Minutes from the Johnson County Fiscal Court Meeting 2-10-2014
The Johnson Co. Fiscal Ct. met in regular session Monday, February 11 @ 4:30 pm in the meeting room of the Johnson Co. Courthouse in downtown Paintsville. Several items were listed on the agenda to discuss on the evening. The meeting began in normal fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance, the approval of the minutes from the previous meeting on January 13, 2014, the approval to pay the monthly bills and the approval to transfer $40,000 from the general fund to the jail fund and $7,612.98 from Natural resources to 4910 Road and Bridge Department.
Next the court heard the second reading of the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. FY 2014 budget on a line item to line item basis, which was approved. The court also heard from Tim Spencer with the District 12 State Hwy Department, Rural Secondary Program. Mr. Spencer was present to report to the court about the amount of money Johnson Co. would receive from the State. A total of $1,314,414 for general funding to Johnson Co. Broken down, $556.000 will go for maintaining the counties current road system and $626,927 would go to four (4) road projects.
Next the court approved the Clerk’s Quarterly report and County Clerk Sallie Holbrook presented the court with a check in the amount of $135,286.30, which is the 2013 end of the year excess fees. The court also approved the transfer of $7000 for reimbursement to the clerk’s budget. Also approved was an amendment to the Sheriff’s Dept. for the addition of $1499.89 for unbudgeted receipts from a UNITE mini-grant.
Judge Daniel then gave an update on the Senior Citizens Center new fifteen (15) passenger van that will be used for the center’s transportation needs and Judge Daniel told the court that the county had also given each Fire Department in the county their yearly $3000 contribution to help purchase equipment or other needs of the department. The meeting ended with Judge Daniel and the court offering their congratulations to Blake Gambill, a member of the Johnson Co. Middle School Wrestling team, who recently won the Middle School State Championship in the 140lb weight division. Blake was also presented the counties highest honor, as a “Good Ole Boy” certificate. With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.
Johnson Co. Fire Crews Busy for a Second Day with 2 Structure Fires
Tuesday started off busy once again for members of various Johnson Co. fire departments. At around 8:50 AM Tuesday morning, Paintsville/Johnson Co. 911 received a call of a possible structure fire located off Rt. 460 on Lower Twin Branch. The caller told dispatchers that they could see smoke coming from the roof area of her neighbor’s trailer. Members of Rockhouse Fire and Rescue were called to the scene and as they arrived, they found smoke coming from both sides of the trailer near the center of the roof. Firefighters battled the fire for nearly an hour and a half before they were able to contain the fire. Reports indicate that the trailer suffered smoke and water damage and of course damage to the roof, but the structure was not a complete loss and no injuries were reported. Offering mutual aid at the scene were members of W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue. There has not been an official cause of the fire released at this time.
Another structure fire was reported on Tuesday morning, this time just off Rt 40 East, up Dicey Fork Rd. along Boat Gunnel Branch. Members of the Thelma Fire Department were called to this scene and upon arrival discovered heavy smoke coming from a residence. Fire crews fought with the blaze for nearly an hour and half before the fire was contained. According to reports, the structure suffered moderate fire damage, as well as smoke and water damage. No injuries were reported with this fire and the cause was thought to be electrical in nature. No further information has been made available at this time. Offering mutual aid at this scene were members of the Paintsville Fire Dept. and West Van Lear Fire Dept.
Fire Destroys a Martin Co. Home
According to the website, the Mountain Wolf, the Warfield VFD were called to the scene of a structure fire at around 11 PM Monday evening at 4720 N. Wolf Creek Rd. When firefighters arrived at the home, the structure was already fully engulfed. Although this home was a total loss, firefighters continued to battle the fire to keep it from spreading to other homes nearby. It’s not known how this fire started, but reports indicate it might have started in the center of the mobile home, on the back side.
Officials Investigating Train Derailment in Greenup County
Emergency crews in Greenup Co. were busy late Monday evening in the South Shore area along U.S. 23, as a train derailed off the tracks. Officials say the incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. when five railroad cars went off the tracks, but did not overturn. Four of the cars reportedly were carrying ethanol and another car was empty.
The CSX southbound train never tipped over and never leaked ethanol, that’s according to HazMat crews who were called to the scene. The cause of the derailment is unknown at this time, but temperature extremes could have possibly played a role. No injuries were reported and transportation officials are continuing to investigate this incident.
Bill Keeps Landlords from Liability in Dog Attacks
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Landlords who live on their own property would not be financially liable for a tenant's dog if it attacks another person under a bill passed by the Kentucky Senate. Republican Sen. Chris Girdler of Somerset called the bill an effort to reinforce personal responsibility and protect small-business owners. Senate Democrats express concerns that public health services like Medicaid would have to pay for medical costs in the event of a dog bite. They offered an amendment requiring insurance coverage by either the landlord or tenant in the event of an attack. The bill passed 29-8 Monday without the amendment. It now moves to the House for consideration.
Ky. House Passes Coal-Counties Scholarship Bill
FRANKFORT, Kentucky (AP) - The Kentucky House has voted to expand a scholarship program for students in the state's coal regions. House members voted 92-0 Monday to send the bill to the Senate. The measure is aimed at increasing the number of people achieving four-year college degrees in the eastern and western Kentucky coalfields. The scholarships would be awarded to students who, for the most part, attend four-year college campuses in coal counties, in hopes they stay there after getting their degrees.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo says coalfield counties in eastern Kentucky lag behind other parts of the state in the percentage of its residents with four-year college degrees. The measure seeks to make permanent a pilot project. The scholarships are funded with coal severance tax money.
Johnson Co. Man Killed in Afghanistan While Serving in Military
A 21-year-old Johnson Co. native, Joshua Gray was killed recently, while serving in the military in Afghanistan. “Josh” was a 2011 graduate of Johnson Central. There has been no information released at this time on how he was killed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his surviving family and friends.