Casey to drug test county employees

June 08, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - A Russell County company will do random drug testing for all county employees in Casey County.

Fiscal Court agreed Monday to contract with Premier Drug Testing. The company will be paid $99 annually plus an extra fee that runs from $5 to $50 depending on the test.

Judge-Executive Ronald Wright said the company currently does drug testing in more than 30 counties.

"It can provide the testing we need to meet the state Transportation Cabinet regulations," he said.

The company also will do testing on site should there be a traffic accident involving a county employee who has a commercial driver's license. He said the state requires employees with CDLs to be tested randomly.

The firm provides 24-hour service.

Wright said the county can go as in-depth with the testing as it wants and that the company will come to the Detention Center to do testing.


Other matters

Fiscal Court amended an ordinance to include extra money in the 2004-2005 budget. The receipts were increased by $248,791 in the general fund and $80,892 in the jail fund. The amended document has to have state approval before it becomes part of the new budget.

The court also received a $155,000 budget from the county health department and a $2,599,739 budget from Lake Cumberland Area Development District Inc.

With the increasing costs for gasoline and oil products, Fiscal Court agreed to extend its contracts for gasoline with White Oil Co. and for crushed stone and paving materials with Hinkle Contracting of Bethelridge. Wright said both companies agreed to keep the same prices as this fiscal year.

The cost of insurance also has risen due to the new Judicial Center and jail employees have been added to the policy.

The court approved a $148,193 bill for insurance with the Kentucky Association of Counties, an increase of $37,138 over last year. Wright said about 20 employees at the jail have been added to the policy and worker's compensation also increased.

In other matters, Fiscal Court agreed to borrow $724,500 from KACo, then reinvest it in the Kentucky Association of Revenue Program. The general fund will receive $570,700 and the road fund will borrow $153,800 and the county will get the interest from the investment.

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