City declares emergency for 911 staffing

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By Becky Barnes, Editor

A shortage of telecommunicators in the E911 service prompted the Cynthiana City Commission to declare an emergency for the purpose of hiring dispatchers on a temporary basis.

Full-time operator Dottie Perry moved to part-time status after accepting a full-time position with the Harrison County Circuit Clerk’s office.

Commissioner Gary Brunker said Perry agreed to continue to fill in as a nights and weekends dispatcher.

The commission also agreed to bring back Jenny Alcorn, a former dispatcher, who will be “interim/temporary part-time” in the telecommunications division.

Brunker said there are six full-time and two part-time dispatchers. Optimum staffing is eight full-time and at least two part-time telecommunicators.

In other business, the commission:

•Heard Commissioner Billy Grayson report that he believes the Handy House at Flat Run Veterans’ Park needs to be fenced off as a safety precaution.

He said the building has been secured a couple of times but each time it has been breached.

•Authorized the mayor to sign a letter of engagement with the Ray, Foley, Hensley Company for the 2014 fiscal year audit.

•Authorized the mayor to sign a trust participation agreement with Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) for workers’ compensation and for KLC insurance services general trust.

 •Met in closed session to discuss acquisition of real property. No action was taken following the session.