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'This does not involve the county', Hogan says of involvement in case

Officer has grievance; no lawsuit filed yet

Adams, Slone, and HoganAdams, Slone, and Hogan

LOUISA, Ky. -- The answer to the city riddle of the week comes from the horse's mouth. During last Tuesday's "special meeting" matters involving police procedures and a contract question.

City Mayor Harold Slone and attorney Eldred "Bud" Adams  have refused comment saying there was no change to report out of executive session. Adams did say it was a matter of police policy and that no change resulted from the current policies. 

 

But Hogan appeared this morning with an answer to the puzzling question of what the "beef" they were chewing in closed question was about.

Here is what Co. Atty. Michael T. Hogan said about the dispute:

"...I have not filed suit.  If we do litigate the case it doesn't involve the county.  I have been retained to represent an officer who quit to take a job at the federal prison in Martin County.  He simply got a better job making more money.  

The city had him sign an agreement when he was hired that he had to work 3 years after graduating the academy.  He is like 2 and a half years out of academy and only 6 months left for the 3 year period.

However, he is owed money by the city.  As a K9 officer he is entitled to .5 hours per day overtime to care for the drug dog in his house.  He was paid an extra $1.00 per hour but he's entitled to more.  It's our position that the money owed him is a few hundred dollars more than what he would have to pay back on the pro rats of the 3 years."

So Hogan says no money is owed either way.

(The officer is Patrolman Jordan Miller.) 

 

 

OIL/GAS BUYING FLURRY!

LOUISA, Ky. -- (DATE: 2/11/17) --As first reported several weeks ago the Rogersville Shale operations in gas and oil rich Lawrence County are a hot item on the market these days. In fact Lawrence may in the center of the richest find in recent history.

So look out it you are an oil and/or gas owner, property owner or heir, the rush to buy you out is fierce.

The Lazer ran two stories concerning the operation near Cherryville in Lawrence County.

A representative from oil and gas owners syndicate NARO, Dick Wilson explained the situation in a letter.

"...There have been several wells already drilled in Lawrence Ct . and one in Johnson Ct. at an estimated cost in the range of $50 million. A Rogersville well in your area would cost more than $10 million to drill."

"...In your area Cimarex Energy is developing a deep Rogersville well just South of Louisa their second in Lawrence Ct KY..."

The gas exploration equipment has been drilling for at least four months near a former gas station at Walbridge.The gas exploration equipment has been drilling for at least four months near a former gas station at Walbridge.

Here is a public announcement from:

Michael T. Hogan

Re: The Rogersville Shale and your land rights

Citizens of Lawrence County,

As many of you are already aware, our area of the country lies above a formation known as the Rogersville Shale.  The Rogersville Shale lies in a deep, narrow section of the Appalachian Basin running beneath eastern Kentucky called the Roman Trough.  Empirical data indicate the potential for vast reserves that could be comparable to the Marcellus Shale, and for years there has been significant commercial interest in extracting deepwell oil and gas from this region. 

In the past, the economic viability of developing these resources has been hampered both by the depth of the reserves, and by the regulatory environment.  Fortunately, recent political changes and the development of unconventional drilling techniques suggest that the potential of these reserves may finally be realized.  Land records from Lawrence County and the surrounding counties reveal a strong interest in acquiring subsurface rights in this area.  The oil & gas industry thinks the Rogersville Shale could be very profitable.

Be aware that you may be approached about selling or leasing your subsurface rights.  You might be contacted by an established gas & oil company, or by a land agent representing a previously unknown development company with no track record or history.   They will present you with an offer in the form of a long agreement comprising several pages of fine print.  These agreements are drafted by the purchasers to include terms and conditions favorable to them, and the ramifications of agreeing might not become clear to you, the landowner, until it is too late.  Once you accept, you are bound by the terms of that agreement.   

I would advise anyone, before accepting any offer, to have that offer reviewed by an attorney experienced in this field.  An attorney can advise you about the extent and nature of your subsurface rights, the legal and tax implications of the agreement, the effect of the agreement on your surface rights, and any unfavorable terms such as arbitration or out-of-state venue selection clauses.  An experienced attorney can also ensure that any offer you do accept is fair, and negotiate on your behalf if necessary. 

Sincerely,

Michael T. Hogan

Lawrence County Attorney

 

LAWRENCE SCHOOL BUS CRASH THURSDAY AFTERNOON NEAR LCHS

FEBRUARY 7, 2017 - written by WADE QUEEN

A minor collision accident involving a Lawrence County school bus and a passenger vehicle Tuesday afternoon near Lawrence County High SchoolA minor collision accident involving a Lawrence County school bus and a passenger vehicle Tuesday afternoon near Lawrence County High School

LOUISA, Ky. -- A minor collision involving a Lawrence County school bus and a passenger vehicle Tuesday afternoon near Lawrence County High School in Louisa sent four people to the hospital with minor injuries, including a student, Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency reports said.

