In Aug. 5 Issue
The Russell County Fiscal Court held a continuation of their July 12 regular meeting last Wednesday and helped the Russell County Jaycees purchase a grandstand from the Kentucky Horse Park.
Dwight Richard, president of the Jaycees, told the court that the Jaycees were not on the list to purchase from Surplus Properties and requested to use the court as a pass through for the grandstand, which will be placed at Veteran's Fairgrounds in Russell Springs.
The court agreed to Richards' request to purchase the grandstand for $5,500 for the Jaycees to purchase the grandstand and, in turn, the Jaycees gave a check for that amount to the court to cover that cost. The grandstand was originally worth $300,000, according to court documents.
In other happenings at the meeting:
• The court agreed on an Alligator I contract with the Corps of Engineers. Judge-Executive Mickey Garner showed the court a contract from the Corps for lease of the Alligator I property, roughly 66.26 acres. The contract will be for 25 years at no cost to the county, except for the removal of several gas tanks and the court can sublease if desired, depending upon them getting a grant to build restrooms there.
• Fiscal Court Clerk Kathy Tupman said that since the county is paying so much for repairs due to the May 2 flood that of the 65 percent the county is allowed to spend before January 1, there will be nothing or very little left for normal road work unless the county is granted an exemption.
The court unanimously voted to request a state exemption from the 65/35 consideration for the road fund.
• The county is looking to replace the motor in the county's best salt truck and decided to look at a motor at the state highway garage to see if it is worth a bid to purchase. The court agreed not to bid more than $700 on that motor.
• Magistrates voted to pay $146.98 worth of KU bills for the old Shiloh Motel with a total of $171.06. Parts of the bills were for the period between when the county purchased the property and before David Construction took it over. Those parts were for a total of $146.98 with David Construction being responsible for the remaining $24.08, which is the timer period after they took over the project.
• The court voted 5-1 to donate $100 to the Russell County High School Laker athletic program for the upcoming season. The lone magistrate voting no to the donation was Steve Bledsoe.
• Several county employees along with David Milam of Branscum Construction and someone from the architect's office will be traveling to Cocomo, Ind. in the coming days to check out the progress being made on the new detention center's security system.