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County will seek help from summer jobs program

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By The Staff

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - With a federal summer jobs program available to put hundreds of young people to work, Bullitt County government hopes to take advantage of the free offer.

    Worknow Kentucky is a federal program for income-eligible young people ages 16-24.

    With a recommendation from the Bullitt County parks board to find some summer assistance for assistant director Ed Etherton, fiscal court members said they were all in favor of seeking help.

    Steve Larimore, chairman of the parks board, said that he didn’t anticipate the number of hours still being required to maintain the three county pools. Even with the Bullitt County YMCA managing the program, the parks department is still responsible for maintenance.

    After hearing a presentation earlier in the month by Jim Boswell of the Bullitt County Adult and Community Education program, Larimore said he seems logical that the Worknow Kentucky program, operated by Kentuckiana Works, would be a way to get free labor.

    To take part in the program, the county, or any other employer, would have to provide supervision to the individuals.

    In the first year of the program, operations such as Bernheim Forest, took advantage of the 2009 stimulus initiative.

    Fiscal court members spent several minutes on a past seasonal worker. After finding out that the individual was not actually under 15 years of age operating lawn mowing equipment, the court voted to hire that part-time individual, who is now in college.

    The court also instructed Etherton to look at getting as much help as he can use to work this summer. The program provides from 25-40 hours a week of employment. All salaries are paid through the federal jobs program.

    Magistrate Buddy Shepherd said the county needs to look to see if other departments need assistance through the program.

    The applicants must be a dependent or a parenting youth. The federal income levels for a family of three states that monthly wages before taxes cannot exceed $3,052.

    To see if you qualify, interested individuals should call 502-574-2500. There is also information available at www.kentuckianaworks.org

    For employers looking to participate in the program, call 574-2500.

    In other parks-related news, Larimore said before the board would make any recommendation on the future management of the parks department, another public hearing would be held.

    He had hoped to make some direction by early July; however, the June board meeting was cancelled due to a lack of a quorum.

    The YMCA has operated the pool program this summer. Executive director June Daugherty said attendance had averaged 60-80 people in the first few days. Over 100 people were in the water at times at the Maryville and Bullitt Central pools.

    Also, Larimore said he had spoke with Lebanon Junction mayor James “Butch” Sweat about the installation of a spray park in the city since the pool will never reopen behind the elementary school.

    Ruth Chowning is working with Larimore on a possible grant for the spray park, which could be constructed in various locations throughout the county.