By Al Owens
Meeting in regular session last week the Lewis County Fiscal Court moved to accept bids for some annual and routine business for the 2006-07 fiscal year.
The bid of $51.28 per ton for asphalt paving from Eaton Asphalt Paving, Covington was the low bid for that work, and the court accepted that bid. Mountain Enterprises, Lexington entered a higher bid of $56.33.
Gaddis-Shamrock Inc., Columbia, and South Central Construction Company, West Union, Ohio, submitted bids for the chip/seal work, but the bids were so complicated that the court tabled action on them until next month’s session so the magistrates can determine the per mile cost from both bids.
Bulk Plants Inc., Ashland, submitted the only bid for the gas/oil contract for this fiscal year and that bid was accepted.
On a motion by First District Magistrate Milt Stanfield the court moved to change the insurance premium pay plan for the county. Previous to the move the county paid 66 percent of the premiums for health insurance, and the employees paid 33 percent. Under the newly adopted scale the county will pay 75 percent and the workers will pay 25 percent.
The court approved a resolution authorizing County Judge Executive Steve Applegate to enter into an agreement with The Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) for $75,000 for the construction of a firehouse for the Lewis County Volunteer Fire Department. The building will be located on Lions Lane.
The court also approved a resolution authorizing Applegate to enter into another agreement with GOLD for $250,000 for the purchase and renovation of an E-911 Dispatch Center Building. That is the old Citizens Deposit Bank and Trust Building across the street from the Post Office on Court Street.
At the request of Lewis County Jailer Tim Underwood four employees at the Detention Center have been reclassified with changes in their pay scale.
Amy Bolander and Bonnie Ellithorpe were reclassified from full time cooks at a pay scale of $8.69 to full time Cook/Deputy Jailer with a pay scale of $9.52 per hour. Underwood explained that these two workers have received the same training as the deputies and sometimes function as such in addition to their cooking duties. At other times some of the other deputies help out in the cooking department. He said that makes the staff more flexible, and all the employees can help with all the duties at the Detention Center if necessary.
At Glen Bannister’s request he and Matt Dyer have switched positions. Bannister was reclassified from fulltime Deputy Jailer with a pay scale of $9.52 to part time Deputy Jailer with a pay scale of $8.25. Bannister will continue some of the duties he performs at the jail at no charge to the county.
Dyer was reclassified from part time Deputy Jailer with a pay scale of $8.25 to full time at $9.52.
The court approved the first reading of an ordinance for the implementation and maintenance of structure addresses and their markings for the E-911 emergency phone service within Lewis County.
The ordinance says that any new buildings, mobile homes or structures that are assigned new numbers must have those numbers displayed in a conspicuous place by the owner or owners within 30 days after notification. Any old numbers must be removed within that same time frame. The numbers must also be legible and distinguishable from the road. Non-compliance will result in a $10 fine per day of violation.
The court approved the Lewis County Treasurer’s 2006-06 settlement and then moved to publish the annual audit in lieu of the settlement. That action will save the county about $4500.
In quick succession the court approved two appointments. Ruby Kegley’s appointment as Chairperson for the Kinniconick VFD Taxing District Board was approved. Her term will expire July 1, 2010. And the appointment of Fredia Plank as Secretary for the Kinniconick VFD Taxing District was also approved. Her term likewise will expire on July 1, 2010.
The court approved the 2005 Maximum Deputy Salaries. Although that is part of the approved budget the law requires the court to also approve the salaries.
The court then moved to approve the County Road Department Employee Drug Free Workplace and Drug testing policy. Under the policy the use of drugs and alcohol while working is prohibited. The policy also provides for the suspension or termination of violators of the policy and for random drug testing.
The court approved the advertising for bids for a bridge replacement on Rock run.
It also authorized the $30,000 purchase of the old bank building on Court Street for the prospective E-911 Dispatch Center Building.
The court approved the deed of easement for a water tank in the Tollesboro Industrial Park for the Western Lewis/Rectorville Water District.
Stanfield asked the court about adopting a road in the subdivision across the street from the Barbour & Sons Funeral Home into the county road system. The court determined that the road is on private property and cannot be maintained by the county. To have the road adopted, however, the owners can follow the proper procedures established by the court in order to get the road adopted. That means that Road Foreman Dane Howard would inspect the road and then make a recommendation to the court. If the subdivision is paved and brought up to the county’s standards then adoption into the county road system could be considered.
The county treasurer’s report shows that for the fiscal year the General Fund received $1,458,393.90 with expenditures totaling $1,435,894.39 leaving a balance of $32,499.57. The Road Fund received $1,809,674.61 with costs totaling $1,776,133.79 with a balance of $38,540.82. The Jail Fund received $181,690.26 with expenditures at $817,425.48 leaving a balance of $1,264.78. The CDBG fund totaled $869,466 with expenditures of $869,465 leaving a balance of $1.00. The animal shelter received $61,650 but no money has yet been spent leaving the balance at that amount. The court approved the treasurer’s report.