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Adair Fiscal Court Meeting April 13, 2010 report

In last nights Fiscal Court Meeting
  • Court approves waiver on taxes for new motel
  • Exciting times in Adair Co, Sue Stivers tells court
  • Court honors daughter of Bataan survivor Earl Conover
  • Rural Secondary Roads include 3 re-surfacing jobs
  • Jobe Darnell gives road report
  • Agenda item for the appointment of new EDA board members tabled
  • County votes to buy 1986 pickup for Dog Warden
  • County treasury has strong balance
  • Deputy Pam Yarberry gives jail report
  • Two new part-time deputy jailers hired
  • Court tables requests on new equipment at jail
  • Adair Animal Shelter report: 91 Euthanizations
  • National public Safety Telecommunications Week declared
  • Reading of roads
  • Routine matters handled routinely
  • County hires new worker for Adair Justice Center
  • Meeting well attended
  • A.L. Sinclair out with health issue

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:
  • Cafe on the Square
  • Daniel's Mexican Restaurant on the Square
  • Goodwill Industries store, now under construction in Holladay Place
  • Tractor Supply in the old Walmart Building on Jamestown ST
  • A new Dollar General Store Market, to be built in the Bank District on Campbellsville Road near the northern terminus of the Columbia Western Bypass and Knifley RD
  • Todd Metals new facility on Campellsville RD near the Green River Commerce Park
In all, she said, 67 new jobs are coming with the developments.

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:
  • KY 704, Fairplay Road. 0.976 miles from MP 2.504 at Burns Creek Bridge to MP 3.480, a point south of Gilbert Smith Road
  • KY 768; from a point west of Big Creek Bridge 6.329 miles to Keltnertown Road
  • KY 533, Independence Ridge Road, from Greenbriar Road to end of State Maintenance, a distance of 3.601 miles. Map of projects
Mr. Dick said that there had been hope to straightened Fairplay RD in the area to be repaved, which includes Dug (or Insurance) Hill, but the money for that project just isn't in the picture for the next few years, he said. 2010 Rural Secondary road recommendations for Adair Co., KY

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:
  • Gravel spread on 60 roads
  • Boom mower work on 13 roads
  • Work on nine school bus turns
  • Shoulder work on 28 projects
  • 19 signs placed
  • Several road tiles installed
  • Initial work to widen Cooper Ridge RD
He said that roadside mowing, in preparation for the influx of Memorial Day tourists, will begin on April 26, and asked the Magistrates to report any county-maintained cemetery roads as early as possible.

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:
  • A first reading of a private road in District 7, Iris Lane off Liberty Road, was read and approved.
  • And a first reading of a 35 mph speed limit on Ray Williams RD in District 7 was read and approved.
Routine matters handled routinely

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

Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton
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 Rick Wilson
  • Adair County Court Clerk Sheila Blair (2006)
  • Adair County Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy
  • Adair County Jailer William "Bug" Knight
  • Adair County PVA Wm. Feese, Jr.
  • Adair County Sheriff Ralph Curry
  • Adair County Surveyor Mike McKinney

The ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT
  • County Judge Executive Ann Melton (2007) is a voting member ofFiscal Court and may vote on all proposals before the court; Office:Adair Courthouse Annex
Magistrates on the Adair County Fiscal Court:
  • District 1: Danny Goodin (2007)
  • District 2: Wid Harris (1982) (270) 384-4443
  • District 3: Sammy Baker (2007)
  • District 4: Perry Reeder (2007)
  • District 5: Billy Dean Coffey (Feb. 2005) (270) 384-4201
  • District 6: Joe Rogers (1990)
  • District 7: Terry Hadley (2007)
Adair County Constables
  • District 1: Harold Burton
  • District 2: Al Schubert
  • District 3: Robert R. Loy
  • District 4: Ed Wigal
  • 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 Judge Administrative Assistant Lisa Lee
  • Adair County 911 Coordinator Mary Allender
  • Adair Co. Disaster Management Coordinator Greg Thomas
  • Adair County Treasurer Barry Corbin
  • Adair County Roads Supervisor Jobe Darnell
  • Adair County Dog Warden Jimmy Harmon
  • Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator A.L. Sinclair

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County will furnish pickup for Adair Co. Dog Warden



2010-04-14 - Photo by Ed Waggener. Adair Annex Basement, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY
Adair County Dog Warden Jimmy Harmon was happy after the Adair County Fiscal Court commended him and granted a request to furnish him with a pickup truck to be used to do his work. It's not a new one; in fact it is a 1986 1/2 ton Chevy Pickup with 123,000 miles on it. The action was taken at the regular April 13, 2010 meeting. But it will hold his dog box, and County Judge Executive Ann Melton said that the seller knew the history on the vehicle 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.

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Adair Co. Regional Jail Report March 2010



2010-04-14 - Photo by Adair Co. Regional Jail. 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY
Deputy Adair County Jailer Pam Yarberry presented the Adair County Regional Jail report to the Adair Fiscal Court last night, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, with a comment that the totals are the highest for this year.

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Green River Animal Shelter report to Fiscal Court, March 2010



2010-04-14 - Photo from Adair Animal Shelter. The Adair County Animal Shelter sent this report for the month of March 2010, to the Adair Fiscal Court.
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Adair Fiscal Court



2010-04-14 - Photo by Ed Waggener. Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KYJeff Dick, District 8, Kentucky Highway Department, right, standing, confers with Adair 911 Coordinator Mary Allender prior to giving his report, which he termed "Good News," to the court for the 2010-2011 Rural Secondary Road expenditures. At left are Magistrate Terry Hadley (7), and Adair County Deputy Jailer Pam Yarberry. The court unanimously agreed to accept Mr. Dick's recommendation, which includes repaving of KY 704 including Dug Hill, and repaving portions of KY 768 and Independence Ridge RD.
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Map showing locations of 2010-2011 paving projects



2010-04-14 - Photo By Jeff Dick, KHD. Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY
The map above shows the location of the three repaving projects approved in the 2010-2011 Rural Secondary Roads program for Adair County. Project 4 is on KY 768 in District 5; Item five is on Independence Road in District 4; Project 3 is the Dug Hill repaving project. Plans to straighten the road were put on hold because of budget constraints, Mr. Dick said, but the resurfacing from the Burns Creek Bridge north to near the Gilbert Smith Road will be undertaken in the coming fiscal year.

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Betty Sue Jasper receives plaque honoring her father



2010-04-15 . Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY
Betty Sue Jasper receives a plaque honoring her father, the late Earl Conover, from her magistrate, Danny Goodin (First District), at the Tuesday. April 13, 2010 regular meeting of Adair Fiscal Court. The plaque is in recognition of Adair County's only known survivor of the Bataan Death March, 68 years ago during World War II, Adair County Judge Ann Melton said in announcing the presentation. The plaque reads, "Presented to Betty Sue Jasper, in revered recognition of her father, EARL CONOVER, an Adair County survivor of the Bataan Death March of World War II. Sixty-Eighth Anniversary 2010." A few Adair Countians alive today can remember the homecoming event when Earl Conover returned to Columbia in 1945. It is said to have been the largest crowd ever to assemble in Downtown Columbia.

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