In Feb. 14-20 issue By Derek Aaron Times Journal Reporter
JAMESTOWN - The payment of county bills took the lead role at Monday's Fiscal Court meeting at the courthouse, with Judge-Executive Mickey Garner and Assistant County Attorney Jeff Eastham discussing the legal role of the county attorney to the payment of the court's bills.
Garner said the county had received several "second notice" bills for, among other things, guardianship and juvenile proceedings and psychiatric evaluations of inmates at the jail made by Adanta in Jamestown.
"It kind of puts me in an odd situation with the fiscal court … if they want to vote against paying those I can tell them that," Eastham said. Garner said he told Eastham several meetings ago about the bills and had asked him to advise the court on what to do concerning paying or not paying the bills.
Eastham said for him to make that type of decision he needed more information.
"Well, you looked at them last time and you told us not to pay them, that you thought you could get them took care of," Garner said.
"I don't believe I told anybody not to pay anything, Mickey," Eastham said. "The decision to pay or not to pay is not up to me, it is a Fiscal Court decision."
Magistrate Ron Johnson said he felt the court should pay the bills as they had done in previous years, since the court had already gotten a second notice on them.
"Let me say this, I don't mind at all working with the Fiscal Court and doing these things, they're administrative functions and historically I'm sure the county attorney has always done those, but by law we have a legal advisory capacity only," Eastham said.
"But I don't mind to do these things but I don't like to be chastised about things that I have no legal obligation to do in the first place. I was helping the Fiscal Court out and will continue to help the Fiscal Court out, but give me a timeline."
"Usually from one meeting to the other is a timeline," Garner said. "That's pretty obvious."
After several minutes of discussion, the court accepted to pay the bills, 5-1, with magistrate Steve Bledsoe being the lone dissenting vote.
In other happenings at the meeting
Jailer Darrell McQueary gave the monthly jail report. He said the daily average of inmates was 41 while the jail lodged a total of 141. He said the lodging fee was $399 and the phone commission was $185.41. The court accepted the report, 6-0.
The court discussed Resolution-07-14, a Land and Water Conservation grant the county is applying for to go toward restroom facilities in Jabez at the new Cave Springs boat ramp.
Garner said the court was still working with the Corps of Engineers on the issue and hoped to have it resolved in the near future. He said there was no guarantee the county would even receive the grant. The resolution passed 5-1 with the lone dissenting vote being Greg Popplewell who said he needed more information on the resolution before voting "yes."
The court gave the go-ahead to pay for the South Rowena boat ramp on the Clinton County side of Lake Cumberland, once it is completed. Garner said it should be completed soon and that the court had received the state funds needed to pay for the ramp with the total price being $39,500. Though on the south shore of the lake, the ramp is actually within Russell County.
Solid Waste Coordinator H.M. Bottom told the court that he had three garbage haulers that had been picking up garbage between 15 and 20 houses in Adair County while Adair had been picking up approximately that same amount here. Bottom made the court aware that the county was not losing money in the transaction and that it was coming out even on both sides.
The court accepted a motion by Magistrate Johnson to let Adair have 25 pick-ups in Russell and that Russell have 25 pick-ups in Adair and the haulers must go to the scales in the county they pick up in.
Bottom said the county was in need of at least five emergency sirens, strategically placed around the county in the event of an emergency or severe weather.
Following last week's severe storms, Bottom said the county would benefit from the sirens, which have a five to seven mile radius. Bottom said the sirens cost around $19,000 and any company, companies or anyone in the county interested in purchasing an emergency siren to contact him.
He said to adequately supply the county with sirens would cost around $100,000. Bottom said he has been turned down twice concerning grants for sirens, saying the state feels counties could do this on their own if they choose to.
The court voted to give the Russell County Public Library $19,970.39, or 18 percent of an $110,946.59 tax the county received from the Corps of Engineer's tax on county docks. Garner stated the county had given the library this same percentage for many years in the past.
The court voted to give the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery's Catch-a-Rainbow trout derby this June a $500 donation.
The court voted to give the American Red Cross a $500 donation to help their efforts as a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside the United States.
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