The Edmonson County Fiscal Court met today, November 24, as the calendar year nears the end. Two magistrates, Willie Lindsey and Neil Vincent, will be replaced as the page turns to 2015, with Joe Durbin and Mark Woosley, respectively.
The court heard from Ray Page, County Road Foreman, as he reported that tiles and ditches were being cleaned out in District 1 (Buck Simmons), Mowing was near completion in District 6, (Neil Vincent) and gravel was being applied to mailbox areas along the road in District 5, (Johnny Brooks). All services are to be performed in each district as the road crews make their rounds.
In old business, the court discussed and approved a resolution that adopted "Kailey Road" into the county road system had done so with an incorrect name of the road. A new resolution with the correct name of "Kailey Court" was adopted.
The court agreed to reduce the maximum amount of "comp time" from 240 hours to 120 hours per county employee. Any employee with over 120 hours must use the excess amount before the fiscal year's end in June, 2015. This was due to the possibility of several payouts being required at one time. If several employees required the current maximum payout at one time, the county could face a financial difficulty.
The lease agreement between the owner of the Webb-Co Building and the county was worded incorrectly and not signed. After corrections, the court hoped to sign at the next meeting.
Approved a resolution that entailed an agreement with the Central KY E-911 Network. Under the current agreement, the county pays approximately $6,000 per month to Windstream for this service. The court reported that the county equipment was out of date, so along with a grant secured from Emergency Management Director Pat Prunty and the new resolution, the county's 911 system operation can be reduced to around $3,000 per month.
The court heard the sheriff's report from Wil Cannon. He reported that tax season was in full force with the department collecting and managing tax payments. The office computer system had experienced some problems, but was working. The office hoped to make updates for next year. He also reported Randy Hawks had completed training and was now a fully certified Court Officer. Cannon said Deputy Stoney Phillips had also completed 40 hours of additional training for Kentucky Drug Investigations and that part-time Deputy Jordan Jones would be hired as a full time deputy in January. Cannon reported that the department had already begun the transition of responsibilty from current Sheriff Cannon to Sheriff-Elect Shane Doyle's as Doyle will be sworn in as the new sheriff in January. He said changes were going very smoothly and that the county would basically have a seamless transition from Cannon to Doyle. Cannon also reported that since leaving the Drug Task Force, the department has decided on a retired Kentucky State Trooper that is ready to assume his role as the county's new drug detective in January.
Deputy Wally Ritter gave an activity report of the drug arrests that we reported to you a few days ago as well as reports of stolen items recently reported. We are currently working on more detailed stories from that report.
Park Director A.B. Webb reported that 218 kids were signed up to play little league basketball which would start on December 6th. He also said that he'd had some complaints of the bathroom facilities being locked at the outdoor sports complexes. He said that during cold weather, the doors must remain closed and locked to prevent freezing of plumbing. If the parks are reserved during cold months, the park sees that the facilities are open and functioning.
Judge Reed commented on a complaint he had heard about the county paying $3,000 to host an upcoming horseshoe tournament at Chalybeate Park. The complaint was an anonymous citizen who was upset that tax dollars were contributing to horse shoe tournaments. Reed explained that it was a national tournament, spotlighting Edmonson County, and that the revenue from the tournament to local businesses would far exceed $3,000.
The county also agreed to hire a new road employee as the road department had one retirement and another employee that had passed away.
The court then went into closed session for the hiring of a new Road Department Assistant Foreman.
(D.Doyle, story and photos)