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Fiscal Court approves budget, hears from new EMS Director


Newsroom Coordinator

The Meade County Fiscal Court met for their regular monthly meeting on June 8.

The meeting began with a public hearing on increasing the bonds previously issued to Nucor, which is part of the package they’re eligible for through the state. No members of the public spoke during the hearing, and the Court later approved the resolution unanimously.

During the committee reports, