Fiscal Court Recap, May 25, 2018: County Moves Forward With Lawsuit Against Park Mammoth, No Action Taken For Replacing County Treasurer
Grant Request For Dispatch Center Approved, Community Center To Purchase New Chairs
Darren Doyle, story:
A special session of Edmonson County Fiscal Court was held today instead of Monday, May 28th, due to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.
The county is proceeding with a lawsuit against The Fortress Group, which operates under the name (dba) Park Mammoth. According to Judge Executive Wil Cannon, Park Mammoth owes more than $80,000 in unpaid Room and Recreational taxes to the county. Rec taxes go directly to Parks and Rec while room taxes go directly to Edmonson County Tourism.
County Attorney Greg Vincent said that the lawsuit was officially filed the day after the announcement was made on May 14th and Sheriff Shane Doyle confirmed the papers had been served.
Judge Cannon said that the March payment from the group which was first said was to have been insufficient at the last fiscal court meeting eventually cleared the bank. According to the civil suit documents, the county is suing for $85,849.33, which includes back taxes, interest, attorney fees, and court costs.
Other county offices gave reports at today's meeting including the road department.
Assistant foreman Greg Carroll said crews had replaced several road tiles, including the oversized units on Beaver Dam Church Road. He said the department's new wrecker was used in the installation which made the operation much more efficient. He reported that the old tiles were recycled.
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle updated the court on the hectic night last week for local law enforcement when three major calls all landed at the same time. He also reported that a new patrol vehicle had been purchased by his office and is currently being outfitted with a police package. All of the money used in the purchase came from seized drug money from convictions stemming from arrests made by the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
County Clerk Report: County Clerk Kevin Alexander reported on the recent election, which he described as an "uneventful day," and used the term as a positive attribute. He said two precincts had a couple of machine errors at first due to some perforated ballot issues, but all were corrected under the supervision of both republican and democrat members of the election board.
Helen Siewers, from Cave County Trails, also spoke at today's meeting: The group is made up of tourism personnel from Edmonson, Hart, Barren, and Warren counties and funded through local tourism commissions. The group promotes hiking, biking, equestrian trails and water sport trails. She asked for court approval to incorporate county roads for a bike trail that would link two major bike routes: one west/east route beginning in LaRue County, to one north/south route that extends to Tennessee.
No funding was requested, but rather the approval of an ordinance that would allow local roads to be included. The ordinance was read and approved. The local route enters the county in the National Park, travels along Silent Grove Ch Road, KY 259 to Rocky Hill, then outside of the county.
Blue Lights For Animal Control Vehicle Denied: Judge Cannon said he had received a formal request from animal control officer Kenny Heath for installation of blue lights on the animal control vehicle. According to Cannon, Heath said the lights would be for safety purposes.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said according to state law, an animal control vehicle alone is not considered an emergency vehicle that qualifies for red or blue emergency lighting. Judge Cannon suggested possible yellow lights instead, and a motion was made to allow the officer to install yellow and white lights on the vehicle, where the motion passed.
The court also approved:
The court went into closed session for the purpose of discussing the appointment of a new county treasurer. No action was discussed on the matter once open court resumed.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for June 11, 2018 at 9am.