Fiscal court honors road department, debates HR software

Published 9:30 am Thursday, September 29, 2022

Last Thursday’s most recent gathering of the Clark County Fiscal Court featured special recognition of the Clark County Road Department. It will hold a decision on whether to change human resource management software off until the next meeting.

Road Department 

After delivering an opening prayer, State Representative Ryan Dotson introduced Allan Curtis, supervisor of the Clark County Road Department since 2019.

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Curtis, who spent ten years in maintenance for Clark County Public Schools earlier in his career, was present along with eight fellow co-workers.

Reading a citation as written by the Kentucky House of Representatives, they acknowledged Curtis for his dedication to the community.

“Mr. Curtis [has] made efficiency a priority, striving to pave more roads this year, and has also implemented first aid and safety training programs for employees who may encounter accidents on the roadway,” said Dotson.

Curtis’ eight fellow co-workers were recognized as well, particularly for their efforts in Pike County helping to repair areas damaged by the eastern Kentucky flooding.

They also recognized Clark County Attorney William Elkins for his assistance.

Human Resource Management

The fiscal court debated what human resource management software to use for city employees, particularly regarding a comprehensive payroll program and other services.

Presently, Payroll Solutions is used.

However, Human Resources Administrator Janet Townsend recommended to the fiscal court that it switch to ADP.

The reasons included were that it would serve well as a generalized human resources management program, streamline processes for employee self-service and employee utilization, increase efficiency and accuracy of the information, and expand HR reporting operations.

ADP is currently used at locations including Nelson County and Bardstown.

“I had a good conversation with the HR person of the city of Bardstown. He said they use ADP, and they have finally gotten the fire department time management system manageable,” Townsend said. “They’re able to do what I think we need to do [to move] in the direction we’d like to go.”

Following the recommendation, concerns were raised from some magistrates, including Travis Thompson from District 2.

“Eight years ago, when I decided to stop doing my payroll myself, I went to ADP, and it was an absolute nightmare for five months,” Thompson said. “Payroll Solutions has done a very good for me, and I want to support local [businesses]. I’m of the opinion that we stay with them.”

The fiscal Court postponed action and will follow up with the discussion at October’s meeting after having Clark County Attorney William Elkins review the contract created with ADP.

Blue Grass Community Foundation Funds

The Clark County Fiscal Court rejected a check in the amount of $106,907.

This check was written to the court by Blue Grass Community Foundation, which largely manages funds for Clark County Fiscal Court.

Clark County Attorney William Elkins advised the court not to accept the check presently.

“The agreement that provides for the relationship between the Bluegrass Community Foundation and the Clark [County] Fiscal Court and its sub-fund says that the fiscal court designate the purposes of the use of the funds and it was designated to be charitable and educational,” Elkins said. “I think the water runs deeper here than it looks like on the surface, and I think that discussion should lead us into a closed session at some point.”