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December 21, 2012

Laurel jail to take some of McCreary’s state prisoners

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Some McCreary County Detention Center inmates will soon be housed in the Laurel County Correctional Center, according to Jailer Jamie Mosley.

During the regular meeting of the Laurel County Fiscal Court Thursday, Mosley told the magistrates the Kentucky Department of Corrections requested the county house McCreary County’s inmates, as “the population (of the Laurel jail) has decreased over the past 60 days,” he said.

He said the DOC advised the jail it was necessary to relocate the inmates, even “if we have to have a mat on the floor.”

He said all medical expenses would be paid, and it would bring in approximately $10,000-$15,000 a month in additional revenue.

In other fiscal court business:

— Judge Executive David Westerfield said no one showed up for a public hearing concerning several county roads. The roads in question were to be added to the county road system.

Roads unanimously approved to be part of the county road system are Stewart Cemetery, Moberly Cemetery, Barney, Robinson Woods and Hall Ridge.

— The second reading of an ordinance concerning electrical inspection and permits was unanimously approved and adopted Thursday.

The state requires counties to have designated personnel to perform inspections and issue permits. Counties have two options: They can hire or contract the inspectors. Two are currently designated in Laurel County, and any new inspectors would have to notify fiscal court and receive approval from Westerfield.

— The court unanimously adopted the update for the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The eight-county plan covers Laurel, Knox, Whitley, Bell, Clay, Leslie, Rockcastle and Harlan counties and is an emergency management plan in place in case of a major catastrophe, such as a terrorist attack.

Accepting the plan means the county will have access to both state and federal grants.

— No decision was made concerning the budget committee report, given by Magistrate Jeff Book. He said they are discussing ways to have those different organizations which receive funding through the Fiscal Court account for the monies the groups receive. “We should have it in place by the first of the year,” Book said.

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