August 31st Start Is Still Planned
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Edmonson County Superintendent of Schools Brian Alexander said today that everything is still on schedule to begin the school year on Wednesday, August 31st as construction projects that delayed the original start to school are now wrapping up.
Alexander said he was hoping to squash any rumors of other delays that have made their way back to the Board of Education office.
"We've had people ask all sorts of questions about running into other delays and going virtual and all kinds of things, but none of that is accurate," he said. "We are looking to be right on schedule."
Renovations have been ongoing throughout the district in various forms, some of which are part of the Guaranteed Energy Savings Project that will allow LED lighting district-wide.
"These new lights are not only much brighter but also much more energy efficient," Alexander said.
He also said that as messy as things have gotten at times over the summer, and with the discovery of sediment in the existing HVAC pipes, crews are working extremely fast to have everything wrapped up over the next three weeks.
"It still looks a little bit out of sorts in places, but earlier in the summer it looked like Nakatomi Plaza," he said laughing, which was a reference to the 1988 Bruce Willis blockbuster movie "Die Hard."
He said during the project, all the sediment was removed and flushed from the HVAC system and that thanks to CMTA, the construction project manager, there was no additional cost to the school district after the problem was discovered. Local contractors R&R Heating and Air Conditioning have installed new HVAC that helps filter out flu, strep, and COVID, Alexander said.
"All our crews have gone above and beyond expectations."
Alexander said no further delays are expected.
"Things are on schedule for August 31st and we're excited to get back to a normal routine with our teachers and staff ready to get back to the business of doing what we do, and that's to provide a great learning environment for Edmonson County students."
by: Darren Doyle
A discussion was held at Monday's Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting about either renewing the contract for county trash pick up with Waste Connections, formerly known as Scott Waste, or for looking for other options.
We were contacted by District 1 Magistrate Mark Meeks, who is seeking feedback from the public on the situation.
A renewal with Scott Waste's current contract would guarantee that they could not raise their prices by more than 3% per year; however, many residents are dissatisfied with the service they receive from the trash company. There are multiple scenarios that are possible, should the fiscal court decide changes need to be made.
The first is to simply renew the contract and continue with the same as things have been since 2008. Waste Connections would be the sole trash collection provider for all of Edmonson County at the current rate, with the possibility of a maximum annual 3% cost of living increase per year.
The second, is for the county to open up bids to any and all trash collection companies; however, it's possible that another company--including Waste Connections--to submit a higher bid than what county residents are currently paying. It's also possible that Waste Connections could submit the lowest bid while raising prices from where they are now. It's also possible that with another company, the countywide cleanup would be discontinued, as SW/WC provides all the dumpster services for the annual event in their current agreement.
The third option would be to allow individual residents to utilize any company they wish that agrees to provide trash collection at their address for whatever price is charged by the company. With this option, the county would no longer be part of Kentucky's Waste Management Plan, which requires one sole trash collection provider. This would mean the county would no longer receive a franchise fee from one sole provider (approx. $50K per year), and they would also lose grants for the litter abatement program (approx $28K/yr) and the annual tire amnesty program ($4K/yr). There would also be no oversight on individual companies; however, many would argue that Scott Waste has none or not enough now, as the sole provider.
The Edmonson Voice is conducting a trash collection survey; the results of which will be shared with county officials.
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Court Also Renews Bid With Hart County Jail For Inmate Housing At Same Rate
Madison Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court met today, August 8, 2022, where the court held a lengthy discussion regarding the specifications for solid waste collection and whether or not to open up bids for a new waste company, or to renew the current contract with Scott Waste Management.
Judge Cannon said that while he has been in office, Scott Waste had done a "pretty good job overall, minus just the last few months." Cannon recommended the court vote to renew their contract with Scott Waste, and "let them fix the issues we have at hand, and if they don't, then go with a different company."
Cannon asked each individual magistrate their opinion. The magistrates, aside from District 5 Mag. Johnny Brooks, who said he agreed with Cannon, and District 3 Mag. Edd Rich who was absent, said that the majority of their complaints come from those who are dissatisfied with Scott Waste.
"I have been here for four years now, and I don't think Scott Waste has a done good job overall," District 6 Magistrate James Vincent said. "I think we have given them chances to fix their issues, and they haven't. Most of my complaints in my district are people saying their trash hasn't been picked up."
Numerous discussions have been held on the quality of service from Scott Waste at Edmonson County Fiscal Court meetings over the past several years, most recently at an April 2022 meeting. Representatives from the trash company have appeared multiple times at the meetings and have usually been there to apologize for problems; however many customers have argued that their complaints have gone unnoticed. The fiscal court has not yet been able to find ways to motivate Scott Waste to do better.
The county entered into an agreement with Scott Waste, now known as Waste Connections, in 2008 when Edmonson County began participating in the Kentucky Waste Management Program. This program recommends the county to have one trash pickup service countywide in order to track the amount of trash being picked up. Judge Cannon has said on more than one occasion that having more than one trash company will hinder the process of tracking that information. All county residents are required by ordinance to have weekly trash pickup.
As a participant in the program, the county receives grant money that pays for the litter abatement program and a tire amnesty program.
Waste Connections also donates each year to the Freedom Fest, which provides a free fireworks show each summer, and provides the dumpster services for the annual countywide cleanup. Waste Connections also pays a franchise tax back to the county each year, which is around $50,000 a year.
Trash pickup was late again last week for a large number of county residents.
After hearing the magistrates' opinions, Judge Cannon said "I know things aren't going good right now, but I am afraid of making this change right now."
