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Adair County Fiscal Court Report 10 Feb 2015
In last night's Adair Fiscal Court meeting, Tue 10 Feb 2015 :
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By Ed Waggener
If Adair County Veteran Chester Whittingham's dream comes true, a multi county Veterans Administration Clinic will become a reality in Adair County. Whittingham was the first speaker in the citizens comments segment at the outset of the the February regular session of the Adair Fiscal Court. Adair County Judge Mike Stephens introduced, recalling that he was the originator of the idea to name the Columbia Western Bypass in honor of Adair County Veterans.
Mr. Whittingham told the court that veterans now have to go to Somerset, a minimum of one hour round trip, "Unless," he said, the appointment is around lunch hour, when it can take up to one half longer because of lunch time traffic there."
He said that trips to Louisville and Lexington require over 2 hours round trip.
The clinic Mr. Whittingham envisions would serve 1400 Adair County veterans, a number totalling over 10,000 veterans, when Adair veterans are joined by those in Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell and Taylor Counties plus Clinton.
County votes to lease/buy new dump trucks for the County Road Department
Fiscal Court voted to continue the County Road Department Dump Truck rotation program, voting to purchase two $135,927 trucks for the coming year. A representative of Worldwide Equipment told the court that because of the improving economy and a shortage of available trucks, Adair County could possible see a profit on trucks being turned in for auction this year. Scott Pecor, who explained the program for the court, said that Adair County was getting a Mack truck for less than $6 a day, far less than a $30 a day rental on a small compact car.
Judge Stephens said that his math was a little different. "Each truck cost us $10,000 last year. That works out to about $30 a day," he said, "Adding that it is still a good deal for the county. World Wide will deliver the new 2016 Trucks before the 2015 trucks are taken to auction. The magistrates were told that the county is guaranteed 85% of its investment. The court authorized Judge Stephens to sign all purchase and financing arrangements, which may be completely handled by KACO, the Kentucky Association of Counties.
Court approves declaration of surplus property
The Adair County Fiscal Court approved Judge Stephens' request to declare the following items surplus property:
County Treasurer reports reconciled balances, all county funds, of $873,785,97
County Treasurer Barry Corbin reported a reconciled balance, all county funds, of $873,785,97 as of January 31, 2015. Mr Corbin received authorization for fund transfers as needed for the February, 2015.
County Road Foreman Terry Corbin's Road Report
The Court Unanimously approved the report of Terry Corbin, Adair County Road Department.
Fee office officials come bearing excess fees checks
Former Adair County Court Clerk Joyce Rodgers presented the court with a check for $128,435.54, representing approximately 90% in excess fees for a period representing approximately the last 10 months of 2014. Rodgers said that a final check will be issued after the final audit for her term. $15,000 is held pending the audit.
Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss presented a check for $32,115.58 in excess fees for the year 2014.
Mike Newton named to Columbia/Adair County Utility District
Mike Newton was unanimously approved to replace Robert Flowers on the Columbia/Adair Utility District. Newton is Plant Operations Manager for Lindsey Wilson College, which is also the utilities' largest consumer. The board now includes David Jones, Tim Baker, Barry Stotts, and Larry Russell Bryant. Newton's Term is for four years.
Green River Animal Shelter gets new director
Thanking Sandy Ford, who recently resigned for her leadership at Green River Animal Shelter (GRAS), Judge Stephens recommended Kim Sallee of Knifley, KY as director of the facility. Sallee will be paid $10 per hour in the full time position. Sallee has experience working at the Barren County Animal Shelter, Glasgow, KY, which is considered one of the top shelters in Kentucky. Local animal rights groups often mention it and the Lexington Humane Society's facillty as two of the best in Kentucky. Judge Stephens told the court that physical improvements are coming to the shelter, including a new floor project.
Regional Jailer Joey White gives Jail Report
Adair County Regional Jailer Joey White reported Total Billings of $83,318.20 for the month ending January 31, 2015. After deducting for Adair County inmates, $24,476.54, and adding booking fees, medical charges, other income, per diem income, home incarceration, and Cumberland County Medical charges, the jail had a net billing of $67,924.51 to collect. Mr. White said that the Adair County Restricted Custody Center provided the equivalent, at $8 per hour, of $19,120 in free labor to the recycling center, road department, GRAS, Center on Aging, City of Columbia Maintenance, Columbia Sanitation, Kentucky Probation and Parole, Adair Food Pantry, and Cumberland County Fiscal Court.
