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Adair Fiscal Court Report - 10 Oct 2017 session

In last night's Regular Session of Fiscal Court:
  • Judge Stephens awards Adair County General Certificates to Daryl & Trudy VanArsdale
  • Vicky Pike announces gift from Troy Kimbler to Downtown Days
  • Roads report given: new trucks/next bridge
  • Bus turn on Weed-Keltner Road approved. Second reading for new speed limit on Burton Garmon Road approved
  • Sheriff Moss gives report
  • New PT dispatcher appointed
  • Court approves new rules for Annex Basement Rental
  • Court approves two for Adair County Library Board terms
  • Adair County Treasurer reports $1,826,732.94 ending cash balance
  • Finally, Darrell Bunnell no longer "a man without a county" - when it comes to road; Greg Caldwell works out interlocal solution
  • And much more

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By Ed Waggener

The Adair County Fiscal Court covered a wide variety of issues at its regular monthly session, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, preparation for this weeks Downtown Days, awarding of bids for new Road Department pickups, greater leeway for the county road department's eradication of poison hemlock, a landmark interlocal agreement, and, among other things, a citizens proposal to implement a 2% tourism tax and a hint of what the next bridge replacement might be.


Vicky Pike announces gift from Troy Kimbler to Downtown Days

Vicky Pike, who said she had grown very concerned when she read the news that the county planned to open the Annex Restrooms to Downtown Days visitors, announced to the court that she had secured five port-a-pottys as a gift from Troy Kimbler of Kimbler Sanitation which, Judge Stephens agreed, would be set up in the Adair Annex Parking lot during the festival.

"Unfortunately," she said before the before meeting, "There was a real mess made by some of the public last year. I didn't think it was fair to the county or the maintenance staff to have to clean it up." She said that two of the portable restrooms will be handicapped equipped; the other three will be regular ones.

Roads: report/new trucks/next bridge/

Adair County Road Foreman Terry Corbin delivered the road department report.

Mr. Corbin reported that the current mowing cycle has been completed, and that the department is running smoothly at this time and is preparing for winter maintenance.

During the meeting, bids for two new trucks were opened by Adair County Treasurer Melinda Quinn and read to the court by CJE Michael L. Stephens. Both bids were from dealerships in the Franklin Family group, headquartered in Columbia. The Court chose Chevrolet Models bid at $33,775.00 each.

Mr. Corbin also agreed to work with Vicky Pike to eradicate Poison Hemlock. The court voted to approve County Eradication to property line fences, which may be more than 15 feet from the center line of County Road, as previously restricted, when Poison Hemlock plants rear their gazillion blooms, come June.

The Road Foreman said, after the meeting, that the bridge work is complete on the Barnett's Creek Road span. He said that plans are being considered for the selection of the next replacement. Highest priority is for one on Rollen Coomer Road in Magisterial District 3.

Finally, Bunnell Road will be maintained by Adair County

The court authorizing completion of necessary paperwork for an interlocal agreement with Taylor County Fiscal Court which will allow Bunnell Road, an important farm-to-market county road, to be maintained entirely by the Adair County Road Department. The road is partially in Taylor County, but the truck farm, Coview Farms, pays property taxes in Adair County. Approval was made on a motion by Sixth District Magistrate Greg Caldwell, with a second by Terry Hadley (7). For Caldwell, it was the fruition of a year long negotiation to bring an fair resolution to Darrell Bunnell's quandary when, for a period, it appeared he would languish as "the man without a county." Common sense prevailed, and an important agricultural enterprise was aided.

Bus turn approved by County

At the request of Adair County Schools Transportation David Jones, the Court approved all necessary acts to secure a bus turnaround at 3540 Weed Keltner Road, at the residence of Steve Coffey. The voice votes were unanimous.

Reading of roads

The court approved the first reading of previously mentioned bus turn at 3570 Weed Keltner road and approved the second reading of a speed limit change on Burton Garmon Road from 55 mph to 25 mph. Both roads are in Magistrate Billy Dean Coffey's sixth district.

New part-time employee at Adair Co. 911

The court unanimously approved by voice vote, Judge Stephens recommendation to hire Dominique J. Cline as a part-time dispatcher at the Adair County 911 Center, at a starting pay of $9.60 per hour. The action came on a voice vote on a motion by Magistrate Perry Reeder (4), with a second by Terry Hadley (7)

Judge Stephens awards Adair County General Certificates

Adair County Judge Executive Michael Lee Stephens presented Adair County General certificates to Daryl VanArsdale and Trudy VanArsdale, founders of Columbia's award winning pet care store, Dog Gone Classy, 501 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.

