Henry County EMS/Paramedics
Over the last 10 years county government has gone from providing a part-time BLS (Basic Life Support) service to a full-time ALS (Advance Life Support) service. I am proud to have been a part of seeing the implementation of these services for our citizens. Currently EMS makes about 3,500 runs per year.
RECORD OF SERVICE
Henry County Recreational & Services Park
Henry County Fiscal Court purchased 52 acres in December of 2006 for a Recreational & Services Park. Twelve years later the park includes a youth football field, two soccer fields, a walking trail, a stocked fishing lake, a full-size outdoor basketball court, three shelters, Friends for Michael Playground, the Henry County Senior Center, the Henry County Health Department, and Cedar Lake Lodge. The county’s cash investment in the park has been minimal due to the success of lot sales, community donations, grants, and the long term cell tower lease. In 2017, the County made its last payment on land purchase. No money is currently owed on the park.
The Senior Center & Tri-County Community Action Agency Headquarters was the first facility completed at the Henry County Recreational & Services Park. The facility was funded by a $500,000 CDBG grant and $40,000 in local cash and in-kind donations. Fiscal Court only put $26,000 cash and the donation of the land into the project.
In the summer of 2006 we had our first meeting with Cedar Lake, in 2010 Cedar Lake’s Park Place Homes became a reality. The facility employs approximately 40 people and provides a valuable service to 16 clients.
Henry County Health Department
The Henry County Health Department became the third major new facility to locate at the park. Local officials obtained a $500,000 CDBG grant to help offset the cost of the facility.
Henry County Commerce Park
The Henry County Commerce Park is a 60 acre commercial and industrial site just outside of Campbellsburg. The majority of the funding for the park came from recaptured CDBG funds, a $294,000 direct Federal appropriation via former Congressman Geoff Davis, and a sewer grant from the state. The park’s close proximity to the interstate and infrastructure should provide advantage as we look to grow business and industry in Henry County.
Since the first day I took office I have made improving the safety of HWY 146 a priority. In 2003 the Henry County Middle School MOVE class, many concerned citizens, and a number of state and local officials worked together to obtain $1.36 million in State/Federal HES funds to rework a one mile stretch of road near Safety-Kleen. Plans are to realign and widen HWY 146 in its entirety between New Castle and Pendleton. Currently right of way has been purchased for Phase I of the project which is from Safety-Kleen to the HWY 153 and 146 intersection. Funding of $1.15 million has been allocated for utility relocation on this segment. Myself and other local officials continue to lobby the State for expedition of this project in the Six Year Road Plan.
The County Road System
The County Judge/Executive is directly responsible for overseeing the county road crew and works with Fiscal Court to care for 200 plus miles of roads. Resurfacing, shouldering, drainage, snow removal, tree trimming, and bridge maintenance are all part of the job. Over the last few years we have applied for special State 80/20 cost share money to build new bridges. Eight new bridges have been built including this one on Long Branch Road.
A Cleaner County
I believe the citizens of Henry County deserve a clean county. Over the last 15 plus years we have implemented recycling programs, metal recycling days, e-scrap recycling events, an annual roadside litter pick-up day every first Saturday in November, weekly roadside pick-up with inmates and mandatory garbage pick-up, To date we have cleaned up 35 illegal dumps and over 5,000 miles of littered roads. The picture above is of an illegal dump on Six Mile Road outside of Lockport that was taken prior to being cleaned.
After loosing the existing facility to the 2004 tornado, members of the community and local officials met to put together a plan for constructing a new Ag Arena. With the help of insurance proceeds, a $100,000 County Ag Council Grant, a $1 HUD Home for a $45,000 flip, and approximately $32,000 in community donations, the Ag Arena became a reality. In 2006 the facility was opened and dedicated to long-time Henry County Extension Agents Steve Moore and Jim Prewitt.
Henry County maintains two parks and a fairgrounds for our citizens' use. Between the Harry Hill Park and the new Recreational & Services Park there were 1,000 games and scheduled practices for youth sports last year. The 4-H Building at the Fairgrounds had over 300 scheduled uses. The County Judge/Executive's office and the Parks staff work closely to coordinate a wide variety of events and to be responsive to the needs of the citizens who use the parks and fairgrounds.
The Moore/Prewitt Marketing Pavillion at the Fairgrounds
Parks & Fairgrounds
Trackside Butcher Shop
Over 30 years passed from the time the last custom butcher shop in Henry County closed to when Trackside opened. Fiscal Court worked with the owners of Trackside to locate in the Commerce Park. I helped facilitate meetings in Frankfort with legislators, the Ag Commissioner, and representatives of the Ag Development Fund in an effort to help the owners of Trackside receive needed grants and low interest financing. Currently Trackside has 18 full- and part-time employees.
Henry/Trimble Animal Shelter
In 2012 Henry and Trimble County Fiscal Courts partnered to build a new animal shelter. A state matching grant of $150,000 was obtained. Today the shelter is operating well and processes between 300 and 500 dogs annually. Euthanasia is generally confined to sick or vicious animals and rates are below 5%.