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May 14, 2013
The Russell County Fiscal Court met Monday night for about 1 1/2 hours for its regular monthly session. Several business matters were taken up by the Court, including:
- Opening and approving bids relating to road work. Gaddie-Shamrock submitted the only bids for hot mix, crushed stone and chip & seal. Hudson Materials submitted the only bid for “road oil”….and Selby Asphalt Maintenance submitted the only bid for general road work including sealing and pot hole repairs. Each of those bids were unanimously approved.
- Sheriff Lee Smith requested and received the Court’s approval to pursue financing through the Kentucky Association of Counties to purchase four new vehicles for the department. If financing is secured, Sheriff Smith intends to buy three new police cars and one new full-size truck. The Sheriff said although the truck is about $1,000 higher, it gets better gas mileage than the newer police cars. Also, Sheriff Smith was given approval by the Fiscal Court to apply for a federal grant to hire one full-time Deputy for a three year period. If the grant is received from the Justice Department, it will pay for 75% of a $30,000 salary for a three year period. Sheriff Smith intends to use the money to hire an additional School Resource Officer.
- Jailer Bobby Dunbar reported the Russell County Detention Center generated nearly $93,000 in revenue during the month of April through various means such as housing state inmates, fees for telephone usage, housing inmates for Clinton County and other programs. The Jailer said the daily average inmate population for April was 110 and there are currently 55 state inmates at the local jail. The jail has lost 15 inmates since April 30th to “early release programs” implemented by the state department of corrections. Jailer Dunbar told the Fiscal Court he expects to see less state inmate revenue in coming months but he doesn’t think there is cause to be alarmed at this point.
- Treasurer Kathy Tupman reported all accounts of county government combined for just over $2.6 million as of April 30th with no major expenditures anticipated before the end of the Fiscal Year on June 30th.
- Russell County Hospital CEO Rob Ramey reported that emergency helicopter services had been called 11 times during the first quarter of this year with those calls split almost evenly between Air-Methods and Air-Evac with one service receiving 6 of the 11 calls with the other getting called 5 times. Ramey said all 11 calls were “medically necessary”.
- County Judge-Executive Gary Robertson recommended Dr. Richard Perkins for appointment to the Ambulance Board. The Judge’s pick received unanimous support of the Magistrates. Perkins is the current Chief of Staff at Russell County Hospital and will replace James Gray whose term ends June 10th. Gray, who has served on the ambulance board for about three years, addressed the Fiscal Court for several minutes during which he reported the Russell County EMS is now debt-free and has just went through a very tumultuous few years during which employee moral hit an all-time low. However, according to Gray, the EMS staff never wavered in their service to the citizens of the county and the future is looking much better, including financially. The EMS Board recently ordered a new ambulance at a cost of about $115,000. A large portion of the price will be paid when the new unit arrives next month with the balance to be paid early next year when the agency receives its annual tax revenue. Gray said the EMS Board, both past and present, has made several difficult and not-so-popular decisions, but did so believing their decisions were best for the agency and the community.