Commonwealth Journal

November 16, 2013

Magisterial redistricting approved by fiscal court

by Jeff Neal
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — After a couple starts and stops, the 2010 magisterial redistricting for Pulaski County is complete and has been approved by Pulaski Fiscal Court.

Magistrates unanimously approved the redistricting plan at the regular meeting last week.

“We had this done, but had to completely scrap it after the legislative boundaries were set,” said Rick Barker, who chaired the redistricting committee. “Magisterial boundaries cannot cross legislative boundaries, so we had to re-do it.”

Barker pointed out to magistrates that the 2nd, 4th and 5th districts all gained constituents, according to the 2010 Census.

“The 1st District stayed the same and the 3rd District lost a few people,” Barker pointed out.

Redistricting has to be done every 10 years when new Census figures come out.

“We need to get this approved because we’re at the 60-day cutoff for the upcoming election,” Barker pointed out. “We want to be fair to everybody.”

In other news from fiscal court:

• Magistrates approved flex funding from the state to help maintain county roads. This year’s piece of the pie was $517,989.

• Magistrates also approved a spaying/neutering grant for the animal shelter from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for $1,650.

• Fiscal court approved the purchase of a new phone system for the county with a $121,344.43 price tag from Unified Technology.

• Magistrates approved the county health care plan for the upcoming year. The deductible jumped from $250 to $500, but magistrates also approved a “bridge” plan that will help county employees with the deductible.

“By increasing the deductible, but implementing the bridge plan, we’ll give our employees basically the same coverage and save about $150,000,” said county treasurer Joan Isaacs.