Scott County is getting into the Christmas spirit down on Main Street! Every year, a tree is donated to be displayed in downtown Georgetown and decorated for Christmas by several departments of the county. This year’s tree was donated by a citizen on Bunker Hill Drive and it is currently being assembled and decorated outside the court house. The Scott County Road Department, Georgetown Public Works, and Georgetown-Scott County Tourism Commission come together every year to put on an amazing Christmas tree display for citizens and visitors alike. This year, the Georgetown-Scott County Parks and Recreation also assisted with ornaments to be put onto the tree.
Kayla Moses is a Deputy Jailer for the Scott County Detention
Center. She grew up in Scott County and went to SC High School before going off
to Ohio where she studied and played basketball for the University of Dayton. After
graduating, she came back to Scott County and has been here for 6 years working
in the jail. She has several responsibilities as deputy jailer such as intake
of inmates which includes fingerprinting, medical scanning, taking pictures,
and making sure they do not have any sort of contraband on them. Once inmates
are taken in by the jail, Moses ensures the safety and security of all inmates
making sure there are no fights or unusual activity and by doing searches of
the area for contraband.
The job can be dangerous, but Moses always stays on her toes
and is prepared for anything that might come her way and says that she likes
the unpredictability that comes with the job. She deals with so many inmates in
a day and never knows what they could be thinking or feeling in that moment. Some
might be combative while some might be very emotional and scared. She knows how
to communicate with the different types of inmates saying, “you’ve got to give
respect to get respect… it’s all about how you talk to people.” She says that
some people just have a bad day, get caught up in the wrong things, and make
mistakes, but that doesn’t mean they do not deserve the same respect or that
they are all bad people.
Moses says that she has grown a thick skin working in her
field, and she enjoys almost all aspects that come with the job. She works the
12 hour night shift most days of the week; 7pm-7am. The hours can be tough, but
she still enjoys what she does in serving Scott County. She is excited for new
challenges and goals she has set for herself and hopes to continue up the
ladder in her field to possibly work in the Federal level.
The final design process of the Weisenberger Mill Bridge has officially begun and the project team is moving forward with the single lane bridge alternative after 6 years of planning and preparation. Magistrate Chad Wallace has stood behind the citizens of his district (District 3) to work in voicing their concerns and developing their plans for this new bridge. The delays were due to the federal funding process, environmental reports, and historical preservation. The purpose of the project is “to provide a safe structurally sound crossing on Weisenburger Mill Road over the South Fork of Elkorn Creek, while limiting impacts to the surrounding environment.” This project will also improve response times for emergency services for these citizens. The new bridge parts were built in a factory in Chattanooga, TN and brought to Woodford to be assembled. The new bridge was moved into place this afternoon.
Scott County Fiscal Court is excited to see the effects this project will have in improving the quality of life for both Scott County and Woodford County Citizens.
Expanding Broadband Internet is an important issue for
all citizens whether it is for farmers in our rural areas, students trying to
submit homework, or anyone trying to do work from home. Adequate internet is
important to our county, and the Scott County Fiscal Court is working to bring greater
access to Broadband to a wider range of our community.
Judge Covington has made it a priority to meet with
several Internet Service Providers over the past months trying to expand access
to broadband in the rural parts of our county.
In 2007, the Green River Area Development District
(GRADD) in Western KY formed a public private partnership with an Internet
Service Provider (QWireless) and seven counties from the GRADD. The partnership
was developed to provide high-speed internet to residents of the seven counties
focusing on the rural areas in these counties. The project is now called
ConnectGradd and covers some 2,660 square miles and has approximately 2000
Judge Covington initiated a meeting that was hosted on
November 20th with representatives from the GRADD and local elected
officials from the BGADD. Jiten Shah of the GRADD shared their story of how
they have expanded options for Broadband connectivity in their communities by
using a Direct Wireless solution for providing connectivity. Direct Wireless
uses existing structures (water tower, 911 radio towers and other existing infrastructure)
to transmit a signal to provide broadband to the home.
Judge Covington has spearheaded the push with the BGADD
to create a similar project in Central Ky and Scott County.
Leadership at the Bluegrass Area Development District
intends to propose at the Dec. 18th Board meeting to advertise a Request for
Information “RFI” from Broadband companies to propose plans to
provide Broadband in the Rural areas of our BGADD counties.
Amber Hoffman is the Elections Coordinator for Scott County. She has lived here with her family for as long as she can remember and has called Scott County home her entire life. After high school, she applied to work in the County Clerk’s Office, and she has now worked in Scott County government for almost 18 years.
As Elections Coordinator, Hoffman oversees every election
process each year. She supervises the voting department and voting registration
making sure that all records are maintained and updated. A lot goes into the
election process including absentee votes, evaluating and repairing any voting
materials, and supplying all 46 Scott County precincts with the supplies and
staff that is needed for election day. The months leading up to an election are
used for making sure voters are registered and for state board elections to
prepare each county for any rosters or reports they need. Hoffman’s goal for
every election is to ensure that the election day runs smoothly and everyone is
able to have a quality voting experience.
These elections happen only twice a year but require the
entire six months ahead of time to plan and prepare. As soon as one election is
completed, Hoffman begins preparations for the next. She says that holding this
position means a lot to her since voting is such an important factor in our
country’s values. Though it can be stressful at times, it is all worth it for
her in the end. She says, “When you get through an election day, and it was
successful, and everything was ran smooth, and even when there are a few bumps…
it just makes you feel good to be a part of that process.”
Though this recent election just passed, Hoffman has already
begun the planning process for May 2020 elections.
