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Lawrence Fiscal court agrees to give trash haulers $2 raise after much 'trash talk'

 Lawrence County's six franchised trash haulers led by Ronnie Thompson (front blue t-shirt) were granted a $2 raise per month after the landfill they use raised its rates months ago. Lazer photo Tane' Woods Lawrence County's six franchised trash haulers led by Ronnie Thompson (front blue t-shirt) were granted a $2 raise per month after the landfill they use raised its rates months ago. Lazer photo Tane' Woods

LOUISA, Ky. -- After several minutes of deliberation and discussion the Lawrence Fiscal Court members agreed unanimously to grant a $2 raise per month to the county's six trash hauling franchisees at Tuesday's regular April meeting.

The trash haulers had been pleading with the court for the small raise since their charges were upped by the landfill operators where they haul their trash in Boyd County. The raise will not affect senior citizens, Osborne said.

The new garbage fees are now $18 per month for regular customers and $12 for senior citizens.

County attorney had the quote of the month at yesterday's Lawrence Fiscal Court meeting. 'Trash Talkin'"County attorney had the quote of the month at yesterday's Lawrence Fiscal Court meeting. 'Trash Talkin'"With a lean budget which is being squeezed by the disappearance of the coal severance tax funds, magistrates were reluctant to put any more burden on taxpayers - even $2.

But the haulers say they cannot stay in business without the raise because of the economic impact and the county cannot be without trash hauling service.

County attorney Mike Hogan finally spoke up and said, 'we've been 'talking trash' for too long now, give them the raise or don't and let's move on."

And the court did just that.

Motion made by District 2 magistrate John J. Lemaster and with much hesitation... the second by Dist. 3 magistrate Earl Boggs, the vote was unanimous.

The raise will take affect on your next bill. (senior citizens excluded).

 

 In other business the court:

Fiscal Court members L to R Rick Blackburn, Earl Boggs, Judge/Executive John Osborne, John J. Lemaster and Morris Howard.Fiscal Court members L to R Rick Blackburn, Earl Boggs, Judge/Executive John Osborne, John J. Lemaster and Morris Howard. 

Housekeeping

Approved Minutes from March 21th Regular Meeting

Approved 2nd Reading of Budget Amendment # 4

Approved Treasurer’s Request

Approved Bills

Approved Treasurer’s Report 

Laura Maggard from L. C. Extension Office, explained this year's budget Laura Maggard from L. C. Extension Office, explained this year's budget * Declared April Child Abuse Prevention Month (See photo and story below)

* Approved Agreement and Resolution for County Road Aid FY 17-18

* Approved Amendment to Personnel Policy

* Approved 2nd Reading of Encroachment Ordinance

* Approved Lease Agreement between LC Fiscal Court and No Limits Fitness

* Speakers for Kentucky Wired informed the court of the near future plans to implement the statewide system.

* Accepted LC Extension Bd. FY 17-18 Budget $

* Declared April 2017 Distracted Driving Month

* Approved Lowering the Speed Limit in Highbottom and Springhill to 25mph

Brenda Curry spoke with court members during yesterday's meeting.Brenda Curry spoke with court members during yesterday's meeting.

* Declared April 07 Arbor Day

* Declared May 2017 as Building Safety Month

* Public Comments

Adjourn

 

 

 

  

Child Abuse Prevention Month volunteers announced at fiscal court meeting led by Brenda Curry of the Lawrence Co. Child services. Lazer photo by Tane' WoodsChild Abuse Prevention Month volunteers announced at fiscal court meeting led by Brenda Curry of the Lawrence Co. Child services. Lazer photo by Tane' Woods

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.

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+3 #6 John 2017-04-22 17:05
I guess they forgot about the raise they got when Gasoline prices were high. The prices have gone down but not the charges.
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+2 #5 Magistrate 2017-04-21 00:27
All the magistrates you talk to say they won't vote for any taxes then they vote it in.
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0 #4 Big Time 2017-04-20 16:54
The trash haulers made out big time. The increase at the landfill doesn't amount to $2 per household. How ridiculous when you are talking tons of garbage. How many tons do you leave at the curb!
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0 #3 Lawrence Citizen 2017-04-20 09:23
I do not know why Lawrence County (KY) that is does not put in a land Fill themselves and make money there is more than enough land to do it and it will make Good Jobs to for Lawrence instead of all these High Priced eating places that No one can Afford We need to get Real serious about Real Jobs
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+4 #2 Well!!! 2017-04-19 21:50
Best I can recall that not all the haulers were pushing for the raise. Thank You to the ones that had stood by the customers and tried to keep cost down.
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0 #1 lawrence Citizen 2017-04-19 21:14
Why doesn't Lawrence County (Ky) that is Start a Landfill themselves We have all kinds of Land that is not being used and could be set up for one and would provide jobs instead of Pizza Places and Restaurants that you cannot afford
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