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Fiscal court briefs

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By Stevie Lowery

The Marion County Fiscal Court held a special-called meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 9. All magistrates were present except for Steve Masterson. The following was accomplished:
• The court received and approved the 2016 Marion County Sheriff’s Office budget and the maximum allowance for the upcoming year for deputies and assistants salaries. The maximum amount of salaries for deputies and assistants for the 2016 calendar year is $475,013.76. Magistrates also approved a payroll advance to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $23,960.
• The court received and approved the 2016 Marion County Clerk’s Office budget and the maximum allowance for the upcoming year for deputies and assistants salaries. The maximum amount of salaries for deputies and assistants for the 2016 calendar year is $471,000.
• The court discussed the Employee Life Insurance Benefits. Magistrates approved continuing the $10,000 whole life insurance policy for the seven county employees that are 65 years old or older and approved the new $20,000 term life insurance policy for the other 117 county employees provided through EPIC Insurance. The change will save the county more than $20,000 annually.
• The court discussed a request for funds for the Marion County Wildlife Management Area. They voted to approve a request to gravel the parking areas at the Wildlife Management Area. The Marion County Wildlife Management Area opened in 2010, and has 1,293 acres. The state forest is owned jointly by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Marion County Fiscal Court. It was purchased with funds from the Kentucky Land Conservation Fund and the Wildlife Restoration fund.
To reach the WMA, visitor should drive east from Lebanon on U.S. 68 east. Turn right (south) onto Penick-Tatum Loop, right (south) onto Tatum Lane, and then right onto Siloam Road. The parking lot is approximately a half-mile on the right (west) side of Siloam Road.
In the parking lot, there is an information kiosk with a map showing the boundaries of the WMA as well as the rules of what is and isn't allowed in the WMA. Maps are available online at www.fw.ky.gov.
• The court discussed part-time employee benefits. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, any employee that averages 30 hours a week is not considered part-time and is eligible for the health insurance package offered to full-time employees and their children. Coverage for spouses would be paid for by the employee.
• The court went into executive session at 5:33 p.m. pursuant to KRS 61.810-(C): Discussions of proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of the public agency. The court returned from executive session at 6:22 p.m.