Court approves lease agreement with City of Columbia, KY
The court approved a $1 per year lease interlocal lease agreement for a garden plot for the Adair County Regional Jail garden near the Green River Animal Shelter. Food grown on the property by inmates improves diets at the jail, saves food costs, and provides training for Restricted Custody Inmates, Adair Regional Jailer Joey White told the court prior to unanimous approval for Judge Stephens to sign necessary documents.
Robert Troutwine will succeed A.L. Sinclair as Solid Waste Coordinator
Fiscal Court unanimously approved the appointment of Robert Troutwine to succeed A.L. Sinclair as Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator. Judge Michael Stephens called Sinclair a pioneer, noting that Sinclair had done such a good job that Adair County is no longer eligible from PRIDE grants for roadside dump clean ups. Mr. Troutwine will be paid $1,000 per month in the position, which will include oversight of the Adair Recycling Center, litter abatement programs, supervising inmates from the Adair County Restricted Custody facility. The nomination was approved unanimously on a motion by Magistrate Sammy Baker (District 3), a second by Harold Burton (1), with Magistrates Daryl Flatt (2), Perry Reeder (4), Billy Dean Coffey (5), Greg Caldwell (6) and Terry Hadley (7) and CJE Mike Stephens joining in affirming.
Court passes 'State Road Fund Stabilization Fund'
The court unanimously approved Judge Stephens recommendation to endorse the State Road Stabilization Fund, a euphemistically named plan to stop a free fall in state fuel taxes in the wake of low fuel prices. The vote was unanimous. Judge Stephens said that the retail price of gas seems to be independent of the amount of state tax. He cited the case of Illinois, where the current fuel tax has been 38 cents a gallon and Kentucky, with where the tax is 22 cents, saying that pump prices in the two states are approximately the same. Judge Stephens said that under current tax determinants, every one cent drop in retail price translates to $30,000,000 in road revenues. That he said, will affect the amount of local highway funds which will be allocated for local highway departments.
Adair Fiscal Court approves first reading of a local right to work law
Adair County joined a list of some six or seven counties who are their own right to work ordinances. After hearing debate from a the Robert Akin, Greensburg, KY, President of the Central Kentucky Building & Construction Trades Council and from Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Trades Council, speaking for the local right to work law enactment. The court voted 8-0 to approve a first reading of a local ordinance enacting a local right to work law. The vote came on a voice vote by the Magistrates with Judge Stephens adding his vote separately for an 8-0 decision.
In so doing, the court takes Adair County down a path which may, on the one hand, only express a solidarity for the Commonwealth of Kentucky to adopt, as states - but not counties - may do under Federal Law; or, as the contingent with Mr. Akin warned, might subject the county to millions of dollars in lawsuits. The right to work spokesman cited former Chief Justice Joe Lambert and Justice J. William Graves as saying that Warren County, KY, the first county in the state to enact a local right to work law, has the full legal right to do so.
Mr. Akin said that in recent days the rush to enact local right to work laws has slowed, and cited delays in Russell, Pulaski, and Fleming Counties who are taking a wait and see approach.
County approves second reading of employee health insurance coverage
The Court unanimously approved a second reading for the health insurance measure to cover employees working a minimum of 30 hours. The ordinance puts Adair County in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. The unanimous vote came on a motion by Greg Caldwell, with a second by Terry Hadley.
Routine matters handled routinely
Routine matters including approval of the agenda, approval of minutes for meetings January 19, 23, 2015 of Fiscal Court and the January 23 meeting of the Adair Public Properties Corporation; and bills were handle routinely.
End, Report for Adair Fiscal Court Meeting, Tuesday, February 10, 2015.
Regular monthly Adair County Fiscal Court meetings are held at 6pmCT, each second Tuesday, in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The meetings are open to the public.
A LIST OF YOUR ADAIR COUNTY OFFICIALS
Adair County Judge Executive Mike Stephens
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