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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Melanie Roberts said she wanted to bring a different perspective to the office of county judge/executive.
She wanted to bring a sense of openness, integrity and transparency to the position.
In her first term, Roberts believes she has made a difference and hopes to continue for another four years in the office.
The Republican has filed for a second term and will run in the May primary against former deputy county judge Depp Rasner.
“It’s been a learning experience,” said Roberts. “But I think we’ve been able to accomplish a lot of things.”
One such accomplishment has been to make sure the people are heard when they come to fiscal court meetings or when they come to see her in the office.
“I’ve been honored to serve the people as county judge,” said Roberts. “It is a privilege that we enjoy in this country.”
Another accomplishment has been the expansion of public transportation access. A grant will allow the establishment of added bus routes in the coming months. Although more service will be sought, Roberts said it would be a start in the right direction.
Due to the demand, another route had already been established for the express to downtown Louisville each morning and afternoon by TARC.
The county judge is pleased the that hiring of Ecotek saved thousands of dollars in telecommunications costs and the landfill is no longer required to do costly testing. Homeland security grants were secured to upgrade equipment for emergency services in the county.
The animal shelter has added spay and neuter services at a low cost and Roberts said that was a major concern of residents prior to taking office.
She is proud of the hard work of the county employees. She said there have been improvements made, especially in the area of emergency services.
Upgrades to Central Dispatch are underway and the county will begin to fully utilize equipment that was purchased in the previous administration.
In the upcoming four years, Roberts said her top priority is to continue to have the most professional, high level emergency services agency as possible.
Roberts also wants to see the community college facility become a reality. She said a lot of hard work has been done by many people to lobby and to push for the college.
While the growing enrollment at the Buffalo Run facility is great, Roberts said the county needs the new facility at the corner of I-65 and Highway 245.
She also wants to upgrade the planning and zoning process with the hiring of a professional planner.
Roberts, 45, admitted that there had been some rough times with some of the fiscal court members over the past three years. She said communications has not been the best but she felt everyone was trying to do better.
“It’s a two-way street,” said Roberts.
In talking to the voters, Roberts said she would be asking them to allow her to continue the programs already in place.
“I just want to serve the people,” said Roberts. “It is such an honor to serve as county judge/executive.”