Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court was held on Monday, July 10, 2017 in the upstairs courtroom of the county courthouse.
In addition to the report given by county road foreman Ray Page, several other reports were delivered from county offices.
Sheriff's Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle reported that a recent audit conducted to see that the county PVA's Office and the Sheriff's Office works accordingly during tax time passed with excellent results. He also discussed the recent Independence Day holiday that he said was fairly non-incidental and safe throughout the county. He also publicly commended Probation and Parole Officer Josh Watt for his quick action that was credited for saving two lives in a recent fiery crash.
Jailer report: Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent reported there were 14 current inmates housed in the Hart County Jail under Edmonson County care along with four more on home incarceration. Vincent said that the inmate count had been somewhat reduced thanks to County Attorney Greg Vincent and Sheriff Doyle for seeing that non-violent offenders that could serve sentences via community service or home incarceration were doing so. He said this is helping with jail expenses for the county.
Hart County Jail was the only detention facility in the entire region that submitted a bid to house Edmonson County prisoners. The price went from $24/day per inmate to $40/day. Having no other option, the county was forced to agree to these terms. County Attorney Vincent said that the final contract was in it's final stages of language clarification but that it would be completed soon.
County Attorney report: CA Greg Vincent reported that he was informed of a federal lawsuit against several defendants, including two local deputies by a man arrested by Kentucky State Police in 2015. Vincent said the suit had already been dropped against multiple defendants and expected the county deputies to be released from the suit as well. He was informing the court because county employees are represented by the county's insurance firm's legal counsel. The court later met in closed session for a short discussion regarding the suit.
Parks & Rec: Program Administrator Greg Hudson updated the court on the current 10&Under District Baseball tournament being hosted at HWY 70 ballpark. He said the park had received multiple compliments on the field condition, umpires, facility, and concessions and was proud of the work being done by Parks & Rec and the Baseball/Softball Board.
He mentioned that the recurring bluegrass jam at Bee Spring park had been extremely popular and had exceeded expectations. He discussed the success of the recent Freedom Fest and announced an upcoming disc golf tournament that is scheduled to take place at Chalybeate Sports Complex this weekend.
In other fiscal court news, the court approved:
The next fiscal court meeting will be one of the two annual nightly meetings and is scheduled for Monday, July 24, 2017 at 6pm in the upstairs courtroom of the county courthouse.