June 26, 2018 – Approved Fiscal Court Minutes

The regular meeting of the Boyle County Fiscal Court was held on the 26th day of June, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  Members present at the meeting were:

Patty Burke
John Caywood
Donnie Coffman
Jack Hendricks
Dickie Mayes
Phil Sammons
Judge Harold McKinney

Others present at the meeting were County Treasurer Mary Conley, County Clerk Trille Bottom, County Attorney Lynne Dean, Chief Deputy Chris Stratton, IT Director Bill Nichols, Jailer Barry Harmon, Building Inspector Rusty Cox, Shannon Greene, Jacob Pankey, Laurent Nash, Gary Chidester, Brian Wofford, Steve Hunter, Jennifer Kirchner, Howard Hunt, Steve Cline, Ruby Cline-Eaten, Brent Blevins, Paul S. Chandler, James A. Chandler, Kristin Hambel, Jamee Peyton, Chris Horn, Jody Lassiter, Janice Spears, Morgan Scaggs, Ann-Marie Baas, Fizzy Ramsey, and Bobbie Curd.

Judge McKinney called the meeting to order. Magistrate Burke gave the invocation.

Sergeant Paul Chandler, a veteran, led the Court in the Pledge of Allegiance. Judge McKinney made the motion to bestow the title of Honorary Magistrate upon Sergeant Chandler. Magistrate Sammons seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor. Sargent Chandler will turn 100 years old on November 5, 2018. Sargent Chandler served in the 82nd Airborne during WWII in Italy, France, and other countries. He was in five major battles including the Battle of the Bulge.

Magistrate Coffman made the motion to approve the Fiscal Court Minutes from the June 12th meeting. Magistrate Burke seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

Director Brent Blevins, with the Health Department, presented the 2018/2019 tax rate. He requested the health tax rate be raised from 2.7 to 3.7 cents per $100.00 assessed valuation. The tax increase is due to the retirement cost going up to almost $500,000.00. Magistrate Sammons made the motion to set the health tax rate at 3.7 cents per $100.00 assessed valuation. Magistrate Caywood seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

Public Health Director Brent Blevins discussed the Provider Services Contract with the Boyle County Fiscal Court. The only changes made are in line with Medicaid price changes. Judge McKinney made the motion to approve the Fiscal Court’s Provider Services Contract. Magistrate Hendricks seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor. Director Blevins recommends that all County employees receive the Hepatitis A vaccine. The Needle Exchange Program has dispensed 9,983 clean needles and received 5,666 dirty needles.

Fizzy Ramsey, representing the Humane Society Board, discussed applying for the Animal Control Advisory Board Spay/Neuter Kentucky Program Grant in the name of the Boyle County Fiscal Court. It is a competitive grant with the County given higher priority if the $2,000.00 is matched by local government. The grant goes towards animals up for adoption at the animal shelter. Around 900 surgeries are done per year at the average cost of $60.00 per surgery. Magistrate Sammons made the motion to approve applying for and matching the $2,000.00 Grant. Magistrate Burke seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

Magistrate Caywood made the motion to re-appoint David Williams to the Economic Development Partnership (EDP) Board of Directors. Magistrate Sammons seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor. The term ends July 1, 2021.

Judge McKinney discussed the EDP lease at Constitution Square. The lease has increased to $20,000.00 per year. Magistrate Hendricks made the motion to approve the EDP lease. Magistrate Caywood seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

TransNav Incentive Ordinance will be presented at the next Fiscal Court Meeting.

Jennifer Kirchner, with EDP, discussed Tourism Economic Impact update. The new website is in the works. This past year has seen the biggest increase in tourism ever. There is an expected $260,000.00 in transient room tax for 2018/2019. The EDP defines a visitor as living outside of a 60 mile radius. Food Tourism is showing a part of Kentucky that is often over looked. The television show, Top Chef, has been filmed in Kentucky. EDP is continuing to focus on advertising and marketing. The local hotels want more to be done towards sports tourism. Danville cannot move beyond its 3rd class rating and restaurant tax cannot be introduced until legislation is changed.

Shannon Greene discussed the hiring of new part-time personnel for Animal Control. Kristin Hambel’s position will be as a shelter cleaner starting immediately at $8.75 an hour. Magistrate Mayes made the motion to approve the hiring of a part-time employee. Magistrate Burke seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

Janice Spears presented the Sheriff’s Tax Settlement. Magistrate Caywood made the motion to approve the Sheriff’s Tax Settlement, contingent upon the audit. Magistrate Sammons seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

Morgan Skaggs, the Director of the Kentucky EMS for Children Program, discussed the program working with EMS and hospitals to ensure their readiness to care for children. Boyle County EMS is receiving the Voluntary EMS Pediatric Readiness Award. They are putting forth extra effort to better serve the children in the community. The Judge received the award for EMS due to the water rescues being executed at the Fork this morning.

