Magistrates discuss energy saving program

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By Calen McKinney

More action from the Jan. 8 meeting of the Taylor County Fiscal Court:

• Magistrates heard from representatives from Perfection Group about performing an energy savings performance audit of county-owned buildings. The company, which is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, will determine if the county can save money by bundling its services. With the savings, the representatives said, the county could purchase some new energy equipment, such as a new boiler for the Taylor County Courthouse.

A similar audit was recently done in Jessamine County, the representatives said, and that county will save about $68,000 a year in energy costs. The audit is free, they said, and they will only be paid if the county decides to contract with them.

Magistrates agreed to move forward with the audit.

• Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers announced that the Adanta Group will conduct a homeless count Jan. 30. The count determines federal funding, he said, and volunteers are needed to help. Those who want to help should call (270) 384-2499.

• In his monthly report, Taylor County Jailer Hack Marcum said that during the month of December, inmates housed at the Taylor County Detention Center performed 1,984 hours of labor in the community. If paid minimum wage, the hours would equate to $14,384. Inmates work with fire, street, housing, park, school and road department workers. A work crew picks up trash, mows and helps with recycling.

In December, the jail housed an average of 178 inmates each day, with 110 being state inmates. In all, 24 percent of the inmates housed at the detention center in December were Taylor County's inmates, who are non-revenue-generating customers.

In December, jail contracts with the state and Green, Cumberland and Jessamine counties produced $126,842.64 in revenue.

• Monthly requests for roadwork were approved and include grading and graveling county roads, replacing signs, shoulder work and repairs to potholes.

Magistrate Richard Phillips asked that a streetlight be installed on West Owl Creek Road and another that illuminates a vacant field be moved to provide even more light for the Owl Creek area. The request was approved, though Magistrate John Gaines voted "no" because he asked if the county will be able to illuminate every intersection.

Magistrate Tommy Corbin said there is one sign in his district that has to be replaced every week.

Rogers said residents might not realize that the signs missing could help the many emergency services and law enforcement personnel in the community find their loved ones in a crisis situation.

• The detention center's monthly employment report was read. Bobby Whitlow and Jeffery Demary were hired as temporary workers at $9 an hour.

Joseph Clark was promoted to full-time non-exempt probationary sergeant at $10 an hour. Brandon Noel was promoted to full-time non-exempt deputy at $9.50 an hour.

Shelia Young and Michael Gribbins resigned, Ana Delgado was released and Debbie Schiesser was terminated.

• Virginia Flanagan and Yvette Haskins were appointed to the Lake Cumberland Area Development District Board.

• Debra McNear, the county's executive secretary, was appointed PRIDE coordinator for the county.

• Dr. Ben Cox was appointed to the fill the term on the Taylor Regional Hospital Board vacated by David Prow. The term will expire in December 2015.

• Dennis Brinley was appointed to the Campbellsville/Taylor County Tourist Commission board to replace Rigo Flores, who has resigned. The term will expire June 30.

• Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney's 2013 budget was approved, which he says is very similar to last year's. He said $94,173 is budgeted in excess fees. In 2012, he said, he budgeted $94,000 but the amount was actually closer to $120,000.

• Magistrates had first reading of a budget amendment, accepting a $44,939.83 donation to the Taylor County Animal Shelter. The transfer of $190.25 from the reserve to the Jail Tracker line item in the jail fund was approved, as was $39,365.66 from reserve and blacktop and to various line items in the county's general fund.