By MELINDA OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times
BARREN FISCAL COURT
DATE: Feb. 18, 2014
ACTIONS: Fiscal court members present voted unanimously to approve the following: minutes of Jan. 21 meeting; the hiring of two additional poll workers for each of the 12 voting precincts within the Glasgow City limits for the primary and general elections and two additional poll workers for the two precincts in Cave City limits for the general election, per request of the county election board via County Clerk Joanne London; the lower of two bids – $32,699.60 from Wright Implement and $35,300 from Hobdy, Dye & Read, with both prices after trade-in allowance – to sell the county four bush hogs for Road Department; allowing Sustainable Glasgow to use the courthouse lawn for Bounty of the Barrens, per request of Billy Ray, who was representing the organization’s board; payment of claims as submitted; January financial statement, subject to audit; January official settlements, subject to audit, from county attorney, county clerk and sheriff; personnel actions of hiring a deputy count clerk and a secretary for the Barren-Edmonson-Allen Drug Task Force; acknowledgement of receipt of Library Board November report, subject to audit; and appointment of Jason Escamilla to finish the term of Darren Geary that expires June 30, 2015, on the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission.
In other actions, 5-1 votes were cast in the following matters: District 6 Magistrate Chris Steward voted against a purchase order for the Parks and Recreation Department for $5,700 for improvements to Field 3 at Jackie Browning Park, and District 1 Magistrate John Benningfield cast the vote against a purchase order for the Road Department to purchase a truck in Bowling Green to replace one that had been found heavily damaged after it was stolen. Steward expressed concern that more money for the ball field was supposed to be coming from users of the facility. Benningfield said his vote was because he prefers to buy locally. District 3 Magistrate Carl Dickerson voted against a donation to the Kentucky National Guard Memorial, stating he didn’t want to use taxpayer money for it, but he would make a personal donation. The donations of $400 and quart of Barren County dirt were requested by retired Kentucky National Guard Col. Jim Drake. The dirt would be placed underneath an engraved $500 paver in the memorial as a symbolic representation of the county’s being there. The county approved a $100 donation to the project in June.
PUBLIC OFFICIALS’ REPORTS: County Clerk Joanne London reported on an expected busy election year and forwarded a request from the county election board for additional poll workers. Sheriff Kent Keen said the department is essentially on track for where it should be at its halfway point in the fiscal year and the program to provide transportation for medical and pharmacy needs to individuals who have no other way is continuing. JailerMattMutter provided the current inmate count of 181 and pointed out that his moral reconation therapy program had gotten under way last week; the program is touted as helping inmates adjust to life outside jail once released and reducing return rates.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The Transportation Committee met just prior to the Fiscal Court meeting and discussed a few projects and issues in general, said Dickerson, chairman of the committee. He added that the group would make no recommendation yet on a proposed name change for C. Morgan Road. District 2 Magistrate Rickey Spillman, chairman of the Emergency Management Planning Committee, said some of the safe houses around Cave City needed some fill-in dirt around them. Steward said the Cave City mayor and code enforcement officer Robert Smith had asked for time on the agenda of theMarch fiscal court meeting to address issues with the storm shelters because they were not comfortable paying the city’s share of the cost until the issues were resolved. He distributed packets to each magistrate and the media that contained a letter from Cave City Mayor Dwayne Hatcher and 15 photos illustrating possible water leakage in the buildings. Spillman set a meeting for the committee at 4 p.m. March 18, just before the fiscal court meeting at 5 p.m., and told Steward to be sure to invite Hatcher and Smith.
DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS: Emergency Management Director Tony Richey said a severe weather preparedness drill would be March 4. Parks and Recreation Manager Charles Kerney noted a youth tournament the county and Barren County Sports League will host, asked for a purchase order for improvements to a field already budgeted, and discussed various sources of revenue for the department.
Road Department Superintendent Johnny Kinslow announced the annual cleanup dates during the last week of March at locations around the county and recapped recent vehicle thefts that had occurred at the road barn, the damage done to the vehicles, which were later recovered, and the claims checks received thus far from the insurance provider. He asked for a purchase order so he could buy a used truck he had found to replace one of those.
DISCUSSION: James Nelson, chairman of the Barren County Ethics Commission, led a brief discussion on a few issues that need to be addressed with the updating of the county Code of Ethics. No action was taken, and Nelson said he would be scheduling a work session with the other commissionmembers soon.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Rolling Thunder chili supper starting at 4 p.m. and auction at 6 p.m. March 1 at National Guard Armory in Glasgow. Barren County Extension Homemakers Bean Soup Luncheon is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 at the Barren County extension service office.
ATTENDANCE: Magistrate Gary Gillon was absent due to a familymember’s urgent healthmatter.
– Melinda Overstreet, reporter