Judge McKinney discussed the EMA siren bid for Parksville. One bid was received from Keystone Industrial for $24,500.00. The Bluegrass Area Development will pay $22,000.00 of the siren cost, that will leave $2,500.00 to be paid by the Court. Magistrate Sammons made the motion to approve the bid from Keystone Industrial. Magistrate Coffman seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

Magistrate Sammons made the motion to approve the Electrical Inspector Bid from Arthur Elliott. Magistrate Mayes seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

The Fiscal Court acknowledged the May 2018 Financial Statements.

County Clerk Trille Bottom discussed the appointment of Gary Gorley and Rebecca Kernodle to the Tax Appeal Board. Magistrate Hendricks made the motion to approve the appointments to the Tax Appeal Board. Magistrate Mayes seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

Judge McKinney presented the Compensatory Time Agreement for Jail employees Adam W. Coslett, Chadwick Mitchell, and Chris Tinnel. Magistrate Sammons made the motion to approve the Compensatory Time Agreements. Magistrate Burke seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

Treasurer Mary Conley presented the second reading of the 2018/2019 budget with changes. The appropriations have increased by $2,000.00 for the Spay and Neuter Grant. An air curtain for the 4th Street entrance has been added to the budget. The air curtain will cost $7,000.00. There is an additional $20,000.00 added to the Recreation Capital Projects carryover. Magistrate Sammons made the motion to approve the 2nd reading of the 2018/2019 budget with changes. Magistrate Hendricks seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

Magistrate Hendricks discussed the speeding problem at Whites Park. The speeders are putting children in danger that play at the park. The road is being treated as a throughway. The recommendations are for more speed bumps, additional posts, and to close the gates connecting to Millennium Park. Magistrate Caywood made the motion to endorse the changes to the park. Magistrate Hendricks seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

Magistrate Caywood discussed the EMS Committee update. Somerset is looking into having a paramedic class. The EMS Committee recommends the renewal of Dr. Stitch’s contract. Magistrate Caywood made the motion to approve the EMS Committee update. Magistrate Sammons seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

Magistrate Coffman discussed the Jail Committee update. Jail population is down from this time last year. Insurance covers employees receiving the Hepatitis A vaccine. The prisoners received the Hepatitis A vaccine with money from the canteen fund. Magistrate Coffman made the motion to approve the Jail Committee update. Magistrate Hendricks seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor. Jailer Barry Harmon discussed the good time credit. This allows County inmates to receive 2 days off their sentence for every 40 hours worked and they receive 90 days credit for taking MRT test.

Magistrate Caywood discussed the Sheriff Committee update. Boyle County Schools has requested two additional School Resource Officers (SRO). The Sheriff has been meeting with churches to review security. Active shooter scenarios were discussed. Magistrate Caywood made the motion to approve the Sheriff Committee update. Magistrate Sammons seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor. Magistrate Hendricks stated that 1SRO cannot cover five facilities. There needs to be more SROs included in next year’s budget. Magistrate Sammons stated the school has to have some financial obligation. Magistrate Caywood indicated that discussions are in the works to find a solution.

Judge McKinney will not be at the next Fiscal Court Meeting. Magistrate Sammons will preside over the meeting.

Magistrate Hendricks asked if there needs to be a new resolution for the Ad Hoc Committee to continue meeting until December. Judge McKinney stated that there did need to be one.

Magistrate Caywood endorsed the removal of the incentive pay at EDP. Judge McKinney will write a letter to EDP urging them to take incentive pay off the table.

Magistrate Caywood discussed the Locked Up for Being Poor article in the newspaper.

John Drake, Director of Parks and Recreation, resignation will be effective July 31, 2018. A letter of resignation has not been received.

Magistrate Sammons asked who makes the decision on who will be the new Director of Parks and Recreation. Judge McKinney explained that the Park Board makes the decision.

Magistrate Sammons recommends that the Court adjourn in the memory of George McClure and Chris Whitehouse.

County Treasurer Mary Conley requested transfers from the General Fund to the EMS in the amount of $50,000.00 and from General Reserve to Public Works in the amount of $125,000.00.

Magistrate Coffman made the motion to pay the bills, make the transfers, and adjourn in memory of George McClure and Chris Whitehouse. Magistrate Sammons seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting in favor.

Adjourn,

Harold W. McKinney
County Judge Executive