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Adair County Fiscal Court meeting 14 Apr 2015 report

In last night's Adair Fiscal Court Meeting:
  • Court hears proposal to add fire dues to tax bill; county attorney to draft ordinance for first reading at May meeting
  • Many personnel changes made; biggest is appointment of Mike Keltner as EMD, with Greg Thomas continuing as Supervisor of Adair 911
  • Jailer White reports busier month, more billings in March
  • Treasurer reports $1,303,905.59 in reconciled balances, all funds, on March 31, 2015
  • Green River Animal Shelter has banner month: Adoptions way up, euthanasias way down, revenues up, and Judge Stephens announces receipt of $1,700 grant for shelter.
  • Sheriff Moss reports 97% of property taxes paid
  • Dean Adams appointed to Columbia/Adair County Economic Development Authority
  • County will continue to help underwrite 4th of July Fireworks
  • Court approves $35,000 line item change for County Clerk's office; state is paying for it
  • First readings heard, hearing dates set for hearings on road changes

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By Ed Waggener

At it's regular April 14, 2015 meeting Adair County Fiscal Court made several major decisions, but tabled one which occupied the magistrates for the longest segment: A request by the Breeding and Knifley Fire Departments to have fire dues billed with county tax bills.

Knifley Fire Chief C.R. Drake presented the proposal, with Breeding Fire Chief following and fielding questions.

Drake emphasized the bills would be a "fees" and not "taxes."

The court did vote to have County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison Corbin draft an ordinance for consideration at the next meeting.



County to discontinue maintaining own fuel pumps

After Judge Stephens presented the court with an option to continue operation of its own fueling station, located near Green River Animal Shelter, or contracting with local fuel dealer Lynn's Service Center and getting fueling cards honored by SPI (Somerset Petroleum, Inc) , whose self service pumps are available 24 hours a day, the court unanimously voted to set up the account at Lynn's and also buy from SPI.

Judge Stephens said that the agreement had served the county well in the beginning, when prices were high, but said that the county was obligated to pay a "spot price," on the day of delivery which has often meant the county paid a higher price buying in bulk than it would have at local dealers.

The vote was unanimous, on a motion by Daryl Flatt (2), with a second by Terry Hadley(7).

Road Department purchases truck from Jamestown Auto Sales

Fiscal Court approved the purchase of a white 2015 RAM 4 x 4 truck for the Adair County Road Department. The truck has 5,608 miles, and a 5.7 Hemi engine for $18,500.00. The truck was offered by Jamestown Auto Sales, 1061 W Cumberland Avenue, Jamestown, KY at last night's meeting. The truck has a rebuilt title, and carries a dealer warranty of 90 days, bumper to bumper. The dealer will install running boards and agreed to check front end alignment. All safety features are to be checked by a Chrysler dealership. Jamestown Auto Sales, wrote that the customer - Adair Fiscal Court - is in no way obligated to purchase the vehicle if not 100% satisfied.

Adair County Jailer Joey White reports

Adair County Regional Jailer Joey White reported gross revenues for March of $88,905.48. After deductions of $29,459.60 for Adair County inmates, the facility had net billings of $59,445.88. With booking fees, medical fees, other income, per diem, home incarceration fees, and fees for Cumberland County inmates, the total to collect for the month was $70,352.49.

Many personnel changes during court meeting

The court made many personnel changes. Most notably was the the promotion of Deputy Emergency Disaster Manager Mike Keltner to a permanent status as EMD, succeeding Greg Thomas, the 23 year veteran director, who resigned effective Monday evening April 23, 2015. Keltner will be part-time, at a salary of $11.00 an hour. All magistrates vote in favor on a voice vote, for the recommendation by County Judge Executive Mike Stephens.

Thomas will now devote all his time to the Adair 911 Center, supervising the dispatchers. He will be full time at $11.41 per hour. The vote was 6-1, on a roll call vote called for by Judge Stephens with Magistrates Harold Burton, Sammy Baker, Perry Reeder, Billy Dean Coffey, Greg Caldwell, and Terry Hadley voting yes, and Magistrate Daryl Flatt voting no.

The court approved hiring Tracy Holmes at Adair 9-1-1, on a part-time basis at $8.75 per hour.

The court approved the hiring of Gary Hinebaugh as Recycling Director at $8.75 per hour.

The court approved the hiring of Sheila Keltner for the Judge's office, part time at $8.75 per hour and Rachel Phipps, for the CJE's Office at $8.75 per hour.

Treasurer's report approved

The Adair County Treasurer's report was unanimously accepted, but not presented or discussed in open court. Treasurer Barry Corbin reported a reconciled balance in all accounts of $1,303,905.89; and an unencumbered cash balance of $1,044,789.28 on March 31, 2015.

