Darren Doyle, story:
A special hearing was held just before this morning's Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting to allow public comments for the proposed 2020 property tax rates, which were unchanged from last year. At the September 14th fiscal court meeting, magistrates voted to keep the property tax rate for the county the same as the previous year, which is 13.9 cents per $100 of assessed value. Judge Wil Cannon said the county had the option of taking the state compensating rate which was a lower 13.5%; however, he said keeping rates the same would assist the county with keeping up with inflation costs while keeping rates the same as they've been for several years.
No visitors attended the tax hearing and magistrates voted on the final reading of the tax rates, which passed unanimously.
Judge Wil Cannon also discussed a location that will be available for an upcoming drive-in flu vaccination opportunity for county residents through the Barren River District Health Department, which will be at Chalybeate Fire Department. He said the plan was to use their facility for individuals to drive in, get vaccinated for a fee, then exit the rear of the building onto a driveway that will lead back out to the road. More details will be released as they become available. At least one local pharmacy has already been providing drive-in flu vaccinations for about a month.
Sheriff's Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle reported on two incidents that recently took place at Blue Holler ATV Park: one, which was a fatal crash, and another where an individual brandished a handgun at a deputy as law enforcement approached an ATV on the roadway near the park. Doyle said as the deputy attempted to make contact with the operator, an individual flashed a handgun then went off-road and entered the park. Sheriff Doyle said Blue Holler officials were currently working with his office to identify and locate the individual. He also said the park is expecting another big crowd this weekend as Blue Holler plans to host a concert by country artist Trace Adkins.
Judge Cannon also reported 20 county inmates currently housed at Hart County Jail.
Judge Cannon also announced that according to the County Clerk's Office, in-person early voting will be available on Tuesday, October 13th.
Cannon then read two letters from residents; the first commended animal control officer Kenny Heath for his professionalism in his handling of some stray dogs at her residence, and another who commended the fiscal court and road department on recent improvements made to Cub Creek Cemetery Road.
The county also voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for October 26th at 9AM.