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New County building inspector appointed

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By Calen McKinney

Taylor County has a new building inspector.

At last week's Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates discussed the appointment of a new building inspector to replace Kenny Phillips.

Phillips announced at the June Court meeting that he would resign his position because his duties at the Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department have increased.

After a lengthy discussion, magistrates appointed Carly Fudge of Adair County.

Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said the state has required that each county have a building inspector and, if a local one is not appointed, all commercial building inspections would be required to go through state channels.

Rogers said the County received an application from Fudge and two other inspectors who have not yet been certified but are in the process of taking tests to obtain proper certification.

Magistrate Ed Gorin said he would like to give the two interested - one of whom is a local inspector - a chance to take the required tests to become certified before appointing someone to the position.

However, Barry Jones, state building inspector for the Campbellsville area, addressed the Court and recommended that magistrates not let even a day go by without having a local building inspector appointed.

Magistrate James Jones said he was concerned with appointing an inspector who also covers several other counties in fear of not knowing when the inspector might actually be able to come to Taylor County. He said he, too, would like to approve the appointment of a local person.

Barry Jones said it isn't uncommon for an inspector to cover as many as 10 counties at a time. He also suggested that the Court could appoint Fudge and allow the other two interested to train under Fudge. The Court could then reconsider Fudge's appointment after the other two have become certified.

Magistrate Richard Phillips said he was concerned with waiting to appoint an inspector to see if the two other potential inspectors pass the tests to become certified. However, he said, not having a local inspector could cause local businesses to have to contact the state for inspections and that could potentially slow down businesses attempting to expand or remodel.

Phillips made a motion to appoint Fudge. His motion was unanimously approved.

Fudge also serves as building inspector for Adair, Russell, Cumberland, Green and Metcalfe counties. He has been performing inspections for about a year.

After the meeting, Rogers said Fudge's appointment will be for one year.

On Friday morning, Kenny Phillips said he will remain building inspector for the cities of Campbellsville and Greensburg.

Also at Tuesday's meeting:

- Magistrates agreed to borrow $579,550 and $78,800 to be used as reserve money in the general and road funds, respectively, from the Kentucky Association of Counties' Advance Revenue Program.

Rogers said the County will receive the interest on the loans if it does not use any of the money borrowed. If the money is used, however, the County will not receive the interest and have to pay back the money borrowed within a year.

"It is a crutch," Rogers said for the County in its new budget year.

- Only one bid was received to purchase e-scan voting machines that will allow residents to complete a paper ballot and scan it electronically.

Magistrates voted to award the bid to Harp Enterprises, the company County Clerk Mark Carney said the County has done business with before. Carney said the bid was for 20 machines costing $4,500 each for a total of $90,000.

In February, Taylor County magistrates accepted $90,000 in federal grant money to purchase new voting equipment. The grant is part of the Help America Vote Act through which the federal government issued funds to be disbursed to counties at the state's discretion.

- In an effort to get residents exercising more, magistrates agreed to participate in a Second Sunday state-wide event organized by the UK Cooperative Extension Service. Magistrates agreed to close a road near Veterans Memorial Park for a few hours on Sunday, Oct. 12.

- Rogers announced that vouchers to drop off unwanted items at the Waste Connection drop-off site have increased from $13 to $15. Vouchers are available at Rogers' office in the Taylor County Courthouse.

- Magistrates gave their approval of the appointment of Margaret Taylor to the Taylor County Board of Health. Her term will expire in December 2009.

- Barry Blevins was appointed to the Campbellsville/Taylor County Economic Development Authority Board. Rogers said Chris Reynolds has resigned his seat.

- Magistrates approved the purchase of land near Clay Hill Memorial Forest for $37,392 to be paid for with grant funding. Rogers said Campbellsville University will oversee the land, which will become part of Clay Hill Memorial Forest.

- Magistrates approved a contract with the North American Salt Co. to purchase road salt at $64.45 a ton.

- Nearly $38,000 has been collected in occupational taxes since July 1.

- A special Fiscal Court meeting was set for today at 1 p.m. at the Taylor County Courthouse. The only items on the agenda are to approve payment of bills for the Taylor County detention and judicial centers.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.