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Adair Fiscal Court meeting report for June 10, 2014
In last night's Tuesday, June 10, 2014 regular meeing of Fiscal Court:
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By Ed Waggener
Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton announced that approximately 800 s.f. of the Historic Adair County Courthouse has been leased for at least one year to Adair Countian Matt Baker's Columbia Control Systems, already considered a leader in its field in Kentucky in security systems for residential, prison, jails, and commercial facilities.
Melton recommended and received approval of the rental, with Fiscal Court approval, also, for the county to pay utility bills for Columbia Control Systems for one year. As well, the measure also approved as an incentive to other tenants, that the rate be applied to other offices in the courthouse and that, as an incentive, other new occupants of the building get utilities included in the basic $8/s.f. rental rate. The court, with all members present, Harold Burton (1), Daryl Flatt (2), Sammy Baker (3), Perry Reeder (4), Billy Dean Coffey (5), Joe Rogers (6), and Billy Rowe (7) approved the rental arrangement and gave approval to Judge Melton to sign lease papers.
Other prospective renters have shown interest. The rental has raised morale in Downtown even before it was officially announced. Dan Antle, Chairman of the Columbia/Adair Economic Development Authority and a leading advocate of the preservation of the Historic Courthouse, said recently, "This time we're going to make it. This time we're over the hump." Volunteers with Adair Heritage Association, the overseers of the Historic Adair County Courthouse, tend to agree.
Court approves exoneration of tax bills on property
The court approved the exoneration of old tax bills against a piece of property needed for the Town Creek straightening project, which left only $400 to gain clear title of the land by the City of Columbia. The property is owned by Norman Seaborne. A balance of approximately $400 in taxes owed special taxing districts will be paid by a benefactor. The land was the only thing preventing the start of the project, which will prevent flooding on the roadway, cover a dangerous open ditch, and enhance the beauty of the intersection of Campbellsville Street and Fairground Street.
Tom Brock gives road report
Tom Brock gave the road report in the absence of Road Supervisor Jobe Darnell, who was out because of a death in the family. The report was unanimously approved.
In a related matter, the court voted to advertise for bids for a replacement boom mower.
Court moves ahead with C/AC Human Rights Commission
Bobby Bowe, who presented the recommendation of the joint city-county Human Rights P planning committee to Adair Fiscal Court at its Tuesday, June 10, 2014 session made brief remarks on the HRC, saying that a Columbia/Adair County Human Rights commission will help provide a level playing field for all citizens.
Bowe told the Court that it is hoped that the Human Rights Commission will be in operation by no later than October 31, 2014.
\ With floor leadership by Magistrate Sammy Baker (3), the recommendation was accepted 7-0, with Mr. Baker being joined in affirmation by Magistrates Harold Burton (1), Daryl Flatt (2), Perry Reeder (4), Billy Dean Coffey (5), Joe Rogers (6) and Billy Rowe (7). City Attorney Marshall Loy will work with the County Attorney to adopt a final draft.
The HRC planning committee included Columbia City Councillors Linda Waggener and Charles Grimsley, and Magistrate Sammy Baker, with Bobby Bowe taking a lead position and making it all come together. Magistrate Billy Rowe had been a member, but resigned after the the May 2014 primary election. Magistrate Billy Dean Coffey (5), was appointed to take his place.
The establishment of the Columbia/Adair County HRC is seen not only as a tool to establish a level playing field in employment and housing for all citizens, but also a economic development move, putting polish on Columbia/Adair County's progress image.
When established, the HRC will join some 16 existing human rights commissions and will be the only such human rights commission in the seven-county area including Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell and Taylor Counties
The County also voted to have an 11 member panel, with five members appointed by the City, five from the County, and one at large who will be approved by both bodies.
Court authorizes CJE to sign County Road Cooperative Agreement
The court unanimously and without discussion adopted the "County Road Aid Cooperative Program Agreement, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Rural and Municipal Aid, agreement which provides $1,545,720.19 from the Transportation Cabinet for the County Road Fund for Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2014.
Columbia Security Systems approval for surveillance cameras
The Court unanimously approved new security cameras to be installed by Columbia Security Systems, a local firm owned by Matt Baker. The award did not have to be bid because the amount was under $20,000.
Under the agreement, Columbia Security will install a total of 18 surveillance cameras for the Road Department, the Road Department Tool Shed and at the Green River Animal Shelter. There will be a total of 18 cameras. Cameras for the Animal Shelter have been donated by Columbia Security Systems.
Cameras will cover the county's gas supply station by the animal shelter. Baker called the system "Your silent witness which never lies."
The two estimates were:
Columbia Security Systems has been working with the Adair County Jail for some time. Jailer Rick Wilson vouched for him, saying, "Matt does excellent work."
New board members approved for EDA
The court unanimously approved three new members of the Columbia/Adair Economic Development Board. The members are jointly approved by the City and County and had been unanimously approved by Columbia City Council at its June 2, 2014 meeting.
