Fiscal Court meets, makes decisions

By Chris Cooper -

The Logan County Fiscal Court meets twice a month at 9 a.m. at the historic Logan County Courthouse. Many decisions are made during this time on behalf of the county by six magistrates and one judge executive. Some of the decisions are bigger then others, however, county business is a lengthy process that sometimes takes up to three hours. From listening to department head reports to elected official reports, magistrates also have to approve bills, make road requests and address whatever is on the agenda for that meeting.

During the last regularly scheduled meeting of the fiscal court on Tuesday, March 8, the county’s Sheriff Wallace Whittaker and Director Ginger Lawrence of the Emergency Communications Center (ECC-911) expressed concerns about finding qualified applicants to hire.

Both Whittaker and Lawrence approached the fiscal court reporting their problem.

“I’ve had another deputy to resign recently and now have three openings in my department,” said the sheriff. “We can’t seem to find good applicants.” The sheriff has reported to the court in the past about needing more help and being short handed.

Lawrence, who has been at the helm of the ECC for years, said it is getting really tough to find good people in her department as well.

“This is a hard job,” said Lawrence, adding by the time she goes through a stack of applications, she has very little to go on.

It has been mentioned in the past that Logan County’s dispatchers receive a lot less in pay than those in surrounding areas.

No decisions were made by the fiscal court concerning employment.

Another E-Scrap event has been scheduled for April 22 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Instead of being held behind the historic Logan County Courthouse as it has been in the past, it will be held this time at the Logan County Recycling Center at 1230 Morgantown Road, in front of the county’s animal shelter. This is a time for citizens to get rid of old office equipment for free including, computers, printers and copy machines. Televisions are accepted for a small fee. Please, no appliances.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, Lawrence submitted the number of thefts and burglary complaints called into the Logan County dispatch for the month of February. According to Lawrence, there were 29 thefts and eight burglary complaints.

Magistrate Dickie Carter had asked Lawrence to keep track of the thefts and burglaries in the county and four cities and give them to fiscal court.

There were 177 inmates in the county’s jail as of Tuesday morning according to Logan County Jailer Phil Gregory. State inmates totaled 102 and county inmates were 75. A large percentage of a state inmates stay at the county’s jail is paid for by the Commonwealth, whereas a county inmate stay is paid for out of local tax money. According to Gregory, the state inmates generated $100,852 in the month of February.

NetGreene Solutions, a company out of Clarksville, Tenn., gave a presentation to the fiscal court Tuesday offering the county a new phone system. Judge Executive Logan Chick created a committee to look into what the county needs. Those serving will be magistrate Thomas Bouldin, clerk Scottie Harper, jailer Phil Gregory and treasurer Amanda Warren.

Champion Petfoods will be getting a $500,000 economic grant soon, but it will have to come through the county fiscal court first.

At the Tuesday, March 8 meeting of fiscal court, magistrates approved to allow the county to be a pass-through for the funds. According to Judge Executive Logan Chick those funds would come back to the county if Champion Petfoods failed to use it. Chick said he felt the multi-million dollar company would follow through.

At the end of the fiscal court meeting Tuesday, magistrates closed by approving annual contributions to the Adairville Strawberry Festival, the Lewisburg Purple Martin Festival and the Auburn Bluegrass Festival in the amount of $200 each. Magistrate Drexel Johnson said he wasn’t sure Lewisburg would be having their festival this year.

By Chris Cooper

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

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

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