Magistrates make decisions

By Chris Cooper -

The Logan County Fiscal Court meets twice a month on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. in the large courtroom in the historic Logan County Courthouse. Items on the agenda vary from department and elected official reports, to decisions that need to be made concerning the well-being of the county.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, magistrates met. The meeting began with the court approving the minutes from the previous meeting, approving the bills and giving road supervisor Paul Lyne each district’s road requests.

The county’s sheriff Wallace Whittaker turned in a citation report for the months of January and February to date. Jailer Phil Gregory reported there were 182 inmates in the county jail as of Tuesday morning, with 106 being classified as state and 76 as county.

“The county side is down,” said Gregory. “Everyone is working hard to process the inmates and get them out.”

Five jail vehicles will now be outfitted with blue lights. Jailer Gregory requested the lights saying Kentucky statutes allowed the jail vehicles to have them due to transporting inmates.

The litter abatement program transports inmates daily to pick up trash off the county’s roads, and the state uses inmates to work at the highway department on a daily basis as well.

“Make sure you know who is behind the vehicle with the blue lights,” said magistrate Thomas Bouldin. “We don’t want a knot head out there with blue lights. I know you won’t, but just be aware. The public will pull over for them because they assume the person behind the wheel of those blue lights is trained and certified.”

Gregory said they would be.

The Emergency Communications Center (ECC/911) is in need of an upgrade to its radio console. In order to upgrade the ECC computer systems from Windows XP to Windows 7, the console must be as well. Director Ginger Lawrence said the upgrade would be costly. She was granted permission from the fiscal court to put out bids for the upgrade. She will be getting back with the court when the bids arrive. Lawrence said she has most of the money in her budget.

The Lewisburg Fire Department will be hosting its annual Bean and Ham supper fundraiser March 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewisburg School. This is one of the department’s larges fundraising events. Money generated from the supper goes to help purchase necessary equipment for the firefighters, as well as training to help them help their community.

Paula Rainwaters will now serve on the Logan County Tourism Board effective Feb. 11, 2016. Magistrates unanimously accepted her recommendation from the board.

The court approved to renew applications for three recycling businesses in Logan County Tuesday. Auburn Pallet, Bluegrass Recycling and Logan County Salvage were all granted operation in the community.

During post agenda items Tuesday, magistrate Thomas Bouldin mentioned a citizen off Armstrong Street in Russellville had contacted him and was having problems with roosting turkey buzzards near their home. Bouldin asked about using the air cannon, but Judge Executive Logan Chick said it really hadn’t helped the issue in the past. Chick said he would have to contact fish and wildlife and request a permit to shoot some of them. The process takes time. The judge said he would contact the citizen.

By Chris Cooper

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

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