Fiscal Court discusses county business

At the Tuesday, June 9th meeting of the Logan County Fiscal Court, numerous topics appeared on the agenda which the magistrates made decisions on as well as discussed. They are as follows:

Wesley Wright of the Logan County Conservation District opened Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting representing both the Conservation and the Mud River Water Shed. There were several board members present at the meeting from both districts. The court acknowledges receipt of the conservation districts budgets each year, along with the library, Logan County Health Department and the joint cities/counties planning commission.

Logan County Jailer Phil Gregory reported the jail population Tuesday as being 152 with 60 of those classified as state. Magistrate Dickie Carter questioned why the county inmate numbers were so high. There was no definitive answer other that c9ounty attorney Joe Ross saying there were 60 plus people awaiting felony sentencing and there have only been a few grand jury meetings.he also mentioned trials don’t start until this fall.

During the meeting Gregory reported the state paying $68,759 in the month of June for state inmates stay at the jail. Magistrate Jo Orange said that was “remarkable.”

Jail deputies located a toothbrush with a razor blade attached during a cell search recently at the jail. Gregory said the altered toothbrush could be considered a deadly weapon. Checks allow us to keep track of what is hiding in the jail, said Gregory.

South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force Director Jacky Hunt alerted the fiscal court and the citizens of Logan County that this is marijuana growing season and asked everyone to keep their eyes out for the illegal drug. If they suspect marijuana growing, they are to call the task force or the sheriff’s department.

The court tabled decision on a possible ordinance that would allow the county to be informed about the opening of small landfills in Logan County. A “siting” ordinance would govern to an extent one acre landfills within the county. The court will wait until attorney Joe Ross can draft an example for the court to go over.

Magistrate Dickie Carter said with the landfill closing soon, there could be property owners out there planning on starting up a landfill and the county would never know about it until it’s open.

After court a bridge was dedicated in the memory of former first district magistrate Harold Prince. Prince served as magistrate for 24 years. He passed away in October of 2013. The bridge is located on Barren Plains Road outside of Adairville near the Prince farm. Prince was instrumental in getting the bridge refurbished in the late 1990s.

The court accepted a bid from PSK for $6,800 to install a new heating and cooling system at the Emergency Communications Center (ECC/911).

The court approved the appointment of William Woodard on the Library Board to fill in for Tracy Gilbert who left early.

The court approved the county clerk’s claim for motor vehicle and boat bills for 2015, which is $4,792.

The court approved a joint resolution between the city of Russellville and the county for commitment of the funds to be used in the airport runway project.

The court agreed to look at some changes needing to be made in the personnel policy, which are part of the administrative code. Those changes will be brought back to the court for approval in July or August.

The court agreed to discuss the 2015-2016 budget at the next fiscal court meeting when a second reading will be held. Open enrollment for employee insurance will be complete soon and the court will know more of what contingency funds it will have once employees make their decisions.

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