Magistrates met Tuesday, Feb. 11 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. Serving District One is Tyler Davenport, serving District Two is Jack Crossley, serving District Three is Barry Wright, serving District Four is Jason Harper, serving District Five is Robert Chyle and serving District Six is Thomas Bouldin.

Each meeting of the fiscal court begins with paying the county bills, road work requests in each district, and elected and department head reports. These meetings are open to the public and are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Asking for permission Tuesday to put up a building next to the road barn, Logan’s Search & Rescue Squad Director Terry Cole said he didn’t want to do it without asking the court first. According to Cole, a recent rescue operation took a little too much time as squad members tried to manipulate necessary equipment out of the current building they use making it a priority to find another alternative.

“We will be paying for the building out of our own money,” said Cole. “We are only asking for permission to put it on county property.” The court unanimously approved the request.

During Tuesday’s meeting, court members approved a request made by sheriff Stephen Stratton to create a part-time position to oversee the evidence room. Retired Russellville Police Officer Roger McDonald will be hired to fill the position.

Jailer Phil Gregory reported 200 inmates in the county’s jail as of Tuesday morning. He also noted the state inmate pay generated for the fiscal year 2019-2020 was on “target,” the jail having collected thus far $974,266 of the budgeted $1,372,692. The state pays a daily percentage of an inmate to stay in the county jail.

Setting some dates on the calendar, solid waste coordinator Nathan Cockrill informed the fiscal court Tuesday he had set dates for the spring tire day (April 24) at the road barn and the E-Scrap event (May 15) at the recycling center. He also reported he had received a $2,000 grant to clean up an illegal dump on Baldwin Circle off Newtown Road.

A sinkhole by the road in front of the ambulance service on Armstrong Street in Russellville is getting bigger and is causing concern, says Ben Wofford, director of the service. Another issue is the parking lot which needs paving. Judge-Executive Logan Chick to Wofford he would send road supervisor Paul Lyne to look at the hole and that bids would have to be taken to pave.

Kenner Randolph Engineering & Surveying was hired Tuesday for $3,000 by a unanimous vote to perform a topographical and geotechnical survey of the property the current county’s animal shelter sits. This is the second in a three-phase investigation by REB Arciteches into possibly building a new shelter.

Magistrates voted Tuesday to allow Judge-Executive Logan Chick to speak with PSK on the purchase of a ceiling heater for the current Logan County Search & Rescue building. PSK was awarded the bid of $1,600 for 80,000 BTU. It was discussed, however, that it may be better to purchase a 100,000 BTU for an additional $400. Magistrate Robert Cyle voted no on the motion saying he felt the bid should have said that from the start. Magistrate Bouldin noted even with the additional $400, PSK was still the lowest of the four bids.

Members of the court approved the reappointment of Tony Adler to the Todd County Water Commission for a three-year term ending 02-14-2023. The body also approved to pay $1,500 to the Barren River Child Advocacy Center as well as approve the Solid Waste Annual 2019 Report.