Magistrates met Tuesday, May 8, at 9 a.m. in the historic courthouse for the bi-monthly meeting of the fiscal court. The court manages the county's financial affairs.

There are six districts within the county and each has an elected representative on the court.

Presiding over the meetings is Judge Executive Logan Chick. Dickie Carter serves District One, Jack Crossley serves District Two, Barry Wright serves District Three, Drexel Johnson serves District Four, Jo Orange serves District Five and Thomas Bouldin serves District Six.

Each meeting of the fiscal court begins with paying the county bills, road work requests in each district, elected official reports and department head reports. These meetings are open to the public and are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Rachel Hance, agent for the Logan County Extension Cooperative Service, attended Tuesday's fiscal court meeting seeking acknowledgment for the service's 2018-2019 budget. After Hance told members of the court the budget was the same as last fiscal year, she received praise from magistrate Dickie Carter for doing a good job. Carter also said he thought the extension service was a great asset to the county. Judge Executive Logan Chick noted that all properties owned by the extension service were completely paid for.

Logan County Superintendent Paul Mullins, along with Ben Kemplin and Tyler Davenport attended Tuesday's meeting. Mullins asked the court for two additional School Resource Officers (SRO).

Mullins said there may be federal dollars coming this fall to help with the cost of the additional SROs.

Magistrate Thomas Bouldin said he felt the Logan County Schools were safe.

Magistrate Dickie Carter wanted to bring the request back up at the next fiscal court meeting and would like to see the county provide six School Resource Officers, one for each school. According to Bouldin that would cost over $400,000 a year.

Judge Executive Logan Chick told Mullins the court would talk about the request and see what it could do to help.

Jailer Phil Gregory presented the jail population at 238.

"You are doing a good job," said magistrate Jack Crossley to Gregory.

Judge Executive Logan Chick said he had visited the jail recently and found the employees to be very mannerly and doing their jobs well.

It was mentioned by Gregory and Chick they had heard a private woman's prison was opening in Kentucky. Chick reported he had read since 2014 the female population in Kentucky jails had risen by 54 percent.

The county entered into a contract once again with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation for roadside inmate work crews effective July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020. The state will pay for all expenses for two deputies to go with the crews, millage and other expenses totaling $200,000.

Jailer Gregory asked the court to approve salary increases for a handful of deputies who were being promoted. Gregory had come to court several weeks ago getting approval to add pay-grades for his staff which would allow those who were given numerous duties to move up.

County attorney Joe Ross asked for guidance from the court going forward because each promotion would require an ordinance.

Magistrate Bouldin supported Gregory's request saying the jailer had brought the detention center into a whole different business model and was creating revenue.

"Not many people can come up here and ask for these increases and back it up with revenue. It's a unique situation," said Bouldin.

Gregory has generated revenue coming into the jail of over a million dollars each year for the past few years with the increase of state inmates at the detention center.

Magistrate Barry Joe Wright made a motion to allow Gregory's request. Magistrate Carter was the only no vote.

The county's multi-site radio system used by emergency service agencies was once again discussed. The system has been experiencing problems connecting law enforcement and the ambulance service to the dispatch center.

According to Sheriff Wallace Whittaker, Ron Runyon with Kenwood will be creating specifications and costs associated with getting the system running better and submit them to court in two weeks. When the specs are presented to the court, the body, who is responsible for the system, will then decide to put the work out for bid.