After a brief update about COVID-19 and its effects in Logan County, Judge-Executive Logan Chick opened Tuesday’s bi-monthly meeting of the fiscal court by saying that every district has had some type of work completed on its roads recently and that some roads can expect blacktopping projects to begin as soon as next week.

Magistrates met Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. in the historic courthouse which was streamed live on YouTube due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting can be viewed at logancountyky.gov.

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 Chick. Tyler Davenport serves District One, Jack Crossley serves District Two, Barry Wright serves District Three, Jason Harper serves District Four, Robert Chyle 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, and elected official reports and department head reports.

Emergency Communications Center (ECC-911) Director Ginger Lawrence reported Tuesday her department’s new Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) system went live last Thursday.

The CAD system is utilized by 911 dispatchers to prioritize and record incident calls, identify the status and location of responders in the field, and effectively dispatch responder personnel. Logan County’s system was old and outdated.

The ECC received a grant through Homeland Security last year for $134,386 to put toward the new system which costs approximately $158,101.

It’s been an exciting week,” said Lawrence adding, “It’s a learning experience and a big change.”

Clerk Scottie Harper addressed the court Tuesday giving an update on in-person voting which began that morning at the old National Guard Armory on Winter Street, Russellville. He reported, “it looked like all was going well.”

In-person voting will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. up until election day Nov. 3. The precinct at the old armory will also be open for in-person voting the three Saturdays before Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The county’s Tire Day held last Friday collected 959 tires. Although the event wasn’t as busy as the one in spring, Solid Waste Coordinator Nathan Cockrill said, “It was steady.”

“I appreciate all those at the road department who helped at the event,” said Cockrill.

Cockrill added that he was looking forward to when the inmate work release program could begin once again, missing the added help at the recycling center as well as the Litter Abatement program.

Magistrate Robert Chyle asked if there was a reason the inmates weren’t out working. A decision on the state level to keep inmates at the jail due to COVID-19 was the culprit, answered Cockrill.

“Looks to me like they are just as safe out there scattered around picking up then they are sitting in the jail,” said Chyle adding, “You can drive to Auburn and see they aren’t out picking up.”

Cockrill received approval by way of a unanimous court vote Tuesday to purchase a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 for $28,699, as long as the truck checks out and has a clean title.

Court members approved numerous items from several county departments to be placed on the surplus list and sold in the county sale on Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. The body also voted to remove items from the list that have already been destroyed and to sending all electronic equipment to the next E-Scrap event to be destroyed.