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Adair County Fiscal Court Regular Meeting, Tuesday, June 14, 2006

  • "We are out of water," Adair County Water Superintendent Lenny Stone tells court
  • Dog, kennel license fees set. To go into effect September 1, 2006
  • Adair Regional Jail revenues for May 2006 set new record of $70,289.53
  • Minimum security facility plans get state approval, Jailer Knight announces
  • Not unanimous! Vote on cable agreement with Charter split 6-1
  • Magistrates, upset at sign vandalism, want to offer rewards for catching perpetrators
  • Huntington Way, Burton-Garman Road added to 35 MPH list
  • Judge Vaughan gets authority to send letter endorsing I-66
  • Judge Vaughan, court to send letter to Transportation Department supporting present By-Pass Plan
  • A.L. Sinclair says county will have a great story for London PRIDE meeting
  • Court approves low, albeit only, bids for several county invitations to bid
  • Routine matters handled routinely, unanimously approved with little or no discussion
  • Court gives Secretary Payroll Clerk Lisa Lee authority to sign checks
  • Special called meeting announced for second reading of 2005-2006 budget


"We are out of water," Adair County Water Superintendent Lenny Stone tells court

"We are out of water" Adair County Water District Superintendent Lenny Stone told the Adair Fiscal Court Tuesday night. "The City of Columbia can no longer supply the water we need, and we're buying it from every source we can."

The tight water supply could be exacerbated by a dry summer, Mr. Stone said.The system is now buying water from Campbellsville at a very high price, and that water has odor and taste concerns.Mr. Stone made the dramatic statement in presenting a water district progress report on the new water $13 million treatment facility being built jointly by the Adair County Water District and the Columbia Utilities Commisision. This facility will more than meet the county's needs when online, he said. Mr. Stone noted that the two water boards have good working relations.That facilty is mostly on schedule, Mr. Stone said, despite a recent funding setback. The a $2 million grant from the state was recently turned down, but the venture has been virtually assured of success in the next funding cycle, Mr. Stone said.

"We hope to bid the project this year and get footers on the construction site this year," he said. "My hope is that we'll be supplying all the water we need to Adair County in 2006, plus have plenty of water to sell to other counties." Metcalfe County, he said, will be a major buyer.

Mr. Stone said that the reason for the tight water supply in Adair County is growth. He said that the system isn't stressed to the point that it will be told to stop installing meters, but he expects that could happen.

Mr. Stone showed the court color drawings of the planned facility, and assured the court that it will be secure. "Security will be good. People won't be able to just wander in," he said,

Mr. Stone invited court members and the public to attend ACWD board meetings, which take place at the water district office on Grant Lane at 4:00 p.m., monthly, each second Thursday.

Mr. Stone was introduced to the court by ACWD Director Larry Legg.

Dog, kennel license fees set. To go into effect September 1, 2006

Adair County's Dog license and kennel fees were set by Fiscal Court Tuesday night.

Individual dog licenses will be $10. Kennel licenses, for dog owners with three or more dogs, will be $25.

The sale of the licenses will begin September 1, 2006, it is hoped. Second and third readings of the resolution enacting the licenses will come in the July and August meetings of fiscal court.

The Adair County licenses will be sold at participating veterinary clinics, at the animal shelter, and by the dog warden. Sellers will get a $5.00 administrative fee for either license, which will be well-earned, Judge's Office Secretary Lisa Lee said. "There's an awful lot of paper work involved in the sale. It's a long form," she said.

Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin said that counties were given responsibility for selling dog licenses by the 2006 Kentucky Legislature. Prior to that, it was the province of the Commonwealth.

Adair Regional Jail revenues for May 2006 set new record of $70,289.53

Adair County Jailer William "Bug" Knight reported revenues in the Adair County Regional Jail operations of $70,289.53 for May, 2006. That figure, Mr. Knight said after the meeting, was the highest in the jail's history.

Of that figure, $17,244 was for housing Adair County inmates, leaving a total billing of $53,045.

The $53,045 was augmented by $2,128.93 in booking fees and per diem of $7,048.42, for a total of $62,222.88 to be billed for the month.

The jail report was unanimously approved, 7-0, in a roll call vote.

Minimum security facility plans get state approval, Jailer Knight announces

Mr. Knight told the court that the new minimum security facility plans have been approved by the state with a few changes in the sprinkler system.

He expects the facility to be online sometime around September 2006 or a little later, depending on the CIty of Columbia's performance in getting sewers to the building, the old ambulance building on Campbellsville Road. The court was told by Adair Progress Editor Paul Hayes that it was his understanding that money for the sewer project had been approved by the state, but would not be released until sometime in September.

Judge Vaughan said that the Center on Aging had already been moved to its new Carrie Bolin Drive location.

Judge Vaughn said that much of the renovation on the building will be done by the county's own crews.

Mr. Knight has said that the minimum security facility, plus increased per diem fees starting July 1 for state inmates, should put the Regional Jail in the black. For the current year, he said in a private interview, the jail is now approximately in a $8,000 operating deficit. However, he said, the jail does give employment to 16 full time employees, who make an average of $20,000 per year and get good benefits. That does not include his own salary, he said.

Not unanimous! Vote on cable agreement with Charter split 6-1

Fifth District Magistrate Billy Dean Coffey is not a happy Charter Tv subscriber, and he showed it Tuesday night by casting the only No vote against granting a three-year extension to Charter Cable's franchise.

Judge Jerry Vaughan recommended that the court approve a three year agreement extending the Charter Cable Tv franchise in the county. "I'd rather not do this," he said, "but we asked and asked and no one else seems interested at this time. Right now, they are the only game in town."

