A group of volunteers plans to extend the hours at the Carroll County Animal Shelter as soon as next month.

Carroll County magistrates unanimously approved the purchase of a liability insurance policy add-on during a meeting Tuesday morning. The county agreed to pay the $292.65 premium for the volunteers to operate and work at the shelter.

Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said the policy begins at the first of each month, which would mean March 1 would be the first day the insurance policy is in effect.

The volunteers expect to set specific days and times when the shelter would be open for pet adoptions, he said.

"Hopefully, the end result is to save more animals," Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson also discussed the impact winter weather has had on the area. The county continues to receive truckloads of salt, even though other areas in the state have begun to report salt shortages.

"It's very difficult to get," he said of the material.

He expects more salt deliveries - and possibly more cinders - within the week, Tomlinson said.

Another provider from Cincinnati expects three barges of salt to be transported to the area this week, so the county could get additional materials from that provider should additional salt be needed.

Also during the meeting, Tomlinson discussed the possibility of funding for heroin treatment centers in the northern Kentucky region.

The state's attorney general's office will receive nearly $19 million from financial settlements relating to two drug makers' deceptive marketing.

Most of the money from the settlements will be used for treatment facilities throughout the state.

"They may be going after some of that money regionally," Tomlinson said of the Northern Kentucky Area Development District.

Even though the region has some treatment centers in the area, those centers often have more patients than the center can handle. Tomlinson said the additional money could help to expand those existing facilities or build new centers.

In other business:

• The tire amnesty program will return to Carroll County during the first part of May, Tomlinson said.

The program allows tires to be disposed of by county residents with no fee.

Tomlinson noted several locations throughout the county where old tires have been dumped.

"We've got somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 tires we need to get rid of," he said.

More information will be available at a later date.

• Carroll County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Robert Yoder unveiled two videos highlighting the area's industries and the need for a new community college campus during the meeting.

The videos will be used for a Girls' Day Out event in April - which will highlight manufacturing jobs in the community - and during other educational events at the schools.

The videos also will be posted on the Carroll County Community Development Corporation's website, he said.