Branham pointed out that the Fiscal Court joined with the city commission in 2002 to initiate a community visioning effort and passed a resolution to endorse the philosophy of long-range planning.
"This is not meant to replace any facilities plans or the comprehensive plan," he said. "Unfortunately, we have to work in the here and now, but we need to train ourselves to look out to the future."
The survey was funded by the Clark County Community Foundation, and officials have said it will serve as the basis for a 2008 community forum, similar to the day-long event held in March.
"I'm all about planning, I think it is a wonderful idea," said Branham. "This is what planning is about."
A complete version of the survey can be read on the Sun's Web site here
In other business:
- In a response to a question from 1st District Magistrate Rick Smith, Branham reported that there are no plans for the annual Clark County Road Department lunch this year, because some officials were concerned that state law may prohibit spending on the event unless it is specifically organized for a public purpose. Branham said the court can consider options to organize the lunch next year in compliance with state law.
- The court approved a second reading of a budget amendment, transfers and payment of bills.
- Tommy Pasley was appointed to the Winchester-Clark County Planning and Zoning Board.
- An address change was approved, changing 6615 Wades Mill Road to 179 Wales Road.
- The court amended the maximum amount of 2007 fee expenditures that the Clark County Sheriff's Office can spend on deputies and assistants and set the new amount for calendar year 2008 at $620,000.
- Joy McQueen and Robert Caudill were hired as part-time deputy jailers. Kimberly Campbell was hired as a full-time deputy jailer.
- Emily Wills and August Fisher were hired as volunteer firefighters. Justin Shyrock, Dennis Walling and Hunter McFarland were hired as part-time firefighters. Bryan Duty's status was changed from volunteer firefighter to part-time firefighter.
- The court approved surplusing vehicles from the Clark County Fire and Road departments.
- Court members amended two county license fee ordinances to bring them under compliance with new state laws.