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Fiscal court approves grants for local organizations

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By Amber Coulter

Hardin County Fiscal Court on Tuesday unanimously approved resolutions to approve a plan allowing renovations to SpringHaven Inc. and grant funding for an emergency dispatch phone system for the E-911 Dispatch Center.

The plan approved for SpringHaven is related to a Community Development Grant. SpringHaven has received $500,000 from the state program to improve its building in Elizabethtown.

The money is meant to add bedrooms to the facility and turn some existing bedrooms into a dining hall, rather than the one large table currently used by all SpringHaven residents, Executive Director Tanya Thomas told fiscal court members.

The building has five bedrooms to accommodate 20-25 residents, she said.

“What this is going to do is give our residents more privacy, more intimacy with their families,” she said. “When they dine, they can dine together as a family.”

Improvements will help provide better services to people staying at SpringHaven and help residents become thriving members of the community, Thompson said.

“I’d like to thank God for answering all my prayers when it came to this grant,” she said.

Thompson also thanked SpringHaven board members, county officials and offices and supporters in Frankfort who helped make receiving the grant possible.

State Rep. Jimmie Lee planned to attend the presentation but was unable to do so because of obligations in Frankfort.

Judge-Executive Harry Berry wished Thompson luck with the project.

Another organization benefitting from grant money with the help of fiscal court is the E-911 Dispatch Center.

Fiscal court members approved 2013 Kentucky Commercial Mobile Radio Service Board Grant money that is planned to buy and install PowerPhone Emergency Dispatch and Smart 911.

A major benefit from the change will be enhanced ability to respond to cellphones, said director of Hardin County’s 911 center Bob Hammonds.

The system currently can’t locate cellphone users, which means losing important time helping callers not sure of their location. An increasing number of calls come from cellphones, he said.

That problem should be eased with the materials bought with grant money, Hammonds said.

Elizabethtown attorney Ben Humphries and two others spoke during the meeting expressing their opinions about a potential relocation of county offices.

Humphries said fiscal court members previously have stated they wouldn’t use resources from Hardin Memorial Hospital, which owns a considered piece of property near Ring Road, to further county government.

Fiscal court members said that statement was made by a previous court and judge-executive.

Fiscal court members also unanimously approved a proclamation declaring the day of the meeting to be Lee Bramlett Day as a surprise to honor the departing Bramlett as news and sports director for WQXE-WULF radio. Bramlett was at the meeting and accepted a certificate.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.