Fiscal court amends budget during brief meeting last week

Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Clinton County Fiscal Court held a special call meeting last Thursday morning, July 25, in lieu of its regular monthly meeting which was cancelled earlier due to magistrates having to attend a training conference in Louisville.

All members were present for the short, 35-minute session last week and only a handful of items were on the agenda to be voted on.

After voting to pay claims and bills, the court voted to approve CPA Ed Lanham to once again do the sheriff’s office annual Tax Settlement.

County Treasurer Dallas Sidwell then presented the monthly, quarterly and annual fiscal year treasurer’s reports as well as fund transfers, all which were approved on separate, unanimous votes.

The court also approved a budget amendment for the 2013-14 fiscal year to add some $393,000 from last year’s carryover funds into the current year’s general budget.

The court then began the process of closing portions of the Bates Delk Road, located south of Albany. A total of around 1,000 feet will be affected.

Magistrate Mickey Riddle noted that the new 127 Bypass was being built through property on the roadway and adjacent landowners had requested the roadways on either side of the bypass, one being about 690 feet and the other a little over 300 feet, be closed to traffic to stop any parking or throwing out trash from motorists, etc.

Judge/Executive Lyle Huff appointed three viewers, Magistrates Riddle and Ricky Craig and road foreman Jim Pennycuff, who will report findings to the county attorney and court to begin the process of closing the roadways.

The court then conducted an approximate 20-minute closed session to discuss personnel, but took no actions.

After returning to open session, they voted to adopt two resolutions pertaining to grant applications related to the ambulance service.

One resolution dealt with applying for funding for ambulance service equipment and another with applying for a grant to fund another tornado siren. Both resolutions passed by unanimous vote.

The next regular meeting of Clinton Fiscal Court is scheduled for August 15 at 5 p.m.