Green River Animal Shelter (GRAS) has one of best months ever

Euthanasias for March 2015, at Green River Animal Shelter were at an all time low of 3 for the month of March, 2015, and adoptions reached 47; six dogs went to rescue.

The shelter reported revenues of $2,785, including adoption fees of $2,255, surrender fees of $150, donations of $325, and reclaim fees of $65.

In other statistics, the shelter reported 23 intakes by Animal Control Officer Jimmy Harmon; walk-ins were 36. from Green County, 10.

The court approves UK Extension Service grant to GRAS

The Court unanimously agreed to accept a $1,700 grant benefitting the Green River Animal Shelter from the University of Kentucky Department of Agriculture, which Judge Stephens said had been obtained with help from Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Jamie Comer. The 7-0 vote came on a motion to accept by Perry Reeder (4), with a second by Sammy Baker (3). Mr. Baker, commented that the animal shelter is "Really on the up go."

Judge Stephens asked for and received approval to have the City of Columbia Sanitation Service pick up the dumpster at the Green River Animal Shelter. He said that the shelter would save money based on a change from $50 per pickup by the contract hauler, versus $57 per month for the city service. The 7-0 unanimous voice vote came on a motion by Magistrate Daryl Flatt (2), with a second by Billy Dean Coffey (5).

Sheriff's Report

Sheriff Harrison Moss reported that over 97% of the property taxes have been paid, which he said was approximately equivalent to collections in past years.

For March 1-March 31, 2015: Net receipts for all entities was $127,689.46, his report said.

Dean Adams approved for Economic Development Authority

Judge Stephens recommended and the board approved, the appointment of Lindsey Wilson Vice President Dean Adams to the Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority, as of April 1, 2015. The voice vote was unanimous. The appointment will require City of Columbia City Council approval as well, as this seat, Judge Stephens said, is a joint one requiring both government units' approval.

Court votes to continue to fund 4th of July Fireworks show

On a motion by Sammy Baker (2), and a second by Harold Burton (1), the court voted 7-0 to continue to underwrite the Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at the Adair County Fairgrounds each year. The County shares the payment of a balance after sponsors contribute. A guesstimate of what that might entail was not given in open court. Magistrate Sammy Baker, in moving to underwrite, said, "People seem to enjoy it."

Court approves a line item change for Clerk's Budget

The court approved a request from County Clerk Lisa Greer to change the line item for equipment from $30,000 per year to $65,000 per year. Judge Stephens said that clerk will use the money for needed upgrades in the office. The funds are provided by the state, he said, and could be used for no other purpose, and will mean no additional cost to the county, nor will it affect the amount of excess fees the clerk's office returns to the county general fund at the end of its January 1-December 31 fiscal year. "It's just a pass-through," Judge Stephens said. The unanimous voice vote came on a motion by Magistrate Billy Dean Coffey (5) with a second by Greg Caldwell (6).

Two magistrates will serve as Safety & Health Committee

The recommendation of two magistrates, Daryl Flatt (2) and Gregg Caldwell (6) to serve as a new Safety & Health Committee was unanimously approved on a voice vote, on a motion by Sammy Baker (3), with a second by Perry Reeder (4).

County gives website contract to Terry O'Neal

The county gave a contract to Terry O'Neal to develop websites to handle work orders/purchase orders, post minutes, and for the animal shelter. On a motion by Terry Hadley (7), with a second by Sammy Baker (3), the voice vote was 7-0.

Reading of Roads

The court gave first readings to the following roads:

District 4, Perry Reeder
  • Change name Ed Corbin to East Corbin Road. Hearing set for Thursday, May 7, 2015, in 911 Building, 107 N High Street, Columbia, KY.
District 5, Billy Dean Coffey
  • Remove Buell Rogers from county maintenance, from creek to end of road. Hearing May 7, 2015 at 8:30amCT, in Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY, with Magistrate Coffey, and Jackie Cravens and Dale Hayes.
  • Remove from county maintenance, 1.6 miles Bess Pickett Road, from creek to end of road. Hearing, May 7, 2015 at 8:40amCT, in Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY, with Magistrate Coffey, and Jackie Cravens and Dale Hayes.
  • Remove Tommy Nobles Road from county maintenance, from Lampton Lane to end. Hearing, May 7, 2015 at 8:50amCT, in Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY, with Magistrate Coffey, and Jackie Cravens and Dale Hayes.
Routine matters handled routinely

The court handled routine minutes approval and payment of bills in a routine manner.

End of Meeting Report, 14 Apr 2015.

Gale Cowan, Adair County Finance Officer

End of Agenda for regular meeting, Tuesday, 10 Mar 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
421 Public Square, Suite 1, Columbia, KY 42728
Phone 270-384-4703; Fax 270-384-9754

OTHER ELECTED ADAIR COUNTY OFFICIALS
  • 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

The ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT
  • 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.

