Fiscal Court approves three positions, waits on state refunds

Published 4:35 pm Monday, August 1, 2022

JARED DARWISH

jared.darwish@bluegrassnewsmedia.com

The Boyle County Fiscal Court voted to fill three positions at its July 26 meeting.

The court voted to approve the appointments of Sheila Kavanagh to the Ethics Committee board, and Kay Schawler was appointed as an alternate to the Ethics Commission if a regular member is unable to attend. Julie Wagner was appointed to Open Record Custodian for open records requests.

“All three of these people are fine choices,” Judge Executive Howard Hunt said. “They want to help Boyle County and to do right by the people of this area.”

County Clerk Trille Bottom gave an update on the second-quarter report. Her staff is currently working on an end-of-quarter refund from the state, which was around $20,000.

Bottom also informed the court they had received $62,500 in reimbursements for a partial refund on voting machines given back. She told the council that she is hopeful they will receive the full refund for the quarter soon.

To go along with the budget discussion, County Treasurer Darlene Lanham spoke on the 2022 final financial income report. For the financial year, expenditures are up, but Lanham thought the court was on target in relation to last year’s income.

The court also amended the budget to include Solid Waste Building Supplies and Park Fund Utilities, which were left out of the budget.

With the school year starting soon, school safety reports were given by multiple magistrates. Magistrate Tom Ellis emphasized the importance for there to be more school safety meetings before the school year begins so everyone is on the same page.

Magistrate Jamey Gay echoed Ellis’ sentiment, and also informed court members that the budget was being amended to include the hiring of five School Resource Officers in Boyle County Schools.

County Jailer Brian Wofford closed out the meeting seeking the court’s approval of 18 ultraviolet light units for heating and air in Boyle County jail. Wofford told the council that the plan would come at no cost to the budget or taxpayers. Magistrate Jason Cullen made the motion to approve Wofford’s plan and it was seconded by all members.

In other business, the court:

• Is seeking government approval for a discretionary road fund.

• Approved $1,600 in funds back to the County Attorney’s Office by the fiscal court to cover expenses incurred.

• Discussed plans to get Emergency Medical Technician training complete for new members.

• Spoke on upcoming events such as the Perryville 160th Battle Commemoration on October 8 and 9, Forkland Festival October 15, and yearly Bourbon Chase happening soon.

• Briefly discussed options for the lease on the Emergency Data Processing building that ends in June of 2023.

• Announced the start of construction on Fire Station 8 as of Thursday, July 28.