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Adair Roads Department to get 2 newer dump trucks, chipper, and backhoe

Called meeting spirited, with First District Magistrate Roger Stephens advocating a wait on buying front-end loader, and a unanimous vote only one time in session--to adjourn
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By Ed Waggener
Copyright 2006
In this morning's Emergency Special Called Meeting of the Adair Fiscal Court, a majority of the Magistrates voted to buy two State surplus dump trucks, a chipping machine, and a front-end loader, with a total price tag of $36,000.

The special called meeting started at 8:15 a.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2005, in the Adair County Courthouse Annex basement meeting room.The purchase will be financed out of the general budget for a short time, then may be rolled into a KACO financed package.

The dump trucks will replace two aging ones purchased when Richard Lee Walker was judge. The retired vehicles will be sold as surplus equipment after the newly-acquired vehicles are received.

Front end loader, chipper, both firsts for Department

The front end loader will be the first ever in the County Road Department. The backhoe will cost $14,000. A similar new one would be over $40,000, according to several of the magistrates.

The chipper is also a first ever piece of equipment. It will be used to make mulch of cleared brush. This item represents $3,000 of the package. Magistrate Loy said, "It's in good shape," and noted, "it has a 4-cylinder Ford industrial engine. A new one would cost over $10,000."

The meeting was an emergency meeting, Judge Vaughan explained, because the State would only allow a five-day hold on selected equipment. Lonnie Page, representing the Adair County Road Department, and Third District Magistrate Tony Loy, had selected the equipment in Frankfort.

County will still need trailer to haul backhoe

One item yet to be purchased and which may be part of an overall KACO financed package is a trailer to transport the backhoe. Estimates for a new trailer is $5,000-$10,000. Three used trailers were available as surplus, but Loy recommended against it.

Motion to buy only trucks, chipper, fails 4-3

The vote to buy a package including a backhoe came after an earlier motion by First District Magistrate Roger Stephens, which drew a second from Second District Magistrate Wid Harris, to buy only the two dump trucks the chipper, failed by a 4-3 margin. Only Sixth District Magistrate Joe Rogers voted with Stephens and Harris, while Magistrates Loy, J.M. Shelley (4), Billy Dean Coffey (5), and Terry Farris (7) voted against it.

A motion to buy whole package by Coffey, seconded by Farris, carries 5-2

After the Stephens resolution failed, Mr. Coffey, seconded by Mr. Farris, proposed a resolution to buy the two dump trucks at $9,500 each, the chipper for $3,00, and the front end loader for $14,000. This time, only Harris and Stephens voted no, and Tony Loy, J.M. Shelley, Billy Dean Coffey, Joe Rogers, and Terry Farris, voted for the Coffey resolution, carrying it 5-2.

Vote to authorize check carries 6-0

A third vote was taken to authorize the check, for $36,000. It carried 6-1, with only Magistrate Stephens voting against it. Second District Magistrate Wid Harris, who had voted "No" on the Coffey resolution, voted yes to authorize the check for the package.

For Magistrate Stephens, it was a matter of priorities. He told the court that he thought the county needed a new grader worse than the front end loader was needed.

But Fourth District Magistrate J.M. Shelley said, "We've been spending a lot of money on backhoes, and a lot of times we'll have our workers waiting two hours or more to get one."

Adair County has more roads than most; and fewer men, less equipment

Magistrate Shelley also noted that Adair County has more roads than most, with 600+ miles of county maintained miles, a very small roads crew usually totalling 4-5 men, and is one of the last counties to have a backhoe. "We've been moving what few men we have around too much with just picks and shovels," Mr. Shelley said.

Judge Vaughan noted that the chipper had been a badly needed piece of equipment for a long time, too.

Judge Vaughan said that he expects surplus State graders to be available in April and May.

He also note that the county's new tri-Axle Mack truck should be in within 30 days or so.

One vote unanimous

One vote in the meeting was unanimous. A motion to adjourn passed 7-0.

All seven magistrates and Judge Vaughan, and Deputy Judge Gail Cowan were present, as were County Attorney Jennifer Corbin, County Clerk and Judge Candidate Ann Melton, County Judge Candidates Sammy Taylor and Glenna Cowan, and Candidate for Second District Magistrate Doug Campell, and members of the media.

Information about Your Adair County Fiscal Court
A list of your Adair County officials

Regular monthly Adair County Fiscal Court meetings are held at 7:00 p.m., each second Tuesday. The meetings are open to the public.

County Judge Executive Jerry Vaughan; Office email:

Magistrates on the Adair County Fiscal Court include:
  • District 1: Roger Stephens. 270-384-5404
  • District 2: Wid Harris. 270-384-4443
  • District 3: Tony Loy 270-376-6004
  • District 4: J.M. Shelley 270-384-0324
  • District 5: Billy Dean Coffey 270-384-4201
  • District 6: Joe Rogers 270-384-4831
  • District 7: Terry Farris 270-384-3840

Adair County Judge Jerry Vaughan
421 Public Square, Suite 1, Columbia, KY 42728
Phone 270-384-4703; Fax 270-384-9754

Adair County Deputy Judge Gail Cowan
Adair County Judge's Secretary/Payroll Clerk Lisa Lee
Adair County Disaster Coordinator Mary Allender
Adair County Treasurer Larry Dudley
Adair County Roads Supervisor Jobe Darnell
Adair County Dog Warden Jimmy Harmon
Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator A.L. Sinclair

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 Jailer William "Bug" Knight
Adair County PVA Wm. Feese, Jr.
Adair County Sheriff Steve Cheatham
Adair County Surveyor Mike McKinney

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Before the big equipment session: Adair Fiscal Court

2006-02-28 - Columbia, Adair CO, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. There's one empty chair, at left, for Fifth District Magistrate Billy Dean Coffey, who arrived late but his resolution to buy two dump trucks, a chipper, and a front end loader was the major action at the Tuesday morning Adair County Fiscal Court meeting. Already seated, above, are, from left, Joe Rogers (6), Tony Loy (3), Wid Harris (2), J.M. Shelley (4), Roger Stephens (1) Terry Farris (7), and Deputy Judge Gail Cowan. Judge Jerry Vaughan presided at the meeting.
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