This week’s employee highlight is Sheriff’s Deputy Jon Wilson. Wilson moved to Scott County in January of 2018 and is coming up on his 2-year anniversary of being a Scott County Deputy. He had always been interested in working in law enforcement and says that he has wanted to be a police officer for as long as he can remember. Since the law required officers to be 21 years old, Wilson decided to enlist in the military as a police officer so that he could begin his law enforcement career earlier. He now serves the Scott County area as deputy by responding to both emergency and non-emergency calls and transporting prisoners to the Scott County Judicial Center. He also enjoys doing traffic control for the schools in the mornings. Wilson was nominated by Sheriff Tony Hampton for always doing his job with excellence and integrity. Hampton says that Wilson is always smiling when he is both on and off duty, and everyone loves having him around to bring even more smiles to coworkers and citizens alike. Wilson’s goals for his position are to continue to work hard and prove himself to citizens as a leader and protector. Eventually, he would like to become a supervisor for the department by continuing to serve as best as he can in every new position he is put in. He says that it is an honor and a privilege to serve Scott County, and it means everything to him to be able to do so. Wilson says that serving as deputy for our county “…gives [him] purpose and a reason to get up every morning. There is nothing else [he] would rather do.”
Zack Anderson has lived in Scott County his entire life. He is married, has one 8 month old daughter, and three dogs. He decided to become a firefighter because he grew up watching his dad work in the field and thought it would be a perfect career path for him as well. Zack Anderson now works for the Scott County Fire department and has recently been awarded the Scott County Fire Department’s Meritorious Service Commendation to recognize his actions on January 22nd, 2018. Early in the morning that day, Mr. Don Dyer and his Labrador were near a pond that had frozen over with ice. When the dog tried to walk to the middle of the pond, he fell through. Mr. Dyer tried to save him by grabbing a boat and an axe to reach his pet. When the firefighters got there, Dyer was still in the boat trying to save the dog contrary to the orders given by the firefighters to turn back. Once one firefighter made it into the water, Mr. Dyer’s boat sank putting him into the frigid water. Anderson then entered the water and broke through the ice with his arm all the way to Mr. Dyer. He got to Dyer and was pulled back in by the other men. After saving Mr. Dyer, the dog was then rescued by Anderson and another firefighter using an inflatable boat, bringing the dog safely back to his owner. Chief Mike Fuller commends Anderson’s actions by saying that he “…upheld the highest standards of the fire service exhibiting great personal courage and resolve…” The Scott County Fire Department’s Meritorious Service Commendation recognizes firefighters that go above and beyond his or her duties in life threatening situations to save lives. That is exactly what Zack Anderson did that day. He says that firefighters train a lot; about 80% of the job is training. To fulfill a duty that they train so extensively for means everything to him. He had problems accepting the award at first because he felt that he was just fulfilling his duty as a firefighter. He appreciates the award and the acknowledgement from Chief Fuller, but he says that any firefighter on or off the truck that day would have done exactly what he did because that is what they train for every day. He says that he could not have done it without the other men on the scene, and the Scott County Fire Department deserves all the recognition and gratitude for the great people he gets to work with. Thank you to Zack Anderson and the entire Scott County Fire Department for what you do every day for your citizens.
J.R. Brandenburg is the Road Supervisor of the Scott County Road Department. He and his wife of 42 years decided to settle here for their careers and for that special Scott County feeling of “home.” He lives with his family, including his son and grandson, while working for the county. He worked in the equipment business for 20 years before getting involved in county government in the Road Department. When the road supervisor at the time became County Clerk, the position opened up for Brandenburg. His responsibilities include maintaining his department and the roads they are in charge of, scheduling yearly road pavements, snow removal, high water issues and damage, and providing for the overall care and safety of Scott County roads. He says that there is never a dull moment in his field of work, but he enjoys all the ups and downs, challenges, and rewards of working for the good people of Scott County. His goal for the upcoming year is to keep improving the roads while keeping up with the growing population and increasing traffic. He wants to see the roads continue to get better and safer for all citizens. Lastly, Brandenburg says that the constant support from the judge and all the court members makes his job a lot easier. They always make sure he has all the equipment and services he needs to keep the roads in the best condition possible.
The Police Department’s annual “No Shave November”
fundraiser is in full effect this year. Male officers are typically not allowed
to have facial hair whatsoever throughout the year, but during the months of
November and December, they are allowed to let it grow with a donation of at
least $25 a month for those two months. The money they raise is pooled together
to participate in Whitaker Bank’s Angel Tree program. Once their funds are
raised, they will go to the bank and pick out names of children on the tree to
buy Christmas presents for that year. They have been able to buy gifts for up
to 13 children each Christmas since the tradition started.
Those who choose to shave or any officer can still donate to
the cause or go buy toys for the children themselves, but the officers say that
about half of the station participates by keeping their scruffy beards for the
entire start of winter. They can also pay to keep their beards for both
November and December or just for one month.
The men really enjoy this tradition because they normally
have to shave every day. One officer said that he has been working in the
police force for over 20 years and has had to shave every day except during
this winter tradition. They also enjoy the morale boost that comes along with comparing
each other’s facial hair as the months go by.
Two weeks before Christmas all the money is put together to
see how many children they can buy for that year. They usually try to put about
$125 towards each child to meet both their needs and their wants. When they
pick a name off of the tree, the only thing they know is the child’s gender,
age, clothing/shoe size, and three top wishes for Christmas. They have bought
bikes and helmets, nerf guns, and all sorts of fun toys for the Angel Tree
kids. The officers always try to buy two outfits and the number 1 toy for each
child, and sometimes they are able to get all three wishes provided they have
enough funds for them. A main priority is to keep the child warm for the winter
by buying winter coats, hats, and gloves. Once they buy all the gifts, they
will take them back to the bank and the bank will give the gifts to the
families. It is all anonymous.
The beards have to be gone by January 1st, but
until then, keep a look out for some scruffy faces around Scott County!