Magistrates met Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 9 a.m. in the historic courthouse for the bi-monthly meeting of the fiscal court. 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. Dickie Carter serves District One, Jack Crossley serves District Two, Barry Joe Wright serves District Three, Drexel Johnson serves District Four, Jo Orange 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 and department head reports. These meetings are open to the public and are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Tuesday's meeting kicked off seeing Magistrate Jack Crossley returning to the court table for the second of two consecutive meetings after having missed several due to illness. Jack was a welcomed presence.

Another noticeable difference Tuesday was Robert Chyle sitting at the court table beside Jo Orange. Chyle will be filling the Fifth District magisterial seat the first of the year and wanted to get a feel of what goes on at the bi-monthly meetings of the court. Orange, after years of service, did not seek re-election to the position.

Tyler Davenport who will be taking his first try at the First District seat in January, now occupied by Dickie Carter, was at Tuesday's meeting but sat in the audience section of the courtroom. Carter got up from his chair and approached Davenport handing him the meeting folder of business. Carter also took a little time to speak to Davenport after the meeting concluded.

Although not present at Tuesday's meeting of the fiscal court, Sheriff Wallace Whittaker made two requests of the court by way of Captain David Kitchens. Kitchens said the sheriff wanted to keep the telephone number associated with his county telephone, which he has turned in. Whittaker lost his position as sheriff in the November election and felt most people that know how to get a hold of him would do so through the number he has had for years.

Magistrate Wright was concerned the action would set precedent and other elected officials may request this in the future. He said the court needed to remember to be fair for all if this occurred.

Magistrate Carter, who was the only no vote on the request, was concerned people would not know how to contact the new sheriff if Whittaker took the number.

"I think if you want the sheriff you would call the sheriff's office," said magistrate Bouldin who was in favor of letting the exiting sheriff have the number.

Whittaker's second request will take getting some additional information before the court will allow it. The sheriff would like to purchase two of his service weapons (a handgun and a rifle).

According to magistrate Bouldin, the court has allowed this action before with retiring law enforcement. "I don't know why we wouldn't let him," said Bouldin.

One of the questions that arose about the request involved where the money will go if Whittaker is allowed to purchase the weapons since one or more have been bought with grant monies. County attorney Joe Ross said he will seek additional information from the grant provider on where the funds from the purchase should go.

Magistrate Wright wondered why Whittaker didn't come to the court and make the requests himself. Whittaker informed the court after he lost the election that he would be taking some time off until his official departure and that Captain Kitchens was in charge.

Magistrate Carter once again made a comment at Tuesday's meeting about the county's curbside recycling program saying it was costing the public too much money each year. Carter said he wasn't against recycling but it was too expensive the way it was set up. The county contracts with Scott Waste Services to pick up customer trash three times a month and recycling once a month. Due to low commodity gain, the county has been paying thousands each year to have the recycling taken to Louisville for processing.

"For most people, they think it is worth the cost to recycle," said Nathan Cockrill in response to Carter's recycling concerns. Cockrill serves as the county's solid waste coordinator.

Members of the court would not approve a resolution Tuesday addressing the modernization of Kentucky's Transportation funding mechanisms to address transportation funding needs throughout the Commonwealth. According to magistrate Bouldin, the resolution was vague and didn't provide any information as to how more money will be sought for maintenance and construction needs.

Members of the fiscal court approved a one-time annual increase of $200 for all part-time and full-time county employees. This is done every year at the end of the year.

Judge Executive Logan Chick will be seeking quotes for replacing flooring for his office.

The court voted unanimously to discontinue the Alert Sense service the body voted to join last year for $8,800 annually. The system sends weather-related alerts, amber alerts, etc. to cell-phones. However, according to Emergency Communications Center Director Ginger Lawrence, there has not been enough use to warrant the costs associated.