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 April 24th meeting.

Judge Dunning then gave her Judge Executive comments in which she thanked the Fredonia American Legion for hosting all elected officials and their families for a dinner on Monday night. She also mentioned that the Fredonia American Legion will host T-Ball and traveling baseball teams this summer at the ballpark in Fredonia. Judge Dunning then welcomed special guest, Dan Odegaard, the new CEO at Caldwell Medical Center.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business, of which there was one item, to approve estimates for a new heating and air unit for the animal shelter. Magistrate Larry Curling spoke up and recommended that the court go with a 93% heating and air unit and R35 insulation, as well as installing a 24” fan in the attic to help with air flow. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the recommendation for the animal shelter. Magistrate Curling then mentioned that the court is still looking for someone who can fix the courthouse clock. If anyone is qualified and interested please call Judge Dunning’s office at 270-365-6660.

The meeting then moved to new business, of which there were several items. The first item of new business was the second reading of Ordinance 2018-05-08, which deals with the removal of Goodaker Hill Road. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the ordinance to remove the road.

The next item of new business was the authorization to approve the 2017 ventilator grant. Mark Harrison from the ambulance service then stood and addressed the court. He stated that the court was approved for a Homeland Security Grant in 2017 in the amount of $11,000 that would cover the purchase of two ventilators. He then recommended that the court take the lowest bid of $10,950.18 for the ventilators. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the grant be used to purchase the ventilators.

The next item of new business was to approve standing orders on several reoccurring bills that would give County Treasurer Glinda Harper authorization to pay them without action taken during a meeting. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the standing orders.

The next item of new business was to approve an executive order to set county employees salaries for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. County Treasurer Harper spoke up stating that county employees salaries had to be set before the primary election on May 22nd per state law so that changes could not be made if new officials were sworn in. After brief discussion, a motion, and a second, the court unanimously approved the executive order.

The next item of new business was to approve the salaries of elected officials that do not fall under House Bill 810. The following elected county officials do not have their salaries determined by the state: magistrates, county attorney, jailer, and coroner. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the salaries.

The last items of business were to approve Treasurer’s Transfers and to pay bill as presented. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved both Treasurer’s Transfers and to pay bills as presented.

The court then heard various reports from county departments and committees as well as magistrate’s comments. Magistrate Brent Stallins then addressed the court stating that the court had been petitioned to remove a portion of Clinton Perry Road in District 2. The court will look into how the removal of the road will affect the county.

Judge Dunning then mentioned that the court will have a county budget workshop for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 on Thursday, May 10th at 9AM. She also stated that the court will be opening sealed bids for the Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service as well as sealed bids for asphalt, chip & seal, culverts & pipes, rock, and tack oil during the next regular session Caldwell County Fiscal Court meeting on May 22nd.

Judge Dunning then entertained a motion to adjourn and after a motion and a second the meeting adjourned. The next regular session Caldwell County Fiscal Court meeting will be held on May 22nd and is open to the public.

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