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Adair CO Fiscal Court regular meeting report: March 14, 2006


In answer to question from Magistrate Terry Farris, Adair County Court learns what happened to the $86,000 Industrial Authority Spec Building.
$828,000 in blacktopping approved. Old English spelling mandated for Sandy Fourk Road. Rogers dissents on resolution supporting Somerset bio and ag lab. Debra Shaw is hired as director of animal shelter. Judge Pro Tem Harris presides.
By Ed Waggener
ed@columbiamagazine.com
In last night's Adair County Fiscal Court meeting, the court was told what happened to the $86,000 spec building which the court had approved for the Green River Commerce Park.

"We got about 1/3 of a building," Martin Jones, the recruiting consultant for Columbia-Adair County Industrial Authority, said.

Jones gave the answer in response to a question about the spec building from Seventh District Magistrate Terry Farris, who is unopposed for the Democratic nomination for county judge. Only $10,00 was paid to the seller, he said, and an effort has been made to recover that through legal action, but the seller could not be located. Mr. Jones said that the seller was somewhere off in the south working in the disaster.

On the positive side, Mr. Jones said that a new website, www.thinkcolumbiakentucky.com is now available for prospects to view and that a new brochure is almost ready.

Jones did say that while the Authority is not in a position to build a real building, a "virtual building," with site prepared and the building pad in place, is being considered.

Jones said that he plans a trip in May to the Cleveland and Chicago areas to contact consultants who are seeking sites such as those available in Columbia.

Jones also answers question from Judge candidate Reliford

In his presentation, Jones had said that recruiting retail and other restaurant businesses were really not within the scope of the Industrial Authority.

He said that when such requests are received relating to those businesses, they are passed on to real estate agents.

In the "Other Business' segment at the end of the session, Joyce Reliford, candidate for the Republican nomination for Adair County Judge, asked if service industries and restaurants that contacted him and he had referred to the local real estate agents were in turn given over to the County Judge-Executive and the Mayor so they could contact them if they wanted to do so.

Mr. Jones said that it would be no problem for this to be done.Jones, a Bowling Green, KY, resident, works part-time, 2 days a week, for the local economic development group. He receives a salary of $36,000 per year.

Judge Pro Tem Wid Harris presides

Judge Pro Tem Wid Harris, who is the Magistrate for District 2, presided in Judge Jerry Vaughan's absence. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday night, March 14, 2006, in the Adair County Courthouse Annex. The judge was in Washington, DC.

It was a big night for Adair County Roads

It was a big night for Adair County Roads. The court endorsed a proposed Rural Secondary Roads programs which will spend $828,000 in the coming fiscal year on improvements to several Adair County Roads. Roads to be blacktopped include all or stretches of the Mt. Carmel Road, Tutt Street, Caldwell Ridge Road, Independence Road, Casey Creek Road, KY 1702, and Sano Road.

The report was given by Gorman Shelley of the Rural Secondary Roads, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

More County Roads added to lower speed limit list

The court is again expanding the list of county roads with low speed limits. First readings were given to a 35 MPH limit on Creek Bend Road south of Columbia and a 25 MPH limit on Flat Woods Road in Portland.

Readings given for inclusion of roads for county maintenance

In other roads related business, the court gave second readings to adding .2 mile of the Ed Rooks Road to Ellis Road, and Sandy Fourk Road to county maintenance.

The reading specified the spelling of Fork as "F-o-u-r-k," in the Old English manner, at the direction of Judge Jerry Vaughan. Judge Vaughan was in Washington, DC on county business.

A first reading was given to adding Combest Road to county maintenance.

Appleby Drive will be Jim Blair Road

The court approved the a road name change. "Appleby Drive" will be known as "Jim Blair Drive." Jim Blair Drive is the access to road to the Adair Youth Development Center and the new Green River Animal Shelter, and runs in a generally westward direction behind the Columbia Church of the Nazarene.

Billy Rogers and Clynus McClister Roads to be discontinued

The court gave a first reading for the discontinuance of Billy Rodgers Road in the Portland Community. Two viewers, Paul Price and Junior Brown, were named and a hearing was set for 9:00 a.m. March 30, 2006 in the basement of the Adair County Courthouse annex.

A first reading was also given to the discontinuance of the Clynus McClister Road in southern Adair County.

Magistrate Rogers votes no on Somerset project resolution

The court split 6-1 on the resolution to endorse Rep. Hal Rogers efforts to bring the National Biological and Agricultural Defense Center to Somerset. Sixt District Magistrate Joe Rogers voted no on the matter.

"I'm for jobs," Magistrate Joe Rogers said in explaining his no vote, "but I think we ought to have spent more time discussing it." Pulaski Judge Brashear said in a letter that the center would employ 600 highly paid people and that it would generate another 3-5,000 jobs in the area.

The project has been the subject of environmental concerns.

The 6-1 vote was the only one not receiving a unanimous 7-0 vote during the session. Voting for the Somerset project were Magistrates Roger Stephens (1), Wid Harris (2), Tony Loy (3), J.M. Shelley (4), Billy Dean Coffey (5), and Terry Farris (7).

Sheriff says second notices improving March tax collections

Sheriff Steve Cheatham told the court that $108,369.80 in taxes was collected in February. Second notices sent to late payers has increased the payments thus far in March, Sheriff Cheatham said.

Judge Pro Tem Wid Harris presents jail report; Marshall Harris hired

Judge Pro-Tem Wid Harris presented the jail report, which showed total billings of $61,798 for February. The court approved the temporary full time employment of Marshall Bunch, a former jail employee in Russell County, to work at the Adair County Regional Jail.

Court approves Ann Melton's request on voting machines, work training pay

The court approved Adair County Court Clerk Ann Melton's request to put 2 machines in each of six new precincts and to pay $15 each to election workers for attending one of two 2-hour training classes required by the state. The sessions will be held at 4 and 6 p.m. on March 24, 2006, in the Adair County Courthouse Annex.

Debra Shaw will be director of Green River Animal Shelter.

Debra Shaw was approved to be the director of the Green River Area Animal Shelter. Her salary was set at $10 per hour.

Bill Corbin of ACRS invites court to tape showing

William Earl "Bill" Corbin urged members of the court to attend a 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2006, screening of a tape which explains the plight Rescue Squads in Kentucky. "It's pretty frightening," Mr. Corbin said, referring to the financial problems and the exhausting training requirements mandated by government units on Rescue Squad members. "Nobody gets paid," he noted. The problems have resulted in a statewide reduction of Rescue Squads from approximately 120 to about 80 today.

Routine matters routinely approved

The court routinely approved payment of bills, road work, the financial report, the second reading of the budget amendment, budget transfers, a resolution required for funding the Adair County Law Library through a small fee, and the truck financing arrangement previously discussed.

Meeting was well attended

The meeting was well attended, with four of the five candidates for Adair County Judge Executive in attendance. Besides current officials Ann Melton and Terry Farris, Joyce Reliford and Glenna Cowan were present. Reporters both Columbia newspapers and Columbia radio stations WHVE and WAIN, and for columbiamagazine.com were present. Several magistrate candidates were also in attendance.

All seven magistrates were present, as were Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison, Adair County Sheriff Steve Cheatham, Adair County Court Clerk Ann Melton, Deputy Judge Gail Cowan, Judge's office secretary Lisa Lee, Adair County Treasurer Larry Dudley, Adair County Roads Supervisor Jobe Darnell and Lonnie Page of the department; and Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator A.L. Sinclair.
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: acjudge1@alltel.net

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
email: acjudge1@alltell.com

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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