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Magistrates approve jail changes
|By Paula Franke
Lewis County Jail
employees will be seeing larger paychecks as a result of action taken at Monday morning's
Fiscal Court meeting.
Magistrates approved Jailer Tim Underwood's request to give a $2 an hour raise to Jeff
Lykins, who has been promoted to the position of safety and security coordinator. County
Attorney Buddy Lykins Jr. advised the court that the new $10.50 per hour salary be linked
with the actual job position, rather than an individual person.
Underwood also requested raises for all jail employees. Magistrate Keith Chapman noted
that the budget for the current fiscal year has already been set and that the matter
should be considered next spring when the next budget is prepared. However, a 25-cent an
hour cost of living increase was approved for all other jail employees.
A 2.39 percent cost of living increase was also approved for all non-elected county
employees. Judge Executive Steve Applegate explained that the cost of living increase was
incorporated into this fiscal year's budget.
Several changes to the jail's policy and procedure manual were approved. These include
no smoking on the county side of the jail, charging inmates $10 for calling a doctor and
$5 to have a prescription filled, and adding use of the new restraint chair, stun gun,
expandable baton and electronic shield as restraint tools at the jail.
|Magistrates authorized the county attorney to
draw up an ordinance that would authorize charging prisoners a booking fee and authorizing
a requirement that any inmate incurring medical expenses reimburse the county for those
expenses. Prisoners currently pay a $9 bond fee. The booking fee would be in addition to
that. Underwood said that other counties charge about $20.
Solid Waste Coordinator John
Teager told the court that the state has accepted the county's five-year plan and added
that the county needs to upgrade its recycling program to remain in compliance.
He described recycling trailers used in other areas and explained that the units were
available at a cost of $5,500 each, if at least two are purchased. Teager said the first
one would be needed by next year and a total of four by the year 2007. Magistrates
approved the purchase of two units at this time.
Magistrate Chapman asked where the county was on mandatory garbage pickup. County
Attorney Lykins said that he had spoken with the Mason County Attorney and learned that a
previous report that it was illegal for utility companies to collect the garbage pickup
fee is, in fact, untrue.
Lykins said he was told that it was not practical in Mason County. Additionally, the
utility companies didn't want to do it and they can't be forced to do it.
Kathy Dillow reported that she had called both Grayson RECC and Fleming-Mason Energy.
She learned that Grayson RECC already collects for Elliott County garbage collection.
Fleming-Mason has the capability to code their customers by hauler. The other utility
providers still need to be contacted.
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City Council OKs fire truck
|By Tiffany Stamper
meeting of the Vanceburg City Council was held Monday, July 7, with all council members
present except for Angie Patton. Patty Kennard filled in for City Clerk Jeanna Billman.
Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that will allow the city to move
forward to purchase a fire truck for the city and to finance the truck over a ten-year
Mayor W.T. Cooper stated that the cost of the new truck is $150,000.
Adelphia Cable Company's Manager Blaine Randles gave council an update on repairs and
enhancements to improve service in the area.
Randles informed council that new antennas would be installed next week and that the
reception has improved in quality for area subscribers.
|Seven new channels will be available on
August 13. The new channels are ESPN2, Food Network, Home and Garden TV, Fox News,
Lifetime, FX and Trinity Broadcasting.
Randles also stated Adelphia's plans include five
more channels and the possibility of digital service by October.
On June 6, City Attorney E.V. Holder Jr. was authorized to prepare an ordinance to
close the portion of Bruce Street between the property owners, the Moores and the Hills.
Holder advised council that Bruce Street was indeed a city street and that all abutting
property owners need to be a part of the closing of the street and need to be notified.
Holder will contact the Kentucky Attorney General's office for guidance on the closure
of the street.
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School Board members reach
|Just like other leaders in business or public service,
local school board members must keep up-to-date on advances in their fields.
law requires members of the state's 176 public boards of education to receive professional
development training annually. Annually, just one in 10 Kentucky school board members
exceed the minimum requirements by completing the courses necessary to reach a new level
In 2002, that distinction includes three members of the Lewis County Board of
Education. Joseph LeMaster has achieved Level Three Certification in the Kentucky School
Boards Association (KSBA) Academy of Studies for completing 90 hours of approved training.
Walter (Jack) Sapp has achieved Level Two Certification for completing 60 hours of
approved training, and Robert Kennard has achieved Level One Certification for completing
30 hours of approved training.
|KSBA President Joe Brothers of the Elizabethtown Board of
Education praised the dedication of LeMaster, Sapp and Kennard in achieving the new marks
of professional development.
"The maximum number of annual training hours required
under state law is 12, and that's just for first-term school board members," Brothers
said, "so reaching another level in the Academy of Studies represents a major
commitment. This is more than going to a few meetings or reading a book. This is real work
on behalf of Kentucky's children."
KSBA Academy of Studies training covers areas such as use of student achievement data
to set district goals and plan budgets, education law, superintendent selection and
evaluation, school construction, strategic planning, policy development, effective board
meetings and community involvement.
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Paula Franke/Lewis County Herald
The Al Hasa Oriental Band from Ashland was a huge crowd
pleaser at the Tollesboro Lions Club Fair Parade Sunday afternoon. The fair will be open
through Saturday evening.
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