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Adair Co. Fiscal Court Special Called Meeting, August 18, 2005:

  • Fiscal court unanimously approves Mark Hatcher Contructionbid for Green River Animal Shelter
  • County tax rate adoption delayed; special districts rates not allin; split court votes 4-3 for 4% collection increase
  • Total tax collection will increase by only $15,698, Judge Vaughan notes
  • Transfer station agreement approval delayed; land lease contractnot complete

By Ed Waggener
Thanks to one woman's love of a little stray shorthair kitten, agenerous landowner who has asked to remain anonymous, an outstandingGreen River Organization for Animal Welfare (G.R.O.W.L), wonderfulinter-county cooperation, Judge Vaughan and the Adair Fiscal County,the Green River Animal Shelter is now assured of becoming areality.

In a unanimous decision, the Adair County Fiscal Court voted to accept the Mark Hatcher Construction Company bid of $264,000 for the shelter,which will be built near the Adair Juvenile Adjustment Center nearthe South KY 55 overpass at the Louie B. Nunn Parkway in Columbia, KY.

The action took place in a special called meeting which started at8:00 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex, with Judge Vaughan and all seven members of the court present.

By a one-vote majority, the court voted to set the county tax rate to increase the county's overall collection of taxes by 4%, but was unable to act on the transfer station contract. "We stillhave to work out the land lease agreement," Judge Vaughan said,before we can complete the contract with the transfer stationoperators."

G.R.O.W.L. members present

Several members of the G.R.O.W.L. organization were on hand for thehistoric occasion. The included Dr. Shantilla Rexroat and Dr. Shannon Campbell of Adair Animal Clinic; Ellen Zornes, the grant writer for the project; Debbie Nell, and Pam Reed.

Peggy "Meg" Tooley bequeathed $100,000, on behalf of Tootie, in her will to go toward an animal shelter. Tootie was a stray who showed up at the Tooley doorstep on Maple Street and worked her way into Mrs. Tooley's heart. Tootie now has a loving home with Pam Reed of G.R.O.W.L.

Mrs. Tooley was the widow of a beloved Adair County Band Director, Walter Tooley. Judge Vaughan said that, besides the $100,000 bequest for the animal shelter, Mrs. Tooley left her home to the Columbia Christian Church. He said that the church is expecting $89,000 from the sale of the house.

The land for the project was donated by a local philantropist who has requested, thus far, that his name not be publicized in connection with the gift and a grateful G.R.O.W.L. group is complying with those wishes.

Court accepts bid, votes to enter into contract for animal shelter construction

One was to accept the bid of Mark Hatcher Construction. The vote was 7-0.

County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin reminded the court that a a second vote was need to authorize Judge Vaughan to enter into a contract with Mark Hatcher Contruction Company. This vote was also 7-0.

Dr. Rexroat said that the group will need to raise $14,000 to complete the building, but that should not be too difficult. "We already have a list of donors who want to give to the project," she said.

The shelter is already set to accept feral dogs and cats from three counties on the Louie B. Nunn Parkway: Adair, Metcalfe, and Russell Counties.

Judge Vaughan said after the meeting that he expects the paperwork to be complete and the construction to start in September, 2005.Court splits on tax vote

Judge Vaughan told the court that not all the special taxing districts, such as the Adair County Library District, had set rates, and that the county could not set the tax rates at the meeting.

However, he said that Fiscal Court could adopt a tax plan. First District Magistrate Roger Stephens moved the county adopt a Compensating Plan. A compensating planwould mean that the revenues would be virtually the same as last year.

The action received a second by District 7 Magistrate Terry Farris. But on the roll call, only Second District Magistrate Wid Harris joined them. District 3 Magistrate Tony Loy, District 4 Magistrate J.M. Shelley, District 5 Magistrate Billy Dean Coffey, and District 6 Magistrate Joe Rogers, voted no.

Following that vote, Magistrate J.M. Shelley moved a 4% revenue increase; this was seconded by Magistrate Billy Dean Coffey. The vote was 4-3, with Shelley and Coffey again being joined by Loy and Rogers, and the measure carried.

The 4% increase means only that the total amount of increased revenue the county will get from county taxes will be about $15,698, which be be a fairly negligible increase on the average individual bill.

The plan will have to be advertised twice and a public hearing will be held before Fiscal Court can enact new rates.

Transfer station contract delayed

Judge Vaughan said the vote on renewing the contract for the Transfer Station would be delayed. "We still have to complete a lease for the land on which the transfer station is located, and then we'll be able to complete a contract for the court's approval with the operator's fo the transfer station," Judge Vaughan said.

Also present at the meeting were County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin and Adair County Deputy Judge Gail Cowan and media representatives.
Fiscal court meets each 2nd Tuesday of each month

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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A special day for G.R.A.W.L.

2005-09-08 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. A LONG-AWAITED EVENT for G.R.A.W.L., Green River Animal Welfare League, ground was broken today for the new animal shelter in Columbia. On hand were, from left: builders Shawn and Mark Hatcher, Daryl VanArsdale from DogGone Classy, J.C. Lasley who provided the dozing work, Dr. Shantila Rexroat from Adair Animal Hospital, Judge Jerry Vaughan, Dr. Shannon Campbell from Adair Animal Hospital, Mayor Pat Bell, Ellen Zornes, Debbie Ray, Jim Blair who donated the land, Mindy Cook, Tamara Gregory, little Miss Elizabeth Rexroat and Susan Rarey from the Lake Cumberland Animal Welfare League. Down front is the animal representative at the event, "Moe", checking out the territory. The road sign was provided by David Breeding's SignAmerica.Click 'read more' for details.
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