Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Fiscal Court met today in a virtual meeting where magistrates approved the bid and purchase of a used paving machine for the county that will replace an old machine that is reportedly on its last leg.
County Road Supervisor Greg Carroll recently traveled to Brown Equipment in Ocala, Florida to examine a 2015 Caterpillar paving machine. Carroll said after seeing the machine in person and speaking with the dealership's owner, Lee Brown, he was confident this purchase would be good for the county.
"A large construction company out of Louisiana had originally bought this machine and traded it in," Carroll said. "I was able to try the paver out and I believe it's going to be a good one."
Carroll also said he spoke with other customers of Brown Equipment and all with whom he spoke were satisfied with their purchases. He also noted that this particular paver, which he said sells for more than $600,000 new, can pave 10 to 20ft widths with no seams. He said it will also require less manpower for the road department. Carroll said while the machine has 5000 hours, it had only paved 132 miles of road, which means it had sit idling for much of its life.
Brown Equipment was the only company to submit a sealed bid to the county, which was opened by Judge Wil Cannon today during the meeting, which was for $148,000. Magistrate Edd Rich made a motion to accept the bid; seconded by Johnny Brooks. Both Rich and Brooks motioned and seconded (respectively) to approve the purchase of the paver today.
Carroll said he had received a price of $3200 for the shipping of the machine from Florida to Brownsville; however, he thought he could find a lower shipping cost through some local connections. He said the machine will have to be shipped via semi-truck.
The old machine, according to Carroll, could possibly bring $15K-$20K back to the county in a government auction in the future.
In addition to the regular reports given by various county offices, the fiscal court also voted to approve the re-appointments of A.J. Johnson and Debbie Cain to the Ambulance Board, effective January 1, 2021.
The court also voted to appoint Magistrate Charlie Tarter to the Edmonson County Tourism Board, which fills the vacancy left by former Magistrate Clark Wood, effective today and expires December 31, 2022.
Two new county employees were also hired as a result of magistrate voting today, which included fulltime employee Darrell Sanders for the road department and Eric Lyvers, a seasonal employee for the county's litter abatement program.
The county also acknowledged a $300 donation from Woodmen Life, Chapter #296, which was incorrectly acknowledged at the last fiscal court meeting as "Woodmen of the World."
The Emergency Management Program Grant was also approved by the fiscal court at today's meeting. Judge Cannon said this was a yearly grant available to local Emergency Management programs in Kentucky. Treasurer Tammi Willhite said the county is eligible for a maximum amount each year.
"The county can be reimbursed for 50% of salary, vehicle maintenance, office supplies, and phone bills for Emergency Management," she said. "This usually helps the county recover about six or seven-thousand dollars a year."
Finally, the court approved to advertise for remodeling of the Sheriff's Office, which is made possible by federal CARES Act funding. The funds can only be used for emergency services and Judge Cannon said the electrical and plumbing systems at the office are past need of repair. He also noted that the parking lot needs to be repaved as well, which can also be done during the project.
"This has been something we've needed to do for a long time, going back to even when I was there," he said. "We've just not had the available funding to do this until now."
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled to be held virtually on December 28, 2020 at 9AM.