Carroll County employees can expect a new insurance provider for the new year.

The Carroll County Fiscal Court chose to switch insurance companies after an expected increase in rates with the current plan. United Healthcare's plan - currently used by the county - would increase by 22 percent for next year, Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said during the meeting. Another plan with Bluegrass Family Health insurance features similar options for employees, but only increases 10 percent from the previous year's insurance costs.

"It's the closest to what we've had," Tomlinson said after the meeting.

Bluegrass Family Heath insurance is accepted at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, as well as King's Daughters' Health and Louisville-area hospitals. The insurance also meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, Tomlinson said.

Magistrates unanimously approved the switch.

Tomlinson also told magistrates that new locations for the USDA Commodities program has been found in the Carroll County area.

The senior commodities will be available at the Carroll County Senior Center, 110 Sixth St., from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. The first distribution date at the new location will be Nov. 20.

The regular commodities will be available at Relevant Church, 2505 Highland Ave., from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. The first distribution date will be Nov. 19.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program - which is a federal program - provides food items to low-income people in the area at no cost. Reporting and recertification for both commodities projects will be handled by Brighton Center, Inc.

Tomlinson told magistrates last month that the Northern Kentucky Community Action Center in Carrollton decided to stop administering the program because of expenses related to overseeing the program.

"To be honest, I was upset with them to a certain degree," Tomlinson said, noting the short notice that the Community Action Center gave for terminating its work with the program. "I did express our displeasure with the timeframe."

He noted there may be some trial and error during the first month with the changes and new locations. Still, county officials felt the program was needed in the area and secured the new locations within a month.

"The Fiscal Court did not want anyone to miss out on their commodities," he said.

Also during the meeting, magistrates unanimously approved the second reading of two ordinances.

One ordinance recognizes the sheriff's use of the Limited English Proficiency policy. The sheriff's office plans to utilize the Language Line for anyone who many need a translator to communicate effectively with law enforcement or to understand their rights.

The second ordinance sets hours of when alcohol sales are permitted in the county. The ordinance states the sale of alcohol will be made during the hours of 6 a.m. to midnight on any day, except for Sundays. Alcohol sales will not be allowed while polls are open on any regular, primary, school or special election day.

In other business:

• Magistrates approved the use of LKLP Transportation of Hazard for public transportation needs in the area. The transportation service the county used before went out of business.

The service will cost the county $500 a month, which is the same as the former Northern Kentucky Transit company.

Magistrates approved the agreement, 2-1. Magistrate Dean Miller voted against the agreement.

• Tomlinson noted he had been in contact with the railroad concerning the railroad crossings on KY 227 and Jay Louden Road.

Both crossings need work, he said, and funding is available from the state transportation department should the railroad company contact them. The county doesn't have authority to work on the crossing.

"It is our road, but it's the railroad's crossing," Tomlinson said.

• Fiscal Court members held an executive session for litigation and personnel issues. No action was taken.