UPDATED with clerk and sheriff's office salaries 4-23-2014 --See new county worker salaries listed below...
New County Economic Development director Ashontae Ellis will make $39,832 but will be doing three jobs to earn it.LOUISA -- Those present at Monday morning's regular April meeting of the Lawrence Co. Fiscal Court got a preview of things to come for the 2014-15 fiscal year as far as salaries are concerned.
Five county workers were upgraded from part time status to full time which means they will receive full benefits. Judge/Executive John Osborne said the changes will take effect at the beginning of the next fiscal year July 1. He also said the men had been working two years and were ready for full time status.
Dennis Moore (operator), Harm Lemaster (laborer), Larry Scaggs (operator), Allen Presley (maintenance) and Billy Diamond (maintenance) were the five upgraded employees. Osborne said the move will save enough in overtime pay to pay the extra money to Presley and Diamond who work at the new state courthouse. Magistrate Morris Howard made the motion and John J. Lemaster the second and the vote was 4-0.
Osborne also proposed hiring clerical worker-data processor, Ashontae Ellis as the new economic development director and grant adviser at a combined salary for all three jobs of $39,832 excluding benefits.
"We need someone in here to work on this, there's something to do with development nearly every day and it's hard to keep up with without a specified person being responsible," Osborne said. Ms. Ellis has been handling some of the duties without extra pay, Osborne added.
Judge/Executive John Osborne, left, talked over county business before yesterday's meeting. Lazer photo by Mark GraysonOsborne has campaigned on the theme that he will not hire a deputy judge/executive saying such a position is not necessary, but the duties of Ms. Ellis, who has no training or prior experience in economic development, are the much the same as former deputy judge/executive Eddie Michael who served under David Compton.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do in this new position to help develop Lawrence County by staying up with state and federal programs and getting as much training as I can," Ms. Ellis said. Her husband, Tim Ellis, is the county's 911 director. Magistrate John J. Lemaster made the motion to hire Ms. Ellis and Bill Lemaster the second and the vote was unanimous.
Osborne said the retirement of County Road Coordinator Homer Fannin, which will return him back to part time with the county, will save enough to pay for the position. Coming up with the extra money for all the moves will take place when the new budget is completed in July.
There was no explanation by Osborne or the other court members as to the timing of the announcement for the full time hirings or the new economic director, but several citizens have said it was "pretty interesting" that they did it right before the election on May 20.
In other action the court:
Lawrence Co. Clerk Chris Jobe, judge/executive John Osborne and magistrate John J. Lemaster talked over the precinct voting place moves after the meeting monday
The salaries listed below are for 2014-15 fiscal year
The following was sent to The Lazer by County Treasurer Sabrina Cantrell Wednesday morning
An AEP worker looks over the damage done to a guide wire by an alledged drunk driver that cut off power to much of Louisa Sunday night. Lazer photo by Elizabeth Moore
Louisa- Several Louisa residents were without power early Monday morning due to an accident that took out the electric guide wire.
Joseph HammondJoseph Brook Hammond, 23, of Louisa was arrested early Monday morning four miles north of Louisa on Fallsburg Road and charged with Leaving Scene of Accident and Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol/ Drugs .08 1st offense.
According to the police report, Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler responded to the intersection of 2565 and Hwy 32 in reference to a motor vehicle accident. At the scene he located a Ford grille, damage to two road signs, electric guide wire broke which knocked the power out to most of High Bottom and the Point Section.
The vehicle had left the scene but a witness said it was a white vehicle.
Dispatch received a call from the Hammond who said he had wrecked his truck on Fallsburg Road. Upon contact, Hammond said he was driving and hit the guardrail.
The report also stated that the vehicle had damage consistent with the prior accident. Hammond admitted to leaving the scene.
Deputy Wheeler detected odor of alcoholic beverage about Hammond's person, his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. Hammond stated that he had drank five beers.
The officer read implied consent. Hammond declined attorney and own test. Hammond was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Ky.
AEP responded to the down power and had the electric restored in a few hours.
An Ashland man was airlifted to St. Marty's as a result of this motorcycle accident last night.
Sunday night Lawrence County Sheriff's Office responded to a motorcycle accident in the Clifford area around mile marker five.
Glen Wilson, 20, of Ashland was traveling North on South Highway 3 on a red, 2013 Honda motorcycle. "Mr. Wilson said that he was struck by a white car traveling South. He then lost control, running off the right side of the roadway and into the ditch line,"According to Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler.
A landing zone was organized in a open field at the mile marker 7 a few miles from the accident. Wilson was Air Flighted to St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington. There was no word on his condition this morning.
Also responding to the scene was Netcare Ambulance and Cherryville Fire Department.
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