Christian County would have four representatives in the state House of Representatives if a proposal from Democratic leadership passes next week—but none of those districts would be exclusively in Christian County.
As reported on WHOP Thursday, the proposal would have 9th District Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke in a likely Republican primary match-up with 10th District Representative Ben Waide of Madisonville next year. The 9th District would cover the entire eastern boundary of Christian County and part of north Christian—extending into part of southern, central and north central Hopkins County.
Eighth District State Representative John Tilley would have most of Hopkinsville and a portion of western Chrisitan County and a large part of Trigg County. Fifth District Representative Kenny Imes of Murray would keep Calloway County, the rest of Trigg and southwestern Christian—including Herndon and Lafayette.
A very bizarre looking 4th District would includes a crescent-shaped portion of Christian County, wrapping around the east side of Hopkinsville and extending northwest to include all of Caldwell, Crittenden and Livingston counties. Republican Representative Lynn Bechler of Marion currently holds that seat.
The 16th District would remain Todd and Logan counties with a small portion of Warren. The 15th District would be all of Muhlenberg County and part of Hopkins.
The plan splits 24 counties and Speaker Greg Stumbo says he believes it would pass constitutional muster.
State Senate leadership has made its proposed map for the upper chamber public and the 3rd District wouldn’t change under the plan.
Senator Whitney Westerfield would keep Christian, Todd and Logan counties under the proposal, while 1st District State Senator Stan Humphries would lose Carlisle County to the 2nd Hickman, Fulton, Graves, Calloway, Trigg and Lyon counties.
Senator Westerfield says it splits no precincts and only three counties and pits no incumbent against another.
Elkton residents will soon get some relief from mosquitoes this week.
The city’s utilities superintendent, Terry Frogue says officials with the Department of Agriculture will be sending out crews to spray the city and places that have seen an increased population of mosquitoes.
Several residents and landowners in Todd County received another letter over the weekend regarding a proposed City of Clarksville project that would include running a new gas line from north Todd to Montgomery County.
Clarksville's main purpose in the project would be to backup its current natural gas system, but Todd County officials want to be sure it's also beneficial to residents and businesses there. County Attorney Mac Johns says its still very early in the process and a lot of unknowns remain.
Johns and Todd Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield want the gas to be distributed in Todd County by a local agency, which would hopefully have the best interest of the community in mind. The new line could help spur industrial growth in portions of south Todd where there is already quick access to the railroad, Interstate 24 and major TVA electric lines—but no access to natural gas at wholesale costs.
Johns says even if there was no industrial growth, the new line could help farmers with drying grain and irrigation motors.
More than anything, Judge Greenfield and Johns have stressed the importance of having a seat at the table in the project to be sure the outcome is beneficial for Todd County. Guthrie currently purchases natural gas from Clarksville and a new provider in Todd County could eventually mean lower prices there and new access to residents in rural areas who currently have none.
Judge Greenfield says he's received several phone calls from landowners who received the most recent letter and many of them are concerned about what impact the project could have. The judge says he doesn't want to be against the line going through Todd County—he just doesn't want an arrangement that doesn't serve its residents well.
Property taxes will likely stay the same in Todd County after a consensus was reached by Fiscal Court Friday morning.
Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield asked magistrates if they were agreeable to leaving it at 9.9 cents per 100 dollars of assessed value and he received their approval. Judge Greenfield said they could have reduced it to 9.8 to maintain the same revenue or enacted a small tax hike to receive an additional four percent in revenues.
The judge said he didn't see any need in recommending a tax increase when it's not absolutely necessary.
Todd County Attorney Mac Johns praised Fiscal Court and Judge Greenfield for their stewardship of the county's money in recent years. He said while the budget has had to grow and more employees have been hired, there are very few, if any, unnecessary expenses in the county's budget.
The tax rate proposal will be published two times in the Todd County Standard and will be heard on first reading at the August 23 meeting.
In other action, Jailer Greg Allen said the food service at his facility will not be contracted out upon further review after Johns reviewed the contract and determined the vendor didn't have enough liability insurance built in. Forcing them to purchase additional coverage would change the cost per meal and Allen decided to stay put for now.
Allen's report says he received an email stating inmates from the recently closed Marion Adjustment Center will be transitioned to county jails over the next eight weeks.