State officials visited the Carrollton City Council meeting Monday to discuss possible projects for the city.

Lisa Cooper with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District said the organization helps cities and counties with a number of human services - such as "meals on wheels" and other programs that allow senior citizens to remain in their homes - plus area planning and grant writing.

"All those are things that come through our agency," Cooper said. "We have a lot of resources that are available."

The organization works with community members, area chambers of commerce and local councils to find funding for community grants.

"We need to start planning as they become ideas," Cooper said. "There's a lot of funding."

The agency also helps area residents find employment through referrals, contacts and teaching "soft skills," such as dressing properly and proper grammar.

"There's a lot of jobs out there," Cooper said.  "(Companies) are worried they're not going to have the trained workforce to fill those spots."

Mayor Gene McMurry agreed that Carroll County has jobs available, but recruiters are having difficulty finding people to fill the manufacturing positions because of a lack of training or a lack of "soft skills."

"Industry is finding it hard to get young people interested in manufacturing," McMurry said, yet college graduates have issues finding a job in the field they hope to pursue. "People graduating with teaching degrees are working at McDonald's."

Jobs in industry continue to pay well, he said, and jobs are available in the area. In fact, estimates show nearly 225 employees will be retiring within the next three to five years at Dow Corning, McMurry said.

McMurry said the company worries that the skills needed to fill those jobs will not meet the demand as current employees retire.

Also during the meeting, council members passed a resolution showing support of the Kentucky Retirement System's County Employees Retirement System. The system helps fund the retirements of the state's government employees. The city's contributions will take up nearly 19 percent of the annual budget.

The state has not kept up with the contributions over the year, leading to issues with the system. The resolution shows the council's support to have the state return to a financially sound system.

"It has to be taken care of," McMurry said.

In other business:

• State Rep. Rick Rand attended the city council meeting to hear concerns of the area. Rand said the state legislature has made steep cuts to education and to other areas to balance the budget, but he hopes to continue to have conversation with his constituents to understand the best ways to help the area.

"I appreciate the opportunity to be here, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve you," Rand said.

In other business:

• Council members unanimously approved the second reading to amend the city's policies, procedures and the conditions of employment for a city police officer and a communications officer.

• Council members approved an EIP reimbursement to Rita Brown for $9,244.

• Carrollton Fire Chief Greg Beck told city council members that the fire department received a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant for $55,016. The grant will allow the department to upgrade the cascade system with $41,000 of the grant. The other $14,016 will be used for training.

• Boy Scouts from Troop #131 visited during the meeting to lead visitors in attendance during the Pledge of Allegiance. The troop also observed the meeting as part of the Citizenship in Community merit badge. During the meeting, McMurry encouraged the scouts to get involved in local government once they grow up.

"We're trying to make this a community where you're proud enough to live," McMurry said.