Madison County Jailer Steve Tussey informed the Madison County Fiscal Court the Madison County Detention Center will retain its current food vendor during its monthly meeting Tuesday at the Richmond Courthouse.
Tussey opted to remain with Kellwell Food Management, based in London. The detention center has a budget of $500,000 for its food vendor. The contract averages out to approximately $1.06 per meal. Tussey said the jail currently is serving “about 1200 meals a day and that puts out about $460,000 per year.”
“It’s a great contract and a great price,” Tussey said. “I’ve done a lot of research and it’s very competitive, actually a very low number. … it leaves us with a little money for equipment repair and utilities.”
The Madison County Tax Assessment Board will have a new member at its next meeting.
Madison County Judge Executive Reagan Taylor appointed Kim Claytor to the board to fill a vacancy created by Nola Newman, who served two consecutive terms on the board.
Taylor also declared April 5 as Arbor Day in Madison County.
“I urge all citizens to participate in the observance of this day by planting trees to beautify our Commonwealth and focus our attention on our great natural resource, our forests,” he said.
Taylor also appointed Kim Claytor to the Madison County Tax Assessment Board for a three-year term to fill the expired term of Nola Newman.
“I think she will be a good asset to that board,” Taylor said. “We appreciate Nola’s service on this board.”
The court also entered into an agreement with Aquatic Control on a lake maintenance agreement at Battlefield Lake. The cost is $2,729.00 from May-September.
“They do an excellent job and keep the lake nice and clean,” Battlefield Golf Course Director Gary Vanderoef said.
Starting next month, the golf course will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Vanderoef said the course is in “fantastic shape” and more requests are being made.
“Last year we had 19 outings and we’re up to 22 outings scheduled at the course,” he said. “I finally got to a point I had to say, that’s it, I can take any more (requests). We’re seeing a lot of new people coming out and playing.”
In other business the court:
• Renewed a contract with Total Comfort on HVAC maintenance at the Family Court Building on North First Street at a cost of $2,400 and is billed out $600 quarterly. It includes two complete system checks per year and two visual system checks per year as well as filter and belt replacement.
• Promoted Matthew Frost from Firefighter I to Firefighter II and a rate increase from $7.25 to $7.50 per hour.
• Hired Mack Williams ($8.63 per hour), Kenneth James Wilshire ($8.63) and William Carr ($8.50) as seasonal grounds crew personnel at Battlefield Golf Course. Jacob Fritz was hired as a golf shop attendant for $8 per hour.
• Hired Dakota Berry as a second shift EOC Tech for $16.41 per hour, a fully-funded CSEPP-funded position.
• Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger is seeking 10 Republicans and eight Democrats to serve as precinct workers for the May primary. For more information, call (859) 624-4703.