Fiscal court meets, acknowledges annual budgets

By Chris Cooper -

Magistrates met Tuesday, April 12 for a fiscal court meeting which is held twice a month to discuss business pertaining to the county. The meeting lasted longer than usual, a little over two hours. Annual district budget acknowledgment kicked off the meeting with Wesley Wright from the Logan County Conservation District leading off. Wright also stood representing the Mud River Conservancy District as well. Gary Micheal Templeman, Lee Ann Martin and Rachel Hance were present Tuesday representing the Logan County Extension Service. All reported very few changes to the district budgets and tax rates stayed firm with no increases.

“One of the only changes to our budget this next fiscal year is an increase in what we are paying towards the ag arena,” said Templeman, Logan County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development. “We are adding more to the payment to pay off the loan earlier.”

Also, as part of an annual occurrence, the court opened bids for fuel, road tile, stone, cold and hot mix. Max Arnold, USA Fuel and Southern States all received billing as the county’s fuel provider for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Hagan & Stone Wholesale and Metal Culverts Inc. won bids for road tile. Hanson Aggregate Midwest LLC and Charles Deweese were were awarded the bod for stone. Marathon Oil for cold mix, and Scotty’s for hot mix.

Sheriff Wallace Whittaker reported the Sheriff’s Department will be closed April 28 for an all-day tax workshop. Deputies will still be on duty, however.

Whittaker also informed the court he had one prospective deputy in the academy now and one who going through the process of a background check.

Jailer Phil Gregory reported to the court 173 inmates in the county detention center as of Tuesday morning. Out of those, 111 are classified state and 62 county.

Gregory handed out flash drives to the magistrates Tuesday with some changes the Department of Corrections will be requiring. Most have to do with inmates. Gregory handed out the drives to save on paper.

Mobile Communications Services was awarded a bid to upgrade a portion of the county’s Emergency Communications Center (ECC-911). The ECC 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.

Mobile Communications Services bid for the upgrade was $25,943. VEI submitted a bid as well.

By Chris Cooper

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