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Daily News for Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Edition

  • Court votes to buy pagers for Knifley Fire Department
  • Three magistrate committee to study road adoption policy
  • County approves Dennis Selby supervised inmate work
  • Gilbert Smith RD closed; speed limit on Ray Williams Rd going to 35 mph
  • Jerry Franklin hired part-time at Adair Recycling Center
  • Judge Melton announces Spring PRIDE cleanup, Tire Amnesty, Free Tipping at Transfer Station

By Ed Waggener

Court votes $3,200 for pagers for Knifley Volunteer Fire Department

Fiscal court voted unanimously to buy eight Motorola pagers for the Knifley Area Volunteer Fire Department (KAVFD) after hearing a presentation from Gayla Baker, treasurer of the KAVFD at last night's Adair County Fiscal Court meeting.

Baker noted that the department serves an area which has poor cell phone service, and that the area the KAVFD serves is one of the most sparsely populated area of the Adair County.

The vote came on a motion by Sixth District Magistrate Joe Rogers, in whose district the Knifley Fire Department is headquartered, and was seconded by Magistrate Danny Goodin (1), whose district is partially served by the KAVFD.

The cost of the pagers will be $3,200.

Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton announced that the county is working to secure a grant for a new roof at the Knifley fire station.

Accompanying Treasurer Baker to the meeting were KAVFD Assistant Chief Brett Farmer, KAVFD Board Vice Chairman Richie Gabehart, and KAVFD member Kim Farmer.

Three magistrates will study road adoption policy

At the urging of First District Magistrate Danny Goodin, a three member committee, composed of Goodin and Magistrates Sammy Baker (3) and Joe Rogers (6) was appointed by CJE Ann Melton to study the County's policy pertaining to accepting new subdivision streets into the county system.

A policy in place for over four years requires that all new subdivisions be blacktopped or have a concrete surface before being adopted as a county road.The policy came about after subdivision developers had constructed poorly surfaced roads, the kind Gov. Chandler used to say "wouldn't hold up a fat man on a bicycle," and then getting them adopted by the county, with county residents having to pay the majority of the cost of the property street construction.

Magistrate Goodin pleaded with the court to help residents who had bought property, thinking that it would be taken into the county system.

The three magistrates are to report back at a later meeting. Sentiment expressed at the meeting was sympathy gor those who were duped by developers, seasoned with memories of occasional rascality and scoundrelism on the part of some unscrupulous promoters, whom they fear, would find loop holes in any revision of a well meaning change in policy.

Still, the situation is not limited to a single district. Most, if not all, have situations similar to ones described by Magistrate Goodin, though possibly not so many or so flagrant ones.

County approves supervised jail inmates for volunteer work

On the recommendation of Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin, the court voted unanimously to authorize community service work by inmates at the Adair County Regional Jail. Under the plan, the inmates will be supervised by Deputy Jailer Dennis Selby, and the jail will be paid $40 for each forty hours an inmate works on such projects.

The payment was a suggestion by District Judge Michael Loy. Mr. Selby volunteered to take on supervision, but had asked that he be given court approval to do so. The supervisory role had previously fallen to a citizen volunteer, but he, Richard Phelps, decided to discontinue his involvement. The work will be on public parks and public buildings in situations which are needed, but are beyond the scope of the regular county, city, and school budget. The unanimous 7-0 vote came on a motion by Joe Rogers (6), seconded by Wid Harris (2).

Gilbert Smith Road closed; speed reduced on Ray Williams RD

Two measures received unanimous approval of Fiscal Court last night, after being presented byAdair County 911 Coordinator Mary Allender. They are:
  • The second reading of an ordinance closing the Gilbert Smith Road off KY 704 in District 3. The action came on a motion by Third District Magistrate Sammy Baker, seconded by Joe Rogers (6). The vote was unanimous.
  • A first reading of an ordinance lowering the speed limit on Ray Williams Road off KY 76 in District 6. The measure came on a motion by Magistrate Joe Rogers (6), seconded by Danny Goodin (1), with a unanimous 7-0 vote.
Jerry Franklin hired at Adair Recycling Center

On the recommendation of Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton, the court voted 7-0 to hire Jerry Franklin as a part-time employee at the Adair Recycling Center. The action was necessitated following the death of Hershey Giles, the center's supervisor at the time, Judge Melton said. Franklin will be paid $8 an hour and, as a part-time employee, will work up to 25 hours per week.

Bill Padgett is the on-site supervisor of the center. A.L. Sinclair is the Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator. The vote came on a motion by Terry Hadley (7), seconded by Billy Dean Coffey (5) .

Judge Melton announces Spring PRIDE clean-up, tire amnesty,

Judge Ann Melton announced, last night three events toward a cleaner county:
  • Free tipping at the Transfer Station, Friday, March 26, 2010, from 7am-3pmCT, and on Saturday, March 27, 2010, from 7am to noon CT.
  • The Annual Adair County PRIDE Spring Cleanup will be on Saturday, April 17, 2010.
  • A Tire Amnesty program on May 6, 7, and 8, 2010 at the Kentucky Highway Department Barn on Service Road, in Columbia, KY. Individuals may discard tires during the amnesty, but tire dealers cannot.
For more information, contact Lisa Lee or A.L. Sinclair, in Judge Ann Melton's office in Suite 1, Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia or call (270) 384-4703.

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

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Gayla Baker has a reason to smile:
Knifley Area VFD gets pagers

2010-03-10 - 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Gayla Baker, treasurer of the Knifley Area Volunteer Fire Department won unanimous, 7-0 approval of her request to the Adair Fiscal Court for funding for eight Motorola pagers for the department. The Knifley area is in an area with poor cell phone service. The court took the action in its regular Tuesday, March 9, 2010 session.
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At Fiscal Court session, March 9, 2010

2010-03-10 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Adair Solid Waste Coordinator A.L. Sinclair left, awaits Adair County Road Superintendent Jobe Darnell's report on the February 2010 winter havoc wreaked on county-maintained roads.
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Fiscal court gets ready for picture

2010-03-10 - Photo by Ed Waggener. Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY
Members of the Adair County Fiscal Court prepared for an official photo of a check presentation last night, after Rob Roberts of Reed Bros. Insurance made a welcome announcement that the KACO (Kentucky Association of Counties) insurance program had issued refunds to participating counties. Holding the check are, from left) Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton, (Roberts), and Magistrate Danny Goodin (1); others are, left side from left, Magistrates Perry Reeder (4), Terry Hadley (7), and Sammy Baker (3); right side, are Magistrates Wid Harris (2), Billy Dean Coffey (5), and Joe Rogers (6).

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Sheriff Ralph Curry with Knifley firemen

2010-03-10 - Photo by Ed Waggener. Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY
Adair County Sheriff Ralph Curry, center, chatted with Richie Gabehart, left Vice Chairman of the Board of the Knifley Area Volunteer Fire Department, and Brett Farmer, right, Assistant Chief of the KAVFD, after last night's Fiscal Court meeting.

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Adair Co. Regional Jail Report, February 2010

2010-03-10 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo from report. Adair County Regional Jailer Wm. "Bug" Knight submitted this report, for February 2010, to the Adair County Magistrates for the March 9, 2010 meeting. The report was presented by Adair County Judge Ann Melton in the absence of jail representatives.
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GRAS report to March 2010 Adair Fiscal Court for February

2010-03-10 - Photo photo of report. Adair Co. Annex basement, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY
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