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Adair County, KY, Fiscal Court meeting April 12, 2005

  • Fairgrounds decision promised by May meeting
  • No action taken on raising mileage reimbursements
  • Mr. Sinclair reports tire roundup a huge success
  • Sheriff Cheatham says delinquent taxes are ready for publication
  • Jailer Wm. "Bug" Knight reports record $7,745.14 in per diem receipts
  • The county will join City of Columbia to hire a communications lawyer
  • Routine matters were routinely approved
  • The contingent liabilities report lists Adair County indebtedness totaling $912,805.86, including interest balance remaining
  • Little League representative scheduled, but did not appear

Magistrates are promising a yes or no answer in the May 2005 meeting of the Adair County Fiscal Court on the Columbia Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) offer to deed the Adair County Fair Grounds to the Ccounty.

That issue, plus a smothered suggestion that the county raise mileage reimbursements, were among the major developments of Tuesday, April 12, 2005 Adair County Fiscal Court meeting, presided over by Magistrate Wid Harris in the absence of Judge Jerry Vaughan, who was in Washington, DC, with the Lake Cumberland Area Development District delegation.

Magistrate Terry Farris (7th District), raised the question of the Fairgrounds transfer in the "other business" segment of the meeting."We need to work with the VFW and give them a definite answer," Mr. Farris said.

L.G. "Peanut" McKinley was present at the meeting representing the VFW. He was asked how negotiations were going and he said there had not been any with the county, "We got a notice, but it was to Lindsey."Several groups are reported to be vying for ownership of the 26 acre Fairgrounds, which was purchased by the VFW in 1946. The VFW, Mr. McKinley said, after the meeting, wants to see that the park is continued with a county fair held each year, with recreation facilities for all the public, regardless of economic status or other considerations, and wants assurance that the land continue to serve as a reminder of the sacrifice veterans have made on behalf of the country.

Mr. McKinley said that one prominent developer had offered the VFW $250,000 for the land. "But we couldn't keep that."

Most prominent among the suitors is Lindsey Wilson College, which now needs more real estate in order to grow by 800-1,000 students. The college, a spokesman said in an earlier interview, wants to build a football stadium there, have grounds for marching band program, build a community-college health center similar to a YMCA, and add additional housing. "We'd name the grounds 'Veterans Park,' " he said, "and we'd maintain the monument or build a bigger one." The spokesman said that the college would then buy 40-50 acres of land out in the county for the Jaycees to use to hold the Adair County Fair and other events the group now offers.

Mr. McKinley said that the VFW is not interested in giving the land to Lindsey, but did say his group might consider selling it to them, but wouldn't name a possible price.

In the meeting, Magistrate Joe Rogers (District 6) asked about whether the county would be bound to continue ownership if it proved a burden. "We don't have a lot of money, as it is," he said.Mr. McKinley said that County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin had added a clause which says the County can give the fairgrounds back to the VFW if it can no longer oversee it.

Mrs. Hutchison-Corbin questioned whether the VFW had had the vote it needed to make a legal contract with the Court. Mr. McKinley assured her that the VFW had conducted all business on the manner according to the Post's bylawas.

Judge Pro Tem Harris said, "Lets get it squared away and vote next meeting." And, though there was no formal vote, several of the magistrates voiced agreement.

The issue of raising mileage reimbursement was raised by the judge pro tem, but died for lack of a motion. "We're paying 28 cents now, I believe," Mr. Harris said, "and the State is paying 36 cents. With the price of gas going up, do we need to look at it"?

Magistrate Roger Stephens (District 1), quickly answered, "Let's leave it where it is," and no action was taken on the matter.

The old tire roundup was a huge success, the court was told by PRIDE representative A.L. Sinclair.

"We had a total of 21,341 old tires collected last week," Mr. Sinclair said. "It was a huge success." The collection included 2,700 truck tires, over 16,000 passenger car tires, 250 or so tractor tires, plus 1,500 tires from a dump at the Sportsman's Lake, he said.

He told the Court that there were two-and-one-half trailer truck loads of old rims.

Mr. Sinclair said that PRIDE founder and Fifth District U.S. Representative Hal Rogers would be pleased. "He likes big numbers," Mr. Sinclair said.

He thanked members of the media, singling out the work of WAIN'S Lisa Fisher for her efforts promoting the drive; and cited the work of the local newspaper, as well. "We had over 500 volunteers call in," he said.

The tires were taken to Marion, KY, to a recycling plant. The recycled product will be used in football field and playground surfaces, he said.

