Twice a month the Logan’s Fiscal Court meets to discuss business pertaining to the county. Many decisions are made on behalf of the citizens of the community by representatives in six districts. Serving in the First District is Dickie Carter, the Second District is Jack Crossley, the Third District is Barry Joe Wright, the Fourth District is Drexel Johnson, the Fifth District is Jo Orange and the Sixth District is Thomas Bouldin. Judge Executive Logan Chick presides over the meetings and has an active vote in the decisions that are made.
At the Tuesday. Jan. 12th meeting of the Logan County Fiscal Court a few items appeared on the agenda that were noteworthy.
At the beginning of the meeting Tuesday magistrate Dickie Carter expressed his concern for financial responsibility at the Justice Center. Carter said he would like to see a report of the expenditures and reimbursements to make sure the county isn’t spending taxpayer’s money on a building he feels should be maintained by the state.
“The AOC is responsible for the maintenance of this judicial building,” said Carter.
The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) reimburses the county throughout the year for auditable expenses at the Justice Center having to do with maintenance costs, cleaning supplies, and personnel benefits for the janitor and maintenance positions. The county pays for the expenses up front and then depending on if they are deemed necessary by the AOC, those expenses will be reimbursed.
The amount of funding depends on past years bills and the state’s budget. Last year the AOC reimbursed the county approximately $220,000.
“When the AOC auditor comes around, they determine if the expenses on the Justice Center are auditable or not, however, the county isn’t privy to that information,” said Chick. “We have to remember the Justice Center is a Logan County building.”
* Logan County Jailer Phil Gregory mentioned to the court Tuesday he would like to eventually upgrade the jail’s video camera and telephone systems to bring the jail up-to-date. Gregory said the video system is black and white and sometimes it is hard to see during the nighttime hours.
“We really need to bring the jail into the 21st century,” said Gregory.
Before Gregory was finished reporting Tuesday, he asked the court to allow county attorney Joe Ross to look at a contract that would allow him to supply five inmates to the state road department to go out and work throughout the week. Gregory said he had enough inmates to supply the need and felt it was a good idea.
“This allows the inmates to get out of the jail and give back to the community. It also allows them to get credit for working,” said Gregory.
The program would not cost the county, as the state would cover all costs associated including the hiring of a full-time deputy to oversee the inmates, as well as the fuel to haul them. The county would have to purchase a van to transport them in.
“This looks like a win, win for everyone,” said Judge Executive Logan Chick. “We just need to allow the county attorney to look into the details first.”
* The Concord Road project is gearing up and two companies have shown interest in bidding on the repair. A portion of the Concord Road has shifted and must be worked on to correct. The problem is due to truck traffic into Dar-Pro, formerly Griffin Industries. According to judge Chick there are up to 60 trucks per day traveling on Concord Road. The court will be putting the project out for bid soon.
* During Tuesday’s meeting magistrates approved bonds for the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force; approved the second reading to increase the size of the 10 county workforce board from 21 to 23; approved an encroachment of Paul Young Road and Lickskillet Road for the South Logan Water System upgrade project under the condition that after the roadwork the property is out back the way it was found; approved the 2016 fee office budget preparation and forms for the county clerk and the sheriff’s department, and approved a change order for $1,087 for the retention wall project around the historic courthouse. According to judge executive Logan Chick, a large rock was located in the front section of the courthouse that required a special piece of equipment.
“The wall look great,” said magistrate Thomas Bouldin. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me they think it looks good.”
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