The Owsley County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Monday, October 14, 2019. The meeting was called to order by County Judge Executive Cale Turner. A motion was made and carried to approve the minutes from the August meeting.
County Clerk Cody Lewis gave the financial report. The General Fund has a balance of $125,816.47. The Road Fund has a balance of $525,053.96. The Jail Fund has a balance of $3,526.15. The L.G.E.A. Fund has a balance of $86,720.79. The Solid Waste Fund has a balance of $27,143.34. The Parks & Rec. Fund has a balance of $4,279.49. The LGEDF Fund has a balance of $897.16. A motion was made and carried to acknowledge receiving the report.
Judge Turner suggested that the court reappoint Kendall Robinson to the Local Health Department Board from January 2020-December 2021. A motion was made and carried to approve Kendall Robinson for the next 2 years. The sheriff was present to give the court his reports. He gave his quarterly report and the unmined coal report. A motion was made and carried to approve the sheriff's quarterly report. Another motion was made and carried to approve the unmined coal report. The Court Clerk had her settlement pending audit. A motion was made and carried to approve the Clerk's settlement. A motion was made and carried to accept the Bowman-Seale Road into the county road system providing Partnership Housing blacktops this .21 miles of road.
Judge Turner then read the “Proclamation naming October 14th as Mayor Charles E. Long Day.” Molly Turner then asked the court for a $25,000 donation to try to get more tourism into Owsley County. She stated that this money would be used to help hire someone to devote time to develop tourism in our county. She asked the city for the same amount at their meeting. The Action Team will donate office space, copier, phone service and internet. The money for this would not come from the general fund. We could get Owsley County designated as a Trail Town and work with Clay County and Lee County, as well. It is a one year process to get a town designated as a Trail Town. The person that is hired to do this job would need to be able to write grants. If you get the Trail Town status, then it would open us up for more grants as a Trail Town. Judge Turner stated that he and Darrell Barrett have been going to Oneida to try to get a trail going between Oneida and Owsley County. It would be for kayaking, horseback riding and 4 wheelers. A motion was made and carried to adopt a resolution to give the money to Molly Turner for the help that the Action Team needs to get what is needed to get this started.
Judge Turner stated that he would like to get rid of the jailer's position because they are only doing transports. The state says that the county has to keep a jailer. Matthew Sizemore has been filling in that position since Jailer Robert Cope had to resign due to health problems. He has since passed away. Matthew has now been appointed to that position effective September 1, 2019. Judge Turner spoke highly of Robert Cope. He stated that Robert was such a good man. Judge Turner also stated that constables have jurisdiction in the whole county not just in their district. The sheriff and Judge Turner agree that there needs to be a system in place so that when someone is arrested, they are given their citation and taken straight to jail. That would alleviate getting them out of the cruisers at the courthouse and taking them in the courthouse and then back out to be transported to the jail.
According to Judge Turner, there has been 293 to 295 people that have gotten jobs through Teleworks. With these numbers, Owsley County should reach 300 people starting jobs with Teleworks (for the year) by the end of October. If you know of anyone that needs a job, please send them to the Teleworks office at the Action Team.
FEMA has visited all the sites that the fiscal court had listed. They should be signing off on these soon. Owsley County should be getting around $300,000 to repair roads in the county.
The Solid Waste Code Enforcement Board should be meeting by the end of October or the first part of November. Then people can be brought in front of the board to get people in compliance with the Solid Waste. The blue truck at the Solid Waste has been fixed and is back on the road.
The fire department's new truck should be delivered by the next Fiscal Court meeting. They applied for this truck a while back. The sheriff's department has purchased a Dodge Durango from the Jackson City Mayor for $14,000. Judge Turner asked the court for $60,000 for the Booneville-Owsley Industrial Authority (Wolf Creek Metal was in debt) but there was a motion made and carried to approve $30,000. A motion was also made and carried to pay for half of the picture of Mayor Long that is now hanging on the front of the courthouse.
The road foreman is still dealing with sickness but he is doing so much better. The road department has been very busy grading roads and cleaning ditches. Judge Turner stated that one person told him that the road was too good. The men have been doing bushwhacking, as well.
A motion was made and carried to do transfers as needed within the budget. Another motion was made and carried to pay all legally incurred bills. Judge Turner thanked both news medias ( PRTC and The Booneville Sentinel) for covering the fiscal court meeting. A motion was made and carried to adjourn the meeting.