Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court met on Monday, January 22, 2018 in the upstairs courtroom of the county courthouse.
Road Report: County Road Foreman discussed in detail about the serious adversity his crews faced during the recent winter storms, including a narrow escape from a serious injury. Click here to read the full story.
Sheriff's Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle discussed the past weekend's arrest warrant round-up operation that resulted in more than 20 arrests.
Jailer's Report: Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent reported that there were currently 29 county inmates lodged in the Hart County Jail, along with one on home incarceration. He said that one prisoner had warrants in Indiana but is still in jail because Indiana has yet to pick him up, all on the county's dime. He also discussed the useless transportation of prisoners only to be told to come back for another court date, again and again.
Parks and Rec Report: Parks Director A.B. Webb discussed the temporary suspension of the little league basketball program in honor of Coleton Parsley.
Rhonda Clemmons updated the court regarding the possibility of the state putting a two year freeze on tax incentives to filmmakers due to the current budget crisis. She said there are currently 100 films that have been approved by state film office to be made in Kentucky. Filmmakers have two years to make approved films. She said advocates for movie making in KY are urging their legislation to continue the credits as filmmaking has boosted small town economies like Edmonson County's. She also said "Almost Never Films" has returned to the county to film "Bethlehem Ranch," and is also now looking for farm locations. She said the city has left the town Christmas decorations in place as per request from filmmakers.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon gave an update on the property at Lock #6. Improvements are finishing up for the overall space and that KY Fish and Wildlife will assume responsibility of the area from the Corps of Engineers soon. Cannon said he has requested that the county have the ability to construct a picnic shelter on the property to help attract water sport tourism. He also reported that there was huge response to the opening of a secretary's position in his office; however, no one had applied for the position of the Parks and Rec Program Administrator other than the John Kiernan, who spoke at the last fiscal court meeting about the job.
In other fiscal court news, magistrates voted to accept the new terms of the Bowling Green/Warren County Animal Shelter with Edmonson County. They have asked for an increase in the yearly fee from $15,000 to $18,000 due to the higher number of dogs being dropped at the shelter.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 12, 2018 at 9am.