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By Stephen Lega

County hires finance officer

The Marion County Fiscal Court on Sept. 15 hired Melissa Gibson to serve as the county's finance officer.

Gibson will be replacing Theresa Wilson, who is retiring Oct. 1 as the deputy county judge/executive. The court approved changing the title of the position from deputy county judge to finance officer to better reflect the job responsibilities of the position.

Gibson will receive $38,000 to serve as finance officer.

County offices closed Saturday

Marion County government offices will be closed Saturday, Sept. 29, for Ham Days. The offices will reopen Monday, Oct. 1.

Court receives by-laws proposal for E911 advisory committee

The Marion County Fiscal Court on Sept. 20 received a draft copy of the by-laws for an E911 Advisory Committee. The by-laws call for the committee to include the county judge/executive or his designee, the mayor of Lebanon or his designee, one magistrate, one Lebanon city council member, the county emergency management director, the Marion County sheriff, Lebanon police chief, Lebanon fire chief, director of the Marion County ambulance service, a citizen-at-large appointed by the fiscal court, and a citizen-at-large appointed by the city council.

The original proposal called for the advisory committee to be responsible for the allocation of funds received by the county for cell phone fees received by the Commercial Mobile Radio Services Emergency Telecommunications Board. Until the E911 board is established, the county's portion of those fees are being sent to the Kentucky State Police.

Magistrate John Arthur Elder III suggested revising the by-laws to read that the committee would make recommendations to the fiscal court about the allocation of those funds rather than allocating those funds themselves.

The fiscal court did not take any action on the by-laws during last week's meeting.

In other business:

- The court approved replacing the roof at the Marion County Animal Shelter at a cost of $4,900.

- The court approved appointing Kurt Mattingly and Greg Mills to the Marion County Library Board. Mattingly is the son of County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly.

- The court approved hiring Gerald Railey on a temporary, part-time basis to clean the old Marion County courthouse.

- The court approved allowing Judge Mattingly to give $1,000 to the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets to host a performance by the Derby City Brass Band. That performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Centre Square Fine Arts Building.