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Lawrence County Fiscal Court May 16, 2017

Salaries set for top officials at same as last year; Agrees to refinance judicial center bonds
FISCAL COURT 5/16/17 TheLevisaLazer.comFISCAL COURT 5/16/17 TheLevisaLazer.com

The Lawrence Co. Fiscal Court met their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Those in attendance were Judge John Osborne, Magistrate Rick Blackburn, Magistrate Earl Boggs, Magistrate John J Lemaster, Magistrate Morris Howard, County Clerk Chris Jobe and Sheriff Garret Roberts. The meeting was called to order after the Pledge and opening prayer.

The following motions were made and approved by the Court:

Motion by Earl Boggs, second by Rick Blackburn to approve the minutes of the April 18, 2017 meeting.

Motion by John Lemaster, second by Morris Howard to approve the 1st Reading of Budget Amendment #5

Motion by Rick Blackburn, second by John Lemaster to approve the Treasurer's request to transfer the appropriate funds within the FY 2016-17.

Request to the Road Fund $48,500 Jail Fund $3,080 and the LGEA fund $3,300.

RJ Palmer of Compass Municipal AdvisorsRJ Palmer of Compass Municipal AdvisorsMotion by Morris Howard, second by Rick Blackburn to approve Bills

Motion by Morris Howard, second by Earl Boggs to approve Treasurer's Report

Motion by John Lemaster, second by Earl Boggs to approve the 1st Reading of the FY 17/18 budget

Motion by John Lemaster, second by Earl Boggs to approve Recurring Expenses for FY 17/18 (no amount given)

Motion by John Lemaster, second by Rick Blackburn to set Salaries for FY17/18.

 

Bi-weekly Salary/hourly gross (Every two weeks)

County Judge Executive $3,272.51
County Attorney $1,870.00
Magistrates $525.33
County Clerk $3,291.19
Sheriff $3,272.51

Motion by John Lemaster, second by Earl Boggs to approve the Resolution between the LC Fiscal Court Authorizing the Execution of a Lease Agreement with the LC Public Corp and KY AOC. The Fiscal Court is also a Public Properties Corporation. The bond payments for the new Lawrence County Judicial building were reviewed by the Court. R.J. Palmer of Compass Municipal Advisors discussed how this would impact the County.

He stated, "The refinancing of the bond that will mature in 2030 will reduce the interest rate from 4.23% to 2.45% resulting in a Net Savings of $421,714. The savings to the County would be $42,171 (10%)." This new interest rate also allows the County to save 57% on the loan rate which was previously negotiated. ( 2.45 / 4.23 )

Motion by Earl Boggs, second by John Lemaster to accept Sheriff's 2015 Unmined Coal Settlement

Motion by Rick Blackburn, second by Earl Boggs to authorize Clerk Chris Jobe to advertise for bids on gravel, blacktop, pipe, fuel, etc.

Motion by Rick Blackburn, second by John Lemaster to approve Personnel Policy and Procedures and Administrative Code

Bid for Blaine Fire Dept. Surplus F 150 to Lynn Spillman for $1,205.00

Motion by John Lemaster, second by Rick Blackburn to allow the County Attorney and the Judge Exec to accept the most appropriate bids for Road Salt (KACO)

Motion by Earl Boggs, second by Rick Blackburn to approve the county sewer system takeover by the City of Louisa. The City will assume the loan through KIA that will be paid off in 4 yrs.

"The County is glad to be out of the sewer business, said judge/executive John Osborne."

Motion by Earl Boggs, second by John Lemaster to approve the increase in Law. Co. Park Rental Rates on tent sites from $15.00 to $20.00 to match the State Rate minimum.

Motion by John Lemaster, second by Morris Howard to appoint John Rose to the Board of Appeals of Assessments.

New Business

Judge Osborne told the court that had just received a letter from FIVCO informing him of the current financial status concerning the FIVCO Regional Landfill (located in Grahn, Ky). The recurring cost monthly is approximately $1,000.00/ month. Each of the 4 counties excluding Greenup would be responsible for $3,000.00 / year. Item was tabled until additional information is available.

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

Lawrence County Fiscal Court

May 16, 2017 

Regular Meeting Agenda

10:00 a.m.

