Court discusses needle exchange program
Near the end of its Nov. 22 meeting, Woodford Judge-Executive John Coyle brought up the subject of a needle exchange resolution approved five days before by the Woodford County Board of Health. Coyle informed the court that the Board of Health had voted to implement a "Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange Program" (HRSEP) - better known as a needle exchange program. The resolution called it a "comprehensive program designed and intended in part to provide the safe use and disposal of needles for injection drug users ." The stated goal of the resolution is to prevent the disposal of used needles in public places and the resulting possibility of the spread of infectious diseases. Health experts say such programs also prevent the spread of diseases between intravenous drug users who share needles. Coyle pointed out that HRSEPs can only be established with the agreement of the county health agency and the legislative bodies of the county and the county's largest city - in this case, Woodford Fiscal Court and the Versailles City Council. The resolution said the Woodford County Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ASAP) Board has secured a $7,955 grant to help fund the program. Coyle told magistrates he'd met with the ASAP board that morning "and they're all on board" and had sent a copy the resolution to the Versailles City Council for their consideration. County Attorney Alan George said at the ASAP meeting, he was told that the anticipated funding might not be available until July 1. "Judge, this is just the starting point for you all and it's going to be for the Versailles City Council, too ." Woodford Theatre trailers Woodford Theatre Managing Director Tony Del Grosso told the court about the wide variety of educational and other activities there, among them the recent development of a five-year strategic plan. Del Grosso passed out a letter to magistrates asking for permission to purchase, using a donor's money, two 40-by-52-foot trailers to "accommodate our growing educational programing and balance our mainstage rehearsals, and acquire new classrooms and rehearsal space." Del Grosso said the trailers would be installed on the side of the building, feature painting matching the building, and that one of them would be climate-controlled. He said precautions would be taken to prevent flooding. The court unanimously approved his request. Burn ban, CPR training Woodford Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler spoke about the burn ban Coyle issued by executive order Nov. 21. Chandler said much of Eastern Kentucky also had a state or federally mandated burn ban in place, but because Woodford County had suffered no losses, no federal dollars were available. He also told magistrates that a retired county employee would offer free CPR training in the courthouse as soon as materials from the American Safety and Health Institute arrive. Chandler said the Woodford County School Board would soon require all graduating seniors to have CPR training, too. December meetings The court will hold its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m. and a special "bill-paying only" meeting Thursday, Dec. 29, at 9 a.m. Executive session The court met in executive session to discuss possible land acquisition and a personnel matter, but took no action afterwards.