MEETING: Butler County Fiscal Court
All magistrates were present on Monday night, May 8, for the Butler County Fiscal Court meeting. Once old business was addressed, the meeting then moved on to new business. First on the agenda was the motion to approve the first reading of the "Social Host Ordinance" that was previously discussed in last month’s meeting by Rhonda Vaughn and Ali Johnson from the Butler County Drug-Free Coalition. The motion, which deals with alcohol use by minors and property owners, passed unanimously with no objection.
Added to the agenda for the night was Sherriff Scottie Ward. Due to the May 4 resignation of the current school resource officer for the Butler County School System, Sheriff Ward addressed the court needing money to cover 23 weeks salary of a new deputy to hire in the event they could not find a deputy that is certified to act as a school resource officer. The 23 weeks of salary pay would cover the time the deputy would spend in school and uniforms needed for the academy. The motion passed with only Fourth District Magistrate David Whittinghill opposing the measure.
Jodi Chambers, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Butler County, thanked Butler County Fiscal Court for their continued support of their services to the community. Currently, the club has 15 part-time workers and one full-time. Ms. Chambers is hoping to continue to receive the $12,500.00 that the court gives each year.
A motion was made to change the name of Brown's Store Road to Brown Store Road. The post office and 911 currently has in their system Brown Store Road, but the sign says Brown's Store Road. The motion passed.
The motion was made and passed to approve health insurance rates for 2017-2018. However, discussion ensued due to the increase in costs. It is roughly $5 per pay higher on the single plan, but significantly higher for those paying for family coverage.
The following items on the agenda passed quickly with no objection:
-Motion to reappoint Roger Southerland and Becky Hankins as members of the Morgantown-Butler County Tourism Committee
-Motion to approve Agreement and Resolution with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet resurfacing Leonard Oak Church Road.
-Approval to advertise for bids to replacement of heat and air conditioning units for the courthouse.
-1st reading of the 2017-2018 budget.
-Motion to approval annual standing orders for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
-Approve litter abatement payments for the following:
---Butler County Board of Education (BCHS Track & Field Boosters) ---- $539.00
---General Richard Butler Chapter SAR ---- $575.20
---Reedyville Lodge #438 ---- $603.20
-Approval to close LGEA Money Market account and transfer to LGEA Checking Account.
Tree removal bids were next on the agenda. Bids were received from both Tichenor’s Tree Removal and Steve Costello. To cut and remove three trees, Tichenor’s Tree Removal was $1,880, and Steve Costello was $1100. The motion was made and passed to approve Costello for the service. However, in agreement with this bid, the provider must have the following:
-Registered occupational tax.
-Mats to decease damage to lawn or the agreement to leave to area in the same condition as before.
If the winner of the bid cannot meet all requirements they will review the bids again in 2 weeks.
Only one application was received for the full-time Rochester Ferry operator. The applicant was Jared Michael Basham. It was voted and agreed upon to offer the position to Mr. Basham at an annual salary of $24,000 per year plus benefits.
It was discussed by the court to hire an employee to serve as a recycling/relief ferry operator/park custodian. After a brief discussion, it was decided amongst the magistrates to make this position a full-time role. This was passed unanimously.
When the court was open for discussion, Magistrate David Whittinghill made a motion referencing to HB585, to reduce the landline fee back from $4 to $2. This motion was then withdrawn by Mr. Whittinghill after it was brought to his attention that since the raise in fees was done by an ordinance, it would have to be amended and done so in writing.
The court went into closed session for Potential Pending Litigation KRS 61.810 (1) (C) before adjourning for the evening.
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Story by Amber McIntosh, Beech Tree News.