In Dec. 23 IssueBy John ThompsonTimes Journal Reporter
As the final act of the December 15 meeting of the Russell County Fiscal Court, Magistrate Ronald Johnson presented County Judge Executive Mickey Garner with a plaque to commemorate his many years of service as both judge-executive and magistrate in Russell County.
"I present this plaque on behalf of myself and the rest of the fiscal court and the staff," Johnson said. "We want to present this plaque for many years of dedicated service."
Russell County Clerk Lisha Popplewell presented a tax collection check of $100,000 to the fiscal court.
Popplewell said the budget estimate was approximately $187,000 and the $100,000 was a preliminary payment.
A rough estimate for next year's tax collection is $174,600; an estimate that is dependent on many factors, including the state of the economy she said.
The court voted to approve the county clerk office cost of living increases and wages for the coming year.
Garner read the jail report: jail fees $258.61, medical co pay $413.15, telephone reimbursement $860.65, DUI Quarterly $837.96, total income $2,370.37 with no overtime.
Russell County Emergency Manager H.M. Bottom asked the court to pass a resolution for energy management between Russell County and the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. The resolution allows for mutual aid and assistance in the event of disaster or emergency.
The standard annual resolution between emergency management agencies and the court, allows the emergency manager to request "in kind" aid.
The court voted to continue to observe the holiday schedule in 2011 as set by the state.
Maintaining the same holiday schedule insures the most efficient use of office time, as work done by the county often requires assistance or use of state computer systems.
John Stivers was reinstated to the Airport Board for a three year term per recommendation by Judge Garner.
Charlie Blankenship was reappointed to serve a four year term on the hospital board.
Neal Dalton and Sandra Voils were reappointed to the extension board.
Jailer-elect Bobby Dunbar announced four new hires at the jail.
Dunbar said official policies and procedures were completed and ready for review for approval by the department of corrections.
Once approval is received, the fiscal court and county attorney will review and sign off on them.
The opening of the new jail is delayed by up to two weeks, though employees are scheduled for a January 3 start date.
To best utilize the time, an agreement was reached with Marion County to assist with 40 hours required new employee classes including hands on training and class time.
The meeting was not adjourned and a final meeting was scheduled at noon December 29 to deal with a few remaining issues.
In other business:
" Two roads were accepted into Magistrate Steve Bledsoe's 2nd District; Logan Town Rd (.802 miles) and Cabin Lane (.085 miles). Two roads were accepted into Magistrate Ronald Johnson's 3rd District; Popp Rd (.363 miles) and Whale Rd (.117 miles).
• Garner nominated Sherry Stephens to become the new tax administrator in the county judge's office.
• $100,000 was transferred from general funds to jail funds.
• County Treasurer Barbara Sharpe announced her resignation, citing reasons of not feeling she is able to dedicate full attention to the position and maintain a full-time job. She was roundly thanked and praised for having done a good job by the magistrates and Garner.
• Garner made a motion to appoint Kathy Tupman treasurer for the remaining six months of the term with the commensurate salary.
• A request for a donation to the hospital foundation failed to receive a motion.