On Monday, February 18, 2020 the Lawrence County Fiscal Court held its Regular Meeting.
The meeting started out with prayer, led by District 1 magistrate Rick Blackburn. The “Pledge of Allegiance”, was led by special guest Justin Preston of the Eagle Scouts.
The meeting was called to order by Judge Phillip Carter. The motion to Approve the Minutes of the January 14, 2019 was approved by David Pinson and Rick Blackburn. A motion to approve the 1st Reading of Budget Amendment #3 was approved by Michael Halcomb and David Pinson.
A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Request was approved by Rick Blackburn and Michael Halcomb. A motion to approve the bills, was approved by Rick Blackburn and Michael Halcomb.
Approved MOA Between Drug Court and LC Fiscal Court was approved by David Pinson and Rick Blackburn. A motion to Approve Budget Amendment for the LC Sheriff’s Dept. motion approved by David Pinson and Rick Blackburn.
A motion was made to appoint members to The Big Sandy Regional Jail Board, motion by John Scaggs and Rick Blackburn, vote unanimous. Both Lawrence County members of the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center board, Daniel Castle (chairman) and Paul Wells are stepping off the board for “personal reasons”, deputy judge/exec. Vince Doty said.
They will be replaced by Lawrence Co. Jailer Roger Lee Jordan and transport officer Bill Hall.
Teleworks U.S.A. Regina Tackett addressed the court informing of progress being made since opening in Lawrence County in 2017, she has successfully helped employ 170 people.
Next the court motioned to Approve Agreement and Resolution Between Commonwealth of Kentucky, Transportation Cabinet, Dept. of Rural and Municipal Aid and the LC Fiscal Court, motion approved by Michael Halcomb and David Pinson.
Approved Clerk to Advertise for Surplus Property, approved David Pinson and Mike Halcom. Motion approved by David Pinson and Mike Halcom.
Approved Resolution Approving Truck Release, motion approved by David Pinson and Mike Halcom. Mack Truck Lease: The two current Mack dump trucks which the county leases will be going to auction in March. The fiscal court approved a resolution that will allow the county to secure another lease agreement for two more dump trucks to replace the two current ones.
Approved Relocation of Pawn Brokers USA, motion approved by Michael Halcomb and Rick Blackburn. Pawn Brokers requested fiscal court approval to move from their current business location at 211 East Madison St to their new location at 102 East Franklin St. The fiscal court unanimously voted to approve the request.
Recognized the Eagle Scouts.
Awards for Community Services and Various projects were handed out to Eagle Scouts: James Raymond Carter, Seth Castle and Justin Preston by the Fiscal Court.
Motion to accept County Clerk’s Excess Fees for 2019 and the Financial Report for 2019, motion approved by Michael Halcomb and John Scaggs.
Public comments were next with Tessa Haney voicing her concerns over the littering and garbage dumping in Lawrence County. Judge Carter Garbage collection was discussed. The fiscal court voted to acknowledge that a new plan of action is needed to address the garbage issue in Lawrence county. Over the next few months working with the Solid Waste Board the county will decide on a more effective and efficient garbage collection plan. Judge Phillip Carter stated that they will be working to start enforcing the mandatory garbage service use of every household. He wants to see Lawrence County cleaned up and a stop put to illegal garbage dumping in our county. Citizens will be fined if they do not comply with the rules. This will be further discussed in a future meeting.
School Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher addressed the fiscal court on behalf of the schools with appreciation of working with the Sheriff’s office on the placement of a new school resource officer at the schools. Dr. Fletcher also expressed his “desire to work with the fiscal court more closely” and “form a great working relationship in order to develop more opportunities which will have an impact and benefit all students in the county.”
Then the meeting was adjourned!