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Adair Fiscal Court Meeting April 13, 2010 report
In last nights Fiscal Court Meeting
By Ed Waggener
Court approves waiver on taxes for new motel
In an action which may mean that a new 66-room Sleep Inn hotel may be underway in the next 60-90 days, the Adair County Fiscal Court voted 6-1 to approve a waiver of county property taxes for five years for the project.
The vote followed a presentation of the case for the waiver by Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority (CACEDA) Executive Director Sue Stivers, who told the court of the need for such a facility to provide for the now existing unmet demands for rooms, and for the expected rapid growth on the KY 61 route, and for the anticipated huge growth in hotel needs for Lindsey Wilson College's rapidly expanding sports program.
The vote was 6-1, on a motion by District 1 Magistrate Wid Harris, with a second by District 7 Magistrate Terry Hadley, with Magistrates Sammy Baker (3), Perry Reeder (4), Billy Dean Coffey (5), and Joe Rogers (6), joining in the majority vote. One District 1 Magistrate Danny Goodin opposed it.
Adair Co. Judge Executive Ann Melton, who supported the action, estimated that the county taxes will amount to approximately $4,500 per year.
Magistrate Sammy Baker told the court after the vote that, the way he saw it, the County was not receiving the taxes now, anyway, that the project is needed, and that there will be jobs immediately, and that taxes might be collected in the future.
Not stressed so much was an important consideration, that facility will generate an estimated $33,000 per year in room taxes for local government in the first year, Mike Neal, one of the partners in the venture, said after the meeting. The project is being developed by three highly successful Adair County Entrepreneurs, Mr. Neal, Mr. Tommy Grider, and Mr. Terry Harvey.
According to Mr. Grider, the Sleep Inn Suite complex to be developed here will be a pilot project. "There's nothing like it anywhere," he said. He added that the project, when built, will be a magnet for a supporting cast of hospitality industry facilities, including new restaurants.
The project will have an estimated construction cost of $4.3 million dollars. It will be built on the north side of the Holladay Place Development on KY 61 South.
Stivers said that the three developers could have gone to any town around and gotten similar concessions, but, she said, that they are all are natives of Adair County and they want this project in Columbia.
She said that they would follow a plan - similar to the highly successful one employed by Lindsey Wilson College - to use as many local vendors as possible. She outlined a long list of suppliers, craftsmen, contractors and vendors who will benefit.
Approximately 25-30 jobs at the hotel will be created at the outside, Stivers said. She estimated $2.75 million in sales opportunities for local businesses and individuals.Stivers said that one huge factor will be that now Columbia can host tour busses. "They need accommodations for 50 people," minimum, she said. "Now we'll have that."Mrs. Stivers was warmly congratulated for her presentation by Judge Melton, members of the court, and by the three partners.
Holladay Place Developer R.L. Walker was present in the audience.
Mr. Neal said that the next step in the project will be securing approval for a tax waiver from the City of Columbia City Council. That is thought to be likely, and much more so since the concession by the Adair Fiscal Court.
Stivers notes employment, new retailing jobs coming
Mrs. Stivers made the case for the new hotel after presenting her regular report to the Adair Fiscal Court.
She cited the ray of good news in the local employment figures, citing stories in ColumbiaMagazine and the Courier-Journal which noted that of Kentucky's 120 counties, only 18 had shown year to year decreases in unemployment.
"Adair County was one of those 18. And, with Russell County, another one of the 18, it was one of only two in South Central Kentucky showing the increase."
"This is an exciting time in Columbia and Adair County she said, and noted the announcement and/or coming of these new retailers and other businesses in the past six weeks:
Court honors daughter of Bataan survivor Earl Conover
County Judge Ann Melton and members of the Adair Fiscal Court honored Betty Sue Jasper, daughter of Earl Conover, the only Adair Countian known to be a survivor of the Bataan Death March. Ms. Jasper was presented a plaque from the court, presented by her magistrate, Danny Goodin, District 1.
Rural Secondary Roads include 3 re-surfacing jobs
Mr. Jeff Dick of District 8, Kentucky Highway Department, presented the 2010-2011 Rural Secondary Roads recommendations, which were adopted unanimously by the court.
The county is getting $220,916.00 in Flex Funds, he said.
The total Adair County allocation is $1,104,582. Routine Maintenance and Administration Expenses, of that amount, is $527,562. Undistributed balance from 09-01 and Free balance is $152,572.
The recommendations include three asphalt resurfacing projects, totaling 10.906 miles. The projects are as follows:
Jobe Darnell gives road report
Adair County Road Department Superintendent Jobe Darnell gave the report on activities of the department, which included, for the month of March 2010:
Mr. Darnell and the road department were commended by Judge Melton and members of the court. "When I am out campaigning," Second District Magistrate Sammy Baker said, "I'm hearing everybody say how much they appreciate all the work the road department did this winter to keep roads passable." His thought was echoed by others.
The Road Report was unanimously approved.
Agenda item for the appointment of new EDA board members tabled
Judge Melton said that the appointment of two new members of the Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority was not ready for presentation and announced that that item would be skipped over.
