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March 28, 2014

$25K moved to Fiscal Court general fund

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

Jailer Jamie Mosley transferred another $25,000 from the jail’s contingency fund to the Laurel County Fiscal Court’s general fund this month.

In the fiscal court’s monthly meeting Thursday, Mosley said the money transferred was “real money” and was not given to the fiscal court by “switching” money from accounts.

“That’s $50,000 this year that won’t have to be moved from the general fund or the occupational tax fund,” Mosley told the court. “It’s $50,000 that doesn’t come from taxpayers.”

Mosley attributed the jail’s ability to partially fund itself to the decreased cost of items sold to inmates, which resulted in increased sales.

Mosley said the money from the contingency fund cannot be used for anything but inmate welfare, so transferring it to the court’s general fund allows the fiscal court to put the money toward emergency medical care for inmates.

Mosley also said money from the contingency fund was used to purchase vehicles and supplies for the jail’s work release program, which benefits the county through the cleanup of roadways.

“We’re using a great deal less funds now,” Mosley said. “It reduces the burden on taxpayers.”

In other fiscal court news:

–A proclamation was signed by Judge-Executive David Westerfield to declare March Red Cross Month.

–The fiscal court approved a five-year renewal with C&W Cable Franchise.

–Earl Bailey was reappointed as the Water District Commissioner for the Woods Creek Water District. His new term expires May 1, 2018.

–Freddy Boggs, Rhonda Smith, and McKinnley Morgan were reappointed to the McWhorter Fire Department Board. Their new terms expire June 1, 2017.

–The rate for mileage reimbursement to county employees increased from 55 cents to 56 cents for the 2014 year. The Internal Revenue Service sets mileage rates for county employees that must be approved by the fiscal court annually.

–Woodbine Search and Rescue entered into an order of affiliation with the fiscal court. According to Westerfield, Woodbine has adequate resources for Laurel County to utilize in search and rescue missions. The county had been using a service out of Tennessee, but as Woodbine is closer an order of affiliation was approved to work with them. Woodbine Fire and Rescue Chief Rick Fore said that he was approached by Laurel County Emergency Management Director Albert Hale for use of Woodbine’s search and rescue resources, and the collaboration had to be approved by the fiscal court before it could begin.

–A High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program resolution was approved. This resolution allows federal funds to go to Laurel County for programs along with cooperation between federal, state, and county officials to reduce drug trafficking and production. The fiscal court approved Westerfield to sign a resolution to allow the program to come to Laurel County.

–The 2014-2015 RS Program, presented by the Kentucky Department of Transportation, was approved. This program outlines money the state spends on state highways within Laurel County. The total expected allotment for the 2014-2015 year is $2.1 million, with $384,000 in “flex funds.” These flex funds will be given to the county to improve county road systems.

–Next month’s meeting of the Laurel County Fiscal Court was rescheduled from May 22 to May 29.

–The county clerk collected an additional $38,000 in excess fees for 2013 and the money was accepted by the fiscal court.

–A lease for the Storm Security radio tower was approved for the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office. According to Laurel County Sheriff John Root, the sheriff’s office received a new radio system from the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program and needed to lease the radio tower. The lease was for $200 per month.

–The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office settlement in 2012 taxes was approved. This approval was for the tax period of April 2012 to April 2013.

–Hammons Hill Road, Adams Road, and Mystic Road all had their first readings approved for incorporation in to the county road system.

–Westerfield appointed committees to look at a Bakersfield Road extension and to find the names of two roads in District 3 and one road in District 6. Magistrates Danny Smith and Noah Baker were appointed to look into the Bakersfield Road extention. The currently unnamed roads are being adopted into the county system. However, the names originally chosen for them already exist within the road system so magistrates Teddy Benge and Billy Oakley will find names for the two roads in District 3 and Smith and Baker will find a name for the road in District 3.

–The monthly cash transfer report saw $2,000 transferred from the occupational tax fund to the forest fire fund, $700,000 transferred from the occupational tax fund to the general fund, $150,000 transferred from the occupational tax fund to the jail fund, and $323 transferred from the CSEPP fund to the general fund.

–The first reading of the budget amendment for the county was approved. This is the update of the annual budget, and it amends the budget with an increase of $1.3 million.

–The closure for an account with Farmer’s Bank and Capital Trust was approved. This account was used to transfer state Medicare funds to the county. The transfer is complete, and the remaining proceeds of $397 will go to Laurel Heights Nursing Home.

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