• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Court to change meeting time

Woodford Fiscal Court’s meeting Tuesday ended a few minutes before primary polls closed, which likely suited the five magistrates in contested primaries just fine.

(Two of those incumbents lost -- see primary election coverage on front page and page six.)

Perhaps the most momentous decision of the meeting had to do with meeting times. Magistrate Gerald Dotson (Dist. 6) made a motion to have both fiscal court meetings each month begin at 5:30 p.m. For years, the second meeting of the month, which takes place on the fourth Tuesday, has begun at 7 p.m.

County Attorney Alan George said at one time, both meetings began at 7 p.m. Judge-Executive John Coyle said he favored keeping the meetings as they were, noting that the later time allows working people to go home, have dinner, then attend the meeting. Dotson said in his previous time on the court, some meetings began Saturday at 10 a.m.

Dotson’s motion passed 6 to 2, with Coyle and Magistrate Ken Reed (Dist. 4) voting no. Magistrate Duncan Gardiner (Dist. 6) abstained.

Coyle asked George to look into the matter to see if judge-executives set the day or times of meetings. Later that evening, George emailed the Sun to cite a 1995 Attorney General’s Opinion stating “although the county judge/executive has the unilateral authority to fix the dates of commencement . . . no statute expressly provides (him) the unilateral authority to designate the beginning time of regular meetings of the fiscal court.”

Road Department bids

The court unanimously approved low bids from HG Mays for asphalt materials and Hanson Aggregates Midwest for crushed stone. Items receiving only one bid were also unanimously approved:

Woodford Oil for $2.51 per gallon for unleaded fuel and $2.75 for diesel fuel.

Woodford Oil for motor oil, fluid and other lubricants for a variety of prices.

Mago Construction Company for a winter cold mix at $150 per ton.

Smith received the court’s blessing to rebid for concrete and salt. In response to a question from Reed, Road Engineer Buan Smith said the county used 1,600 tons of salt last winter and had 400 tons remaining.

Jail crews contract

The court unanimously approved a two-year contract, $200,000 with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 7 office for inmate labor and correction officer supervisors. The contract goes into effect July 1.

Thanks to Road Department

Ambulance Director Freeman Bailey complimented Road Department employees and shop supervisor Dean Newby for helping out last weekend when three ambulances were down. Bailey said Newby got one of the three working again.

Other matters:

The court will hold a work session next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) thanked Jailer Michele Rankin for the assistance of inmate work crews in finding a pool leak at the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center. Gill estimated a private company would have charged between $40,000 to $60,000.

The court unanimously approved a $9,500 contract with Eagle Information Services for accounting software.

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