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James Crawford, Commonwealth Attorney

523 Highland Ave
PO Box 353
Carrollton, KY 41008
(502) 732-6688 

An update on Itron.

Several months ago rumors started swirling within in our community of the possibility of Itron Owenton closing its doors. At that point I, along with the Mayor, proceeded to broaden our already open working relationship with Itron Management. We immediately engaged representatives from the Governor’s Office, Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet, Kentucky Department of Work Force Development, The Northern Kentucky Area Development District and our regional I-71 Connected Director. We were encouraged by the information we received. The local management assured us that the rumors around town were just that - “rumors”, and that it was normal for production to be cut back this time of year. While we continued discussions, we felt this information was accurate as we have seen this trend for many years. Unfortunately, yesterday, we (Local officials, local management and employees) learned of the plan for Itron Inc. to close its Owenton Facility in the next 18 to 20 months and move these production lines to South Carolina. As you can imagine due to our due diligence in reaching out to Itron management in the resent past to dispel the rumor mill, this caught us by surprise to say the very least. Mayor “Milkweed” Wotier and I immediately reached out to all the same folks that had been involved in the previous months and began another very serious discussion to try and avert this catastrophic event.

By 10:45 on Thursday morning we had assembled a team and engaged in active discussions with Global Itron Management. Unfortunately at this point it seems that nothing we can say, do or offer Itron Inc. from a local or state level will entice them to stay. Itron is a global company that has grown to its size by acquiring many smaller companies. In today’s economy they feel it is imperative that they reorganize themselves to be able to stay competitive in the market and the only way to do this is to consolidate facilities to become more efficient.

Through all the discussion yesterday there were a few glimmers of positivity. Itron Executives are committed to producing the best positive outcome possible for the employees, The City of Owenton and Owen County. Over the 18 month transition period they will be providing the employees with employment help such as resume and application assistance and references. They have committed to engaging with Local and State official to market the facility immediately in hopes that another company may start, expand or relocate here. We all know the best possible outcome here is that a new company is ready to move in the day Itron moves out. With that being said, I can assure you that Milkweed and I, along with the Fiscal Court, City Council and all State agencies will be aggressively marketing the Itron Facility and our community in order to fill the void that the loss of Itron will create.

I would especially like to ask that each of you keep the Itron employees and their families in your thoughts and prayers in the coming months. Please support them in any way possible. This is going to be a tough transition for the employees, their families and the community as a whole. We must come together to help one another in finding our new path.


The Red Cross

Teresa Perkins, DAT Worker
502-514-1922 or 1-800-371-1717

     Red Cross helps families who have experienced a disaster such as flood, fire or tornado. It also provides military family and veteran assistance. Red Cross also provides CPR training to the community.


Owen County Clothing Center


     Located at 169 West Seinary Street, the Clothing Center and Food Bank is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clothing, food, shores and shelter are providded to those in need due to fire, tornado or other crisis. Food is provided at no charge, and clothing is sold for a minimum price.


Owen County Community Action Commission


     Located at 107 N. Thomas Street, services provided include clothing, food, furniture and toys if donated; weatherization; Senior Service employment project training program; work experience program; utility help when funds are availalbe; referral services to other agendie; and LI/HEAP which provides assistance with light and heat in the winter to low income families and individuals.


Owen County Children's Fund, Inc.


     The Children's Fund seeks to aid needy children ages 0 - 18 years in areas of medical, dental, food and clothing where no other government, civic or religious aid is available.


Women's Crisis Center

859-525-2600, 800-928-3335 or TDD# 859-655-2657


Comprehensive Care Centers of Northern Kentucky

502-484-3464, Fax 502-484-0894

     Located at North Main Park Shopping Center; it is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. It provides family and children's counseling, mental health counseling, substance abuse prevention, adolescent partical hospitalization program, and family alcohol and drug counseling.


Alcoholics Anonymous

     Meetings are held at the Owen County Public Library on Wednesday at 8 p.m.


Cabinet for Families and Children/Department for Community Based Services, Division of Protection and Permanency


     The officeis located off main street and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Services provided include protective services, juvenile service, foster care, adoptions, domestic violence cases, guardianship assessments, and adult alternate care/out of home placement.


Diabetes Support Group



Hospice of the Bluegrass

208 Steele Street, Frankfort, Kentucky
502-223-1744 or 800-926-1302

     Hospice of the Bluegrass is a private, nonprofit organization that provides support and care for persons in the last phase of an incurable disease so that they can live as fully and comfortably as possible.


4C of Northern Kentucky

859-781-3511 or toll free in Kentucky 800-315-7878

     4C of Northern Kentucky is a nonprofit child care resource and referral agency serving Owen and surrounding counties. If you need assistance in locating child care or would like information on how to provide child care in your home, contact 4C of Northern Kentucky.


