FISCAL COURT APPROVES NEW POSITION, DISCUSSES THE UPCOMING LOCAL OPTION ELECTION AND VOTES NO TO REIMBURSEMENT FOR LEGAL FEES PDF Print
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 06:57

The Barren County Fiscal Court held their regular meeting yesterday afternoon at the Barren County Government Center.  Included in the Court reports was a report from Barren County Jailer Matt Mutter.  Mutter shared with the Court the need to expand the state inmate crew because of the demand for workers.  In order to expand the crew an additional Deputy would have to be hired.  This Deputy’s salary and benefits would be 100% paid by the state and would be of no extra cost to the taxpayers.  The Court unanimously approved the new position.

 

In new business, Magistrate Dr. Chris Steward addressed the Court in reference to the June 25th Special Called Meeting and the rental of new voting machines to be used in the upcoming Local Option Election in Cave City.  Due to issues regarding using the current voting machines, the Court decided to rent two machines to use in the upcoming wet vote in Cave City in case there was a total recount order handed down from the Kentucky Court of Appeals.  In this meeting the Court voted to spend the $5,000 to rent new machines to use in the upcoming Local Option Election in Cave City.

 

Harp Enterprise has been the vendor for Barren County for voting machines for 42 years.  It is uncommon for a special called election to be held at the same time as the results of a Primary Election is in Appeals.  Based on their longstanding working relationship, the Barren County Board of Elections sought the advice of Harp Enterprises and London shares this advice with the Court:

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Steward, who is Appealing the Circuit Court ruling in regard to the results of the May 20th Primary Election for Barren County Judge Executive, said that it was unnecessary to spend the money to rent new machines for the upcoming elections, as the current machines were not impounded.

Joann London spoke on behalf of the Barren County Board of Elections.

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London explained that preparing for an election is a process and time was of the essence:

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Steward also noted before the Court that this was the first and only televised Special Called Meeting of the Fiscal Court.

 

The Court did go into closed session in regard to pending litigation.  Steve Runyon, former Barren County Deputy, had asked for reimbursement for legal fees.  Runyon did testify before the Grand Jury in regard to the incident involving former Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton and Billy Stinnett, however Runyon was never indicted on any charges.  In a 5-3 vote the Court decided not to pay Runyon’s attorney fees:

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The vote came immediately after the Court returned from closed session.

 

 

 

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