With that, on a motion by Magistrate Terry Farris, seconded by Magistrate Joe Rogers, the Court voted 6-1 to grant the extension.

Mr. Coffey, who cast the lone dissenting vote, had complained that he could nothing but snow on Sunday, and he was supported by other NASCAR fans in the Citizens Gallery. Mr. Coffey had suggested a shorter term be granted, but was told by Judge Vaughan that Charter's attorney said that wouldn't be possible.

Magistrates, upset at sign vandalism, want to offer rewards for catching perpetrators

Seventh District Magistrate Terry Farris suggested rewards be given for information leading to the apprehension of those who vandalize signs.

"We're having major problems with roads sign damage," he said, and asked, "Can we offer a reward"?

Second District Magistrate Wid Harris agreed with the idea. "If we get a reward up pretty good, someone will tell."

County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin cautioned that the court couldn't offer the reward. One magistrate asked if it would be legal to shoot the vandals, and the County Attorney told them that wouldn't be permissible, either. But she did tell the magistrates they could offer rewards as individuals.

The Magistrates suggested that other law enforcement officials, county and city officials, judicial officials, and interested individuals and groups might support a fund for the rewards.

The plan was endorsed by PRIDE Regional Director A.L. Sinclair, who said it was a good idea.

Deputy Sheriff Tommy Corbin said that the Sheriff's Department is working on a crime tipster program already, and invited interested persons to pick up flyers which outline ways to tip off law enforcement personnel to suspicious behavior.

Further developments on the proposed Turn in a Vandal program may be announced in the future.

Huntington Way, Burton-Garman Road added to 35 MPH list

Huntington Way in District 6 and Burton-Garmon Road in District 5 are being added to the list of county roads where 35 MPH speed limits are being imposed.

First readings were given to resolutions by Adair County Fiscal Court at the June meeting. Magistrate Joe Rogers (6) requested the limit for Huntington Way and Magistrate Billy Dean Coffey (5) requested the limit for Burton-Garmon Road.

Both resolutions were given 7-0 votes.

In May, first reading for 35 MPH limits on White Oak Church Road and Royal Oaks Road were approved. A second reading for these roads was approved Tuesday night, June 14, 2005, with unanimous votes.

Judge Vaughan gets authority to send letter endorsing I-66

Judge Vaughan requested and received authority to write a letter in support of the I-66 Project. "They are setting up a headquarters at the Rural Development Center to promote completing the I-66 project," he said. The letter will cite the economic, tourism, and transportation benefits which would come from the completion of the transcontinental highway, which, in the Adair area would follow the path of the Louie B. Nunn Parkway. The vote was 7-0 in favor.

A.L. Sinclair says county will have a great story for London PRIDE meeting

PRIDE Regional Director A.L. Sinclair announced in his progress report on the Spring Cleanup that he and his group have reviewed the statistics on the clean-up. "We've got a lot to tell," he said. The telling will be at the June 18, 2006, PRIDE meeting in London, KY. He added, "I want to thank everyone for the efforts and for the difference it's made. We showed real good."

Judge Vaughan, court to send letter to Transportation Department supporting present By-Pass Plan

Judge Vaughan received a 7-0 approval of his request to send a letter to the Transportation Department endorsing the present plan for the Columbia Bypass.

The letter will affirm the one being sent by Columbia Mayor Patrick Bell in response to rumors from undisclosed sources that an individual or group is urging the bypass take an eastern route across Bull Run Road, KY 206 and KY 80 to the Louie B. Nunn. Judge Vaughan said, "I'm 100% for that--in the future. But for now, we need to let the folks in Frankfort we're behind the present route without any changes."

Judge Vaughan said that he had talked to contacts in the Transportation Department. "They say that no one has contacted them about making the changes to change the route.

The motion to approve the letter was made by District 2 Magistrate Wid Harris and seconded by District 3 Magistrate Tony Loy.

Court approves low, albeit only, bids for several county invitations to bid

Judge Jerry Vaughan opened bids for several county purchases and all were approved, with 7-0 roll call votes. In each case, only one company submitted a bid. Contracts were awarded to Gaddie-Shamrock, Marathon-Ashland Petroleum, Shoffner Pest Control, and Columbia Pharmacy.

Routine matters handled routinely, unanimously approved with little or no discussion

Several routine matters were routinely approved in 7-0 roll call votes. These include:
  • The sheriff's 2004 tax settlement
  • The sheriff's budget
  • Budget transfers
  • Approval of bills, with two changes
  • Court orders
  • County financial report
  • Road work
  • The Blue Form, the annual lease approval with the Administrative Office of the Courts, for the lease on the big courthouse courtroom
  • The shortening of East Big Creek School Road to East Big Creek Road, second reading
  • Minutes for May regular and called meetings (individual votes)
Court gives Secretary Payroll Clerk Lisa Lee authority to sign checks

The court gave 7-0 approval for Secretary Payroll Clerk Lisa Lee to sign checks. Judge Vaughan said this would be necessary when both he and County Treasurer Larry Dudley were unavailable. Deputy Judge Gail Cowan is also authorized to sign checks, but she is off work on maternity leave.

Special called meeting announced for second reading of 2005-2006 budget

The second reading of the 2005-2006 budget was postponed because an official in Frankfort, whose signature is required, won't be back in office until next week. Judge Vaughan has called for a quorum of Magistrates to attend a meeting at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, June 23, 2005, in the basement of the Courthouse Annex, to hear and approve the second reading.


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


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