Fiscal Court Recap: Electronic Sign In Process Coming To Voting Precincts, Memorial Road Sign Ready, More:
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court met on Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Edmonson County Courthouse.
The dispute between Kevin Davis, owner of Mammoth Cave Horse Camp and Mammoth Cave National Park continued at today's meeting, with both sides making statements. A county resolution was passed but there's more to it than a county resolution, all of which can be read here.
County Clerk Kevin Alexander discussed that the state election board is working to implement a new electronic sign in process that will eventually eliminate the paper books. Currently, voters show a photo ID then place their signature in the paper voting book under their name. Clerk Alexander said that one of the eight county polling places will implement an electronic system in the upcoming general election.
In November, the Chalybeate precinct at South Edmonson will feature an electronic tablet system where voters will scan their photo ID then sign the pad with either their finger or stylus pen, the same type as you'd use when signing for a purchase at a retail store with a credit or debit card.
Alexander said that the Chalybeate location was selected because one of the four poll workers there has some experience with the technology and that there were no school board elections in the precinct for this election, which might make things simpler. "Some of our older voters and poll workers will probably not like this at first, but we have to start implementing this," he said. He asked the court for an additional $60 to pay poll workers additional training on the new system, to which the court voted yes.
District six magistrate Mark Woosley also brought the newly made sign for the next county memorial road, which is Denzil Bullock Road. The road will be dedicated to Private Raymond W. Bullock, who was killed in action during WWII.
In order to qualify for the county to consider honoring a fallen soldier on a county road, some of the guidelines include: the fallen soldier must have been a resident of the county and lived on the particular county road for request, must have died in battle with documented proof of service provided, the sign dimension guidelines must be followed, and the county road department must be in charge of the sign installation.
The vote for the Bullock Road dedication passed unanimously during the September 10, 2018 meeting and a ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 3pm.
Road Report: Assistant County Road Foreman Greg Carroll gave a report in the place of Ray Page, who was on vacation. He said the department had picked up their new truck that was approved for purchase at the last meeting and that it had already been put to use. He added that crews had finished up the work on Carnes Road in the Richland Subdivision, which was funded by a grant from Governor Bevin's office, which Carroll said was completed under budget.
Sheriff Report: Detective Wally Ritter gave the sheriff's report in the absence of Sheriff Shane Doyle. He reported that the sheriff's office was busy with fairgrounds patrol this week and other than one incident it was a quiet week. Det. Ritter said that the state overtime grant for extra patrolling will end at this month. During the grant period, which was May-September, deputies had been able to crack down on more DUIs, seat belt and child safety restraint violations, while providing extra patrol in various areas. He said the office has recently worked multiple theft cases where arrests are pending.
Magistrate Clark Wood asked about an incident at the fair that involved a man that cut himself in public. Ritter said that no press release was made available on the issue because no one was charged with a crime and the incident involved an attempted suicide. He said the sheriff's office does not disclose information on attempted suicides or suicides. No official information on the incident was available from other emergency workers due to HEPA laws.
Jailer Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported there were 21 county inmates currently lodged in the Hart County Jail.
County Clerk Report: County Clerk Kevin Alexander also said the recent delinquent tax sale was held where 27 bills were sold for a total amount of more than $23,000. He said the amount was lower than normal but he felt like it was due to more people overall paying their taxes on time, which reduces the amount of delinquent taxes. He also reported that absentee voting begins Oct 9th.
Chamber and Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons reported that tourism met where an individual was seeking to bring more events in 2019 and that the tourism board is considering those. She also reported that tourism is still working on finishing their Trail Town designation where they have dedicated $12,000 to complete these projects. She announced the annual Chamber Golf Scramble, which is scheduled for October 4th. Rafferty’s will be featured as the lunch sponsor. November 29th will be the annual banquet, and she added that the new tourism web site (cavesandlake.com) and social media campaigns are going well.
EMS Director Keith Sanders announced that local EMS has been awarded a $45,000k homeland security grant. He said the money will be used to purchase a new power lift stretcher for one of the ambulances that don't already have one.
The court went into closed session to discuss the hiring of a new emergency management director. After the session, the court voted to appoint Terry Massey of Chalybeate to the position at a salary of $15,300.
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