Magistrates met Monday, June 22 at 9 a.m. in the historic courthouse for the bi-monthly meeting of the fiscal court. This meeting was one of many held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting, which is normally held on a Tuesday, was pushed to Monday due to the Primary Election.

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-Executive Logan Chick. Serving District One — Tyler Davenport, District Two — Jack Crossley, District Three — Barry Wright, District Four — Jason Harper, District Five — Robert Chyle, and District Six — Thomas Bouldin.

Each meeting of the fiscal court begins with paying the county bills, road work requests in each district, and elected official and department head reports. These meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The meetings can be viewed at logancountyky.gov

King Simpson started off Monday’s meeting. He serves as the director of the Logan County Public Library.

Reporting an overview of the library’s 2020-2021 budget, Simpson first talked about what has been going on at the library since the COVID-19 Pandemic closed its doors.

“We have staff back in the building and we will be rolling in a few more over the next few weeks before we open back up to the public,” said Simpson. “We are doing curbside services and accepting returns. We have virtual programming and are handing out programming kits for all ages. We encourage everyone to use those resources and services in addition to what we have online.”

Simpson noted that this was obviously a difficult budget year due to the virus.

Reported revenues are sort of a guessing game at this time for the library. The library board is getting some estimates about what they think is going to happen with taxes but it’s really a waiting game.

“What we normally do is keep the tax revenues basically the same as the year before because typically we take the compensating rate. This year the advice we received is to budget for a 10% loss,” said Simpson. “We have always been a little conservative with our budget as far as what we expect to receive so we ended up taking our actuals which is always higher than what you see. We put 90% of our actuals from this past year and it did go down some but in some categories, it went up.”

Simpson noted that state aid was cut this year so that won’t be in the budget. He said they are expecting losses in some of the library’s other income as well.

“After taxes come in, the board will revisit the impact,” said Simpson. “We are a service organization so our largest line item is our staff and it’s a huge part of what we do. The people are more important than the building.”

The staff, however, will feel the losses as there will not be a cost of living adjustment this year as normal and there may be a small decrease in staffing in the building at one time.

Magistrates thanked Simpson and told him they appreciated what he and the library staff did for the community, noting it was a difficult year.

The court acknowledged receipt of the 2020-2021 library budget.

Asking for direction from the court about an old water heater needing to be replaced in his office, clerk Scotty Harper talked about having difficulty finding more than one quote for the work. Members of the court gave Harper and Judge Chick the authority to work it out. Anything under $1,000 can be approved by the judge. Over $1,000 to $5,000 requires two quotes.

Solid Waste Coordinator Nathan Cockrill gave a report Monday on last month’s tire day which collected 1833 tires.

“This is the most we’ve taken in since I’ve been doing this. I am glad to get those tires out of here,” said Cockrill.

Getting approval from the court to send out bids, Cockrill is planning a dump clean up on Baldwin Circle as part of a grant the county has received. Another grant applied for and received for $3,998 by the county will be used for educating people on the benefits and proper ways to recycling.

Paul Lyne, the county road supervisor, asked and received permission from the court Monday to put out bids for two tandem dump trucks with 14-foot beds. The purchase is in the budget.

A common ground meeting has been scheduled for July 8 at 8:30 a.m. for the fiscal court and the four cities mayors and councils to discuss contractor’s license and enforcement in the county. The meeting was called by LEAD and will take place in its office on the square in Russellville.