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Adair County Fiscal Court Report 10 Feb 2015

In last night's Adair Fiscal Court meeting, Tue 10 Feb 2015 :
  • County hears Chester Whittingham proposal for getting an eight-county Veterans Administration Clinic in Columbia, to serve not only 1,400 Adair Veterans, but an area with 10,000 Veterans.
  • Adair County Fiscal Court unanimously approves first reading of a local right to work law
  • Court votes to buy new 2016 dump trucks at $135,927 each
  • Court agrees declares vehicles, other items surplus
  • Clerk and Sheriff deliver large excess fee checks
  • Court approves Robert Troutwine as Solid Waste Coordinator
  • Kim Sallee approved as full time director of the Green River Animal Shelter
  • Court passes 'State Road Fund Stabilization Fund'
  • Court approves interlocal agreement for Regional Jail Garden
  • Jailer reports $83,318.20 in gross January billings; $19,120 in inmate services

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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:
  • A 2001 Chevy 1500 series truck, Road Department
  • Glass crusher, Recycling
  • Old boom mower, Road Department.
  • Roller, Road Department
  • 2003 Impala Car (head gasket blown), Sheriff's office
The items will be advertised for bid.

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.

Adair County Judge Executive Mike Stephens
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 Todd Akin (20011
  • Adair County Court Clerk Lisa Greer (2007)
  • Adair County Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy
  • Adair County Jailer Joey White (2011)
  • Adair County PVA Jeff Feese
  • Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss
  • Adair County Surveyor Mike McKinney

  • County Judge Executive Mike Stephens (2007) is a voting member of Fiscal Court and may vote on all proposals before the court; Office:Adair Courthouse Annex
Magistrates on the Adair County Fiscal Court:
  • District 1: Harold Burton (2011)
  • District 2: Daryl Flatt (2011)
  • District 3: Sammy Baker (2007)
  • District 4: Perry Reeder (2007)
  • District 5: Billy Dean Coffey (Feb. 2005) (270) 384-4201
  • District 6: Greg Caldwell (2015)
  • District 7:Terry Hadley (2015)
Adair County Constables
  • District 1: William "Bill" Troutwine
  • District 2: Shannon Rowe (2011)
  • District 3: Robert R. Loy
  • District 4: Ed Wigal (2011)
  • 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 Deputy Judge Executive Holly Grimsley
  • Adair County Mapping and Addressing Coordinator Justin Bailey
  • Adair Co. Disaster Management Coordinator Greg Thomas
  • Adair County Treasurer Barry Corbin
  • Adair County Roads Foreman Terry Corbin
  • Adair County Dog Warden Jimmy Harmon
  • Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator Robert Troutwine

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CJE Mike Stephens listening to Right to Work pros and cons

2015-02-10 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, CM photo.
Adair County Judge Executive Mike Stephens welcomed speakers for and against a local Right-to-Work Law. The court voted unanimously, by voice vote with the Judge casting a vote for the ordinance to approve a first reading of an ordinance in favor of the action. At left is Gale Cowan, Adair County Finance Officer and recording clerk for the meeting. The photo was taken at the regular Tuesday, February 10, 2015 meeting of Adair Fiscal Court.

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Sheriff Moss presents $32,115.58 excess fees check

2015-02-11 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, CM photo.
Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss presented a check in the amount of $32,115.58 as a return of excess fees for the year 2014. The sheriff's office is one of two fee-based offices which collects fees as prescribed by law, has expenses regulated by Fiscal Court, and returns excess fees to the general treasury each year. The other fee office is the the Clerk's office. -LW. (Clicking Read More accesses the comprehensive story of the Tuesday, February 10, 2015 meeting, published early Wednesday morning.)

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