 

  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Call Meeting to Order
  4. Approve minutes of the April 18, 2017 Regular Meeting 
  5. Approve 1st Reading of Budget Amendment #5
  6. Approve Treasurer’s Request 
  7. Approve Bills
  8. Approve Treasurer’s Report 
  9. Approve 1st Reading of FY 17/18 Budget
  10. Approve Recurring Expenses FY 17/18
  11. Set Salaries FY 17/18
  12. Approve Resolution between LC Fiscal Court Authorizing the Execution of a Lease Agreement with the LC Public Properties Corp. and Ky. AOC
  13. Accept Sheriff’s 2015 Unmined Coal Settlement
  14. Authorize Clerk to advertise for bids on gravel, blacktop, pipe, fuel, etc.
  15. Approve Personnel Policy & Procedures and Administrative Code
  16. Open Bids on Blaine Fire Dept. Surplus
  17. Accept Bids on Road Salt (KACO)
  18. Approve Sewer takeover by the City of Louisa 
  19. Approve LC Park Rental Rates Campsites $20.00
  20. Public comments
  21. Adjourn

HEAVY WEEK OF ARRESTS FOR SERIOUS CRIMES; ALSO, 'STICKY FINGERS' WAVE POPS UP AGAIN, 7 ARRESTS DURING 5 LAST WEEKDAYS PERIOD BY LOUISA POLICE

MAY 15, 2017 - written by WADE QUEEN

THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT UPTICK IN THE NUMBER OF ARRESTS AROUND THE BIG SANDY COUNTIES, ESPECIALLY LAWRENCE COUNTY LAST WEEK 

AND THE NUMBER OF INMATES BEING HOUSED CURRENTLY HAS TEMPERED DOWN, BUT IS STILL ABOVE NORMAL, THEY WERE HOVERING BETWEEN 240 AND 250 FOR OVER A WEEK NOW. WHICH SHOWS EVEN WITH A SPIKE IN ARRESTS, WITH THE JAIL POPULATION STAYING THE SAME, NEW ARREST SUBJECTS BROUGHT TO THE BSRDC ARE BEING GIVEN BOND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, SOMETIMES WITHIN A COUPLE OF HOURS OF BEING BROUGHT TO THE JAIL. ( WHICH IS WHY WE MISSED THE NAMES OF THE ARRESTING OFFICERS ON SEVERAL OF THE ARRESTS THIS WEEK).

OUT OF THE AT LEAST 95 INMATES BOOKED AT THE BIG SANDY REGIONAL DETENTION CENTER IN PAINTSVILLE FROM 12:01 A.M. MAY 8 THRU 11:59 P.M. MAY 15, 20 OF THEM WERE FROM LAWRENCE COUNTY (ONE OF WHICH WAS A CUSTODY TRANSFER FOR A MAJOR SENTENCING). COMPARED THAT TO OUT OF THE 75 INMATES BOOKED AT THE BIG SANDY REGIONAL DETENTION CENTER IN PAINTSVILLE FROM 12:01 A.M. MAY 1 THRU 11:59 P.M. MAY 7, 8 OF THEM WERE FROM LAWRENCE COUNTY, FOR A TOTAL OF NINE ARRESTS.

27 OF THOSE 95 ARRESTS OCCURRED IN ONE DAY HERE IS THE DAILY COUNT OF ARRESTED INDIVIDUALS BROUGHT TO THE BIG SANDY REGIONAL DETENTION CENTER:

MONDAY MAY 8: 12
TUESDAY MAY 9: 27
WEDNESDAY MAY 10: 10
THURSDAY MAY 11: EIGHT
FRIDAY MAY 12: 17
SATURDAY MAY 13: FIVE
SUNDAY MAY 14: SIX
MONDAY MAY 15: 10


THE NAMES OF THE TWENTY MOST RECENT LAWRENCE COUNTY ARRESTS IN THE LAST EIGHT DAYS ARE THE FOLLOWING:

 


1. Christopher Fugitt1. Christopher FugittChristopher Fugitt, 23, of Louisa, was arrested on May 8, 2017, at 6:26 P.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • DOMESTIC ABUSE - DUTIES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry E. VanceSherry E. VanceSherry E. Vance, 40, of Blaine, Kentucky; was arrested on May 8, 2017, at 7:51 P.M., by patrolman officer Hunter James of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.



