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Fiscal Court Meeting: Staffing and Jail Budget among items discussed

Butler County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Monday, March 13, at the Butler County Courthouse. All magistrates attended: Stevie Givens (1st), Kevin Phelps (2nd), Allen Smith (3rd), David Whittinghill (4th), and Dillon Bryant (5th).

After calling the meeting to order and approving the February 27, 2023 minutes, the court entered into old business. At the previous session, Charlotte White Clark was hired as a 9-1-1 dispatcher and Gradie Rose as finance officer, however, both ladies declined the positions. The court approved hiring Jazmine Johnson as a dispatcher and Amy Curran as the finance officer.

Fourth District Constable Jeff Raymer asked Fiscal Court for permission to run blue lights. Permission was granted. County Attorney Michele Duval is looking into the KRS (Kentucky Revised Statutes) concerning insurance liability and constables.


Deputy Jailer Kelly Fugate and Jailer Wayne Russ presented the updated jail policy and procedures for approval. According to Fugate, they must have a transgender policy and indexing guidelines. They also gave the proposed jail budget. The proposed FY 2023 Jail Budget totals $1, 426,322.24. Large ticket items include food for $100,000, salaries for $800,000, and fringe benefits.

Only one bid was received for courthouse lawn care. However, the bid contained an itemized list, thus promoting a discussion of a possible contract. Therefore, the court took no action.

The court appointed Donna Wilson to a three-year term on the Board of Assessment Appeals.

 Judge-Executive Flener reported wind and storm damages at the health department, salt bin, courthouse, and fire department.  

"We are still gathering information," said Flener.

The Court approved the following:

—Recycling KY Pride Grant Application

—2nd reading and adoption of budget amendment #3 $320,781.19

—Bills and transfers

—Monthly treasurer's settlement



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