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Adair County Fiscal Court regular May 9, 2006 meeting report

More Adair County and Columbia merging underway. Seven emergency response teams propose unified 911 Dispatching, new communications operation with its own board. More roadways get lower speed limits. Adair County roads are clean: Sinclair gets ovation. County employees get a bit more help on medical insurance. OVERHEARD: Cat burglary. And, unrelated: Christian sighting?
By Ed Waggener
In last night's May 9, 2006, Adair County Fiscal Court regular monthly meeting, Spokesmen for seven Adair County emergency response units told Fiscal Court the 911 Communications Center needs to be replaced.

Dispatching for 911 now comes from the Adair County Regional Jail. It is out-of-date, inadequate, antiquated and needs to be replaced with a new facility, EMS Director Terry Akin said.

Akin also said that mapping needs major improvements. "We think their is a need for a full-time mapping person." He cited confusion, at times, over the location of emergency situations.

Akin and Columbia Police Chief Mark D. Harris jointly presented the proposal for a modernized, merged Communications Center.

They were supported by some 30 members from seven Adair County emergency response groups in the packed courtroom.

Both Akin and Harris said dispatching should be a consolidated one within the new Columbia City Police Communications Center projected for completion as early as 2007. The center will be built on a lot adjoining Columbia City Hall. The lot was once occupied by the Bob and Rich Wethington building.

Akin and Harris also proposed the Court and the City of Columbia establish the establish an independent board to oversee the 911 dispatching and Communications Center operations.

Akin said that the jail does the best job it can. "But the jail's own workload has more than doubled in the past 20 years. It was a good idea back then. But the system doesn't work today," Akin said. "They're handling their calls, our calls, and calls from attorneys about inmates," Akin said. "The jail has enough dispatch work itself. They have all they can handle."

Direct NCIC connection would be possible with stand-alone operation

A major concern of the responders, Chief Mark Harris said, is to have National Crime Information Center (NCIC) information readily at hand. "NCIC will only allow records to be kept in a secure building," Chief Harris said. "they won't allow them to be kept in jails.

"Besides," Chief Harris said, "Adair County is one of only two counties in the state which has 911 dispatching from the county jail."

State Police now give Adair County NCIC information support

The emergency responders now depend on Columbia State Police Post 15 for NCIC information. "The State Police do a great job, but there is a delay. The State Police post serves 11 counties," Chief Harris said. "Adair County is growing and needs its own 911 Dispatch and its own NCIC connection. We shouldn't depend on or be a burden on the State Police"

Over 30 emergency personnel, representing Adair County and Colulmbia Fire Departments, Adair County Emergency Medical Service, the Adair County Rescue Squad, Adair County Sheriff's Office, Breeding Voluntary Fire Department, the Columbia Fire Department, the Columbia Police Department, and Knifley (including Pellyton) Fire Department made a impressive show of support for a new, unified 911 Communications Center.

Judge Vaughan gave his support to the concept and said that he has been actively researching models for it. The county is drawing on the experience of several other jurisdictions, including Daviess and Pendleton Counties. Chief Harris said that Mayor Pat Bell is an enthusiastic. "He's on fire for it. He is working with me almost daily on the plans," Chief Harris said.

Rescue Squad gets $2,000 from court to support its programs

The night was a good one for Chief Wendell Taylor and the Adair County Rescue Squad. Not only were they accorded full status with their fellow emergency response teams, but the court also authorized Judge Jerry Vaughan to issue a $2,000 check to the Squad. The money will go to improve access to their new building off North 55 in Columbia, KY. The request for support was made by Citizen Bill Anderson in an earlier meeting.

Danny Foster, Phillip Richard added to jail staff

The Adair County Regional jail will have two new part time deputies. The court approved Jailer Bug Knight's request to employ Danny Foster and Phillip Richard for part-time jail work.

Judge Jerry Vaughan, read the jail report. The recently opened Class D Center added $13,821 in April, part of a total $65,729 jail billings for April 2006.

