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FISCAL COURT: Magistrates make several hires; accept final settlement from county clerk

Butler County Fiscal Court met at the Butler County Courthouse on Monday, February 27. All magistrates attended: Stevie Givens, Kevin Phelps, Allen Smith, David Whittinghill, and Dillon Bryant.  

Butler County Clerk Sherry Johnson presented her final settlement for the calendar year 2022 and gave the court a check for $311,913.50 in excess fees collected. The clerk's office had a total income of $6,434,625.85 and expenses of $6,122,712.35.

Johnson also amended her CY23 budget to reflect her salary set by the state. Finally, she reminded the court that they needed to make an appointment to the Board of Assessments Appeals.

The court approved a proclamation for Arbor Day.

The court went into a closed session under KRS 61.810(f). Upon returning to the open session, the court approved hiring Ruth Lee as the Dispatch 911 Supervisor with a 50-cent per hour raise. They also hired Charlotte Clark as a dispatcher at $14 per hour.  

The court hired the following individuals:

--Randy Grubb- Road Department- 3 days a week -seasonal

--Garrett Kessinger - Reed's Ferry - $14 per hour

--Gracie Rose- Finance Officer- $17 per hour (Rose has since declined the job)

Due to the significant price increase, the court will negotiate generator bids for fire departments and the courthouse for the FEMA Grant DR4428-0028-F.

The Court approved the following:

--Bills and transfers

--Transfer $35,000 from General Fund to Jail Fund

--Surplus Property- Public Auction March 25 at the County Barn at 10:00 am

--Advertise for Reapportionment using wording approved by County Clerk and as recommended by the state

--Solid Waste will clean up four illegal dumps in the county

--County/City Clean-Up days March 30, 31, and April 1



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