The Times Journal & Russell County News
Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 — RUSSELL SPRINGS & JAMESTOWN, KENTUCKY — russellcounty.net
Get online news updates FREE - Subscribe:  [?]
Google

First meeting of new year was a long one
In Jan. 13 Issue
By Derek Aaron
Times Journal Editor

A lengthy first meeting of the new-term Russell County Fiscal Court and Judge-Executive Gary Robertson covered many topics of business and even included an hour and a half long executive session showing that the beginning of a new year will bring many challenges to our county's leaders.

New Russell County Jailer Bobby Dunbar told the magistrates that several employees of his jail staff have been receiving training at similar-sized facilities in Marion and Taylor counties while others, who some still need training, are working inside the new jail as it nears its opening.

Dunbar even said some of his employees, who are still transportation officers, had been putting in some time working at the local recycling center through the downtime from transporting.

Dunbar said members of the Department of Corrections, including several jail inspectors, are tentatively due to be in Russell County to go over numerous things inside the jail, including anchoring down of the beds.

He also told the court there were a number of files that had to be gone through and sorted out at the old jail before the state will allow the new jail to open. DOC training for the jail employees is slated for Jan. 31 through Feb. 4 while two other training sessions, one in Pulaski County and one in Rockcastle County will also soon be held.

A total of 124 inmates were housed in other facilities last month, including the Casey County Detention Center, on charges filed in Russell County. Jail fees were $380.17 with the total jail income at $4,464.24.

Robertson said the new Russell County Detention Center should be open and housing inmates in the next three to four weeks. Work on the facility is currently in its final stages.

In other happenings at the meeting:

Bro. Tony Stephens gave an update on the transition house that will soon open in Russell Springs at the former Shiloh Motel, saying that construction was now finished on the facility.

"It is a quality facility and it looks very nice," he said. Stephens said he was appreciative of all the support of the previous fiscal court and former judge-executive Mickey Garner on the project and looked forward to continued support from the new administration.

"We've decided to call the facility The Inn," Stephens said. "Hopefully we'll have room for folks there who have need and we'll be able to encourage them as we move forward with this program."

Frank and Laura Lynch will be the on-site managers who will live at the facility, Stephens said. The couple will move in this weekend and applications for housing will be looked at and granted in the coming weeks.

"Each individual will be screened and assessed to make sure they meet the criteria of transitional housing," he said. "The goal with this facility is to move people from one place in life to a better place in life."

He said the maximum time someone can live at the facility is 12 months. The Russell County Emergency Shelter board and the Russell County Ministerial Association partnered in this venture.

o EMS Board Chairman James Gray gave an update to the fiscal court on the current condition of the ambulance service and what has taken place over the last six months by the EMS Board in shoring up their financials to provide continued solid service.

Gray said the merging of the ambulance service and 911 Dispatch was not good move financially for the ambulance service. He also said the move was not good from a management standpoint, causing a negative impact on employee morale in both agencies.

He said there were several steps in the right direction last year for the ambulance service, some of which included a 15 percent increase in collections, utilizing part-time employees in full-time positions in an effort to save money, reimplementing an employee evaluation system and developing an entry level pay scale for both EMTs and paramedics. Gray also said the ambulance service did not expand their tax base this past year as many other entities had.

o The court accepted the resignation of 911 Center Director Terra McQueary, who has accepted another position in a state agency and will move from Russell County following her last day on Jan. 31. The court also accepted to pay her for comp time.

o Robertson told the court that the local recycling center, from July 1, 2010 to Jan. 10, 2011, made $137,494.68 in receipts, expenditures totaled $139, 120.59.

"For six months we lost $1,625.91 total, which is about $250 a month," Robertson said. "To me, that is just like making money."

Magistrate Ronald Johnson said that anything near breaking even was a big savings to the county as more and more recyclables go through the local facility and less end up on the streets and in the ditchline.

o The fiscal court accepted the annual budget from Coroner Larry Skaggs at $1,900 less than it was a year ago. Skaggs is now working with just one deputy.

o The fiscal court appointed Wes Bottom as a board member to the local airport board after receiving a resignation from Denzil McGinnis. Bottom will serve through McGinnis' term through 2013.

o Robertson has implemented a sign-in sheet for public discussion at fiscal court meetings. Anyone that comes into a meeting with a problem or to discuss business will be required to leave their name, phone number and the matter they want to discuss. Robertson said following this, their item of business would be placed on the agenda and discussed during the meeting.

o The fiscal court spent approximately an hour and a half in executive session discussing personnel issues at the jail and possible litigation, according to Robertson.

