Magistrate Earl Boggs makes a point as Judge/executive John Osborne looks on.
LOUISA,Ky.-- Yesterday's Lawrence County Fiscal Court meeting lasted over three hours which included a visit from state representative Rocky Adkins and a lively discussion about accepting taxing districts' budgets if they include tax raises. (See separate story)
But much of the meeting was spent on other matters including the opening of bids for gravel, pipe, and fuel for 2012-13. Big Sandy Resources, owned by local businessman Jeff Kinser, got most of the gravel bid, Kentucky Underground, from Grayson, Ky. got the pipe bid and Mountain Blacktop the blacktop bid.
All were low bidders.
On the gravel bid the court decided to take the low bid for delivered gravel in categories where it was the low bidder some from Big Sandy Stone, but the gravel picked up by the county will be purchased from Big Sandy Resources, the low bidder in that category.
The court tabled acepting the bid for fuel from DPI, Inc. because it allowed for the company to charge more than the state bid price and magistrates asked county attorney Hogan to look into getting on the state procurement system that is based on the state price and not that of an individual company.
'Gunslinger' in the courthouse?
James Isaac is attempting to persuade the fiscal court to adhere to what he says are state and federal laws concerning carrying weapons.A lengthy discussion took place on the gun carry ordinance that James Isaac asked the county to consider that allows a person to carry unconcealed weapons, also called open carry weapons, in public places including the courthouse, as long as he/she has the license and training and registration. He said several anti-gun groups were attempting to use existing state laws to prohibit the carrying of a sidearm in public and asked the court to pass such an ordinance to keep that from happening.
County Attorney and Sheriff Garrett Roberts quizzed Isaac as to why he wants to come into the counrthouse packing a sidearm. Isaac has apparently had run-ins with officials here at least three times. "This is not about me, it's about enforcing the law," Isaac answered. "This is a right given by the U.S. Constitution."
Hogan said he does not understand why Isaac is so adamant, "There's a lot of dangerous individuals that we deal with on a daily basis especially as prosecutors and law enforcers and I just don't see allowing them to carry .40's on their side when they come to the courthouse," Hogan said. "We have six months to decide on this and we need to look into things like what happens when the new judicial center is finished and how we need to proceed. He noted that carrying weapons in the new judicial center will be prohibited.
The decision on adopting the state law in Lawrence County was tabled pending further investigation.
The court also:
There should always be no weapons of any kind in a court house. and I agree with Steve why? Is it so important for this Guy to carry a weapon into the court house. And how quick would he be willing to pull it on someone. So NO!!! Not a good idea!!!
When I took my weapons test you could not carry a gun in many places including a courthouse.
I have to agree,with the Garrett,an Hogan,on carrying weapons of any kind in the court house.I am for gun rights,but some places are not meant to carry weapons.Tensions are to high in some cases in court,and to have a group of rednecks with guns,will not help.The court should have ruled this down,not give it a second thought...If this person is [censored]y enough,to come before the court and ask for this...how [censored]y would he be to pull a weapon in court...