Fiscal Court Recap, Feb 25, 2019: County Road Foreman Retires, Conservation Office Requests New Tax, More:
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court was held on Monday, February 25, 2019 in the upstairs courtroom of the county courthouse.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet leadership attended Monday’s Fiscal Court meeting seeking input from local officials on the county's most pressing infrastructure needs. Magistrates and several attendees expressed concerns with roads in the county such as Sunfish Rd and Briar Creek Roads.
District 5 Magistrate Johnny Brooks voiced his concern with Ollie Rd, stating that for the amount of traffic the road receives, it is very narrow. District 4 Magistrate Edd Rich said that HWY 259 from Brownsville to Leitchfield has to be one of the worst roads in the state.
“It’s mostly from Leitchfield to the Edmonson County line that is the worst, but I don’t want our roads to get as bad as it is in that area,” said Rich.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon stated that there will be two meetings next month in which Edmonson County’s infrastructure needs will be talked about with KYTC members.
The Edmonson County Conservation office spoke during the Fiscal Court meeting to request additional funding. A few of the services offered by the Conservation office includes: dead animal burial or removal reimbursement, soil testing reimbursement, Conservation Art and Writing Program, the tree seedling program, and keeping Edmonson County water clean.
According to KRS 262.200, Conservation Districts can be funded either from the fiscal court general fund or by the levy of a tax on real estate value. According to the local conservation district, since the fiscal court general fund doesn’t provide enough funding for the conservation office to be sustainable, they have proposed seeking funding though a millage tax. This would mean $10.60 per $100,000 would be added to each county resident's property taxes for funding conservation.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon stated that Edmonson County is an agricultural county and the Conservation Office needs enough funding so they can plan for more than a year in advance. The voting for this tax will take place at the next Fiscal Court meeting March 11th at 9am.
County Road Foreman Ray Page is retiring after 26 years of service, 13 of which were as foreman. Current assistant Road Foreman Greg Carroll has been appointed as Interim Road Supervisor while the county accepts applications for the position of Road Supervisor. An interim Road Supervisor can be named for up to three months.
County officials gave their regular reports as followed:
Road Report- Assistant County Road Foreman Greg Carroll reported multiple bridges and roadways are flooded due to the heavy rain fall Edmonson County has been receiving since February 12th. Mowing is currently in Lindseyville, heading towards Brownsville and will then be moving into District 2.
EM Director Report- EM Director Terry "Moose" Massey stated he was unable to give his official detailed report due to returning from a recent call; however, he did discuss recent flooding in the area which caused some traffic issues in the county.
Sheriff Report- Sheriff Shane Doyle reported that he attended the Law Enforcement Council last week. Doyle stated that Kentucky has one of the best Law Enforcement training academies and he is proud to be a part of Kentucky Law Enforcement. The Sheriff stated he held a legal training last week for special deputies and constables. He also said there were a few drug arrests made in the last few weeks and that Deputy Skaggs' vehicle should be out of the shop soon.
Doyle also talked about the deputy involved shootings that have taken place in bordering counties. Sheriff Doyle stated that Edmonson County is not immune to these types of attacks and he has reminded his deputies of the importance of wearing their body armor and being alert of their surroundings, “head down and eyes up.” Upon Doyle finishing his report, Judge Wil Cannon asked if the sheriff’s office had training plans for constables if a proposed bill requiring constables to receive training in order to have arresting powers is passed. Doyle replied that his office will look into training options when/if the proposed bill is passed.
Jailer Report- Todd Vincent reported a total of 17 inmates with two on home incarceration. He also reported one ER visit.
County Clerk Report- Deputy County Clerk Jason Alexander reported on behalf of County Clerk Kevin Alexander that the office has received some new electric scanners for polling.
Parks & Rec Report- John Kiernan reported that Little league basketball will be wrapping up their season soon, and that little league baseball is shaping up to be good season. Kiernan also reported that a disc golf tournament will be taking place this weekend at the Chalybeate Park.
Tourism Report- Rhonda Clemmons shared updates with the court, which included an announcement for a Tourism job fair on March 6th from 1-6 at the Cave City Convention Center.
Fiscal Report also approved the following:
The next Fiscal Court meeting will be on March 11th at 9am.