Darren Doyle, story:
There was little discussion at today's Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting other than proposed legal action against any new trash pickup solicitor, as we reported earlier today.
Road Report: County Road Foreman Greg Carroll said that crews had completed ditching work and other repairs on Penner Road where a farmer allegedly damaged the roadway and ditch with farming equipment. He said road crews had installed several road tiles while county right-of-ways had been mowed and ditching work had been completed across the county. He also reported the new impound lot that will be used by the sheriff's office is too wet to complete much work now, but that project will resume in drier weather.
Emergency Management: EM Director Terry Massey said county emergency personnel had responded to 24 emergency calls since the last report that included several fire and motor vehicle accidents. He was asked about the current vaccine schedule in Edmonson County to which he deferred to the Barren River District Health Department. "The itinerary changes from day-to-day," he said.
Coroner Brentley Esters gave his annual report that was simply 33 calls worked this year. He said none were COVID-related.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that his part-time document server is working out great, which allows officers to deal more with law enforcement instead of paper work. He also said his office had made several drug arrests. Finally, he wanted to thank the road department publicly for the work completed so far on the new impound lot, although work has been suspended for now. He also reported that the final plans are being made for his office remodeling project.
Jailer Report: There are currently 17 county inmates housed at Hart County Jail according to Judge Wil Cannon.
The court also voted to approve a pay raise for dog control officer Kenny Heath to $13 per hour. With the raise comes new responsibilities that include the ability to issue animal control citations. Some magistrates asked about the requirements for new training for the additional work and Judge Cannon said that law doesn't require it but local law enforcement is advising him on the proper scenarios for citations. Mag. Rich wanted to ensure that Heath was uniformed properly and his vehicle was identified, to which Cannon confirmed.
The court also voted to:
The next Fiscal Court Meeting is scheduled for January 25, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. via audio/video teleconference.