SHEPHERDSVILLE - With the issue of pay scales thrown back into the committee’s lap, Emergency Services director Mike Phillips was given a starting point in making a proposal to Bullitt Fiscal Court.
The emergency services committee sent a recommendation to fiscal court about the need for pay increases, especially in Central District.
In turn, magistrates sent the proposal back for additional consideration.
Phillips, who is in charge of emergency medical services, disaster services and central dispatch, worked with county treasurer Kenann Sharp to set up some type of pay scale.
Working off the Hardin County model, Phillips said the proposal would allow the county officials to start an employee off at any grade level. The scale would then set out future pay increases.
Part of the fiscal court concern was the timing of the discussion and the impact of doing something for just one department.
The heavy turnover of staff in Central Dispatch led the committee to look initially at that one department.
As part of any pay scale, magistrate Ruthie Ashbaugh said there must be some sort of evaluation process, which has not been part of the county program for years.
Phillips said direction from county officials is the key. And the changes might take a couple of years to implement.
When doing the evaluations, Phillips said, the county department leaders must be trained on how to do them properly and how to keep proper documentation.
“There will be people who are not happy,” promised Phillips.
Committee member Sandy Higgins wondered if the county would need to hire someone to assist.
Phillips said there might be less expensive assistance from organizations like the Kentucky Association of Counties or the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency. No matter the direction, Phillips said there must be some human resources experience shared with the group.
A committee was discussed to specifically work on the pay scales and evaluations.
Ashbaugh felt it might be best to look at the immediate need of Central Dispatch and propose some type of pay increase and then to look at all county departments after that.
Starting pay in Bullitt County for an uncertified dispatcher would be $10.25 per hour. After receiving academy training, that would increase to $10.50.
In comparison, Hardin County starts dispatchers at $11.63 and Nelson County pays $12.02.
Ashbaugh recommended that Phillips begin work on getting a starting pay of $11.50 for dispatchers with a 75-cent per hour raise to the employees with 15 or more years of service.
The top pay at the department is now $15.55 per hour.
Phillips said any change, as proposed, would upset some of the local dispatchers.
However, under the plan, all dispatchers would be making at least $11.50 per hour.
The measure will be presented on Oct. 16 to Bullitt Fiscal Court members for consideration.
In other business:
*Costs are being secured to lease a mobile office for the Bullitt County EMS.
For the past several years, the EMS unit covering southern Bullitt County has been housed at the Bullitt County Fairgrounds.
The goal is now to find a new location for the EMS crew.
Putting a mobile trailer unit next to the Bullitt County Animal Shelter behind Southeast Bullitt Fire on Highway 245 seems to be the most logical choice.
Phillips said he was still securing prices and he would also need to check with the Bullitt County Health Department to see if it is possible and legal.
With a setup fee of $2,200, Phillips said the monthly rental appears to be around $400. The county was not paying anything to stay in the fairgrounds.
A report is expected at the Oct. 16 fiscal court meeting.
The next meeting of the Bullitt County emergency services committee will be on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. in the courthouse. The public is invited to attend.