The Jackson County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 13th, 2019. The court executed the 2nd reading of the proposed budget for FY 2019-2020 after the budget was returned from Frankfort. The proposed budget was sent to Frankfort after the first reading and the recommended changes made by the state included adjustments to a couple of items and modifications to the way some items were coded. Proposed budget revenues for the upcoming year add up to a total of $6,837,479.00. This total is broken down into the following components: Total General Fund = $2,708,261.00, Total Road Fund = $1,675,544.00, Total Jail Fund = $1,870,220.00, Total Local Government Economic Assistance Fund = $84,415.00, Special Grant Account = $31,000, Disaster Emergency Services Fund = $156,000.00, Forest Fire Protection Fund = $2,527.00, Transfer Station = $309,512.00, Total 911 CMRS = $140,000. Judge Gabbard reported to the court that the past Fiscal Year has been tough and the next one he expects to be even tougher. He wanted to prepare everyone for inevitable upcoming spending cuts in the 19-20 Fiscal Year. “I don’t anticipate any revenue increases so we have to practice smart checks and balancing efforts. Times are tough so we have to be responsible with every dime we spend,” Judge Gabbard reported.
In the District reports form the Magistrates, they each wanted to advise residents to be aware of mowing tractors as they try to stay ahead of the vegetation growth early this spring in the road right-of-ways. The Sheriff reported to the court about the recent Prom Promise and Prom conducted by the JCHS. There were no accidents during Prom, however, Sheriff Hays pointed out that graduation is coming up and it is a time when kids celebrate sometimes a little too much. Sheriff Hays recommended that parents talk with their children ahead of time and caution them to be careful. Sheriff Hays informed the court that drug overdoses are slightly up in the county with one recent fatality. While the abundance of heroin may be down for the state of Kentucky as a whole, it is becoming relatively more abundant in Jackson County. “Heroin is more apt to result in an overdose because of the depressant nature of the drug,” Sheriff Hays reported. Methamphetamine is still, by far, the most abundant illegal drug in the county and region. “We are not out just to arrest people,” Sheriff Hays said. “We are trying to save people’s lives. Sometimes an arrest will do just that.”
Jailer Brian Gabbard gave a report to the court and highlighted that one inmate recently received their G.E.D. while 3 more passed the exams and received their National Career Readiness Certificate. The garden at Annville is doing well and the jail operations are smoothly running.
The fiscal court recognized that there is a primary election coming up on May 21st and they voted approval to pay the election workers for the May Primary Election. The court also voted approval to accept the FY 19-20 County Road Aid Co-op Agreement with the state. The agreement will allow the county to receive $1,138, 130.96 over 6 distributional payments. The court reviewed and accepted the FY 19 3rd quarter report (See the Judge’s Report of A-3 for further details on the status of the current FY budget). The court also executed the 2nd reading of a budget amendment to accept a $500,000 loan from KACo into their general fund. This is a formality that allows them to keep track of the previously secured loan. In addition, the court executed the 2nd reading of a budget amendment that would allow them to receive money into their road fund that they had not anticipated. This was also a formality to keep the budget paperwork in order.
The court reviewed and voted approval for an “Interpreting Service of the Commonwealth Service agreement”. The Sheriff’s Office recently arrested a gentleman that had difficulty communicating and the lack of an interpreter made the interaction more difficult. The Somerset-based interpreting service would only be utilized when needed and would be available upon request. The cost of the service would be set at $55/hr for regular weekdays with an increase up to $65/hr for weekend charges. Dispatch would have the contact information on hand and would make the contact upon request from the Sheriff’s Office.
The court voted to move Cart Flannery from a part-time Jail position to a full-time Jail Supervisor Inmate Park Labor position. The court reviewed and updated their Electrical Inspector’s list. Magistrate Dale Vaughn wanted to check and see if adjacent counties were sending their electrical inspectors into Jackson County to do work. Judge Gabbard indicated that if an electrical inspector wasn’t on the approved list within the county they should not be recognized as eligible for the work. Judge Gabbard indicated he would check into the matter. The court considered adjusting the meeting time for the Fiscal Court meeting to a different day and/or time to allow for the County Attorney and Sheriff Hays to be available without conflicts with other duties. After some discussion, the court voted to move the meeting time from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. but to keep the meeting on a Monday. The next meeting will be on Monday, June 17th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. After this item the fiscal court entered into executive session to discuss an issue of litigation. Upon returning to the regular meeting, the court reviewed and approved the treasurer’s bills and transfers, entertained comments and announcements and adjourned.