Wednesday, 11 July 2012 06:30

Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton addressed the Fiscal Court last night with concerns about the Barren-Metcalfe Emergency 911 service.  He made the recommendation that the court dissolve it’s inter-local agreement with the Cities of Glasgow, Park City, Cave City, and Edmonton as well as Metcalfe County in order to start a new 911 Center for residents of Barren County.  Magistrate Tommy Matthews also agreed that there were some issues that needed to be addressed.  Matthews served as a magistrate in 1993 when the agreement was signed.  County Judge-Executive Davie Greer also agreed that the current agreement with the other governing bodies was “outdated”.  Sheriff Eaton tells WCLU News why he brought this up at last night Barren County Fiscal Court meeting, and also, a possible location for a new center at the former location of the Barren County Jail.


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County Attorney Jeff Sharp, after examining the original documentation that assembled the Barren-Metcalfe Emergency 911 service in 1993, told the court that if the county were to dissolve the agreement and start a new 911 Center just for Barren County, it would have to wait until July 1st of next year.  Judge-Executive Greer then recommended a committee be formed to discuss further progress of the matter.


In other business, Rob Brown, a representative of KACO, addressed questions from the Fiscal Court.  KACO is the liability insurance provider for Barren County.  The major concern was an estimated $32,000 increase in premiums over a three year agreement from roughly $147,000 to around $180,000 per year.  Brown attributed the increase to nearly $3.2 Million in claims that have been settled or are assumed to be settled verses only about $650,000 paid in premiums by the Barren County Fiscal Court over the last 5 years.    Brown explains that these loss ratios are the major factor for the estimated $32,000 per year increase in premiums for the current policy…


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In previous meetings of the Barren County Fiscal Court, KACO has been mentioned when discussing settlements of lawsuits, which, over the last five years, have been numerous.


The Court went into closed session last night to discuss pending litigation.  When they came back into open session the court voted on two motions.  First, the court voted to appeal an open records request by the publication, Glasgow Daily Times, for the full report from Mike Ober, the private investigator hired by the county to look into operations at the Barren County Corrections Center.  Then, the court also voted to request to obtain the same report from the FBI.  The Court originally voted to turn the report over to the FBI, however Judge-Executive Davie Greer explains why the court made this decision at last night’s meeting.


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The next meeting of the Barren County Fiscal Court is July 24th.



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