

     The employee handbook is outdated but Phillips said if fiscal court isn’t in favor of revisions, there is no sense anyone spending their time on the project.

     Phillips said the supervisors would be more than glad to assist with the writing of the job descriptions and any policy change recommendations.

     “There is a real need to update the handbook,” said Phillips.

     The 2001 document replaced the 1986 handbook. But he pointed out conflicts in the existing document, which gives a supervisor two different ways to suspend an employee.

     Magistrate Joe Laswell, chairman of the committee, said that the department heads should work with the county attorney to make changes and that should be brought back to the committee.

     The committee unanimously supported having the supervisors work with Robinson’s office on job descriptions and policies with a recommendation to make to fiscal court for consideration.

     In other business:

     *Salary recommendations would be handled by a committee that would make a proposal to Bullitt Fiscal Court.

     The court will vote at its March 5 meeting on whether the salary committee should be made up of magistrates John Bradshaw and Ruthie Ashbaugh, deputy judge Lisa Craddock and community member Rocky Comito of Fox Chase.

     The proposal to form the budget committee will be sent to fiscal court for its approval on March 5.

     Previously, Bullitt Fiscal Court approved a pay increase to Central Dispatch but said it would look at other proposals during the budget process.

     *By June 1, it appears the ambulance unit housed by the Bullitt County Fairgrounds might be complete. Currently, Bullitt County EMS has an ambulance stationed at the Bullitt County Fairgrounds.

     Phillips said he sought prices for modular units to be placed next to the Bullitt County Animal Shelter.

     To purchase a new unit, Phillips said it would $18,000. To rent a unit, it would be $336 per month.

     He wasn’t pleased with the used structures due to those not fitting the need of the EMS staff.

     Ashbaugh didn’t understand why the EMS unit couldn’t be housed in a portion of the Southeast Bullitt fire station on Highway 245.

     She said it would awful if the department didn’t allow a small part of building to be used.

     County Judge Melanie Roberts’ office was instructed to call fire chief Julius Hatfield to see if anything could be done.

     Jimmy Anderson, Bullitt County Fair Board president, said he would like to see the ambulance get its own place by June 1.

     *Bullitt County EMS was given permission to talk with Bardstown officials about box vans.

     Phillips said Nelson County is looking to get rid of two used box ambulances.

     He said it would worth the price to pick up the box vans. He is also looking to purchase two new ambulances later in the year.

     Phillips will also try to put two new ambulances in the 2013-14 budget. In the past, the county has approved one ambulance.

            The next meeting of the Emergency Services Committee will be on March 27 at 10 a.m. in the courthouse. The public is invited to attend.