Fiscal court holds meeting, makes decisions

By Chris Cooper - [email protected]

A meeting of the Logan County Fiscal Court is held twice a month to discuss the county’s business and to make financial decisions that will benefit the citizens of this community. There are department heads who give reports during the meetings, and a time set aside for elected officials such as the sheriff, jailer, clerk and judge to speak on the many items concerning their service.

At the Tuesday, Sept, 27th meeting of the fiscal court Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker noted he was going to surplus a few cruisers, four to five to be exact. These are older cars that have high mileage. First, however, he wants to trade a few out with the Logan County Detention Center and the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force, who are in need newer vehicles. Jailer Phil Gregory said he would have to look at the vehicles before he accepted them to make sure they were not any worse than what he already had.

Gregory also gave a report Tuesday saying the population at the county jail was 215. Out of that total, 139 are classified as state with 76 as county. Magistrate Dickie Carter asked the jailer if any inmates were sleeping on the floor. “No inmates are sleeping on the floor,” answered Gregory emphatically.

Ginger Lawrence, director of the county’s emergency communications center (911), gave her report Tuesday saying a microwave on top of the radio tower in Auburn is going out. As of now, said Lawrence, the part is up and running, however, there will have to be work done on it soon, because if it goes out all together, there will no longer be emergency radio contact coming out of Auburn. Lawrence is in contact with Mobilecomm, a provider who handles the wireless service. She will be getting some quotes for repair to the court soon.

A few dates to remember, said county clerk Scottie Harper on Tuesday, include Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. when the absentee machine at his office will be open to those who wish to vote, but will be out of town during the election. Harper said citizens will have to show proof they will not be in the county during the election to cast their ballot. Another important date to remember is Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. which is the final day to register to vote, and Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. will be the final day for write in candidates.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Department will soon be put on the county’s new phone system. The clerk’s office and jail have already been using the new system, and are very complimentary of it. Several other departments in the county will be hooked up soon as well. This system will allow the departments to link together and will cost less in the long run then the system used before.

A road hearing was held Tuesday by the fiscal court to include Angus Road to the county’s road system. Magistrates voted unanimously to add the road.

Scott Murphy was the sole bidder and was accepted to put in bridges on Vicks Branch Road ($34,600) and Soyars Road ($37,100). Magistrate Crossley, who supports the projects, was absent from the court meeting Tuesday due to illness. However, the ND&L spoke with him and he said he was very glad the bridges were being replaced.

The court acknowledged the 2016 tax rates for all countywide taxing districts excluding the school districts. They are as follows:


Real Property 13.0

Personal Property 20.0

Motor Vehicle 10.6

Watercraft 10.6

Aircraft 20.0


Real Property 8.8

Personal Property 9.82

Motor Vehicle 2.3

Soil Conservation

Real Property 1.5

Extension Service

Real Property 4.979

Personal Property 5.9373

Motor Vehicle 1.57

Health Department

Real Property 2.0

Personal Property 2.0

Motor Vehicle 2.0

Watercraft 2.0

Aircraft 2.0

Big Muddy

Real Property 1.00

Mud River

Real Property 1.35

The court approved to replace an engine in a vehicle used by the recycling center for $3,552 from Jasper. The court also approved to replace an engine inside a dump truck at the road barn for $13,890 from Jasper as well. Both decisions were recommended by the equipment committee.

By Chris Cooper

[email protected]

To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

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