Fiscal court meets

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By John Overby

When the Washington County Fiscal Court reconvened last Friday, it was revealed that Hornback Construction, whose bid was approved by the court one week prior in a special-called meeting, will begin work on the Walker Lane Bridge on Monday, Oct. 7.

Their tentative schedule to set the beams is Friday, Oct. 18.
Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles expects this to “affect several residents,” but the county will be working on a temporary crossing that will take approximately two days to complete, according to Washington County Road Supervisor Dale Mann.

Mann was also contacted by a mechanic from Whayne Supply last Wednesday that some of the parts for the county’s motor grader were on back order.

The court reached an agreement with Whayne two weeks ago to complete the repairs on the motor grader, a project that the company had previously estimated to be finished last week.

Mann anticipates that the county will have the grader back by this week.

In other news from the road department, Settles also informed the court that the county had received its reimbursement for flex money and discretionary funding from the transportation department, which totaled $184,218.83.

They have now received all reimbursement for the county’s blacktopping project for this fall and last spring.

Approving a letter of resignation from Kristin Moore, a full-time EMT, was also on the agenda for the court.

Moore asked that, in addition to her resignation, she be moved to part-time employment, a decision that will be made by director Mark Hale rather than the court.

With the resignation, the EMS department is now seeking a full-time EMT.

Other notes:
• In a letter from Adam Edelen, auditor of public accounts, which appears in the sheriff’s CY 2012 audit, he reports, “During our audit, we did not identify any deficiencies in internal control of financial reporting that we consider to be clear weaknesses.”

He also stated that the “results of our tests disclosed no instances of non-compliance or other matters that are required to be reported by government auditing standards.”

Settles noted the importance of these statements.

“Those two comments are essential to what we call a clean audit,” Settles said.

• Settles was pleased to announce that the court was recently able to cut down on funds when they switched from transporting inmates with three trucks to one van.

The bill for the trucks’ usage used to run between $1,400 and $1,500 a month, but through three weeks, the cost for the single van was only $710.

“We have so much bad news that I think it’s important to look at something where we’ve done something right to cut costs,” Settles said.

• The Washington County-Springfield Chamber of Commerce has made a request that any elected official that is available help carry the flag at the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival.

The next regular scheduled fiscal court meeting will be Monday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. All magistrates were in attendance.