• The Logan County Fiscal Court set the 2010 Ad Valorem Tax Rates Tuesday. The court voted for all rates to stay the same as last fiscal year and are as follows: 13.0 percent on real property, 13.0 percent on real property, 22.0 percent on personal property, 10.6 percent (state set) for motor vehicle and water craft, 22.0 percent on aircraft (state set) and 3 cents on the acre for timber (state set).
• The county’s jail was very busy over the 8th of August weekend according to its jailer Bill Jenkins who told the magistrates there were 29 people booked into the jail from Friday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 8.
Jenkins said thanks to the quick response of the judges the jail was soon back down to a average population.
Jenkins requested an addition to the detention center’s policy and procedure Tuesday concerning expandable batons. The expandable baton is a small version of the old-time night stick that can retract and fit on a belt.
In order to add or take away from policy and procedure the court must vote on the change. The jailer assured the court his deputies had already been properly trained to use the baton by one of his deputies who is certified as a trainer. “We are just waiting on the court’s okay before carrying them,” said Jenkins.
Magistrate Dickie Carter wondered what other counties do concerning the baton and told Jenkins to make sure the night sticks were used properly. “I've heard rumors about down there, I just want to make sure they are used correctly,” said Carter.
Magistrate Thomas Bouldin made a motion to add verbiage to the policy and procedure that approved use of the batons, his motioned passed.
Another issue brought before the court was the hiring of an RN at the jail. Jenkins said they did have an LPN working at the detention center but a recent fall has opened up the position and Jenkins wants to hire a more experienced nurse.
The jailer explained that under the current contract with Advanced Health, the company contracted to handle the detention center’s medical needs, the county can have an LPN; however, Jenkins said he has spoken with the healthcare provider about an RN position and they even offered to pay half of the $2,000 increase it will cost. The provider’s contract runs out the end of this year. Jenkins reminded the court of the savings for medical care since the jail switched providers from Southern Health Partners to Advanced and said he had the increase in his budget.
“I’m not here to get approval, I just wanted to make the court aware of what he was doing.
Jenkins wants to hire the RN who has been helping to cover the LPN position that was vacated. According to the jailer, she has several years of experience in triage and will be good for the jail.
• The court passed an agreement and resolution between the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways and Logan County, whereby the cabinet will provide up to $200,000 in reimbursable funds to Logan County to be used to resurface Liberty Church Road and Smiths Grove Road.
Magistrate Jo Orange said she was thankful for what she got but wished it were more. Liberty Church is in Orange's district, Smiths Grove Road is in Magistrate Harold Prince’s district.