Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Edmonson County fiscal court met on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 as a result of a schedule change made after Monday's holiday of Columbus Day.
DAV Chapter 32 Commander Jack Hasty presented a certificate of appreciation to Judge Executive Wil Cannon and all six magistrates at today's meeting for the Edmonson County fiscal court's support of the Veterans Memorial Wall project in the courtyard, as well as other supported veteran activities throughout the years.
"We thank Edmonson County fiscal court for their support of our veterans," said Hasty as he presented the certificate.
The court also approved an executive order for an agreement between county government and the Tri-County Mounted Search and Rescue team. Three team members, Danny Hatcher, Brandon Brooks, and Joyce Cowles, attended today's meeting to discuss their request to be recognized by the county as a volunteer rescue unit. The non-profit organization is another extension of rescue personnel that operates on horseback. Hatcher told the court that there are circumstances where finding a missing person or similar emergency is best suited for a rider on horseback in some of the rural areas in the Edmonson, Hart, and Barren County areas.
They requested no funding or resources; they only asked recognition to work with other county agencies. Brandon Brooks also spoke about the group and said they currently have 21 members that are made up of nurses, veterinary personnel, and other trained and professional individuals. The court unanimously voted to approve the agreement.
County offices gave various reports, including:
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle said calls for service from his office had seen a reduction as of late and that Edmonson County Grand Jury was upcoming. He also announced that county property tax bills will be going out on November 1st.
Jailer Report: Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent reported there were currently 17 inmates at Hart County Jail and the jailer's office was working around two cars that are currently broken down.
County Clerk: Clerk Kevin Alexander said that the first day of voting in-house (absentee) began yesterday. He said his office had a huge number of people that filed to vote again while they were already registered, which caused quite a bit of confusion. Alexander asked that you call the office if you’re unsure if you’re registered before filing online or coming in to register.
Chamber of Commerce Director Rhonda Clemmons announced the annual Chamber dinner will be held on November 29th at the Heritage Centre in Brownsville. Tickets will be available soon through the Chamber website. She also announced that the annual county Halloween on the Square will take place on Wednesday, Halloween night from 4-7pm.
There was also a short discussion about making the west entrance to the Community Center (facing Bank of Edmonson County) more wheelchair accessible with a larger door. The court agreed to research options and seek bids for a potential upgrade.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 22, 2018 at 9am.