County votes to buy 1986 pickup for Dog Warden
The court voted to buy a 1986 1/2 ton Chevy Pickup with 123,000 miles on it for Adair County Dog Warden Jimmy Harmon. County Judge Executive Ann Melton said that the seller knew the history on the vehicle, formerly owned by Shirley Dudley, and that it is in good shape. The vote to buy the truck, which cost $1,800, was on a motion by Billy Dean Coffey (5), seconded by Perry Reeder (4) with a 7-0 vote.
County treasury has strong balance
County Judge Executive Ann Melton gave the treasurer's report in the absence of Adair County Treasurer Barry Corbin. The reconciled balance in all accounts as of March 31, 2010 was $1,392,334.45. The vote to approve the treasurer's report was unanimous, on a motion by Terry Hadley (7), seconded by Wid Harris (2)
Sheriff Ralph Curry reports tax collections for March
In a very brief report, Adair County Sheriff Ralph Curry reported $188,609.02 in March 2010 collections. His report was approved 7-0 on a motion by Joe Rogers (6), seconded by Danny Goodin (1).
Deputy Pam Yarberry gives jail report
Adair County Jail Deputy Pam Yarberry reported total Adair County Regional Jail billings of $105,850.98 for March 2010, with net billings after Adair County inmates costs were deducted of $93,885.41. The amount was the highest of the year 2010, she said. Full report
Two new part-time deputy jailers hired
Two new part-time deputy jailers were hired, to replace two who had left. In separate actions, the Magistrates approved the hiring of Kevin Davidson and Randy Middlecamp at $8.00 per hour, as part-time deputy jailers.
Court tables requests on new equipment at jail
The court table two equipment items for the jail until more information is received.
In one case, Adair Regional Jailer Wm. "Bug" Knight sent a suggestion relayed to the court by Deputy Pam Yarberry, that the county install a recording camera at the jail at a cost of $8,000. On a motion by Joe Rogers (6), seconded by Danny Goodin (1), the court voted to table the matter.
The court also tabled a request for a new time clock for the jail. The facility uses a fingerprint identification, which does not work with all employees, Deputy Yarberry said. Adair CJE Ann Melton told the court that the state auditors had warned her office that all employees were to use the same check in. However, Court asked the Deputy Jailer to see if the present clock can be made to work and, if a new clock were still necessary, to get prices for a future meeting.
Adair Animal Shelter report: 91 Euthanizations
The Adair Animal Shelter reported 42 adoptions for the month of March 2010, and income from this most important factor in the shelter's overall cost of $1,440, or an average of $34.28 per adoption. Enthanizations were 91 animals.
The shelters report listed total revenue of $1,807.00 vs. March Expenses of $1,469.92. However, the shelter's report does not include these costs of operation: Salaries, a vehicle, and utilities. Complete March 2010 report
Taxpayer support for expenses not covered by revenues at the shelter are shared by Adair, Metcalfe, and Russell Counties.
National public Safety Telecommunications Week declared
A proclamation declaring this week, April 11-17, 2010, as "National Public Safety Telecommunications Week," was presented by Adair County 911 coordinator Mary Allender and was signed by Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton. The proclamation honors the men and women of the Emergency Services, including EMT, police, fire, serarch and rescue, and particularly, the dispatchers at the Adair County 911 Center.
Reading of Roads
Two 911 road changes were presented by Adair County 911 Coordinator Mary Allender:
Other routine matters, including approval of minutes and bills and additions, were handled routinely.
There were no Court Orders. The court approved any budget transfers which might occur. The coming month will have three pay periods, Judge Melton said, and that might entail a need to make a transfer to provide for the third one.
County hires new worker for Adair Justice Center
Jamie Hatcher was hired as a part-time, 20-hour per week employee at the Adair Justice Center at $9.00/hour plus benefits, on the recommendation of Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton. The vote was 7-0 on a motion by Billy Dean Coffey (5), seconded by Perry Reeder (4). Judge Melton told the court that, while the employee is on the county rolls, the Administrative Office of the Courts re-imburses the county for all costs for the employee.
Meeting well attended
The meeting was well attended with all members of the court present, and County Sheriff Ralph Curry, County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin, Administrative Assistant Lisa Lee, Deputy Jailer Pam Yarberry, Adair 911 Coordinator Mary Allender, Adair County Roads Superintendent Jobe Darnell, Adair County Dog Warden Jimmy Harmon, Adair County Economic Development Director Sue Stivers, former Judge Richard L. Walker, Sleep Inn partners Terry Harvey, Mike Neal, and Tommy Grider; Adair County Hospital Board Trustee John Nall, Adair County Sheriff Candidate Harrison Moss, and members of the press. A.L. Sinclair out due to health problem
County Judge Ann Melton asked everyone to remember A.L. Sinclair, Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator, in prayers as he faces hip surgery and will be off work for some time.
Information about Your Adair County Fiscal Court
Regular monthly Adair County Fiscal Court meetings are held at7:00pmCT., each second Tuesday. The meetings are open to thepublic.
A LIST OF YOUR ADAIR COUNTY OFFICIALS
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421 Public Square, Suite 1, Columbia, KY 42728
Phone 270-384-4703; Fax 270-384-9754
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