EDMONSON COUNTY FISCAL COURT
NOTICE OF REGULAR AUDIO/VIDEO TELECONFERENCE MEETING
In accordance with KRS 61.823, KRS 61.826, Executive Order 2020-243, OAG 20-05, 2020 Senate Bill 150 and the March 31 Attorney General Advisory, the Edmonson County Fiscal Court will meet in session at 9:00 a.m. on January 11, 2021 to consider the following Agenda. The meeting will take place via audio teleconference due to the current public health situation with the fiscal court not meeting in person. The public may attend via audio by dialing: 1-312-626-6799, meeting ID 875 8527 0702, password 075840.
Or by going to the following link:
I. Call to Order
II. Roll Call
III. Approval of today’s Agenda
IV. Approval of December 28, 2020 Fiscal Court Minutes
a. Read b. Dispense
V. Approval of Bills
VI. Approval of Appropriation Budget Transfers
VII. New Business
a. Approve Resolution EC21-01, Animal Shelter Agreement with BGWC Humane Society.
b. Acknowledge November & December BGWC Shelter Directors Report.
c. Acknowledge November Animal Control CAD Report.
d. Approve Groundwater Protection Plan for Road Department.
e. Approve Kenny Heath’s pay increase from $11.67 to $13.00 per hour, effective 12/28/20. Additional responsibilities include writing citations for animal cruelty and responding/investigating all animal abuse calls.
f. Approve to pay Constables Bond Insurance. Constables will reimburse County $28.50 for their portion.
g. Approve Treasurer’s December Monthly Settlement Report.
h. Approve Judge’s Quarterly Financial Report.
i. Approve Treasurer’s Quarterly Cash Receipts Journal.
j. Approve Treasurer’s Quarterly Receipts Report.
k. Approve Treasurer’s Quarterly Appropriations Report.
l. Approve Resolution EC21-02, Electrical Inspection Services with Michael Barks.
m. Approve Resolution EC21-03, Electrical Inspection Services with Teddy Webb.
n. Approve Sheriff’s December Fee Account Report, pending final audit.
o. Approve Sheriff’s December Property Tax Report, pending final audit.
p. Approve Sheriff’s December Fire Protection Report, pending final audit.
q. Approve Sheriff’s 2020 Annual Settlement, pending final audit.
r. Approve County Clerk’s December MVAV Collection Report, pending final audit.
s. Approve County Clerk’s December Deed Transfer Tax Report, pending final audit.
t. Approve County Clerk’s December Excess Fee Report, pending final audit.
u. Approve County Clerk’s December Delinquent Tax Collection Report, pending final audit.
v. Trash Collection-Elvis Lindsey a.k.a. Lindsey’s Sanitation.
IX. Judge Executive:
XI. Next Fiscal Court Meeting will be January 25th, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. via audio/video teleconference.
EDMONSON COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE
Boys Basketball Also Set To Resume On Monday
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Superintendent of Schools Brian Alexander said that plans are still in place for students to return to in-person classes on Monday, January 11, 2021.
"We are planning for students on our staggered schedules to return to in-person classes on Monday," he said. "We're excited to have them back."
Local schools have been virtual-only since November 18th, when Governor Andy Beshear announced the closing of in-person schools until at least January 4th with elementary schools having the option to reopen on December 7th if those counties were not in the red zone. Not only did Edmonson County Schools choose not to open elementary schools on December 7th, they also chose to remain closed past the first recommended date of January 4th.
"We will continue the option of virtual learning for those families that are still not comfortable with in-person classes, but based on what families are telling us and what we've seen from other school districts, we feel good about returning to in-person on Monday," Alexander said.
He also added that social distancing and mask wearing would continue as it has all year long.
"We want to get students back in school because we feel they learn better there than at home. We're proud of our plans that have been put in place since the fall. Our custodians and all our staff have worked very hard to keep our schools clean and provide a safe environment and we are dedicated to our plan."
Alexander also said the ECHS boys basketball team will fulfill their quarantine requirements by the end of this week and plans are moving forward to resume play, also on Monday, as the team will travel to Cloverport to play the Aces, which will be the Wildcats' first game of the season. The team has not experienced any further cases that would hinder their quarantine, practice, or play at this time.
"Because basketball is such a high-contact sport, we have to take things very carefully," said Alexander. "The safety of our students and staff is most important and the team has done a great job in their effort to do what's necessary. We may add or subtract games here and there throughout the season, but we're ready for basketball to begin with our boys on the road on Monday night and a freshman/JV game at home."
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County saw its highest amount of active COVID cases today at 92, according to the data released by the Barren River District Health Department. This tops the previous number of 91 that was reported on Friday, November 20th.
Total cases in the county are now at 609 with 504 recoveries and 13 deaths reported as of today's available data.
Active cases rose in the county by around 30 since last week. The jump also bumped the county up one spot on the list of both active and total cases in the district. Edmonson held the lowest numbers of each for several months but that now belongs to Metcalfe County with 609 cases, 520 recoveries, and 10 deaths for an active number of 79.
Statewide, 114 out of 120 counties were listed in the "red zone," and only one county not orange or red.
Edmonson County Schools are scheduled to resume in-person classes on Monday, January 11th.
Governor Andy Beshear postponed a State of the Commonwealth address that was scheduled for today in lieu of the protesting and violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol today in Washington, D.C..
“Based on the events at our nation’s Capitol, the Senate President, Speaker of the House and I have jointly agreed to delay the joint session for the State of the Commonwealth and the Budget address to 7 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 7," he said. "We all recognize the gravity of this situation.”
Darren Doyle, story:
There were no major changes in active COVID cases in Edmonson County for the final week of the year, according to available numbers from the Barren River District Health Department; however, numbers were only released on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week.
Active cases fell from 68 on Wednesday, December 23rd to 55 on Monday, December 28th. They rose to 58 on Tuesday, then up again to 65 on Wednesday of this week.
While calculating active cases is the most accurate way to gauge COVID cases in an area, total cases numbered were at 559 with 481 recoveries and 13 reported coronavirus deaths in Edmonson County.
COVID cases are expected to rise in some areas as a result of Christmas gatherings; however, Edmonson County saw no spike in numbers after Thanksgiving. Whether or not the county will see the same result after Christmas and New Year's gatherings remains to be seen.
The next Edmonson Voice COVID update is scheduled for Friday, January 8th unless there is a significant change in numbers over the course of the next few days.