By Dennis Brown
Meeting in regular session
last week, Lewis County Fiscal Court declined to accept an offer from the state
to accept ownership of Ky. Rt. 3309.
don’t believe we have the economic means to maintain additional roadways and
suggest we don’t do this,” Judge Executive Steve Applegate told magistrates.
The state has been offering
roadways to local jurisdictions allowing the state fewer miles of roadways to
maintain. The City of Vanceburg recently accepted ownership of Ky. Rt. 2525
which includes portions of Main and Second Streets.
Applegate to sign an agreement with the Department of Transportation to
resurface Trinity Station Road, pending a review by the county attorney. The
state’s estimated cost of the project will be $217,500.
Magistrates accepted the
apparent low bid for piling projects on various roadways including Toller
Hollow, Cabin Creek, Crooked Creek, Kinniconick and Dunbar Road.
submitted a total bid of $111,810 for the projects. The only other bidder for
the work was Kingcrete Drilling of Beattyville. That bid totaled $152,235.
Magistrates adopted a
resolution to transfer ownership of a portion of Fuller Branch Road to
People’s Self-Help Housing. Applegate said a new roadway has been constructed
and the new roadway right-of-way will be transferred to the county.
Magistrates gave their
approval of several appointments to various boards including Dee Potter and
Geraldine Fields to the Lewis County Cooperative Extension Council; Granger T.
Liles to the Garrison, Ky-O-Heights Water District Board; Douglas Hamlin to the
Lewis County Planning Commission; and Terry Thomas as Commissioner to the
Western Lewis Rectorville Water and Gas District.
acknowledged the receipt of the annual budget for the Rattlesnake Ridge Water
Applegate announced the
state recently awarded $217,500 to the county to resurface Trinity Station Road
and recognized the attendance of incoming officials Thomas Massie and Johnny
Bivens at the meeting.
Massie will be Lewis County
Judge Executive and Bivens will be Lewis County Sheriff. They will assume their
duties on January 3, 2011.
As officials were
presenting their monthly reports to magistrates, E-911 Director Carl Chaney
announced that dispatcher Patty Beth Moore had recently completed training and
passed an exam in Richmond. He said Moore is newest certified dispatcher working
at the local dispatch center.
Jailer Tim Underwood also
addressed magistrates. Underwood had earlier presented letters to Applegate and
the magistrates outlining his concerns about the jail budget.
Underwood said state law
mandates that no more than 65 percent of the fiscal budget for the jail may
be expended before December 31. The law applies to county officials who will
be leaving office at the end of the year.
Underwood said the budget
for fiscal 2010-2011 is $829,400. That amount, he said, is only $7,000 more
than that budgeted for the previous fiscal year which was nearly $180,000
He stated in a letter to
officials that although the jail is on a current track to spend the allotted
amount, he is concerned that just one emergency issue could run the amount
Underwood said during the
meeting if he had talked with County Treasurer Kathy Dillow before composing
the letter, his concerns would have been eased.
Underwood said he
understood the fiscal court would pursue all avenues available to ensure
there is adequate funding in place to operate the jail within the required
Underwood said he has cut
unnecessary expenses at the facility, is closely monitoring utility usage
and has adjusted schedules to have the minimum number of deputies on duty
allowed by law.
He added that he is keeping
an eye on daily food purchases and has even canceled contracts for a water
cooler and rug service.
“I am giving $14,000 to
the general fund from the jail’s commissary fund to help offset medical
expenses with the understanding that this $14,000 will be budgeted by
amendment today to the jail budget to help with operating expenses,” he
Magistrates approved the
Underwood told magistrates
the jail underwent a recent inspection and received a good report. He added
the incoming jailer, Chris McCane, was on hand during the inspection.
Underwood said McCane has
been making regular visits to the facility since the May Primary and has
been spending a lot of time reviewing policies and procedures at the jail.
“We have already
implemented some of the new policies he has recommended,” Underwood said.
“He’s looking for ways to reduce expenses and will be attending new
jailers training in December,” he added.
“I believe he will do for
the jail what Bill Lewis has done for the sheriff’s office,” Underwood
said of McCane. “He’s doing a great job.”
He said McCane’s training
and experience will be an asset to the county when he takes over the
facility in January.
Underwood also noted the
Rough Riders Saddle Club at Garrison had recently hosted a successful event
at their new facility. “They are great for the community and promote
family oriented activities,” he said.
Magistrates approved the
payment of bills and fund transfers before adjourning.