Fiscal court to hire consultant to help with jail boiler


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



The Logan County Fiscal Court will soon need to either replace or repair the boiler at the Logan County Detention Center and magistrates will be hiring and outside consultant to see what the best option is.

At last week’s regular meeting, the court heard that after a recent leak, which has since been repaired, that the jail’s boiler system will need to either be replaced or have more extensive repairs as the recent repair was just a band-aid solution to stop the immediate leaking.

The court heard that repairing the boiler system, which is used to heat the facility’s water and also used to help heat the building in winter, will cost around $34,000. Replacing the entire system will cost somewhere around $58,000.

“My recommendation is to have someone evaluate the whole system,” said District 6 magistrate Thomas Bouldin said. “I’d like to have a third party come in and look at it and tell us what we need to do with it.”

Judge/executive Logan Chick agreed.

“The leak has been repaired, so we have got some time to figure out what to do,” Chick said. “I think a new boiler will probably be much more efficient and could save us money in the long run.”

The court decided to hire an outside consultant to find out the best way to move forward, but jailer Phil Gregory cautioned the court that the problem needs to be fixed.

“We cannot pass a jail inspection until it’s done,” Gregory said.

In other business at the meeting:

* Logan County Public Library director King Simpson presented the library’s annual budget to the fiscal court on Tuesday.

The library is required by law to have its budget acknowledged by the magistrates, but they have no say over how the money is spent.

Magistrate Dickie Carter asked if the library tax rate went up, and was informed by Simpson that the rate had actually decreased. But, because property assessments are up, the revenue brought in at the decreased rate was actually more.

The library budget was acknowledged by a unanimous vote by the court.

* Coroner Mary Givens informed the court that there will soon be a new medical examiner in Madisonville that she will be able to utilize.

The medical examiner’s office in Madisonville has had a hard time keeping a doctor in that position, and when the role is not filled, Givens has had to transport bodies to Louisville for autopsy.

“This will be the new medical examiner’s first job and he is completing his internship right now,” Givens told the court.

He is expected to begin in Madisonville in August.

* The fiscal court heard two proposals for replacing the front door at the Emergency Communications Center. One was from Russellville glass for $3,331 and the other was for $3,768. The magistrates agreed unanimously to accept the lower bid from Russellville Glass.

The existing door at the office has termite damage and needed to be replaced.

* Fiscal court voted to change the date of the next meeting to Monday, June 27th.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-72608394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-72608394.

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