The Caldwell County Fiscal Court met in regular session Tuesday morning at the courthouse in downtown Princeton.

After the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer, Caldwell County Judge Executive Ellen Dunning called the meeting to order and County Clerk Toni Watson called roll.

The court then unanimously approved the agenda and the minutes from the January 23rd meeting.

The meeting then moved to Judge Executive comments. Judge Dunning stated that she and several of the magistrates attended meetings in Frankfort to speak with legislators about issues concerning counties. However, not a lot of information concerning the upcoming state budget, pension plan, and lack of funds for counties, was released. She told those assembled that she will be returning to Frankfort on Thursday to speak one on one with Dorsey Ridley and other legislators again in hopes more information could be gleaned about what to expect in the coming year.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business, of which there was none, so the meeting moved to new business. The first item of new business was to open sealed bids to replace the Courthouse Annex’s roof. Bids opened were from Minter Roofing out of Benton for $62,350, Swift Roofing out of Murray for $94,070, Bruce’s Tri-State Roofing out of Owensboro for $79,300, and Preferred Construction Services out of Henderson for $69,900. The court will review the bids and award or decline them during the next regular session fiscal court meeting.

The next item of new business was to approve the 2017 Sheriff Fee Quarterly Report. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the report.

The next item of new business was to approve the 2017 Sheriff Fee Settlement in the amount of $271,083.52. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the settlement.

The next item of new business was to approve the designation of the Applicant’s Agent Resolution, which must be approved so the county can qualify and file for FEMA grants. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the designation.

The court then unanimously approved the monthly financial statement, Treasure’s transfers, and to pay bills as presented.

The meeting then moved to magistrate’s comments. Magistrate Phillip Sisk addressed the court and stated his displeasure with Kentucky’s failing pension system and Governor Bevin’s proposed budget. He stated that many of the cuts would severely hurt small communities like Caldwell County, especially if taxes are cut. He mentioned that he hoped legislators would be able to come to a decision that wouldn’t drastically cut funding to counties.

Caldwell County Jailer Jon Petit then addressed the court stating that he would be heading to Frankfort soon to talk one on one with legislators about budget cuts that will effect jails in smaller communities. The current proposal would cut funding so much that many smaller communities will lose their jails, forcing them to transport inmates to surrounding counties and to pay for those inmates to stay at those various counties. Jailer Petit was hopeful that the talks with legislators will uncover a way to allow funding to stay for smaller county jails.

Judge Dunning then called for adjournment and after a motion and a second, the meeting adjourned. The next regular session fiscal court meeting will be held on February 27th and is open to the public.

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