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Adair County Fiscal Court 9 Jan 2018 Session - REPORT
At the Tues 9 Jan 2018 session:
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By Ed Waggener
All Magistrates were present at the regular second Tuesday session of Adair Fiscal Court, January 9, 2018, with Adair County Judge Executive Mike Stephens presiding. In addition to regular first of the year business, the Court also approved a plan approve contractors for snow removal work in emergency situations, approved the sheriff's, regional jailer's, road department, animal shelter, and committee reports, received the county treasurer's reports, approved budget transfers, approved readings of roads, and made changes in committees, approved a trial of online auctions for surplus property, and authorized County Judge Executive Mike Stephens to sign the renewal of the ESRI Renewal Agreement for 911, among other acts.
County moves ahead with snow removal contract plan
The Court moved ahead with Judge Stephens' proposal to obtain quotes from contractors who could be called for help with clearing the county roads in emergencies declared by the County Judge Executive, with at least four of the seven magistrates concurring.
The contractors will provide services at a pre-quoted price, and will provide necessary insurance to protect the county from liability.
After some stalling from magistrates wanting to have quotes from more contractors, Magistrate Terry Hadley cut through the looming stalemate and moved the court to approve the one contractor who had provided all the information and proof of insurance to the court, Egypt Construction Company, who quoted $120 per hour for snow clearance with a road grader.
Mr. Hadley noted that more pre-approved contractors can be added as needed.
Other quotes will be taken. Contractors can contact Judge Stephens' office in Ste 1, Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY, phone 270-384-4703, for details on qualifying.
Snow removal preparation a priority of Road Department
Snow removal and preparedness was also the main topic of County Road Superintendent Terry Corbin, who said that the new pickups equipped with salt boxes and snowplows are ready for service, that the salt storage bin is full, and that his department is ready to go into action.
As pointed out by Magistrate Sammy Baker, the court has approximately $100,000 of new equipment to use - not exclusively, but with snow removal a primarity consideration, this winter. He reminded the court of the need to give every operator the opportunity to be on the call list.
CJE Stephens reiterated that the contractors would be called only in case of a declared emergency, and that the quote system allowed the county to know what the costs would be before calling on the civilian force. "It's a way to pre-price," he said.
The county is able to initiate the program with a quote rather than a bid system so long as no individual operator's fees escalate beyond $20,000. At that threshold, bids would be necessary.
Court approves road department request to declare surplus property
The court declared the following Road Department inventory surplus and will use an online auction to dispose of it, with required legal notice being posted that the bidding will be online:
Readings of Roads
The Court approved the following:
Sheriff Harrison Moss reported the following activity for December 1-31, 2018:
Treasurer Melinda Quinn's reported a reconciled balance in all funds of $1,581,219.69 for the period ending December 31, 2017, with an unencumbered balance of $1,499,255.51. The report was unanimously received.
The court approved necessary fund transfers as well.
No budget amendments were needed.
The court approved the agenda, minutes of the December 12, 2017 regular meeting and December 29, 2017, Special Meeting, the first unanimously, the second with the abstention of Magistrate Perry Reeder, who was not present.
The court heard and unanimously approved committee reports for the budget committee delivered by Magistrate Daryl Flatt. Mr. Flatt apprised the court of increased utility charges, noting that all personnel have been asked to do a better job controlling usage. He also asked that some of the ABC revenue go to the Adair County Regional Jail for medical costs, but was told by Magistrate Terry Hadley (7) and County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison Corbin that it was their understanding that ABC revenues could go only to law enforcement and education.
Magistrate also gave the Solid Waste Committee report, announcing that two new recycling trailers are on the way. He noted that recycling revenues are down, in part because buyers want trailer truck loads of single items, and that because of storage problems, Adair County is unable to consolidate such loads.
He said that litter abatement money will go to Lindsey Wilson College to provide education in Adair County Public Schools and to purchase trash bags for student drivers to use in their cars and to educate the next generation about keeping the environment clean.
Committees appointed, with two dropped from list, and schedules altered
The makeup of committees were announced as follows:
Adair County Regional Jailer deLivers jail reports
Adair County Regional Jailer Joey White reported extraordinarily high total billing of $155,115.28 for the month of December. It was also an extraordinary month for costs for incarceration of Adair County inmates, $71,831.28, which also reduced availability of beds for state inmates, affecting the bottom line for the operation of the jail. (GRAPHIC)
Jailer White also reported on the "Free" labor provided by the Adair County Regional Jail Restricted Custody inmates, and included in his report a breakdown of a month-by-month report for the year 2017. (GRAPHIC.)
Agencies benefitting from inmate labor include Adair County Recycling, Adair County Road Department, Green River Animal Chelter, Center on Aging, City of Columbia Maintenance, Columbia Sanitation. Adair County Pride (litter pickup) Adair County Board of Education, and Cumberland County Fiscal Court.
Animal Shelter Reports given for month, and 2016 and 2017
The Adair County Animal Shelters report for December, 2017, and for the years 2016 and 2017 - for comparison - were presented and approved. 2017 showed revenues generated by the shelter of $25,192.50, up from the previous year's $16,637.00. For the month of December, revenues were $2,647, which would annualize to $31,764.
There was good attendance at the meeting. In addition to officials, CJE Michael Stephens, Magistrates Harold Burton(District 1), Daryl Flatt (2), Sammy Baker (3) Perry Reeder (4), Billy Dean Coffey (5), Greg Caldwell (6), and Terry Hadley (7), Sheriff Harrison Moss, County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin, appointed officials Deputy CJE Andrea Waggener, Court Secrtary Gale Cowan, Treasurer Melinda Quinn, Road Superintendent Terry Corbin, Deputy Jailer Marc Evans, there were a plethora of media representatives, Adair County Historian Mike Watson, and a number of candidates.
End of REPORT for regular meeting, Tue 09 Jan 2018
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
The ADAIR COUNTY FISCAL COURT
Magistrates on the Adair County Fiscal Court:
Adair County Constables
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