Moriah Peterson, story:
Fiscal court was held on Monday July 23, 2018 in the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse.
County Road Foreman Ray Page reported that Road Crew has almost completed work lists in districts one, two, and three. Work in district 6 will begin once the worklist has been turned in. Mowers are currently in Chalybeate and will move to Wingfield and then Mohawk. Early Saturday morning there were fallen trees and other storm damage on Mt. Zion Rd and in the Wingfield and Mohawk areas. The Chalybeate Fire Department assisted Road Crew in clearing the roads. There were also reports of other trees and limbs down in the Chalybeate area from the storm.
John Kiernan from Parks and Rec reported that Parks and Rec is preparing to attend the Back to School Bash at ECHS on Tuesday evening July 24th.
Judge Executive Cannon urged the need for a public meeting to discuss the acceptance of The Kentucky Wired Project in Edmonson County. The Kentucky Wired Project will begin 2020 and is state project that will run over 3,000 miles of fiber optic cable for high-speed internet in all 120 counties in Kentucky. Cannon reported that the City of Brownsville has chosen to charge a franchise tax to the company that would install these lines in the city, which has delayed the progress of the project.
Cannon said if Brownsville is skipped over during the process, Edmonson County will be left out of this process altogether. He said he hoped there would be a public meeting scheduled sometime in the near future.
Bond insurance to cover all six Constables is $154.86 per year with Roeding Insurance. A motion was made to require all constables to reimburse the County for their percentage of insurance cost. Each Constable has one month to reimburse the county and if they fail to do so, the County would drop their bond which would lead to their removal of Constable.
The Court approved Sunshine Duvall as animal control volunteer at 20 hours per work and on call 3 days a week.
District 6 Magistrate Mark Woosley requested the discussion of the garbage franchise fees and the purchase of the Hines Law building. Judge Cannon said the franchise fees total to around $40,000 per year and are put in the general fund to use as needed.
In regards to purchasing the Hines Law building, Woosley said it would be an opportunity to free up space inside the courthouse and would allow a visitors center, tourism office and a space for the Chamber of Commerce and possibly relocating the County Attorney Office. Judge Cannon said that the need to build a county animal shelter is a more time sensitive issue and that the county wasn't currently financially able to purchase the building.
Rhonda Clemmons gave an update that all volunteer slots for the State Fair booth had been filled. This year’s booth will showcase Nolin Lake and Green River. Anyone interested in helping build or tear down the fair booth can contact her at the Chamber/Tourism Office. She also said that on September 22nd there will be a paddle event and a Chamber of Commerce Cookout on the square after the paddle from 12-2 pm. she also commented that filming efforts in the county are continuing.
During a closed session there was further discussion of the purchase of Hines Law Office building, a pending lawsuit against the County/Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Fortress Group Lawsuit. No motions were made after closed session and no further information was made available.
The next Fiscal Court meeting will be on August 13th at 9am in the upstairs courtroom.