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Fiscal Court takes up safety, community spirit matters

The Court meeting in brief. Complete story later

By Ed Waggener

In last night's fiscal court meeting, matters related to public safety and community effort were in the forefront.

Judge Ann Melton called on every Adair Countian to vote for the Adair County High School Baseball Boosters effort to win a Frosted Flakes contest to secure a grant to improve the high school's baseball field.

"It only takes a few seconds a day to do vote," she said, "I vote for the Adair County field every day. The site (Frosted is in my favorites list, she said."

Her office is making a coordinated effort to help the Boosters win the contest, she said.

Anyone can vote for the Adair County High School field one time each day. Voters for the Adair County High School Field can cast a vote on the internet one time per day. Voters who support the Adair County effort can do so by regardless of their location. It can be done from anywhere in the world.

Judge Melton has made improvements for children and for seniors the major thrust of her administration.

Fire Departments need help

Judge Melton also said there is a pressing need to help the county's fire departments at this time. "We don't want any of them to have to close," she said. "the community fire departments at Knifley and Breeding are going through stressful times," she said, "and I'm urging everyone in those districts to pay their fire dues now."

Fire dues are also voluntarily paid in the rural area served by the Adair County Fire Department.

State law allows counties to enact ordinances to collect fire dues through tax bills, but that would entail extraordinary difficulties for the County's PVA office, which would have a whole new district mapping problem to contend with.

But better mapping may be on its way

Adair County Assistant 911 Coordinator Justin Bailey asked for, and received, approval to proceed with a grant application which would allow provide for the purchase of a new vehicle with state of the art mapping tools for the 911 Center. The the 911 department would receive $60,000 under the grant. The court voted unanimously to approve.

Need for Address Markers at every location gets new attention

IT'S A MOVEMENT.Thanks to Seventh District Magistrate Terry Hadley the urgent need to erect put up Address Markers at every location in the county was stressed. Hadley said that the signs were essential not only for public safety, but for service people, especially utility workers, who need to find residences. Hadley said that he, himself, had purchased an Address Marker this week.

Judge Melton told the court that her office is working to get the signs on all county property. "We need to set an example," she said. Judge Melton said that she is trying to come up with a design which downtown business owners might find attractive for their buildings.

Sheriff Ralph Curry said that he had purchased a sign for his own home just this week and would be putting it up soon.

County 911 Coordinator Mary Allender said that a major effort should be made to get the markers up at churches and schools around the county, and encouraged pastors and church secretaries to call her office if they needed to know exact numbers for their church. "Insurance companies are going to require the markers be put up at churches soon," she said, "so why not get it done before they mandate it."

There was a discussion about requiring the signs under a county ordinance, but only a suggestion was made at this meeting.


Information about Your Adair County Fiscal Court

Regular monthly Adair County Fiscal Court meetings are held at7:00pmCT., each second Tuesday. The meetings are open to thepublic.

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

  • Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin (2000)
  • Adair County Coroner Rick Wilson
  • Adair County Court Clerk Sheila Blair (2006)
  • Adair County Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy
  • Adair County Jailer William "Bug" Knight
  • Adair County PVA Wm. Feese, Jr.
  • Adair County Sheriff Ralph Curry
  • Adair County Surveyor Mike McKinney

  • County Judge Executive Ann Melton (2007) is a voting member ofFiscal Court and may vote on all proposals before the court; Office:Adair Courthouse Annex
Magistrates on the Adair County Fiscal Court:
  • District 1: Danny Goodin (2007)
  • District 2: Wid Harris (1982) (270) 384-4443
  • District 3: Sammy Baker (2007)
  • District 4: Perry Reeder (2007)
  • District 5: Billy Dean Coffey (Feb. 2005) (270) 384-4201
  • District 6: Joe Rogers (1990)
  • District 7: Terry Hadley (2007)
Adair County Constables
  • District 1: Harold Burton
  • District 2: Al Schubert
  • District 3: Robert R. Loy
  • District 4: Ed Wigal
  • District 5: Tim Bottoms
  • District 6: Jason T. Rector
  • District 7: Joe Collins, Jr.

  • Adair County Finance Officer, Fiscal Court Clerk Gale Cowan
  • Adair County Judge Administrative Assistant Lisa Lee
  • Adair County 911 Coordinator Mary Allender
  • Adair Co. Disaster Management Coordinator Greg Thomas
  • Adair County Treasurer Barry Corbin
  • Adair County Roads Supervisor Jobe Darnell
  • Adair County Dog Warden Jimmy Harmon
  • Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator A.L. Sinclair
  • Adair County Chief Dispatcher Lee Ann Roy

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