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Taylor County residents could see a change in which magistrate represents them next month.
Those in charge of reapportioning magisterial districts based on 2010 Census data say there will likely be some changes in the boundaries.
Magistrates discussed the reapportionment during last Tuesday's regular meeting of the Taylor Fiscal Court.
At the meeting, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates that the Lake Cumberland Area Development District can help the local committee with the work at a cost of $800.
Rogers said if the LCADD helps the committee, that group might only have to meet once instead of several times.
He said the LCADD can do the work much easier by using its GPS data of the county. A local committee must still make a recommendation to the Court as to any changes to district boundaries, however.
Magistrate James Jones made a motion to ask the LCADD to assist the local committee, which Magistrate Tommy Corbin seconded and was unanimously approved.
At last month's meeting, magistrates appointed Kenneth Pierce, Dr. Jerry Kibbons and Caroline Whitley to a committee to oversee the reapportionment. Magistrates agreed to pay the committee members $300 each for their service.
Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney said last week that the committee will meet on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Taylor County Courthouse to discuss possible changes to the district boundaries.
Carney said GPS data wasn't available to the committee that used the 2000 Census data to study the districts. The LCADD is helping other counties with their reapportionment, he said, and contracting with the group is money well spent.
"It takes away some possibility of human error," he said.
Carney said the GPS data will save time in the process, and possibly save the county money by not needing the committee as much.
Neal Cundiff, associate director for planning at the LCADD in Jamestown, said his office will use computer data to draw in the county's magisterial districts and count the number of residents.
He said that process is under way, and there are already potential changes that will be presented to the committee next week for its consideration.
The committee is expected to present its complete findings to magistrates at the July 12 meeting of Fiscal Court. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Taylor County Courthouse and is open to the public.
Rogers told magistrates that he and several other county employees receive calls on a regular basis from residents reporting lawns that haven't been mowed or garbage on property. He said the county isn't insured to mow or clean private property.
Magistrate Ed Gorin said that the Court agreed in 2009 that it would no longer mow for residents. He said he would like the Court's Sanitation and Environmental Committee to study the current nuisance ordinance and add more "teeth" to it.
Unless someone files a written complaint about garbage or a lawn, he said, there is nothing that the county can do.
Taylor County resident Kathleen Fletcher spoke to the Court about a yard in her neighborhood that is rarely mowed. She said letters have been written to the homeowner about the problem.
"I'm not trying to throw them out of the neighborhood," she said. "I'm just trying to get them to mow their yard."
Rogers said some residents have said they don't want to become involved in the formal complaint process, and without countywide zoning, policing such nuisances is difficult.
County Attorney John Bertram said he encourages those who would like to report a nuisance situation to write a letter to Rogers' office. For those who may not want their names associated with written complaints, he said they can anonymously report the situation and then it can be formally reported by a county official.
Currently, he said, the county can hire someone to address the issue and then bill the homeowner. If the bill isn't paid, Bertram said, a lien can be placed on the property. However, he said, there is a risk that the county could never see repayment.
Bertram said he will meet with the Committee and report back to the Court.
Rogers told magistrates that vandals recently caused damage at the County Road Department's building.
He asked magistrates to consider approving the purchase of four security cameras to monitor the area. The cameras will cost $500, he said.
The cameras, which will include night vision capability, will be mounted in plain sight.
Magistrate Ed Gorin made a motion to approve the purchase, which Magistrate John Gaines seconded and was unanimously approved.
Gaines said he would like to also consider installing such cameras where street signs are notoriously stolen in the county. Rogers said he would research the cost.
Also at the meeting:
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