Magistrates met Tuesday, May 26 at 9 a.m. in the historic courthouse for the bi-monthly meeting of the fiscal court. The meeting was live-streamed on YouTube due to the COVID-19 virus. You can view the meetings when aired on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at logancountyky.gov

The court manages the county’s financial affairs. There are six districts within the county and each has an elected representative on the court. Presiding over the meetings is Judge-Executive Logan Chick. Serving District One is Tyler Davenport, serving District Two is Jack Crossley, serving District Three is Barry Wright, serving District Four is Jason Harper, serving District Five is Robert Chyle, and serving District Six is Thomas Bouldin.

Each meeting of the fiscal court begins with paying the county bills, road work requests in each district, and elected and department head reports.

Low spots on Circle Drive off of KY 100 need to be smoothed out by the county road department, as well as a hole that has appeared in the road. Magistrate Thomas Bouldin of the Sixth District requested the repair at Tuesday’s meeting.

The primary election which will be June 23rd is going to look a little different according to county clerk Scotty Harper who is encouraging everyone to mail in their ballot this election due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The change in voting in this election comes down from the state. Knowing that the majority of poll workers are in the vulnerable, at-risk category for COVID-19 and the required training is not a possibility at this time, the governor worked with the Secretary of State to create an executive order that changes how this election will be conducted. Using the executive order, the State Board of Elections created emergency regulations and procedures.

A secure online portal will be available through the State Board of Election’s website elect.ky.gov that will require personally identifiable information. All registered voters should request a paper ballot be mailed to their address in order to vote in this election. The ballot can be mailed back to the clerk’s office postmarked no later than June 23, 2020, (a returned postage-paid envelope will be included) or dropped off in a secure red, white and blue ballot box located at the clerk’s office. You can email the election deputy at pam.delaney@ky.gov to request a ballot. If you do not have access to a computer, you can request a ballot by phone at 270-726-6621.

Harper informed the court Tuesday he would be gathering together a “counting committee” made up of two Republicans and two Democrats that will be responsible for counting the votes that come in. This counting process may take several days and there could be at least 10,000 ballots.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Department was recently awarded a $2,500 highway safety grant that will allow deputies to work overtime on the roads focusing on DUI, seat belt, and speeding violations.

Sheriff Stephen Stratton informed the court Tuesday his department had applied for $5,000 and wasn’t sure he would hear back anytime soon due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, however, he recently received word on the lowe amount.

Thanking the fiscal court for its annual contribution to the City of Lewisburg’s park system, Mayor Teddy Harper spoke to the court members Tuesday letting them know what he intends to spend the money on. Harper said he wants to resurface both the tennis and basketball courts as well as repair some fencing.

Waiting to see if the governor lifts restrictions to allow the Lewisburg Park to be reopened by July 4th, Mayor Harper said he isn’t sure yet if those who come out to watch the Hinton-White Thunder Over Lewisburg fireworks show will be able to park at the park. “The show is still going to happen regardless,” said magistrate Jason Harper, however, Lewisburg citizens will have to wait to see if the park is open by then.

Tire Recycling Day is scheduled for May 29th from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The Logan County Solid Waste Department will accept for free a strict limit of 15 old passenger car and/or light truck tires during this time. Of those 15, a strict limit of two medium truck tires will be accepted. No tractor tires because these cost more. The event will be held at the Logan County Road Barn on Peyton Street, Russellville. Proof of residency is needed.

Free Dump Days have been reinstated and will once again be held the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. at the transfer station located off the U.S. 68-80 outside of Auburn.

A special called meeting of the fiscal court has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 to discuss insurance for county employees, the county’s salary schedule, and 2020-2021 budget changes.

Members of the fiscal court acknowledged the 2020-2021 budget for the Mudd River Conservancy as well as the Logan County Conservation District.