APPOINTED OFFICIALS
  • 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: Mike Keltner
  • Adair Co. 911 Center Supervisor: Greg Thomas
  • Adair County Treasurer Barry Corbin
  • Adair County Roads Foreman Terry Corbin
  • Green River Animal Shelter Director: Kim Sallee
  • Adair County Dog Warden Jimmy Harmon
  • Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator A.L. Sinclair

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Judge Mike Stephens administers oath of office to Mike Keltner



2015-04-15 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Adair County CJE Michael L. Stephens administered the oath of office to Mike Keltner, newly approved as the Adair County Emergency Management Director, succeeding 23 year veteran EMD Greg Thomas, who resigned effective Monday, April 13, 2015. Mr. Thomas will now devote full time as the Adair County 911 Supervisor. The ceremony followed the regular April 14, 2015, session of Adair Fiscal Court. Only a hint of a smile on Mr. Keltner's face gives away the part of the oath being administered. Yes. Citizens of Adair County can be assured that he, like his grandfather Jimmy Firquin former Adair CJE and legendary lawman, has never had anything to do with fighting a duel. For most of April 14, 2015, Keltner's first and only day as acting Emergency Management Director was a busy one, directing activities during a frenetic day of flooding. - EW
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Adair Fiscal Court, featured players, 14 Apr 2015



2015-04-15 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
The Adair Fiscal Court is the latest to structure the hierarchy at meetings, following the example of the Columbia City Council and the Adair County School Board, with top players in an elevated position. It's one of the distinct differences in style brought to county government since the new administration took office. Standing, above, is CJE Mike Stephens. From left, are Magistrates Perry Reeder (4), Sammy Baker (3), Daryl Flatt (2), and Harold Burton (1); Deputy CJE Holly Grimsley; (Stephens); Adair County CFO and session recording secretary Gayle Cowan; County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison Corbin; and Magistrates Billy Dean Coffey (5); Greg Caldwell (6); and Terry Hadley (7). The photo was taken at the Tuesday, April 14, 2015, regular session of the Adair Fiscal Court.

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Knifley Fire Chief C.R. Drakes asks for fees to go on tax bills



2015-04-15 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Knifley Area Fire Department Chief C.R. Drake read from prepared notes as the lead-off presenter requesting that Fire Dues be included on tax bills, and cited statutes which permit them to be included. Fiscal Court approved asking County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison Corbin to draft a county ordinance for a 1st Reading, possibly as soon as the regular May 12, 2015 session of Fiscal Court. Breeding Area Fire Department is also requesting the change, which will mean that payment of fire dues will not be a option, but an obligation. Mr. Drake stressed that the dues are "fees," and not a "tax," even though bill would be included on the tax statement.

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BAVFD Chief Terry Harvey adocates for fire dues on tax bills



2015-04-15 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department Chief Terry Harvey advocated for the inclusion of fire department's annual dues on Adair County Tax Bills. Chief Harvey fielded questions from the court, including whether or not the Adair County Fire Department in Columbia will or could be included in the billing. CJE Mike Stephens said it was his opinion that they could be, but the fire department would need to request inclusion. Magistrate Daryl Flatt, who urged more study on the proposal, wondered out loud if, once the dues are included, by ordinance, what would stop the departments from raising fees when they pleased. CJE Stephens noted that that might be possible, but gave the opinion that the Fiscal Court could rescind the ordinance at any time. Chief Harvey's department is one of the best equipped in the state, but he emphasized that his department has attendant maintenance responsibilities, and the added revenue the department would receive by putting the dues on the tax bill would help to maintain the Fire Station and apparatus, and help the department better equip individual firefighters.

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Adair Fiscal Court: Jailer, Treasurer, Sheriff



2015-04-15 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Adair County Regional Jailer Joey White present his report for jail operations for March 2015, as Adair County Treasurer Barry Corbin studied papers and Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss listens.

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Judge Mike Stephens, points finger at Matt Baker



2015-04-15 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo bu Ed Waggener.
After the serious matters were concluded at Adair Fiscal County, Tuesday evening, April 14, 2015, Judge Stephens joined in a bit of humor pointing a finger at Columbia Controls CEO Matt Baker. Baker has built Columbia Controls into one of Kentucky's leading electronic security firms specializing in jail electronics systems. He's been one of the leading proponents of revitalizing the Square, and provided a strategic turing point in the fortunes of the Historic Adair County Courthouse, when leased space at a rate which pays nearly a third of the buildings annual maintenance budget, choosing Columbia over several other communities bidding to recruit the promising firm. - Ed Waggener

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The Flag over the Historic Adair County Courthouse



2015-04-15 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo ColumbiaMagazine.com photo.
The American Flag stood out brightly over the Historic Adair County Courthouse in the scene from the Annex following the Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 meeting of Fiscal Court.

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