Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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June 18, 2010

Judge-exec. says he will not resign

Regular meeting focuses on county’s business

TOMPKINSVILLE — It was business as usual in Monroe Fiscal Court on Thursday in the first meeting after 10 residents, including the county judge, were indicted on vote-buying charges.

Judge-Executive Wilbur Graves said he has hired Bowling Green Attorney David Broderick to represent him in the case.

“I have no intention of resigning because these are only accusations against me,” Graves said. Graves lost his bid for re-election in the May primary and will leave office in January.

He forwarded any other questions about the charges to Broderick.

Graves and his co-defendants, Wanda Moore and Gary Bartley, are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green on June 23 for arraignment. The summons to appear in court for the fourth co-defendant in this case, Ronald Muse, was returned by the U.S. Marshal’s service and had not been served by June 14, according to federal court records. Each defendant has been charged with varying counts of voter fraud and conspiracy to commit voter fraud.

In another criminal case, six additional Monroe County residents were indicted on varied counts of voter fraud and conspiracy to commit voter fraud. Tony Gumm, Martha Hughes, Corey Page, Michael Page, Billy Profitt and Todd Newport were indicted. This group is also scheduled to appear in federal court on June 23.

Both cases involve those who are indicted for allegedly paying people to vote during the 2006 general election.

During Thursday’s meeting, the fiscal court passed its budget for next year. Graves said the budget was the same as the previous year with the exception of some increases in health care and retirement contributions.

The county is not paying for any sizeable new purchases or projects, he said.

Fiscal court members also approved bids for contract services for the next year.

Ricky Richardson, emergency management director for Monroe County, spoke about the ongoing situation with FEMA applications following the flood.

“People need to make sure they’re filling out all the forms and doing everything that FEMA wants them to do,” he said.

There have been calls of complaints by people who have been turned down, Richardson said. The problem is likely they didn’t fill out everything they had to for FEMA.

One of things that is confusing people is that FEMA is requiring them to sign up for U.S. Small Business Administration loans, he said.

“People need to understand they don’t have to take those loans,” Richardson said.

The public, when applying for FEMA help, just needs to make sure they dot every i and cross every t, he said. They need to work with FEMA to make sure their claims are processed correctly.

In addition, Monroe Fiscal Court will have a special-called meeting on June 30. The meeting will be to close out all payments for the Monroe County Wellness Center. Graves said all money involved in the project must be spent by June 30.

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