Sheriff Steve Cheatham set's record

Adair County Sheriff Steve Cheatham, whose reports have sometimes been lengthy, set a record for brevity at the May meeting. "We collected $96,208.42 in April. That's all I have to say," and said no more.

Briefly overheard: A cat burglary, and, unrelated, Christian sighting?

Breaking news: Overheard in the pre-meeting chatter. A audience member said he'd heard that the new Green River Animal Shelter had been broken into. Sheriff Cheatham said the SO investigated and that a cat had been burgled.

Also overheard: An attendee said that there is a story going around that Adair County Regional Jail escapee Christian Wheeler had been sighted at a relative's house in Somerset, that law enforcement had investigated and didn't find anything. So far, from the reports we get, Christian hasn't even sent a postcard.
Clynus McClister Road closed

The court took the final step to closing the Clynus McClister RD, voting 7-0 to approve a second reading of the closure notice. The road is located in Magistrate Tony Loy's district.

A second reading on Private Passage status for Curtis Lane was approved 7-0.

Adair County will add and extension to North Feathersburg Road to county maintenance. Second reading was given to that proposal. And a first reading was given to a proposal to add .4 miles of Craycroft Road to Allen Road.

You'll have to watch speedometers more closely on County Roads

Adair drivers will have pay more attention to speedometers after last night's meeting. Magistrates approved the second and final reading to impose a 30 MPH limit on Slick Rock Road. Also approved were first readings for a 35 MPH speed limit on Gentry Mill Road, and a 25 MPH speed limit for the Conover Lane Subdivision.

County employees will get more help on Medical Insurance

Second District Magistrate Wid Harris won approval for the County to give the 36 employees who take county medical insurance an increase of $25 a month. The increase will go into effect on June 1. The proposal won unanimous support.

Adair County employees received personal budget shock in April when rates went up dramatically. The county contribution for the 36 employees amounted to only $200-260 per employee per month, prior to the $25 increase in county contributions.

Adair County Roadways are clean and Pee Wee gets court meeting ovation

Judge Jerry Vaughan gave a special tribute to Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator A.L. "Pee Wee" Sinclair, who received the prestigious PRIDE Rogers-Bickford Environmental Leadership Award on Monday. "He was successful," Judge Vaughan said. "It was a big deal."

A sustained, spontaneous ovation for Sinclair followed Judge Vaughan's report.

After the meeting, First District Magistrate Roger Stephens commented on Sinclair's work. "He's done an outstanding job. Outstanding." Mr. Stephens noted that the real test has come after the right-of-ways got their first spring cutting.

"Our roadways are clean," Squire Stephens said. J"ust look at the difference here and in other counties around here." And he noted that in the nine years Sinclair has spearhead the cleanup, there are only one or two dump sites to be cleaned up."

Court heartened by news of Mary Allender

Judge Vaughan reported news of Mary Allender, who has been enduring health problems recently. "I know you'll be happy to know Mary returned home today," he said. "She did come home today. We can be thankful for that." Mrs. Allender is the Adair County 911 Coordinator and has been a lifelong contributor to most civic advances in the community for the past some 40 years..

Attendance at meeting is strong

Besides the major contingent of emergency response personnel, the meeting was attended by all seven magistrates, Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin, Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy, Sheriff Steve Cheatham, Deputy Judge Gail Cowan, Judge's Office Secretary Lisa Lee, Treasurer Larry Dudley, Solid Waste Coordinator A.L. Sinclair, candidate for Adair County Judge Joyce Reliford, a few candidates for district offices, and writers forf the two local newspapers; and the writer for ColumbiaMagazine and radio station WHVE and ColumbiaMagazine news pick-up radio staton WAIN.

Town meeting atmosphere

With increased citizen involvement, the court meetings are taking on the feel of New England town meetings. The involvement of so many citizens gave an air of excitement usually reserved for basketball games. Although the meetings follow strict parliamentary procedures including roll call votes, there is very active involvement with the citizen gallery.
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 911 Coordinator Mary Allender
Adair Co. Disaster Management Coordinator Greg Thomas
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

This story was posted on 2006-05-10 07:48:28
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