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Adair County Fiscal Court, January 14, 2014 report
In the Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Adair Fiscal Court meeting:
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By Ed Waggener
Jim Blair Park and the Columbia/Adair County Senior Citizens Center will be seeing a lot of changes in the coming year, with an already realized grant of $10,000 from the Brushy Fork Institute, Berea, and from hints of big news coming down from Adair County Judge Exective Ann Melton, announced in the Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Adair Fiscal Court meeting.
Thanks, CJE Ann Melton said, to the efforts of Administrative Aid Jerri Nixon, with help from Greg Thomas, Emergency Disaster Coordinator; and 5th District Magistrate Billy Dean Coffey, Jerri Nixon successfully applied for a grant from Brushy Fork for a money for landscaping and beautification. "It was the first grant application she ever wrote," Judge Melton said. "It will mean make a lot of difference in the appearance of the park." She also hinted that she's expecting a big announcement before the next meeting of Adair Fiscal Court from Gov. Steve Beshear on the Senior Citizen's Center.
Court approves 1st reading of ordinance of refinancing for hospital loan
The court unanimously approved a first reading of an ordinance providing for up to $2.5 million in a Kentucky Association of Counties 'pooled bond' issue outlined by KACO's Lonnie Campbell. The ordinance allows KACO to proceed with preparation for issuing the bonds, but is not binding on the county until approved in a second reading and paperwork is completed.
Campbell said that a general obligation bond issue would lock in rates, at 3.98% in a better market than is anticipated as the economy continues to improve..He told the court that a bank or banks could make the loan, but interest rates could be locked in for only 5 years. The bonds, however, could not be paid off for 10 years.
The biggest part of this loan will go to refinance a $1.7 million bank loan the county borrowed to assist the Adair County Hospital District to continue operations at a critical time. The balance, if used, would cover all projects with a proposed Perfection Group energy savings plan.
The bonds would be for a period of 20 years. Judge Melton and Budget Committee members said that payments on the bonds would be made from tight budget, but that other obligations, including the last payment on the jail, would mean much less of a stretch for the general fund to handle.
The vote to approve the 1st reading of the ordinance was unanimous.
Recycling: Operation made first ever profit in 2013
Judge Ann Melton gave the Recycling report in the absence of Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator A.L. Sinclair, who was unable to attend. She reported that in 2013, for the first time ever, the recycling operation turned a small profit, with revenues of $48,900 and expenses just a few hundred dollars below, at $48,100.
The court enters 2014 preparing to take over the transfer station operation. The agreement with the present operators expires at the end of 2014. Judge Melton said that Mr. Sinclair believes a county operation is doable and that it will save money, particularly with increased emphasis on recycling and by taking advantage of equipment and other grants Mr. Sinclair thinks could be obtained.
Judge Melton told the court that Somerset/Pulaski County is now recycling virtually all its solid waste. She floated the idea of visits to those facilities to see if Columbia/Adair County might follow their example.
David Jones re-appointed to CAUD Board
David Jones, who was serving the unexpired term of Rabon Burton on the Columbia/Adair County Utilities (CAUD) board of trustees, was recommended for a full term by CJE Ann Melton. On a motion by Magistrate Sammy Baker (District 3), with a second by Harold Burton (District 1), the recommendation was unanimously approved with Magistrates Daryl Flatt (2), Perry Reeder (4), Billy Dean Coffey (5), Joe Rogers (6), and Billy Rowe (7), joining in affirmation.
Jones' new term will expire in January 2018. Other members are Rudy Higginbotham (August 2014), Tim Baker (March 2016), Robert Flowers, (February 2015), and Barry Stotts (June, 2016).
Court re-appoints Kenneth Blevins as Building Inspector
The court unanimously re-appointed Kenneth Blevins as Building Inspector. The action followed a motion by Daryl Flatt (2), with a second by Sammy Baker (3), and Harold Burton (1), Perry Reeder (4), Billy Dean Coffey (5), Joe Rogers (6), and Billy Rowe (7) joining in affirmation.
CJE informs Court of Neal Gold resignation from board
Judge Melton informed the Court of the resignation of Adair County Hospital Board Trustee Neal Gold, who vacated the post to become CEO/Administrator of Westlake Regional Hospital. She told the court that she wants input from the court, from the hospital board, and from the general public before making a replacement appointment. The other board members are Chairman Craig Pyles, Secretary Richard Grant, Treasurer Bruce White, and member Brad Keltner.
Sheriff Harrison Moss report unanimously approved
Sheriff Harrison Moss reported that tax collections are coming in at about the same rate as in 2012/2013 and gave this activity report for the month of December 2013: Activity Report
Court okays pay raise for Zach Giles
The court okayed a pay raise of $1 per hour for 911 Dispatcher Zach Giles. Giles had not received a standard pay raise given following training requirements because of a quirk during a pay freeze last year. The vote was unanimous and is retroactive to January 1, 2014.
Routine items, including approval of minutes, bills and additional bills, were unanimously approved.
End of Report for January 14, 2014
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Regular monthly Adair County Fiscal Court meetings are held at 7:00pmCT, each second Tuesday, in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The meetings are open to the public.
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