Todd Fiscal Court unanimously passed first reading of its budget for the upcoming fiscal year in a special-called meeting Tuesday evening.
The new spending plan is for a little over 6.4 million dollars—about 200 thousand dollars less than the current fiscal year's budget. The ambulance service line item is where the biggest reduction is seen—dropping from about $717,000 this year to a little over $359,000 in the coming year. Todd Fiscal Court voted last month to contractually privatize the ambulance service through Comm-Care—which already does the service in Logan County.
Magistrate Brent Spurlin praised the Budget Committee for their hard work and believes it's a fiscally sound plan.
Fiscal Court will consider second reading at a regular meeting later this month.
The father of Congressman Ed Whitfield passed away Tuesday at the age of 89.
An email from the Congressman’s office says E.O. Whitfield was a Hopkins County native who served in the State Senate from 1937 until 1940. He also served as President of Kentucky Farm Bureau in 1935.
The elder Whitfield worked in the railroad industry for 44 years and was a Master Mason.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years—Mary—a sister, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren in addition to Congressman Whitfield. Funeral Services are set for Friday morning at 11 at St. John United Methodist Church, with burial to follow in Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 Thursday at Hughart and Beard Funeral Home.
A Bowling Green man was killed in a Logan County wreck Monday afternoon.
A news release from the Logan County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened around 12:30 near the Logan-Warren County line on U.S. 68 shortly after 12:30.
Police say a pickup driven by 79-year old Donald Rhea of Bowling Green collided with a tractor-trailer driven by 42-year old Norman Guertner of Clarksville at the intersection with Stamps Road.
Rhea, who was not wearing a seat belt, was flown by Air Evac to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he succumbed to his injuries. Lieutenant Jeff Sanford is conducting the investigation, which remains ongoing.
Governor Steve Beshear has made it clear again he will call a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly this year for legislative redistricting.
The House and Senate plans passed by lawmakers last year were deemed unconstitutional by the Kentucky Supreme Court and only the House passed a map this year. Senate leadership wanted to wait until next year, but Governor Beshear told Louisville media this week he will call a special session before then.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett says he believes that special session will come in September or October—after the House and Senate leadership come to a compromise on maps and which census numbers to use.
Third District State Senator Whitney Westerfield says he recently met with his leadership and also anticipates going back to Frankfort this year. Westerfield hopes a solid compromise will be in place and regrets state law requires them to spend at least five costly days in session.
The House redistricting bill passed in this year's session drew some criticism because it used different census numbers from what was utilized in congressional redistricting. State law requires the House and Senate to redraw the lines every 10 years to make sure all Kentucky citizens are represented as equally as possible in Frankfort.
As the state uses early release programs to save money on housing inmates in county jails, local communities are losing much-needed manpower.
Todd County Jailer Greg Allen addressed the issue in his report to Todd Fiscal Court last week, saying the state has taken the stand that if an inmate is safe enough to go out into the community during the day for jobs such as mowing and painting—he's more often than not okay to be released.
Allen says places like Todd County are certainly feeling the impact.
It's not just smaller communities lacking jail inmates who can do community service work, Allen says some of Kentucky's largest cities are also complaining.
Allen says it's important to note that not just any inmate can do community service work—they have to be non-violent and a vast majority of those eligible are state inmates being housed in the local jail.
Jailer Allen says the state inmate count will likely rise again in the near future, as the number of county inmates across Kentucky is up significantly and those trends usually run in cycles.