The court read the current contract with Scott Waste, and magistrates agreed that more time was needed to gather more information about all available options before making a decision. The motion was made by Johnny Brooks to table until the next meeting, which was seconded by Corey Vanmeter.
The court also approved a jail bid from Hart County jail for $45 per day, per inmate. Judge Cannon said he would recommend accepting this bid because "we know Hart County has the room, and it's the most efficient for our county because it's an easy drive and it will save us money in the long run."
Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent agreed, and he said "If you look at somewhere else, the drive is going to be farther, we would have to pay employees more, and we can't really afford to do that so I think it would hurt us in the long haul if we went with somewhere else."
The court also voted to approve/acknowledge the following:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for August 22, 2022 at 9 am.
Edmonson Circuit Court was recently held where a Grand Jury returned the following indictments:
Elvis Lindsey, Theft by deceptions $1,000 or more.
Savanna S. Hunt, TBUT or DISP all others $1,000 or more.
Janet L. Compton, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree, second offense (meth).
Stanley T. Harvel, Trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 ounces), Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree (greater than or equal to 10 D.U.), Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Alcohol intoxication in a public place, Possession of open alcohol container in motor vehicle.
Nyla O. Sharpe, Trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 ounces), Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree (greater than or equal to 10 D.U.), Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Alcohol intoxication in a public place, Possession of open alcohol container in motor vehicle.
Mikayla N. Robledo, Possession of firearm by convicted felon, Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Karen L.Mcclellan, Trafficking in a controlled substance first degree (greater than or equal to 10 D.U.), Trafficking in controlled substance in the third degree, Prescription controlled substance not in original container.
Justen R. Nichols, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess (firearm enhanced), Possession of controlled substance - first degree - meth (firearm enhanced).
Robert E. Bandy, DUI first offense, operating motor vehicle on suspended or revoked license, Careless driving, Wanton endangerment- first degree, Possession of open alcohol container in motor vehicle, Possession of marijuana.
Danny W. Gregory Jr., Possession of firearm by convicted felon, Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Joshua K. Lashley, DUI first offense, Possession of controlled substance first degree - third offense - hydrocodone, Possession of marijuana, Drug paraphernalia - buy/possess, Prescription controlled substance not in original container, Careless driving.
Kristen L. Matthews, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Possession of controlled substance first degree (meth), Careless driving.
Christopher S. Evans, Bail jumping in the first degree.
Jordan K. Gray, Wanton endangerment first degree (four counts), Criminal abuse first degree (child 12 or under).
Stacy A. Neff, DUI first offense, Possesion of controlled substance first degree (meth), Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Bail jumping, first degree.
James O. Hart, Trafficking in controlled substance first degree (Carfentanil or Fentanyl derivatives) - firearm enhanced, Trafficking in controlled substance (greater than or equal to 2 grams of meth) - firearm enhanced, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess - firearm enhanced, Tampering with physical evidence, Possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, Operating motor vehicle on suspended or revoked license, Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
John English, Bail jumping in the first degree.
Terry D. Finn, TBUT or DISP all others $1,000 < $10,000, Possession of burglary tools, Criminal mischief in the first degree, Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Greg K. Rigdon, Torture dog/cat with serious physical injury or death (five counts), Cruelty to animals in the second degree (five counts).
Note: An indictment is only a formal charge and is not an admission of guilt. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Bipartisan Task Force Aims To Crack Down On Illegal Robocalls
FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 2, 2022) – Attorney General Cameron announced on Tuesday that his office joined a bipartisan coalition of 50 attorneys general in forming an Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force. The nationwide task force will combat robocalls by investigating and taking legal action against telecommunications companies responsible for allowing foreign robocalls into the United States.
“Last year, scam robocalls resulted in $29.8 million losses nationwide, and we’re taking every possible action to protect Kentuckians from the financial losses and harm that often result from illegal robocalls,” said Attorney General Cameron. “The Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force will allow us to leverage the resources of attorneys general across the country to push back against bad actors who allow scam robocalls to occur.”
According to the National Consumer Law Center and Electronic Privacy Information Center, over 33 million scam robocalls are made to Americans every day. Most robocalls, which are used to perpetrate scams, originate overseas. These overseas callers gain access to the U.S. telephone network through Gateway providers. While these providers are responsible for ensuring the traffic is legal, many are not taking sufficient action to stop robocall traffic.
The Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force will focus on tracking down bad actors who do not take steps to appropriately mitigate scam robocalls. These efforts are an important step in helping to reduce the number of robocalls that Kentuckians receive.
To avoid financial losses due to fraudulent robocalls, Kentuckians can follow these tips:
In addition to Attorney General Cameron, attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming joined the task force.
To report a scam, visit ag.ky.gov/scams.
Edmonson Voice Report:
The Edmonson County school system requests that ALL parents complete the Online Registration process for the 2022-2023 school year at your earliest convenience. We ask that a parent/guardian complete registration at a time when they are not rushed, as there are several documents to view before completion.
If your child finished the 2021-2022 school year (on May 27th) as an Edmonson County student, please access OLR through the Parent Portal. If you do not remember your login credentials, follow the Forgot Username/Password link. The portal can be found at http://boe.edmonson.k12.ky.us/parent-portal/
If your child is starting school for the first time, or if they finished the 2021-2022 school year in another district instead of Edmonson County, follow this link to register http://mrtg.edmonson.k12.ky.us/OLR.html
If a parent or guardian needs to complete OLR for both a NEW and EXISTING student, first go through the Parent Portal to register the returning student. Under the student section, click 'Add New Student'.