By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer
It was business as usual at the Tuesday evening Whitley County Fiscal Court meeting.
The board of magistrates briefly discussed end of year business and bills that were paid, including payments for ambulance repairs.
Magistrate David Myers asked Whitley County Treasurer Jeff Gray why overtime was high in several departments.
“In July, a lot of our staff takes vacations and that is why we have more overtime,” Gray explained.
In the other business portion of the meeting, checks and certificates were also presented to Litter Lieutenant Participants from the Goldbug Volunteer Fire Department, Clear Fork Baptist Church and Oak Ridge Church of God.
The board of magistrates also accepted the Treasurer’s Settlement for Fiscal Year 2012.
“This is a statutory form Jeff presents to us every fiscal year,” White said
The report of the county treasurer for the fiscal year ending in 2012 was accepted by the board as well.
“This is a lot of the same info that is in the Treasurer’s Settlement,” White said, explaining the state just required both. The publication of the audit report in lieu of the Treasurer’s Settlement was also approved.
“As you gentlemen just saw, the treasurer’s settlement is quite a lengthy document so we publish this report, as required by state statute,” White said, explaining the entire treasurer’s settlement was available on the county’s fiscal court website.
The second and final reading of an ordinance pertaining to the closing of a small portion of Foley Bend Road was approved.
White asked the board to approve a resolution pertaining to the authorization of coal severance money projects
“Legislature has line itemed several projects this year and the county has to do a formal approval of projects as they have been created by the legislature,” White said. After formally approving the coal severance projects, the board also approved a resolution pertaining to the prioritization of the coal severance money projects.
“Coal severance money will come in and we will have to prioritize the money for the projects, some of the groups are at the end of the list because they have not spent the money from fiscal year 2012. Projects are still preserved, but that is how Amber reached the priority that we worked with,” White said.
“I talked with both mayors and they were fine with the way that we prioritized things. Corbin’s coal severance project is their fire department and Williamsburg’s is its sewer project. Corbin is going to buy headsets for their trucks and Williamsburg’s Fire Department plans on buying a thermal scanner,” Whitley County Fiscal Court Project Manager Amber Owens said, adding that she had tried to be as fair as possible when prioritizing the projects.
The Whitley County Administrative Code had to be reviewed and approved, according to White.
“We are required to do an annual review to our Administrative Code. There are no changes, it is just required by statute that we review that code once a year,” White explained.
Final business concluded at the meeting included the acceptance and approval of the cumulative quarterly report and settlement for the second quarter of 2012 for the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.
“It is just the quarterly report that shows what we have spent,” said Chief Deputy KY Fuson, who was on hand to answer any questions the magistrates might have.
The Pine Mountain Regional Industrial Development Authority FY 2012-2013 budget was approved, as was the Whitley County Detention Center’s annual report.
By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer
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