The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday night.
A property owner from the Mount Olive area addressed the court, requesting the county clean up a section of Sand Black Road. Judge Executive Randy Dial informed her the county never adopted that section of road and by law is not allowed to maintain it. He also advised he would have the Road Department to take a look in the morning to confirm the measurements and the extent of county maintenance.
In general business, the fiscal court reviewed a quote from B&H Cleaning to refinish the floor at the County Pork Producer's building at the Ag Center. The quote was in the amount of $7,500 to remove the tile, ad color, stain/seal the 7,200 square foot floor. The new floor would require much less maintenance. The court is currently paying about $1,200 a year to strip & seal the tile floor, which is coming up in several places. The issue was tabled for further discussion at the next meeting.
In Road Business, a Backhoe and LowBoy trailer were designated surplus property. Also, a public hearing was held prior to the fiscal court meeting for public comment concerning a road name change. South Brown Ridge Road stretches from Casey into Pulaski County. Pulaski has already changed that section of road to Ozark Road. The Fiscal Court voted to rename Casey's section of the road to match Pulaski County.
Under miscellaneous business, in light of the request by Dou County Telecom to enter into a franchise agreement, County Attorney Tom Weddle advised the court to consider hiring an attorney that specializes in franchise agreements to take a look at the counties current agreements. He suggested Linda Ain, who specializes in Telecommunications agreements, at a rate of $300 an hour. Judge Executive Randy Dile expressed the value of going into negotiations at least 'as informed' as the parties we'll be dealing with. Weddle also pointed out the benefit being able to gain uniformity in county franchise agreements to be consistent with other parts of the state in order to gain better service to Liberty and all of Casey County from our utility providers. The motion to hire Linda Ain passed in a unanimous vote.
Judge Dile advised the court he would have some options to discuss at the next meeting concerning County communications issues and equipment.
In closing, the Fiscal Court welcomed Charles VanLeuven, who was recently named as the new Editor and General Manager of the Casey County News. VanLeuven hails from Idaho.