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.