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Adair Co. Fiscal Court, Jan. 12, 2010 meeting report
By Ed Waggener
In last night's Fiscal Court meeting, with all seven magistrates present, the Adair County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to move ahead with Adair County Courthouse Preservation project, authorizing and underwriting an engineering contract with Engineer Greg Eastham to do the preliminary design/restoration work involving the removal of the 1974 additions.
On a motion by Magistrate Danny Goodin (1), seconded by Terry Hadley (7), the court voted to pay the $6,800 cost of the engineering work.
The vote followed presentations by George Kolbenschlag, chair of the Courthouse Renovation Committee, and Ellen Zornes, chair of the Courthouse Preservation Funding Committee, and by Greg Eastham.
Mr. Kolbenschlag said that the old courthouse represents a unique asset. "It's a masterpiece," he said. He reminded the court of the economic growth in old downtowns when renovations such as this one are done. Eastham delivered a scope of services document for the deconstruction and exterior restoration of the wings preliminary to bid awards for the work. The services will include data collection, site plans and details, demolition plans, exterior demolition plans, interior restoration plans, traffic control plan, preparation of public meeting advertising, assistance in asbestos assessment and abatement, geotechnical investigation, preparation of application for encroachment permit and building permit (if needed), landscaping plan, as built plans, environmental related activities, contract administration.
The contract administration work will be in addition to the $6,800, and is estimated to cost $1,000. Eastham will be paid $35 per hour for his work during the deconstruction/renovation project related to the removal of the wings. At this point, the Courthouse Preservation Committee, which has funds totaling $3,000 at this point, will pay costs above the $6,800.
Mr. Kolbenschlag said that he expects fund-raising to rapidly pick up with this show of community support.
The court voted to name A.L. Sinclair as liaison to work with Mr. Eastham on the project.
Court tables assistance to Breeding AFD for rescue equipment
The court voted to table a request from the Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department of assistance to buy approximately $8,0000 of swift water rescue equipment.
BAVFD Chief Terry Harvey told the court that the equipment would be buying $3,500 for a flotational raft and the balance of $8,000 would be for dry suits for swift water rescue operations.
Chief Harvey told the court that a grant would cover half the cost. He asked the court to give the other $4,000.
Brandon Harvey, a member of the BAVFD, gave a narrative on the events surrounding the drowning death of Bill Grover and the rescue of his wife, Jodi Grover, on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.
Had the Green County Swift Water team not arrived when it did, with its flotational raft, Harvey said, Mrs. Grover might not have been saved. Harvey reminded the court that in 1984, the same stream had claimed the lives of two men.
Magistrate Danny Goodin (1) moved that the matter be tabled until a complete inventory of the the equipment received from the Adair County Rescue Squad could be made and needs of all units assessed. His motion was seconded by Magistrate Sammy Baker (3), who said that the was in favor of getting whatever equipment necessary, but wanted time to look at the needs of the Adair County Dive and Rescue Team, the Knifley Area Fire Department, as well as the Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department.
Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department Chaplain Rev. Jesse Hagan accompanied the Harveys to the meeting.
Clerk Sheila Blair present $180,000 check to treasurer
Adair County Court Clerk Sheila Blair had a bigger check to return to the Fiscal Court than she had earlier anticipated. Last night, instead of the projected $158,000, she handed Adair County Treasurer Barry Corbin a check for $180,000. The check was made in even numbers she said, because some money from 2009 is still in the process of being returned. That will be added in a final settlement, she said, following the actual receipt of the money. The court voted unanimously to accept the check.
Clerk's 2010 Budget approved with 2% raise for employees
The court unanimously approved a 1st reading of the Clerk's Budget for 2010. The budget includes a 2% pay increase for the office staff. The vote came on a motion by Sammy Baker (3), seconded by Billy Dean Coffey (5).
Sheriff's report approved
Sheriff Ralph Curry reported tax receipts of $732,025.36 through December 31, 2009. The sheriff said that approximately 86% of 2009 property taxes have now been collected. His report was approved, 7-0, on a motion by Joe Rogers (6), seconded by Danny Goodin (1),
Magistrates approve $14,000 to pay sheriff's January 15 payroll
The magistrates unanimously approved the payment of $14,000 to cover the Sheriffs Department payroll for January 15, 2010. The money will be reimbursed to the general fund after the department receives the state advancement. The action is routinely done at the start of each year.
Annual Order setting maximum amount for deputies and assistants set
The magistrates unanimously approved the Annual Order Setting Masimum Amount for Deputies and Assistants. For 2010, that amount is $306,000.66 for deputies, assistants and other employees. The amount includes all amounts paid from fees for full time salaries and wages, overtime wages, part-time wages, employer match SS/R retirement, expense allowances, and training fringe benefits.
First reading of Sheriff's 2010 budget approved.
The first reading of the Sheriff's 2010 budget, which includes a 2% pay increase for employees in the department. The vote was 7-0 on a motion by Sammy Baker (3), seconded by Billy Dean Coffey (5). Except for the pay raise and the addition of a security officer for the new Adair Judicial Center, the sheriff's budget was unchanged from 2009. While the security officer will increase the overall budget, it is a pass-through for the county, since it will be re-imbursed, in full, by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Treasurer reports $793,022.20 at end of December 2009
County Treasurer Barry Corbin reported that the balance in all county funds at the end of December 2009 was $793,022.40. His report was approved on a motion by Joe Rogers (6) seconded by Wid Harris (2), unanimously, 7-0.
