Fiscal Court Report: New Dog Control Vehicle Purchase Approved, Committee Appointed For Possible Road Additions To County System
Judge Cannon Asks For Reconsideration Of Vehicle Purchase
Darren Doyle, story:
A very short agenda was discussed at the Monday, July 22, 2019 Fiscal Court meeting at the Edmonson County Courthouse.
Among the items discussed was the possible purchase of an additional vehicle for local county dog control. Judge Wil Cannon brought it before magistrates during the last meeting; and asked magistrates to approve the purchase of a pickup truck at a cost of $15K; however, a second on a motion to purchase failed at that time.
Cannon brought up the purchase again at today's meeting and reminded magistrates that a budget amount of up to $20K had already been approved by the finance committee (made up of magistrates) for the annual budget. Cannon said that the county currently has two part-time dog control officers; one of which that resides in Sunfish, the other on the south side of Brownsville. He said that when calls go out for pickup, the officer on duty sometimes has to drive across county to take possession of the dog control vehicle (which is a van), travel to the point of dog pickup, transport the dog to Bowling Green/WC Animal Shelter, then return the county vehicle.
Cannon said that purchasing an additional vehicle will allow both officers to keep a vehicle at their residence so that one of them will always have access to a vehicle immediately when they are dispatched to pick up an animal.
A discussion then took place among magistrates. Some questioned whether or not a $15K - $20K purchase was necessary for two part time employees, despite the amount being previously approved for the budget. Magistrate Corey VanMeter suggested that a better solution was to try to better work on the scheduling and coordination between the two employees. Judge Cannon said suggested that another vehicle was necessary to keep the dog control calls running safely and efficiently.
Magistrate Edd Rich said he agreed with Cannon if the need was indeed that great, which Cannon reiterated. Rich made the motion to purchase the $15k vehicle if it was still available, and the motion was seconded by Magistrate Johnny Brooks. The motion passed unanimously.
The possibility for adding two new roads into the county road system was also discussed, and as a result, a committee was appointed to research the current conditions and requirements of the roads for the addition.
Marvin Way and Gaile Court, both part of the Richland Subdivision in Chalybeate off of Carnes Road, were asked to be considered. The roads are in District 2, Magistrate Corey VanMeter's constituents. Magistrates discussed current ordinances and requirements for existing roads and what possibilities were necessary for the roads to be added to the county road system.
Judge Cannon appointed a committee to complete the research and bring back to the court for final vote, which consisted of Magistrates VanMeter, Mark Meeks, and County Road Foreman Greg Carroll.
County Office Reports:
Road Report: Road Foreman Carroll discussed several paving projects that had been completed in various parts of the county. He also discussed two spots where water had gone over the road and caused damage. He said claims had been filed with FEMA for possible disaster relief. He also discussed several equipment repairs that the office recently had to make.
Sheriff's Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle said while his office had been extremely busy, he had a relatively short report. He discussed the damaged deputy patrol truck that was recently totaled in a collision with a deer. At last meeting's report, he asked magistrates to consider approving either: 1. accepting payoff from the insurance company and purchasing a new vehicle (or) 2. Approval to accept insurance payoff then purchasing the same truck back from the insurance and repairing; however, he was in favor of only option 1 in order to avoid driving a truck with a rebuilt title.
Sheriff Doyle said since that discussion he has learned that option 2 is not even an option at all, due to the fact the truck is actually owned by the lease company and that they would decide the fate of the wrecked truck after insurance payment, not the sheriff's office, magistrates, or fiscal court. He advised that the truck simply needs to be replaced and his office currently has the budget for a new purchase. Only the truck itself would have to be replaced, not the emergency equipment inside the wrecked truck, which is still in good operating condition. Judge Cannon said the item would be placed on next month's agenda for a vote.
Jailer's Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported 15 county inmates currently housed at Hart County Jail with one on home incarceration. He also discussed problems with reaching an area car dealership with which he had interest in purchasing an additional officer's vehicle. Vincent said he'd left multiple messages and phone calls with the salesperson overseeing the vehicle but he had heard nothing from them in three weeks. He advised the court he was going to look elsewhere since the dealership showed no interest in communicating with him.
Emergency Management Report: EM Director Terry Massey reported a recent scare at Moutardier Marina as a possible fuel spill, but after investigating and making necessary safety precautions, the report turned out to be nothing of concern or danger.
Tourism Report: Tourism and Chamber Director Rhonda Clemmons reported that all volunteer spots for the county booth that will be featured at the state fair have been filled except for two days. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the tourism or chamber office. She also announced that Trail Town Day is set for Sept 27th. It will feature a cookout on square from 11am - 1pm, free music, pony rides, and a canoeing event thru Green River Canoe. Horse riding will be available that afternoon. She said the state office will make an official announcement noon regarding Edmonson County's Trail Town status, which is expected to be fully approved.
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