The new members are Ann Martin, CEO of the First & Farmers National Bank, to a 4-year term expiring May 2018; Mark Dykes, a Vice President at Bank of Columbia, to finish the term of Jim Hadley, who resigned - that term expires May 2015; and Mike Curry, Vice President of United Citizens Bank, to a four year term expiring May 2018. Martin's seat was formerly held by Kay Bowman, Curry's by Doug McCammish.
Judge Melton noted that the three represent three of the four banks in town and expressed excitement about the leadership they can provide.
Court approves resolution supporting Trail Town Project
The court enthusiastically and unanimously passed a resolution supporting the local Trail Towns initiative. Ellen Zornes told the court that the application is ready. One of the requirements is that at least four trails be established. Justin Bailey, 911 Mapping & Addressing Coordinator, said that there are three bike trails for the initial application and that a paddle trail for canoeing, kayaking, and othe boating activity is ready.
The latter extends from the bridge on Russell Road/KY 80 to Slick Rock Road off KY 61 at Milltown to a point on Russell Creek there. In addition to these trails needed for the initial application, Adair County will have a leg of the Central Heartland Bike Trail, Bailey said.
The Trail Towns group will hold an informational meeting for Columbia/Adair County merchants as part of the local Trail Town initiative at 5:30pmCT, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 2014, at the Historic Courthouse, 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY, Bailey said.
The vote passing the resolution was 7-0.
Reading of Roads
The reading of the roads was conducted by Justin Bailey, Adair 911 Mapping and Addressing Coordinator, A second reading was given for the removal of Honey House Lane in Harold Burton's District 1 from County Maintenance. A hearing was held, Bailey said, and no one showed up. The reading was approved.
A first reading was approved to add Rex Road in District 1 to County Maintenance. The road is .2 mile off Free Union Road.
A first reading was approved adding .571 miles of Anderson Road off Breeding Road in District 4
A first reading was approved to add an as yet unnamed road to County Maintenance. The road is .306 mille and is off Harrods Fork Circle in Perry Reeder's District 4.
A first reading was approved for a 20 mph speed limit on G.W. Keltner Road in Billy Dean Coffey's District 5.
A first reading was approved for 30 mph speed limit on Chestnut Flat Road in Perry Reeder's District 3.
A first reading was approved for adding Bunnell Road. .2 miles, in Joe Rogers' District 6, to county maintenance.
A first reading was approved for adding Hyatt Heights of Cane Valley Road, 2.2 miles in District 6. Court approves online bid conducted by KACo for salt
The court unanimously approved the price bid in a KACo (Kentucky Association of Counties) bid by Central Salt, LLC for $99/ton for the 2014-2015 winter season. The price is up $15 ton following last winters heavy salt use. Central Salt has held the contract before, Judge Melton said, and they furnished a good quality product.
New new part-time dispatchers for 911 hired
Adair County 911 Director Greg Thomas recommended two new part-time dispatchers, both of whom were hired at $8/hour. They are Billy Bunch, a military veteran and Tiffany Smith-Keith. The new hires will help reduce the amount of overtime at 911, Thomas said.
Sheriff's report approved
Sheriff Harrison Moss gave the following report of activities by his department for May 2014:
Court approves Kentucky Homeland Security grant applications
The Court unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Judge Melton to make application for and sign necessary papers necessary for a project grant from Kentucky Homeland Security. The vote was unanimous. Homeland Security Grant applications come from several departments in the county, Adair 911 Director Greg Thomas, and the resolution covers all applications.
Thomas said that the 911 is applying for two more storm warning sirens, one for Sparksville and another for the Breeding area, to add to the eight already in place. Other grant applications include one for Adair Search & Rescue for equipment, for the Adair Dive team for gear, and both the Knifley and Breeding volunteer fire departments will be seeking grants, he said.
Treasurer reports reconciled balance of $1,288,914.84 in all funds
Adair County Treasurer Barry Corbin reported a reconciled balance in all funds on May 31, 2014, of $1,218,814.84 in all funds. His report was unanimously accepted.
Court approves Blue Form agreement with Aministrative Office of the Courts
The Court approved the 'blue form' agreement with the Administrative Office of the Courts covering Fiscal Year July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015. The agreement covers operating cost of the Adair Judicial Center. The estimated reimbursement is $208,700.
Jailer Rick Wilson gives jail report
The court unanimously approved the report of Adair County Jailer Rick Wilson. Wilson reported gross charges for May of $90,84.00. That, minus Adair County inmates and additions for booking, medical, per diem, home incarceration, and Cumberland County prisoners medical fees left a net to collect of $61,466.
The magistrates approved an indigent home incarceration charge which, Wilson said, will alleviate overcrowding by Adair County inmates and will give additional beds for state inmates, a move which will improve the bottom line of the operation.
Wilson reported a catch up on the Perfection Group's upgrade of the jails antiquated air conditioning system, and told the court he expected air conditioning to come on today, June 11, 2014.
Mr. Wilson said in a report given to the court and the media that inmates from the Adair County Restricted Custody Facility Center provided 3,016 hours of community service, which, he said, equalled $24,128 in labor.
Routine matters approved
Routine matters, including approval of minutes, payment of bills and additional bills, and approval of contingency fund transfers were all unanimously approved.
End of Report for June 10, 2014 meeting
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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