OC Fiscal Court Jan 2016HARTFORD, Ky. (3/28/16) — The Ohio County Fiscal Court approved the Sheriff's Office request to apply for a grant and surplus a totaled cruiser, declared several other items as surplus, paid for two waterline installations and donated a steel tank to the city of Fordsville.

— Deanna Sandefur, with the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office, came before the court to get approval to apply for a Law Enforcement Protection Grant from Homeland Security.

The sheriff’s office is requesting $60,900 to buy tasers, rifles, new protective vests and ammunition. The majority of the new equipment will be paid for by grant money. If there is a need for other funds, the sheriff’s office will make up the difference.

Fifth District Magistrate Larry Morphew made a motion to allow the sheriff’s office to apply for the LEPP grant and to authorize Ohio County Judge-Executive David Johnston to sign any necessary paperwork. The motion was seconded by Third District Magistrate Joe Barnes.

After a roll call vote, the motion passed unanimously.

— Several months ago, an Ohio County Sheriff’s Deputy’s vehicle was totaled in an accident. The sheriff’s office bought the vehicle back from the insurance company for $1,700.

Sheriff Tracy Beatty believes his department could auction off the damaged vehicle for, perhaps, double the price paid for it. He needed the fiscal court to declare the 2014 Ford Explorer SUV surplus, so he could sell it.

Beatty planned to put the vehicle on an online auction site called govdeals.com.

All the equipment was stripped out of the vehicle. The estimates to fix the vehicle were around $24,000.

“(Govdeals.com has) thousands of registered bidders. Audiences we can’t reach here,” Beatty told the court. “It would give our citizens in the county a chance to also bid at home and not have to go to an auction.”

Beatty hopes to use the money received from the sale of the damaged vehicle on a new vehicle in the future.

Fourth District Magistrate Larry Keown made a motion to declare the 2014 Ford Explorer surplus. Barnes seconded the motion.

After a roll call vote, the motion passed unanimously.

— The county will have its own auction of surplus material in the future and Johnston presented a two page list of items needed to be declared surplus. Once the items are declared surplus, they will be auctioned off.

Items on the list include, a 2002 Chevy Impala, a 1986 580 Super E Backhoe, an Onan 7.5 Generator, a 1983 International Army Loader with forks, a 1978 International F20504 Tanker Truck and a 10 feet by 12 feet roll up door.

Morphew made a motion to add the items to the surplus list. Second District Magistrate Jason Bullock seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

— The month of April is “Fair Housing Month” and a representative with Audubon Area Services asked the fiscal court to approve a proclamation naming April as “Fair Housing Month” in Kentucky.

Bullock made a motion to have Johnstons sign a proclamation naming April as “Fair Housing Month” in Ohio County. First District Magistrate Sam Small seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

— Keown informed the court it had some money in the Rural Waterline Fund. He believed the court should use the money to pay the Ohio County Water District for past jobs.

Keown made a motion the court pay the Ohio County Water District $10,150 for a waterline on Flint Springs Road and $19,322.09 for a waterline on Cotton Lane. The motion also approved County Treasurer Anne Melton to issue the checks. Morphew seconded the motion.

After a roll call vote, the motion passed unanimously.

— Keown asked the court to donate a surplus five feet by 12 feet steel tank to the city of Fordsville.

Keown made a motion to donate the tank as part of an inter-local agreement the county has with the cities. Bullock seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously.

— Barnes made a motion to authorize Melton to issue a check, after receiving proper documentation, for approved projects in McHenry, not to exceed $50,000.00. Morphew seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The $50,000 will come from coal severance money for a project in McHenry that was on the 2015-2016 Coal Severance Priority List. The Priority List is a list of projects to be paid for by coal severance money.

Lee Bratcher 
SurfKY News

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