 

 

 

 

 

 

Willis G. HornWillis G. HornWillis G. Horn, 26, of Inez, Kentucky; was arrested on May 8, 2017, at 10:06 P.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE, • TRAFFICKING IN CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFFENSE - (> OR = 2 GRAMS METHAMPHETAMINE), • CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley M. HornAshley M. HornAshley M. Horn, 26, of Inez, Kentucky; was arrested on May 8, 2017, at 10:17 P.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • PUBLIC INTOXICATION-CONTROLLED SUB(EXCLUDES ALCOHOL), • TRAFFICKING IN CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFFENSE - (> OR = 2 GRAMS METHAMPHETAMINE ), • TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS.



 

 

 

 

Donna MatnardDonna MatnardDonna Maynard, 59, of Inez, Kentucky; was arrested on May 9, 2017, at 4:35 P.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.

 

 

 

 

 

 


6. Shella Marcum6. Shella MarcumShella Marcum, 46, of Louisa, was arrested on May 9, 2017, at 4:35 P.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer HarlessJennifer HarlessJennifer Harless. 27, of Louisa, was arrested on May 9, 2017, at 4:51 P.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Danielle M RobertsonDanielle M RobertsonDanielle M Robertson, 20, of Louisa, was arrested on May 9, 2017, at 9:18 P.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.



 

 

 

 

 


John F. McCoyJohn F. McCoyJohn F. McCoy, 32, of Louisa, was arrested on May 9, 2017, at 9:23 P.M., by patrolman officer Hunter James of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • FLAGRANT NON SUPPORT, • TERRORISTIC THREATENING, 3RD DEGREE, • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonie M. CollinsworthJonie M. CollinsworthJonie M. Collinsworth, 40, of Louisa, was arrested on May 10, 2017, at 7:51 P.M., by chief deputy Mark Wheeler of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL /DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATORS LICENSE, • POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 3RD DEGREE - DRUG UNSPECIFIED, • POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA.



 

 

 

 

 

Kevin A. SmithKevin A. SmithKevin A. Smith, 30, of Rush, Kentucky; was arrested on May 11, 2017, at 1:30 P.M., by deputy Chuck Jackson of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • NO REGISTRATION PLATES, • NO REGISTRATION RECEIPT, • FAILURE TO REGISTER TRANSFER OF MOTOR VEHICLE, • FAILURE TO PRODUCE INSURANCE CARD, • LICENSE TO BE IN POSSESSION, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATORS LICENSE, • FAILURE TO WEAR SEAT BELTS, • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL /DRUGS/ETC. .08 - 1ST OFFENSE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Vanover JrJeremy Vanover JrJeremy Vanover Jr., 40, of Louisa, was arrested on May 11, 2017, at 3:30 P.M., by deputy Chuck Jackson of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • THEFT OF SERVICES, • NO REGISTRATION RECEIPT, • NO REGISTRATION PLATES, • OPERATING ON SUSPENDED OR REVOKED OPERATORS LICENSE, • FAILURE TO NOTIFY ADDRESS CHANGE TO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, • FAILURE TO REGISTER TRANSFER OF MOTOR VEHICLE, • FAILURE OF OWNER TO MAINTAIN REQUIRED INSURANCE /SECURITY, 1ST OFFENSE.



 

 

 

 

Jillanna GillumJillanna GillumJillanna Gillum, 39, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky; was arrested on May 11, 2017, at 7:19 P.M., by an officer of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION SHOPLIFTING UNDER/$500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timothy W. ScottTimothy W. ScottTimothy W. Scott, 43, of Louisa, was arrested on May 12, 2017, at 12:36 P.M., by a deputy of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • PROBATION VIOLATION (FOR FELONY OFFENSE).



 

 

 

 

 


Stanley MesserStanley MesserStanley Messer, 35, of Kermit, West Virginia; was arrested on May 12, 2017, at 7:51 P.M., by patrolman officer Julius Musick of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • ASSAULT, 4TH DEGREE (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE) NO VISIBLE INJURY, • HARASSING COMMUNICATIONS.



 

 

 

 

 

 

David B. McKenzieDavid B. McKenzieDavid B. McKenzie, 55, of Louisa, was arrested on May 13, 2017, at 11:49 P.M., by trooper Forest Newsome, of the Kentucky State Police, and was charged with: • CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, 1ST DEGREE, • LEAVING SCENE OF ACCIDENT-FAILURE TO RENDER AID OR ASSISTANCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stacey Michelle KeeseeStacey Michelle KeeseeStacey Michelle Keesee, 35, of Louisa, was arrested on May 14, 2017, at 3:04 A.M. by patrolman officer Julius Musick of the Louisa Police Department, and was charged with: • ASSAULT, 1ST DEGREE, • CRIMINAL TRESPASS-1ST DEGREE.



