WEBSTER COUNTY, KY (4/11/12) – Webster County Fiscal Court members worked through a busy agenda Monday morning, including holding LGEA and Road Aid Budget Hearings.
Webster County Judge-Executive Jim Townsend opened the meeting by reading a proclamation declaring April 9, 2012 as ‘David Taylor Fallen Hero Day’ in Webster County. Spc. David Taylor was killed last week while serving with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan. (See accompanying story).
Court members then entered into the county road aid budget hearing, accepting requests for use of the estimated $1,045,896 available to Webster County for road repairs including general maintenance and upkeep during 2013. Magistrates offered several requests including Charles Crowley Road, Williams Road, Bill Dorris Road, Camp Mine Road, Wright-Clayton Road, Jim Villines Road, and Noble-Crowley Road.
“That pretty much takes up the budget,” Judge Townsend chuckled. Webster County Treasurer Paula Guinn was quick to mention that estimated allotment might change. “I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the state doesn’t come back and revise the figures,” she stated.
Court members adjourned out of the road aid budget hearing and then entered into the Local Government Economic Assistance (LGEA) Budget Hearing.
The estimated $725,550 budget for 2013 has already received the following requests:
• Hopkins County Community Clinic — $26,000
• Senor Companion Program — $3,000
• Retired & Senior Volunteer Program — $3,500
• Poole Development Corporation — $2,500
• Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force — $2,400
• Webster County Schools/School Nurses — $5,000
• OASIS — $5,000
• Webster County Soil Conservation — $110,000
• Webster Drug Court Rehabilitation Program — $25,000
“These are the requests we have right now, I’m sure there will be more,” Judge Townsend stated.
The court then reconvened into regular session and heard a short presentation from Paula Yevincy, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Green River District concerning National Child Abuse Prevent Month. She was joined by Gloria Royster, a counselor, for the center. Before her presentation, Judge Townsend read a proclamation naming April as National Child Abuse Month nationwide. “This is a very significant problem in our state and country. All communities, no matter how big or small, struggle with the problem of child abuse,” Yevincy stated. “And as the economy becomes worse, the problems with child abuse and sexual abuse of children become worse as well. “Children rely on us to protect them and as adults we must step up to the plate and protect our children against mal-treatment for the future of our communities,” she added. “Not just for the month of April, but for the entire year. We need your support, our programs depend on state funding and we need to keep this going.” Yevincy displayed blue-and-silver pinwheels that have been placed throughout the county in which symbolize Child Abuse Prevention. She was also very complimentary of local law enforcement organizations for their help in helping prevent mal-treatment of children.
Royster told of a new prevention program, Darkness to Light, designed to teach adults about sexual abuse of children. “It’s a 3-hour program teaching us the signs of sexual abuse of children,” she stated. “It’s a wonderful training session available for civic groups, churches or parent groups. And we provide the training,” she stated.
In other business, court members accepted the annual budget from the Webster County Soil Conservation District of $110,000, the same budget amount as last year. “Those folks do an outstanding job over there, I have no problem with agreeing to that figure,” noted Webster Magistrate Tony Felker.
Magistrates also heard a brief presentation from Jim Dotson of Worldwide Equipment. Webster County has purchased several dump trucks and roll-offs (for solid waste containers) from Worldwide utilizing a unique deal to buy new trucks and then sell them at auction after one or two years for a high bid price. Dotson was at Monday’s meeting to inform court members that used trucks are bringing ‘top dollar’ at auctions right now. “The auction we had last month was the biggest in about six years. It’s a great time to auction off good, used trucks,” Dotson stated. “You can be guaranteed a minimum of 85 percent payback on the dump trucks and 79 percent on the roll-offs. That’s worst-case scenario because the used truck market is great right now. You have good clean trucks with low miles and you always keep them in great shape.”
Dotson noted that the next sale would be in June, if that auction is missed, the price might go down a bit because of warranty issues with the county’s fleet as well as newer-year models becoming available. “Basically you’ve had these trucks about 25 months,” Dotson stated. He also noted that the cost of new trucks were $113,000-$119,000 range for dump trucks and $135,000-$140,000 for roll-offs. Webster County is currently using two of each. After a brief discussion, magistrates agreed to advertise for bids for new trucks.
In personnel matters, magistrates approved the hiring of Jona Dixon as new-hire, part-time deputy at the detention center. Bernard Willett, Jr., Damon Vinser and Barry Wyatt were given pay raises in accordance with evaluation reviews. Roger George was also hired in the solid waste department.
Magistrate Jerry ‘Poogy’ Brown then asked if there were some type of county ordinance in effect to help clean-up abandoned properties throughout the county. “I’m getting complaints about properties that are growing up with weeds and grass and nobody’s taking care of them,” Brown stated. The questioned was referred to Webster County Attorney Clint Prow and he stated that most of the problems would fall under the county’s “nuisance ordinance” which carries a per-day fine after notification and failure to meet cited deadline.
“We don’t have a county ordinance were we can clean up the properties and put a lien on them like some towns have,” Prow explained. “But our nuisance ordinance carries the fine if the unkempt properties are not taken care of in a specific amount of time. I’ll be glad to send out notification letters. We did that last year and it really helped out.” Blackford resident Tom Oldham told of several “eyesores” in his community where residents just walked-away from properties after last year’s spring flooding.
Magistrate Chad Townsend emphasized that he had toured the area and identified those properties as well. “Some of these places look like junk yards or salvage yards,” Oldham stated. “No matter how you enter Blackford, there’s one of these properties at each entrance of town.” Magistrate Townsend then directed a question to Prow. “If we send out letters and there’s no response, then ultimately what can we do,” Townsend asked. “We’ll send out letters and give property owners the opportunity to clean-up the property. If no response, then the only hammer we have is the per-day fine penalty provision and then a possible jury trail,” Prow continued.
In final business, Webster County Recycling Coordinator Linda Wilson stated that recycling containers and bags would be available free at compaction centers on Saturday, April 21. “This (recycling) is just another way to help reduce our garbage tonnage we take to the landfill and help save the county money,” she stated.
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