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Adair Fiscal Court October meeting report

By Amber Hobaugh

The Adair County Fiscal Court met Tuesday night in regular session to a lengthy agenda. Reports from the Road Department, Green River Animal Shelter, Jail, the Budget committee and Treasurer were all approved quickly.

Before moving on to the action items part of the agenda, a few changes were requested by Magistrates for roads in their district.

Magistrate for District 2, Daryl Flatt requested a first reading to be heard for two school bus turnarounds in his district. One in the vicinity of 6897 Russell Springs Road and another near 1114 Roy Road.

In District 1, Magistrate Tony Denton gave a first reading to remove Melanie Ann Drive from County maintenance and asked that it be changed to a private passageway. Then, Magistrate Chris Reeder for District 4 requested permission to give the right of way for a work easement on Anderson Road for water line repair.

Under action items, Court members heard a presentation on a proposal for a request for funding from the Opioid Settlement funding that the County has received.

Ashley Hardwick, with Serenity Counseling Services was one of many women who attended the meeting in order to speak on the proposal.

Hardwick stated that Serenity Counseling Services currently has one women's sober living facility in the County but they have recently received federal grant funding that would provide the development of a men's sober living facility as well.

Once patients leave a rehab facility and enroll in counseling services through Serenity, they are given the option to stay in one of the sober living facilities if they do not have a safe place that they can go to receive support.

Through partnerships with Blessed Billing, Credentialing and Consulting and the upcoming business The Coffee Hut, recovering addicts will also be given the opportunity to learn several valuable life skills that will help rehabilitate them as they transition back into becoming sober members of society.

"Once they have completed their counseling requirements, my office will then provide them with training on how to handle interviews and teach them clerical skills," said Susan Grider, owner of Blessed Billing.

In the presentation, the group requested funding in the amount of $108,000 in order to be able to purchase two vans that would be able to transport members of the sober living facilities to and from interviews and places of employment.

The Fiscal Court passed a motion made by Magistrate Daryl Flatt to provide the group with $54,000 at the moment and then hear an update on the progress in 90 with the possibility of awarding them the additional $54,000 then.

Next, Larry Walker, Chairman of the Adair County Economic Development Authority (EDA) was present to speak with Court members about several topics. He thanked members of the Fiscal Court for visiting the Green River Commerce Park to view the site for the build-ready pad that was funded through KPDI grant funding as well as the partnership between the EDA, Adair County Fiscal Court and the City of Columbia.

Walker also invited members of the Court to attend EDA meetings that are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. in the Chamber of Commerce building before he moved on to the specific topic at hand, the Squires Cemetery.

Along with other EDA members such as Bobby Morrison and Richard Phelps, Walker went into detail about the efforts that the EDA has made in order to contact family members of the deceased who are buried in the Squires Cemetery. Court members were provided with correspondence between Morrison and the only family members of the deceased that responded to attempts to make contact and discuss the move of the cemetery.

Walker stressed that this was important to the development at the Green River Commerce Park and as an example spoke of a South Korean company that had specifically requested to visit Adair County as they would provide supplies to the new Ford battery plant that will be located in Glendale, Kentucky. If the South Korean company decides to develop their location in Adair County, this would provide over 200 jobs locally but Walker said that the cemetery could potentially deter them from locating here.

Phelps also noted that the EDA has gone through great lengths as far as reaching out to family members, contacting the State registrar's office and ensuring that the deceased will be handled carefully and respectfully if the transition of the cemetery were approved.

The group is committed to spending over $20,000 in order to make this move happen and continued by including that the current grave markers would be cleaned and repaired before being moved, a new location has been secured for the deceased at Union Cemetery in the Gradyville community and that the EDA will make a considerable donation in the amount of $7500 to the Union Cemetery fund for perpetual care once the deceased have been relocated.

However, during the vote to pass a motion to allow the relocation Magistrates were split and the motion did not pass. Magistrates Daryl Flatt and Billy Coffey, who voted no on the matter, did say that if they were able to speak with the family directly, that they may be willing to change their votes if it was brought up for discussion again.

The rest of the agenda went rather quickly with the Fiscal Court approving the interlocal agreement for the partnership of funding for the KPDI grant matches.

The Court only received one bid for the property they plan to sell on Reed Street from Burton Real Estate with members passing a motion to accept the bid to auction the property with a 5% buyer's premium and to let the County Judge set the sale date.

Court members agreed to discuss two items on the agenda during executive session at a later date. Those items were the Occupational Tax Director discussion and that of the Deputy Judge Executive's pay rate.

Other items that were approved during the meeting include permission to advertise for bids on a fire alarm system for the jail, a memorandum of agreement for the reappropriation of districts with the Lake Cumberland Area Development District and the County Judge Executive's appointment of David Collins to serve as the Constable of District 7 after the recent passing of the current Constable, Joe Collins, Jr.

This story was posted on 2023-10-26 22:39:12
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