North Key Community Care Substance Abuse Services

155 W. Seminary Street, Owenton, Kentucky 40359


Owen County Youth Services Center
Helping Students Succeed

2340 Hwy 22 East, Owenton, KY 40359
Becky Mefford, Coordinator
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     Our goal is to remove nonacademic barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success. Owen County Youth Service Center offers a unique blend of programs and services determined by the needs of the population bein served. We serve all middle and high school students and their families. Office Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and are located in room 131 of the Owen County High School.


Owen County Health Collaborative

Katie Gilson, Three Rivers District Health Department
Becky Mefford, Owen County Youth Services Center

     Mission: "Working together to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual health of Owen County residents by seeking our resources, strategies, and outcomes in an effort to ensure the high quality of life. The goal of the organization is to bring service providers together to address the health and safety needs in the community in ways that create synergies and allow funding to further for longer.


Hope's Hands Community Partnership

Becky Mefford, Coalition Chair
14020 Highway 127 South Owenton, KY 40359

     Hope's Hands mission is to build  collaborative partnerships among community members to decrease youth substance abuse and the consequences that result from youth substance use. Our goal is to bring together local organizations, businesses, and individuals to work together toward a better Owen County. Hope's Hands is a 501c3 designee, which affords grant and other non-profit funding as well as local tax deductible donations to address local needs.
     The collaborative currently supports several programs in Owen County whic include Dolly Parton Imaginary LIbrary, Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition, Owen County Power Pack Program, and Youth Services Center United Charities Grant. The organization is open to new members of the community who want to make a positive difference in the health of Owen County's youth and families. The meetings are held at noon the second Tuesday of each month at the Wild Goose Cafe.



518 South Main Street, Owenton, KY 40359
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     R.E.A.C.H. is a Christian faith-based organization whose mission is to reduce substance abuse among youth and adults. It strives to promote awareness and prevention, while offering help and support to those affected by drugs.
     If you have been affected by the use of drugs and want help, or if you just want to know more, call 502-484-5454, or stop by the office in Owenton.


Protection and Permanency for Adults


     This department proceeds in investigations and case management for families concerning abuse, neglect and dependency for children and vulnerable adults. Fore more information on foster parenting or adoption call 859-292-6733.


Meeting the Needs Ministry

Sully Runion, Director
2480 Highway 127 North Owenton, KY 40359

     This ministry serves the community with food, clothing, and other donated items. Meeting the Needs also handles senior and regular commodities monthly. Commodity distribution is on the second Tuesday of the month follwoing the second Monday. We are open weekly on Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Our mission is to provide individuals in Owen County with basic needs, but also share the love of Christ with them. Matthew 25:40 says, "I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for me."


HANDS Program Three Rivers District Health Department and Home Health Agency


     HANDS is a free prgram for first-time parents that supports families in learning how to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. HANDS is open to any first time mom or dad and to babies under 4 months of age. Mom must be pregnant or have an infant under 4 months of age for the initial visit to be done.


Owen County Woman's Club

     The Owen County Woman's Club unfds three higher education scholarships: one graduating high school senior, one continuing college education, and one single mother pursuing a college degree. The group annually contributes approximately $2500 to civic and community organizations. Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month; April through December at 2 p.m. in the Owen County Public Library Meeting Room.


NorthKey Community Care Early Childhood Mental Health Program

     Serving children birth to age five and their families by providing the following: assessment and therapeutic services; consultation and education to early childhood programs, such as daycares and the schools, as well as other community partners.


Community Learning Center

     The Owen County 21sst Century CLC program offers homework help/group tutoring, academic enrichment programs and recreational programs to K-8 students, after school Monday - Friday.


Owen County Community Education

     Representing a cooperative effort among our schools, various community departments and organizations, the Owen County Community Education Program coordinates and utilizes the resources of the schools and community to more effectively meet people's needs and interests.


American Cancer Society

     The ACS provides information regarding access to health care and various services, support programs, cancer facts and figures, research programs, treatment decision tools, stories of hope, and employment and volunteer opportunities.

FY 2018-19 Bid Rock & Asphalt


The Owen County Fiscal Court will accept sealed bids until 4:00pm EST on Tuesday JUNE12,2018 for asphalt hot mix, and Rock for the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year. Separate bids should be given on each of these Items. Bids on asphalt hot mix should be broke down for pick up at the plant and for Delivery and laid by the ton. Bids on rock shall be for all sizes and be broke down for pick up at plant and or delivered to Owen County Road Dept. lot located at 214 East Blanton St Owenton KY 40359. All products shall meet KYTC standards and specifications, Sealed bids for these items will be accepted at the County Judge/Executive's Office located at 100 North Thomas Street, Owenton, KY 40359. Bids will be opened at the JUNE 12,2018 Fiscal Court meeting at 6:00pm EST. The Owen County Fiscal Court Reserves the right to reject any and all bids.



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