Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Edmonson County Fiscal Court met on Monday, May 8, 2017 where county government offices discussed a host of items on the agenda.
Road Report: County Road Foreman Ray Page discussed the ongoing blacktopping on the south side of the county. He asked for magistrates' approval in their respective districts as to what roads take priority according to their allotted funds. The sooner approval is made, the sooner the road dept. can put those on schedule. He also said mowing crews were working countywide and drainage tiles were also being installed throughout.
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle began his report by sharing his eagerness to work with the newly appointed Commonwealth Attorney, Blake Chambers and having the opportunity to move forward with several grand jury cases that were held this week. He said dozens of indictments are expected due to only holding one grand jury session in 2017 due to the scattered judgeships. He also reported that road golf cart inspections had been successful in the Cave Hollow Bay area and that his office had recently been approved for the KY Highway Safety Program. The grant will fund his officers' overtime pay for extended patrol during the summer months to cut down on speeding and DUIs. He ended his report by making a public apology to residents in attendance who were dissatisfied of the Sheriff's Office handling of a situation where a group of neighbors took issue with one resident's private shooting range. The Sheriff and the involved parties reached an agreement in a meeting that immediately followed fiscal court.
Jailer Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported that the county currently has 18 inmates at Hart County Jail with three on the home incarceration program.
County Attorney Update: County Attorney Greg Vincent reported that he and new Commonwealth Attorney Blake Chambers had met and discussed the possibilities of implementing new policies that could help the county's undue incarceration costs.
Parks & Rec: Program Director Greg Hudson said that the little league baseball and softball program had finally gotten on a regular schedule after all the delays and postponed practices and games due to the wet spring. He also reported that the county's Special Olympic Team was preparing for the state meet in June. The team currently has 12 athletes.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon said that the county's lease with Community Action was near completion although the Head Start program was still looking into possibilities of relocation.
Jim Brown with Hellervik said the current site for the plant is still the same but the company is working with area landowners. Magistrate Clark Wood asked Brown if the facility would have a fence around the entire structure, to which Brown replied "Yes."
The court then voted to go into closed session to discuss the pending lawsuit against the county by plaintiffs Kathryn and Kenneth Smith.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for May 22, 2017 at 9am.