Fiscal Court Approved Minutes – July 9, 2019

The regular meeting of the Boyle County Fiscal Court was held on the 9th day of July, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Members present at the meeting were:

John Caywood
Jason Cullen
Tom Ellis
Jamey Gay
Judge Howard Hunt
Phil Sammons
Ronnie Short

Others present at the meeting were County Treasurer Mary Conley, County Attorney Chris Herron, Sheriff Derek Robbins, Fiscal Court Clerk Jeanine Sanders, County Engineer Duane Campbell, Solid Waste Coordinator Angela Muncy, EMS Director Mike Rogers, EMA Director Mike Wilder, Laura Cullen, Sophia Cullen, Simon Cullen, Carlos Miller, Josh Gooch, Steve Hunter, John Bell, Mary Beth Touchstone, Louise Allen, John Turner, Jennifer Kirchner, Jonathan Wesley, and Bobbie Curd with the Advocate Messenger.

Judge Hunt called the meeting to order and Magistrate Ellis gave the invocation.

Sophia Cullen, daughter of Magistrate Cullen and a student at Woodlawn Elementary, led the Court in the Pledge of Allegiance. A motion to bestow the title of Honorary Magistrate upon Ms. Cullen was made by Judge Hunt, seconded by Magistrate Cullen. All members voted in favor.

A motion to approve the minutes from the June 25, 2019 meeting and the June 28, 2019 Special Called Meeting was made by Magistrate Sammons, seconded by Magistrate Ellis. The motion passed by unanimous vote.

Finance Officer, Jacob Pankey, presented the Standing Orders and expenses to the Court. Lowry Restorations has requested installment payments for the Courthouse painting project. A motion to make the first installment payment of $12,050.00 to Lowry Restorations was made by Magistrate Ellis, seconded by Magistrate Gay. The motion passed with all members voting in favor. A motion to approve the Standing Orders and expenses was made by Magistrate Gay, seconded by Magistrate Short. The motion passed by unanimous vote.

There were neither Budget Transfers nor Cash Transfers.

Judge Hunt presented the Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems Incentive Ordinance 950.19.02 Amendment summary. A motion to approve the second reading of the Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems Incentive Ordinance Amendment was made by Magistrate Sammons, seconded by Magistrate Caywood. County Attorney Chris Herron has reviewed and approved the Ordinance Amendment. All members voted in favor.

Angela Muncy, Solid Waste Coordinator, presented the paper grinder and sorting conveyor system bids for consideration. Judge Hunt reminded the Court these bids are in response to Grant money that has been received from the State. A motion to approve both bids with one-half payment now and final payment upon completion was made by Magistrate Sammons, seconded by Magistrate Caywood. The motion passed by unanimous vote.

Ms. Muncy requested permission from the Court to close out the Waste Tire Grant. The remaining funds total $2,331.38 to be returned to the State. A motion to authorize the $2,331.38 payment to the State to close out the Waste Tire Grant was made by Magistrate Gay, seconded by Magistrate Short. All members voted in favor.

Ms. Muncy requested permission from the Court to move Raymond Earl Reed from a part time to full time position with no adjustment in salary. A motion to approve the Solid Waste full time appointment of Raymond Earl Reed with a six-month probation period was made by Magistrate Sammons, seconded by Magistrate Gay. There was no discussion. The motion passed by unanimous vote.

EMS Supervisor Mike Rogers, with the recommendation from the EMS Committee, requested a raise for the part time EMT and Paramedics by $4.00 per hour, effective July 19, 2019. After extensive discussion a motion was made by Magistrate Sammons to increase the part time EMT and Paramedic salaries by $4.00 per hour, effective July 19, 2019, seconded by Magistrate Caywood. Magistrate Gay reminded the Court there will be a savings due to less overtime for the full time employees and the decrease in collection fees. Magistrate Cullen suggested incremental increases in the raises. Five members voted in favor, Magistrate Cullen voted against. The motion passed by majority vote.

Director Rogers recommended the Court consider the hiring of seasonal employees. There was no action.

Director Rogers requested permission for a third transmission repair on the EMS truck from AM Diesel with a 3-year, $100,000 warranty. A motion to approve a $3,800 transmission repair on the EMS truck by AM Diesel was made by Magistrate Sammons, seconded by Magistrate Caywood. The motion passed by majority vote. Magistrate Ellis abstained from voting.

John Turner, a volunteer with the Humane Society, presented an agriculture State grant for $2,500 with the requirement of a matching grant from the Fiscal Court. Magistrate Sammons made a motion to approve $2,500, due on July 15, 2019, toward the Spay/Neuter grant, the money to be drawn from contingent funds, seconded by Magistrate Ellis. Treasurer Conley requested that Happy Paws present their request before the budget is finalized in June 2020, and suggested perhaps the City would alternate payments. Magistrate Cullen expressed concern regarding the depletion of contingency funds. Five members voted in favor, Magistrate Cullen voted against.

Judge Hunt presented a Compensatory Agreement for a new County Clerk employee. A motion to approve Compensatory Agreement for Hope Thompson was made by Magistrate Gay, seconded by Magistrate Sammons. There was no discussion. The vote to approve was unanimous.

In Other
Magistrate Gay requested an update on the Joint Parks Ordinance. The Court agreed to amend the County Parks Ordinance regarding the Millennium Park and will provide Judge Hunt with comments and suggestions within a week. At that time, County Attorney Herron will contact the City Attorney with the County Parks Ordinance updates.

Magistrate Gay reported the Finance Committee will meet on July 10, 2019 in the Fiscal courtroom.

Magistrate Short gave a brief update on the progress of the transitional housing construction. No opening date has been scheduled.

Magistrate Cullen suggested adding a county business license fee, informed the Court of a memorial 5K Run/Walk scheduled for July 27, 2019 in Perryville, and expressed concern regarding the 2- year EDP strategic plan and unmet goals.

Magistrate Caywood encouraged the Court to move forward on the county-wide Smoke Free Ordinance, questioned the effect on the Shepherd’s House in light of the opening of the Isaiah House, encouraged a salary review of all departments, and reminded the Court of the sacrifices made by the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Magistrate Ellis expressed his appreciation to the Animal Shelter employees and requested the addition of Hayes-Mayes to the speed reduction road list.

Judge Hunt invited the Court to the Praise and Worship Summer Series at Jackson Park on July 13, 2019.

Magistrate Sammons and Judge Hunt informed the Court that they will not support a countywide smoke-free ban.

In Standing Committee Reports
Magistrate Caywood presented the Sheriff Committee minutes from the June 25, 2019 meeting. A motion to accept the June 25, 2019 minutes of the Sheriff Committee was made by Magistrate Caywood, seconded by Magistrate Sammons. There was no discussion. All members voted in favor.

With no further business, Magistrate Sammons made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Magistrate Short. All members voted in favor. The meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Howard P. Hunt III
Boyle County Judge Executive