Annex Basement Rental Policy changed

The court voted to authorize Adair County Treasurer Melinda Quinn to write Return of Key Deposit refunds by issuing checks once a month. The basic rental fee of $50 includes a $10 key deposit. Treasurer Quinn said that the county cannot keep cash funds in the office, and this is the best way to pay the refunds. The voice vote, on a motion by Terry Hadley (7), with a second by Perry Reeder (4), was unanimous.

Adair County Sheriff's Report

Adair County Sheriff Harrison's Activity Report for September 2017 was read and unanimously approved by the court.

He said that the new crusier recently authorized would be ready to pick up any day now.

Later in the meeting, Kenny Absher of Cane Valley, proposed the county apply a 2% Tourism Tax, with all the proceeds going to the sheriff's department. He lauded Sheriff Moss as 'the best sheriff Adair County ever had,' city the ACSO's courtesy and patient staff. He extended the similar accolades to the office of Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison Corbin.

Absher's remarks were predicated handling of a recent burglary in the Cane Valley area, and a murder several months ago. He said the crimes could have been solved had the ACSO been able to obtain equipment and staff to use, needed in investigations. Sheriff Moss had not requested the tax, but said that a bigger budget would mean greater results, fewer cold cases.

Green River Animal Shelter revenues $2,135.00 for September 2017

Green River Animal Shelter reported $2,135.00 in revenues for the month of September , 2017, which included adoption fees of $1,660.00, surrender fees of $170, Donations of $175, and Sponsored Adoption gifts of $130. There were 62 adoptions and 16 rescued in September.

Adair County Treasurer reports $1,826,732.94 ending cash balance

Adair County Treasurer Melinda Quinn reported that the county had $1,826,732.94 ending cash balance at the start of business, October 1, 2017, of which $1,674,567.17 was unemcumbered. Both her monthly report and quarterly report were received. There were no Budget Amendments, and the court gave approval for necessary fund-to-fund and line item transfers necessary.

The treasurer was given authorization to allow automatic bank transfers for fees for the county's new payroll software and maintenance.

Green River Animal Shelter report

During the month of September 2017, Animal Control/Jimmy Harmon brought in 51 dogs and 2 cats. There were 13 surrenders, three dogs from Green County including. No euthanizations were listed on the report. The report was submitted by Tammy Campbell, Director

Jail report read by CJE Stephens

In the absence of Adair County Regional Jailer Joey White, CJE Mike Stephens read the October 2017 jail report:
"For the month of September 2017, the Adair County Jail total charges were $117,687.40. Subtract $49,467.80 for Adair County inmates for a total billed amount of $68,21966. Add other fees already received for a final total collected of $75,015.36.

"In September 2017, our restricted custody inmates provided a total of 2,680 hours to eight departments. If the hours the Restricted Custody Inmates were at $8.00 per hour, we are saving the county $21,440.00 for the month of September. End of Report." /s/ Joey White
The report was approved unanimously following a motion by Greg Caldwell (6), with a second by Terry Hadley (7).

New Library Board Appointments made

CJE Mike Stephens recommended, and the Court approved, two appointments to the Adair County Library Board:
  • J.D. Zornes, was re-appointed with unanimous approval of those present, on a motion by Magistrate Sammy Baker (3) and a second by Terry Hadley (7). Zornes was chosen by CJE Stephens from a list including Rita Partin. His new four year term follows the expiration of his present term on October 16, 2017.
  • Mary Knight was appointed to a four year term with unanimous approval of those present, on a motion by Magistrate Harold Burton (1) and a second by Greg Caldwell (6) (7). Judge Stephens select Knight from a list which also included Betty Knifley. This seat of Beth Grant, whose terms expires October 16, 2017.
Routine matters handled routinely

Routine matters, approval of the agendas, of the minutes of September 12, 2017 regular meeting, and of the September 26, 2017 special called meeting, disbursements approval, were handled routinely.