At just before 3:30 P.M. Lawrence County E-911 received a call of a SUV running into the front wheel of the driver side of a school bus on Old Lick Creek Road, less than a couple of hundred yards below Lawrence County High School and the County school bus garage.

The crash on Old Lick Creek Road caused the temporarily closing of the roadway during the investigation. Photo compliments of Lawrence Co. BOEThe crash on Old Lick Creek Road caused the temporarily closing of the roadway during the investigation. Photo compliments of Lawrence Co. BOEThe crash on Old Lick Creek Road caused the temporarily closing of the roadway during the investigation.

When emergency responders initially arrived at the crash scene, all of those in the SUV and on the school bus stated they were fine and no injuries had happened.

However, after Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency members cleared from the immediate scene to block traffic from the crash area, an ambulance was requested for one minor injury from the passenger vehicle.

After the EMS ambulance arrived on scene, they ended up transporting one student on the bus and three individuals from the passenger vehicle to Three Rivers Medical Center for minor injuries.

All of other the students on the bus were transferred to another school bus to be sent home.

It is unknown what led to the crash, but the Louisa Police Department is investigating.

Supt. Dr. Rob Fletcher said this afternoon that it will possibly next week before the accident report is made public.

 

UPDATE: The Lazer has learned that a police personnel matter was discussed during an executive session at Tuesday night's special meeting but city officials are mum on the subject.

Mayor Harold Slone said he will not comment on what went on at the executive session and deferred questions to Attorney Eldred "Bud" Adams.

"Council had executive session concerning a personnel matter. Council voted to follow the city policy and procedures," Slone said. 

Any other questions concerning executive session could be directed to the city attorney. 

This is what Attorney Eldred "Bud" Adams said:

"I feel that I am limited on what I can say because it was a personnel matter taken up in executive session," Adams said in a return message. "All I feel I can say is that the Council decided to stay with the current personnel policies of the Police Department and not grant a requested departure."

Apparently a member (or all) Louisa police officers had made a request to change the policy and procedures in some way but the council, after debating it in executive session, chose to not change anything. That way there was no official action at the executive session and they were not required to say publicly what they did in the session.

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A special meeting of the Louisa City Council was held Tuesday February 7, 2017 at 7pm. The following members were present. Louisa Mayor Harold Slone, Ron Cordle member, David McKenzie member, Lisa Schaeffer member, Tom Parsons member, John Nolan member and Eldred Adams City Attorney.

Absent was Mitch Castle, member.

The meeting was called to order after the pledge and prayer by the Mayor.

All items had motions, seconds and a unanimous votes of agreement.

⦁ Motion made by Ron Cordle second by Tom Parsons to approve the contract between the City of Louisa and the Louisa Area Fire and Rescue District


⦁ Motion made by John Nolan, second by Tom Parsons to approve first reading of " Compensation of City Employees Pursuant to KRS 83A070"


⦁ Motion by Lisa Schaeffer second by Ron Cordle to approve the first reading of the amendment to ordinance " An Ordinance Adopting the Annual Budget for the Fiscal year(JUly 1 through June 30, 3017) for the City of Louisa, KY


⦁ Motion by Ron Cordle, second by John Nolan to approve the first reading of amendment to ordinance, "Compensation of Louisa Water Sewer Department Pursuant to KRS 83!.070"

The committee then adjourned and proceeded into executive session over a personnel issue. No action was reported from the executive session.

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

 

STEP 1 IN BUILDING A NEW SCHOOL: THE RECALLABLE NICKEL TAX

"...The Lawrence County Board of Education has invited Mr. Joe Nance, a school finance specialist, to discuss the steps in financing the construction of a new school.

During the January regular board meeting, Mr. Nance informed the Board members that the Lawrence County School System currently has a $7.25 million bonding potential, which would approximately be less than half of the required amount to build a new school. In order to increase the bonding potential and to receive matching funding from the state, Board members would need to add a nickel tax to residents’ property taxes. According to Mr. Nance, a nickel tax and state matching funds would generate an additional $12.3 million towards funding the construction of a new school.

This recallable nickel tax is so named for two reasons. First, it is a recallable tax because the residents of a community can block, or “recall,” the nickel after a local board approves it. A nickel tax can be recalled through a petition process with the county clerk’s office. Second, it is a nickel tax because of the amount that is levied. Each property owner would pay approximately 5 cents for every $100 of property value. For example, a property owner would pay $0.50 in taxes for $1,000 of assessed property value; $5.00 for $10,000 of assessed property value; $50 for $100,000; and so on.

The Lawrence County Board of Education will have two meetings over the next two weeks. The recallable nickel tax will be included on the agenda for the regular board meeting that is scheduled for February 21st.

If the nickel tax is approved, the Board will hold a tax hearing and a special-called board meeting for additional discussions, in accordance with Kentucky Revised Statues, before the tax can be assessed.