Darren Doyle, story:
A light agenda was discussed at today's fiscal court meeting where the main item of discussion was the 2017 Edmonson County property tax rate, which remained the same at a 13.9 rate per $100 in value. Also remaining the same were the Health Dept. tax, Extension Office tax, and the Ambulance Service tax rates.
Only a few county offices gave reports at the meeting, including the Road Department Foreman Ray Page. He said that blacktop work is still the department's priority during this time of year and that it has been ongoing throughout county districts along with right-of-way mowing and clearing. He also reported that his department has plans to trim trees and limbs along school bus routes when feasible with their busy blacktop projects on county roads.
Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent reported that the home incarceration program had been saving the county around $3000 per month in housing expenses from Hart County Jail. The program allows non-violent or lesser charged individuals to wear an ankle monitor at home, the fees from which are paid by those wearing the monitor.
Parks and Rec Program Administrator Greg Hudson reported that the county parks system was busy tilling up the fields at HWY 70 Park for reseeding of grass. He said the new tractor is already making a huge difference in the efficiency of the work. He also announced that the monthly summer movie event hosted by Parks and Rec will be Saturday, August 19 at 7pm at the Community Center. The featured film is "Smurfs: The Lost City," and concessions will be available. There is no charge for the event. He also said soccer sign ups are still ongoing and basketball sign ups will begin soon.
Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons said that tourism volunteers were preparing for the state fair exhibition and are planning on leaving on Tuesday. She said Tourism has invested around $2500 in the booth and many volunteers are making their project at the state fair possible. She also reported that a film production company could be close to a film project that would utilize Nolin Lake, according to the steps the company had taken so far.
Finally, Judge Executive Wil Cannon told the court that county government had received a nice thank you card from local business woman Janet Dennison for her recent birthday card. Cannon said the court sent her a card as a thank you for not only being a honorable county business owner, but also a wonderful community partner with her donations for the annual Veterans program each year and for her role in the county Industrial Authority.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled to be held on Monday August 28, 2017 at 9am in the upstairs courtroom at the courthouse.
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