 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith HammondsKeith HammondsKeith Hammonds, 50, of Paintsville, Kentucky; was arrested on May 14, 2017, at 8:32 P.M., by trooper Forest Newsome, of the Kentucky State Police, and was charged with: • BURGLARY, 1ST DEGREE, • FLEEING OR EVADING POLICE, 2ND DEGREE (ON FOOT), • GIVING OFFICER FALSE NAME OR ADDRESS, • SERVING PAROLE VIOLATION WARRANT, • POSS CONT SUB 1ST DEG, 1ST OFF (METHAMPHETAMINE), • ASSAULT 3RD DEGREE-POLICE OFFICER OR PROBATION OFFICER,, • OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/INFLUENCE ALCOHOL/DRUGS/ETC. .08 (AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES) 4TH OR >, • FLEEING OR EVADING POLICE, 1ST DEGREE (ON FOOT), • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - BUY/POSSESS, • RESISTING ARREST, • PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER I ( TWO SEPARATE COUNTS), • THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING OR DISPOSITION ALL OTHERS $500 OR MORE BUT UNDER/$10,000.



 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonielle N. PorterTonielle N. PorterTonielle N. Porter, 27, of Huntington, West Virginia; was arrested on May 15, 2017, at 4:46 P.M., by Sheriff Garrett Roberts of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with: • TRAFFICKING IN CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFFENSE - (< 2 GRAMS HEROIN), • PROMOTING CONTRABAND - 1ST DEGREE, • BURGLARY, 1ST DEGREE.

 

 

Only voters in affected area can vote on annexation

 

The Louisa City Council met for the regular monthly meeting at 7pm on May 9, 2017 at the Louisa City Hall. Those in attendance were Mayor Harold Slone, Ronald Cordle Member, Mitch Castle Member, Tom Parsons Member, John Nolan Member, Eldred Adams City Attorney. Absent was Lisa Schaeffer. and David McKenzie, who resigned his position earlier this month due to personal reasons.

Adams reviewed the guidelines for replacing him on the Council.

The majority of the meeting was taken up by questions and concerns regarding the city's decision to explore the benefits of annexing the property along Rt 2565 and Highbottom. Around 30-35 interested residents showed up for the meeting.

The Mayor explained in detail the reasons for annexation and took questions from the audience.

The biggest concern was there continued to be a lack of information for the residents.

"It was advertised in the Big Sandy News, Levisalazer.com and Hometown TV" the Mayor told the crowd so we are making our best effort to every person affected,: Slone said. Tom Parsons added that the City is doing much better with Mayor Slone. "I have lived here for 27 years I know we must grow to expand our services."

Pat Derefield commended the city on its snow removal and her desire for her children to have a better place to live and raise their kids. She also complained of the noise at the car wash. She was assured this would be looked into.

It was also explained that only the residents living in the affected areas would be eligible to vote on the annexation.

There will be one additional meeting for residents to voice their opinions before the issue goes before the Council.

That meeting is scheduled for June 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

It was reported that $140,000 was spent on resurfacing and fixing potholes this past year. This is up from the $112,000.00 used from former Mayor Teddy Preston's contingency fund in the first year of Mayor Slone's term.
 
*  Motion made to approve the minutes of the April 11th and 25th meetings by Tom Parsons, second by John Nolan. All were in agreement.

*  No Motion made on request from Marla Balaklaw to consider a 2 yr contract on services to monitor bills by Stolie-Mitchell.

*  Motion made by John Nolan, second by Mitch Castle to consider Municipal Aid Cooperative Program. All were in agreement.

*  Motion to approve the City of Louisa budget FY2017-2018 by Mitch Castle, second by John Nolan. All were in agreement.

*  Motion to approve the restructured budget for the Water/Sewer Department FY 2017-2018 by Mitch Cordle, second by Tom Parsons, All were in agreement. (SEE LAZER STORY ON THE WATER BOARD MEETING).

* Motion made by Mitch Castle, second by Ron Cordle to accept the pending deeds and easements so that the City can acquire the part of the sewer now run by the County.

*  The bid for the Fire Department Turn Out Gear was awarded to Dils Fire and Safety for the amount of $21,434. The high bid was also accepted for the sale of the ditch witch for $5,701.

The meeting was then adjourned.