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Raise approved for Emergency Director Ron Dodson

The Meade County Fiscal Court met Dec. 14 for it’s final (and perhaps quickest) regularly-scheduled meeting of the year.
After a brief discussion, the Court approved a raise for Emergency Management Director Ron Dodson. Dodson, who has worked for the county for 22 years, was previously making $854 a month. His pay was increased to $1,000 per month.

“This gentleman puts in hours and hours and hours,” said Judge Executive Harry Craycroft, who made the recommendation. “He has gotten us no telling how much money from requesting grants. I’d like to ask, and I’ve talked to Shirley (Fackler), and there’s no problem doing this.”

A motion was made by Tom Goddard, and seconded by Randall Hardesty to approve the recommendation.
Magistrate Herbie Chism voiced concern during discussion of the motion, though.

“I know Mr. Dodson puts in a lot of hours and does a really good job and I’m not against giving him a raise, but I do wonder if we’re not opening a can of worms with other departments,” said Chism.

Noting the concern Craycroft replied, “This was just something I felt compelled to do. I’m not objecting to your question. I do understand your concern.”

Approval of the raise was given in a 6-1 vote, with Chism voting “no.”

When contacted, Dodson said he is very grateful for the raise.

“I truly appreciate it, and the opportunity to continue serving this community,” said Dodson.

In other business the Court:

• Unanimously overrode the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation to deny rezoning of a parcel of land at 1400 Rock Ridge Road, which contains both a manufactured home and a traditional home. The Court approved rezoning from A-1 to A-2, with Craycroft noting both had been on the property for nearly 10 years.
• Approved the rezoning of property on the north side of Rock Ridge Road at Karmandy Lane from R-1 to R-2.
• Opened a sealed bid, and approved the sale of a Solid Waste Mac truck to Jeff Knott for $4,010.
• Accepted the sheriff’s settlement audit for 2009 taxes, which found no major issues or discrepancies, according to Craycroft.
• Approved the transfer of $39,877.50 to make a payment on jail bonds.
• Officially set 2011 holiday hours for county employees.

Prior to adjourning, outgoing Judge Executive Craycroft took the opportunity to thank the Court.

“Folks, this is the last Fiscal Court meeting for myself as presiding judge. I want to thank the Court for your dedication and hard work throughout four years,” he said.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting Jan. 12 will usher in a new era as the first Republican Fiscal Court majority in the county’s history is seated.





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