The county treasurer was unanimously given authority to make budget transfers as needed, on a motion by Terry Hadley (7) and Perry Reeder (4).
Court votes 2% employee pay raise
The court voted unanimously to give a 2% pay raise, retroactive to January 1, 2010, to all employees not previously given pay raises. The pay raises affect the Adair County Regional Jail, the Road Department, and the County Judge Executive's office, but does not affect elected officials. The animal shelter employees, already given a heftier raise, were excluded, as were 911 employees, who had received a $1 an hour pay raise in the fall of 2009. The vote was 7-0 on a motion by Joe Rogers (6), seconded by Sammy Baker (3).
County approves financing, leasing agreements on Rescue Squad property
The court approved documents for financing/leasing with the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACO) on the county's newly acquired Adair County Rescue Squad property, purchased for $150,000 late last year.
The court also approved financing of a new Sheriff's Department Cruiser through KACO.
CJE gives Adair Co. Road Department report
CJE Ann Melton gave the report for the road department in the absence of Adair County Road Superintendent Jobe Darnell. Judge told the court that the Adair County Road Department had done a great job in spreading salt and removing snow during the January snow storm. "I got a lot of compliments on their work," she said, and to the magistrates, I hope you did too.
She also reported a "first" for the road crew: The repair of the guard rails on the Sulphur Creek Bridge on Taylor Ford Road following an auto accident.
Adair County Regional Jailer report approved
Adair County Regional Jailer William "Bug" Knight reported total billings for December 2009 of $100,356.14 and net billings, after Adair County inmates was deducted and medical, other income, per diem, and medical fees for Cumberland and Russell Counties were added in of $87,778.76.
The report showed 660 Russell County prisoner days for the month of December, with a charge to Russell County of $16,792.00 for the days and $316.24 in Russell County medical payments. Russell County Fiscal Court has voted to build it's on detention center, meaning that, in the future, the mix of prisoners at the Adair County Regional Jail will not include those inmates.
Two part-time deputy jailers hired
In separate actions, the court approved Jailer Knight's recommendation to hire two part-time Deputy Jailers, at the pay scale for part-time deputies, (either $8 or $8.50).
The new deputies hired are Larry Miller and Stanley Sallee.
Sign vandalism may bring court action
Judge Melton told the court that there has been a wave of road sign vandalism. Forty-four signs had to be replaced , costing $3,212. She asked the magistrates to put the word out that the county will be taking perpetrators to court. "We've got a lead," she said. She said that the danger is that emergency vehicles won't be able to find addresses. "It could be your mother or grandmother they are trying to reach," she said.
In two separate actions, the court unanimously approved minutes of the December 9, 2009 regular meeting, and of the December 28, 2009 special meeting.
On a motion by Magistrate Danny Goodin (1), seconded by Joe Rogers (2), the court approved the payment of bills.
Animal Shelter employees given 6.89% (50 cents/hour) pay raise
The workers at the Green River Animal Shelters, all of whom were earning $7.25 per hour, were given 50 cent an hour pay raises, amounting to 6.89%. The pay raise did not include the Director, who was included in a 2% county employee raise for workers who had not otherwise been given pay raises during the year.
The magistrates, in three separate actions, voted to employ three part-time workers at the animal shelter, each at the $7.75 hour rate. They are Randy Richards, Tyler Cox, and Wilma L. Mullins.
125 Euthanasias for month of December at animal shelter
The magistrates also received a report of the shelter's December 2009 statistics which showed intake of 212 animals in December and 125 euthanasias.
The shelter showed a loss for December of $131.60, a figure which does not include utilities, salaries, and vehicle.
Two Adair County Public Library Board members re-appointed
On the recommendation of CJE Ann Melton, the magistrates, in separate action, voted 7-0 to re-appoint Nicole Turner and Beth Grant to new four-year terms on the Adair County Library Board. The county judge executive makes the appointment from a list recommended by the library board itself. The board also includes Chairman J.D. Zornes and members Mary Knight, Bonnie Rodgers, and Nancy Ballou.
Alan Reed on Search and Rescue Board
The court voted unanimously to appoint Alan Reed to a two year term on the Adair County Search and Rescue Board. Reed will take the place of Bill Parson, who asked not to be re-appointed, Adair County Emergency Management Director Greg Thomas said.
Reading of Roads
Adair County 911 Coordinator Mary Allender led the reading of the roads segment of the meeting. Two changes were approved, both unanimously.
The meeting was well attended, with CJE Ann Melton and all magistrates, Danny Goodin (1), Wid Harris (2), Sammy Baker (3), Perry Reeder (4), Billy Dean Coffey (5), Joe Rogers (6, and Terry Hadley (7) present. Also present were elected officials Sheriff Ralph Curry, County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin, County Court Clerk Sheila Blair, Regional Jailer William "Bug" Knight, as well as appointed officials County Treasurer Barry Corbin, County 911 Coordinator Mary Allender, County Emergency Management Director Greg Thomas, and GRAS manager Jeff Thomas. Also present were members of the media, and several interested citizens and candidates.
About the Adair Co. Fiscal Court
Adair County Fiscal Court meets each 2nd Tuesday.
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7:00pmCT, Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Adair County Annex Basement, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY
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