Sheriff Cheatham says delinquent taxes are ready for publication. In the Sheriff's Report, Sheriff Steve Cheatham said that the 2004 tax collection period is over. "We collected $123,758.78 in March," he said, "and now we're ready to turn the list of unpaid taxes over to Jennifer (County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin). " Delinquent tax lists are ready for publication he said.

He reported that the request for a grant for 35% of the cost of new vehicles for the Sheriff's Department has been submitted to Rural Development. It is the first such grant request ever made, he said. "They tell us we have a good chance of getting it."

The Sheriff's Report was unanimously approved by the court.

Jailer Wm. "Bug" Knight reported $7,745.14 in per diem receipts. It was record, he said, in giving the Jailer's Report.

For March 2005, Mr. Knight said the Adair County Regional Jail had a total budget of $69,834.19, less $19,266 cost for county inmates. Booking fees were $2,146.59 for the month, and the per diem collected was $7,745.14.

He said that the Class D Facility architect's report is getting approval in Frankfort, and that will take four-to-six weeks.

The Jailer's "Boarding Bill Summary Report for the Adair County Regional Jail" listed the following inmate categories:
  1. Adair County, 938
  2. Russell County, 854
  3. Cumberland County, 494
  4. Controlled intake, 423
  5. Class D inmates, 343
  6. Class C inmates, 75
  7. Monroe County, 31
  8. Metcalfe County, Taylor County, Pulaski, 1 each
The sewer line to the facility, which will be in the old EMS building off Highway 55 North, Campbellsville Road, is expected to be made ready by the time the Class D Facility is converted, but the opening of the facility may not be dependent on the sewer altogether. A septic tank system is in place. It would require frequent pumping, but may be adequate as a temporary solution.

On a motion by District 1 Magistrate Roger Stephens, and a second by District 6 Magistrate Joe Rogers, the Jailer's report was approved 7-0.

The county will join City of Columbia to hire a communications lawyer to work out an agreement on a Cable Tv Agreement.

"I've talked with Judge Vaughan and he recommends the action, and I recommend it," Judge Pro Tem Wid Harris said.

On a motion by District 4 Magistrate J.M. Shelley, seconded by District 2 Magistrate Tony Loy, the court voted 7-0 for the action.

Routine matters were routinely approved in unanimous votes of 7-0.

These actions include approval of minutes, road work, bills, road co-op, court orders, budget transfers, contingent liabilities report and reading of roads.

The contingent liabilities report lists Adair County indebtedness for the Courthouse Annex, the Jail, voting machines, and for the road paving projects. The total for the four items is $912,805.86, of which $726,042.93 is principal and the balance of $188,762.91 is projected interest.

A handout at the meeting included these details:
  • The Courthouse Annex Project was set up for a payout in 20 years, starting in 1992. The original issue was $650,000. The interest rate is 5.66%. Today, $311,000 in principal is owed; future interest on that amount will total $105,441.67, for a total of $416,441.67.
  • The Jail is on a 27 year schedule. The interest rate is 4.65%. The Jail was built in 1987, at an original issue of $486,577.40. Today, the balance is $183,187.36 plus $46,472.99 interest balance remaing, for a total of $229,660.35.
  • The voting machines bonds were issued in 1997, at an interest rate of 2.13%. The original issue was $60,000. The bonds are to be paid in 10 years. The current balance total is $24,420.00 which includes $20,561.91 principal and $3,848.09 interest balance remaining.
  • The 2001 Road Paving Project for $300,000, was set up on a 10 year payout, at 2.245% interest. The current balance total is $242,283.82, of which $209,293.66 is principal and $32,990.16 is the interest balance remaining.
A scheduled appearance by Little League representive not made. Jimmy Bailey of the Little League was scheduled to make a presentation in Agenda Item 4, but did not appear. Judge Pro Tem Harris said he would likely be at the next meeting.

Adair County Magistrates:
  • District 1: Roger Stephens
  • District 2: Wid Harris
  • District 3: Tony Loy
  • District 4: J.M. Shelley
  • District 5: Billy Dean Coffey
  • District 6: Joe Rogers
  • District 7: Terry Farris

Adair County Judge Jerry Vaughan
  • Adair County Deputy Judge Gail Cowan
  • Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin
    Adair County Coroner Rick Wilson
    Adair County Court Clerk Ann Melton
    Adair County Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy
    Adair County Disaster Coordinator Mary Allender
    Adair County Jailer William "Bug" Knight
    Adair County PVA Wm. Feese, Jr.
    Adair County Sheriff Steve Cheatham
    Adair County Surveyor Mike McKinney
    Adair County Treasurer Larry Dudley

    This story was posted on 2005-04-13 05:58:01
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