David Milam of Branscum Construction along with a representative from the architectural firm that designed the jail also participated in a portion of the executive session. Asst. County Judge Chris Ramsey, County Attorney Kevin Shearer and Asst. County Attorney Don Byrom also participated in the closed session alongside the magistrates.

After returning to the open meeting, Robertson said "no action was taken," by the county leaders.

Content Management Powered by CuteNews
SUBSCRIBE to The Times Journal: CLICK HERE

SPONSORED LINKS


Publish Yourself PUBLISH YOURSELF
You can publish news about your group or organization directly to our site, using your computer.
CLICK HERE
Laker Band LAKER BAND
Visit the award-winning official web site for the Russell County Marching Band.
CLICK HERE
Lake Cumberland Web Cams LIVE WEB CAMS
Views of Lake Cumberland as it is right now, from a number of web cams.
CLICK HERE
Lake Cumberland LAKE CUMBERLAND
lakecumberland.com
Official site for Lake Cumberland with everything for the lake visitor and fisherman.
CLICK HERE
The Times Journal is a weekly newspaper issued on Thursdays. It was first published on October 13, 1949, by Andrew J. and Terry Norfleet.
-
P.O. Box 190
120 Wilson St.
Russell Springs KY 42642
Phone: 270-866-3191
Fax: 270-866-3198
Russell County News is a weekly newspaper issued on Saturdays, and is mailed free to every address in Russell County, Ky. It was first published on February 1, 1913.
-
404 Monument Square
Jamestown KY 42629
Phone: 270-343-5700
Publisher:
David Davenport
(publisher@tjrcn.com)
Managing Editor:
Greg Wells
(editor@tjrcn.com)
News & Sports Editor:
Derek Aaron
(sports@tjrcn.com)
Advertising Manager:
Stephanie Smith
(ads@tjrcn.com)
Business Manager:
Kim Haydon
(business@tjrcn.com)
Production Manager:
Renee Daffron
(people@tjrcn.com)
Jamestown Office:
Kim Graham
(rcnoffice@tjrcn.com)
PUBLIC MEETINGS
Members of the public may attend meetings. Boards or agencies may schedule other meetings at special times, but are required to notify the public.
FISCAL COURT: 2nd Monday of month, 6 p.m. in the Courthouse
RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY: 2nd Thursday of month, 6 p.m. in the City Hall Municipal Room
JAMESTOWN CITY: 3rd Thursday of month, 6 p.m. in basement meeting room at City Hall
SCHOOL BOARD: 3rd Monday of month, 6:30 p.m., Board of Education office in Jamestown
LIBRARY BOARD: 2nd Tuesday of month, 5 p.m. at Jamestown Library
AIRPORT BOARD: 1st Tuesday of month, 5 p.m. at Airport
TOURISM COMMISSION: 2nd Wednesday of month, 12:30 p.m. at Tourism Office
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 3rd Tuesday of month, noon at The Cove restaurant
LOCAL & AREA
NEWS SITES
The links below open new windows. We are not responsible for the content of the sites.
Laker Country WJRS
(Russell Springs)
lakercountry.com/
WKYM-1017 (Monticello)
wkym.com/
Adair Progress (Columbia)
adairprogress.com/
Casey County News (Liberty)
caseynews.net/
Clinton County News (Albany)
clintonnews.net/
Cumberland County News (Burkesville)
burkesville.com/ccn/
Wayne County Outlook (Monticello)
wcoutlook.com/
Somerset
Commonwealth-Journal
somerset-kentucky.com/
Danville
Advocate-Messenger
amnews.com/
Lexington Herald-Leader
kentucky.com/
Louisville Courier-Journal
courier-journal.com/
WKYT-TV, Lexington
wkyt.com/
WBKO-TV, Bowling Green
wbko.com/
USEFUL SITES
The links below open new windows. We are not responsible for the content of the sites.

RUSSELL CO. OFFICIALS
RUSSELL COUNTY SCHOOLS
RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY

LAKE CUMBERLAND
STATE RESORT PARK
TV LISTINGS:
Choose your service and provider
SOMERSET MOVIE SHOWTIMES

.