End of October 10, 2017 Report
Regular monthly Adair County Fiscal Court meetings are held at 6pmCT, each second Tuesday, in the basement of the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. The meetings are open to the public.
A LIST OF YOUR ADAIR COUNTY OFFICIALS
Adair County Judge Executive Mike Stephens
421 Public Square, Suite 1, Columbia, KY 42728
Phone 270-384-4703; Fax 270-384-9754

OTHER ELECTED ADAIR COUNTY OFFICIALS
  • Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin (2000)
  • Adair County Coroner Todd Akin (20011
  • Adair County Court Clerk Lisa Greer (2007)
  • Adair County Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy
  • Adair County Jailer Joey White (2011)
  • Adair County PVA Jeff Feese
  • Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss
  • Adair County Surveyor Mike McKinney

The ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT
  • County Judge Executive Mike Stephens (2007) is a voting member of Fiscal Court and may vote on all proposals before the court; Office:Adair Courthouse Annex
Magistrates on the Adair County Fiscal Court:
  • District 1: Harold Burton (2011)
  • District 2: Daryl Flatt (2011)
  • District 3: Sammy Baker (2007)
  • District 4: Perry Reeder (2007)
  • District 5: Billy Dean Coffey (Feb. 2005) (270) 384-4201
  • District 6: Greg Caldwell (2015)
  • District 7:Terry Hadley (2015)
Adair County Constables
  • District 1: William "Bill" Troutwine
  • District 2: Shannon Rowe (2011)
  • District 3: Robert R. Loy
  • District 4: Ed Wigal (2011)
  • District 5: Tim Bottoms
  • District 6: Jason T. Rector
  • District 7: Joe Collins, Jr.

APPOINTED OFFICIALS
  • Adair County Finance Officer, Fiscal Court Clerk Gale Cowan
  • Adair County Deputy Judge Executive Andrea Waggener
  • Adair County Mapping and Addressing Coordinator - Open
  • Adair County 911 Supervisor: Jason Upchurch
  • Adair Co. Disaster Management Coordinator Mike Keltner
  • Adair County Treasurer Melinda Quinn
  • Adair County Roads Foreman Terry Corbin
  • Adair County Dog Warden Jimmy Harmon
  • Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator Jeremy Garmon

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Adair Fiscal Court 10 Oct 2017 - Before the gavel



2017-10-11 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Minutes before CJE Mike Stephens, standing at podium, called the October 10 2017 Regular Session of the Adair Fiscal Court to order, Cynthia Rowe, standing on gallery floor, conferred with session recorder Gale Cowan. Rowe was in attendance as an advocate for the Adair County Food Pantry and the Adair Parks & Recreation Board. From left, above Magistrates Perry Reeder (District 4), Sammy Baker (3), Harold Burton, (CJE Stephens), (Cowan), and Magistrates Billy Dean Coffey (5), Greg Caldwell (6) and Terry Hadley (7). Treasurer Melinda Quinn would later join the group on stage, as would Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin. Magistrate Daryl Flatt was absent because of the Schools' Fall Break. - EW

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The Squire from Big One, the 'Magistrate at Large' Harold Burton



2017-10-11 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Magistrate Harold Burton, Adair County District 1, was, as always, in fine spirits last night, displaying his trademark smile at the Tuesday, October 10, 2017 regular session of Adair Fiscal Court. One can rarely go to any event in District One or major event in any other District without encountering Magistrate Burton, whether it is a Drug Forum, a Fish Fry, a community work day, clean up, free tipping day at Transfer Station, and for sure, farmers markets and Downtown Festival. Pretty much the embodiment of the Adair County Way, a reminder that they also serve who are always there. - EW

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Dog Gone Classy founders are Adair County Generals



2017-10-11 - Adair Annex Basement, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Adair County Judge Executive Michael Lee Stephens presented Adair County General Certificates to Daryl VanArsdale and Trudy VanArsdale, founders of Columbia's award winning pet care store, Dog Gone Classy, 501 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.

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Satisfied man: Two new trucks and visions of another bridge, we suppose



2017-10-11 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Adair County Road Foreman Terry Corbin in a thoughtful pose, maybe thinking of the next bridge he'll replace, which could be an "ugly bridge" on Rollin Coomer Road, perhaps the bridge replacement with the greatest immediate need. Maybe another. Foreman Corbin said after the meeting that the Barnett's Creek Bridge, the second built in his tenure, is totally complete. The court voted to buy two new Chevrolet Pickup Trucks from the Don Franklin Group for the Road Department at last night's meeting. Mr. Corbin reported that the current mowing cycle has been completed, and that the department is running smoothly at this time. - EW

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Treasurer Quinn opens, CJE Stephens reads truck bids



2017-10-12 - Basement, Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Bids for two new pickups for The Adair County Road Department were opened by Treasurer Melinda Quinn and read by CJE Mike Stephens. at Fiscal Court's regular monthly session, Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Both bids were were dealerships in the Franklin Family Group, an were only $275 a part. The court voted unanimously to accept the Chevrolet bid. Click on headline for complete report on the meeting, more photo(s). - EW

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