Darren Doyle, story
Several reports were given at today's fiscal court meeting and a discussion was held regarding a possible county ordinance setting a 35mph speed limit on all county roads except for those already set at 25mph.
Sheriff Shane Doyle gave his report to the court and recapped the four arrests made on the recent arson cases. He gave credit to Detectives Wally Ritter and Scott Skaggs on great investigative work to help solve some of the cases. Sheriff Doyle also noted that the firefighters arrested should not reflect on the entire department of which they served, nor any other departments in the county. “We have some of the best firefighters and departments in the country right here in Edmonson County. This was an example of just stupid mistakes made by some kids.”
Doyle also discussed the successful Election Day and smooth process overall at the county polling places.
Rhonda Clemmons with the Chamber of Commerce announced that the annual Chamber Dinner will be held this Thursday at 6pm, a Planning Commission meeting Tuesday at 6pm, and a Trail Town Meeting on Tuesday, November 29. She also reminded everyone that the Christmas Parade will be held on Nov 26, at 6pm, lineup begins at 4pm at ECHS.
Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent announced that there were currently 16 inmates, with four being on home incarceration. He also reported that the jailer's office had no current breakdowns, something that rarely happens.
Parks and Rec Program Administrator Greg Hudson reported that Little league basketball has begun and that the Baseball/Softball board had been busy working on new batting cages. He also noted that soccer is completed, and they had 31 kids who played. "We had no complaints on this year's season and, everyone seemed to enjoy the season," Hudson said.
Tourism Board: Magistrate Mark Woosley and Judge Cannon attended the most recent meeting, where the focus was looking to promote Trail Town and the upcoming Christmas Parade. Mag. Woosley also announced that the Mammoth Cave Hotel and restaurant will stay open all winter.
Hellervik Oil representative Jim Brown reported that the company had been busy meeting with Judge Cannon, lawyers, pipe layers, and potential customers. He said they have potential customers ready to purchase gas as soon as the plant is ready. “This thing is coming together, just not as quickly as we’d like it to because of all the preparations required to do this correctly.” He also thanked the Edmonson Voice for great exposure on an ad they'd recently run. He said a former Edmonson County resident that lived in Texas saw their ad on the Voice and contacted the company about some gas wells that the resident still owned in Edmonson County.
Speed Limits: Judge Cannon discussed with magistrates the possibility of either road-by-road mph limit or signing a blanket ordinance of 35mph for all county roads unless otherwise posted. J.B. Hines said ordinance would have to be drafted. Several county roads are 45mph. Those that would be changed from 45 to 35 would have to have new signage made and installed, something that could accumulate quite a cost. Road Foreman Ray Page said he would research the costs of the new signs and report back to the court at the next meeting.