Surplus sale set, state inmate numbers rise to record heights

By Chris Cooper -

There are many discussions had and decisions made at the Logan County Fiscal Court meetings twice a month that are to small for an individual article, but are noteworthy to inform the public. The following are some of those tidbits from the Tuesday, Oct. 27th meeting.

The Logan County Sheriff has set his surplus sale for Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. next to the Logan County Detention Center at 304 West 3rd Street in Russellville. Numerous items will be sold coming from both the jail and the sheriff’s department at that time. The sale is open to the public. The Logan County Fiscal Court agreed during it’s Tuesday meeting to give a small wagon with a sprayer mounted on it to the Russellville-Logan County Airport.

Sheriff Wallace Whittaker asked the court to purchase a new tranquilizer gun to be used by the Logan County Humane Society. Whittaker said even though there wasn’t a great need for one, he felt one would be good to have. The guns cost approximately $1,000 and the person(s) who would use the gun would have to be trained. Magistrates asked Whittaker for more solid pricing and to come back to court with those costs.

The Logan County Detention Center inmate population continues to grow in a good way. As of Tuesday there were 170 inmates at the county’s jail with 101 classified as state. A large portion of a state inmate’s stay is paid for by the commonwealth instead of from the county’s budget. This gains additional revenue at the jail which cuts back on how much the county has to subsidize the jail.

Jailer Phil Gregory attributed the low county population to county attorney Joe Ross, who has been working with Gregory on moving inmates through the system quicker.

Jacky Hunt, director of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force, gave a report Tuesday from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. During this time period, Hunt reported there were 29 criminal drug investigations by the SCKDTF. Six were for marijuana, 12 were for methamphetamine, 4 for cocaine, and 7 for prescriptions.

At Tuesday’s court meeting Lonnie Epley, Clarence Gamble and Jennifer Ferris were all appointed to the Logan County Extension Board.

Logan County Humane Society director Tracy Moser addressed fiscal court Tuesday to discuss the purchasing of land. The court went into executive session, but returned with no decision.

Gary McDougal was hired by the fiscal court to become the new maintenance employee at the Justice Center and historic courthouse.

By Chris Cooper

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

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