In April 16 Issue
The Russell County Fiscal Court passed on two measures put forward by Magistrate Greg Popplewell at this week's meeting.
Popplewell asked that the court begin keeping exact accounting of the amount of money spent on road work in each of the county's districts.
He said that at present the staff could not tell the court exactly how much of the money spent on materials or labor could be attributed to any one district in any given month.
"I'd like a running total kept," Popplewell told the court.
He said that if his motion was approved then after the beginning of the fiscal year they could receive a report at every court meeting of how the money was being spent.
Others on the court indicated that if anyone wanted to know that they could file an open records request with the court.
In the end no one else on the court would second the motion for detailed accounting of road expenditures. County Judge-Executive Mickey Garner declared the motion dead.
Prior to that Popplewell had suggested that since the county road fund was still in good shape, $20,000 should be allocated to each of the county's districts for the magistrates to allocate as they saw fit.
That motion was seconded, but went down with all but Popplewell and Gary Robinson, who had voted for the measure, voting no.
Garner had cautioned the magistrates that they needed to wait until closer to the end of the fiscal year before making such a move.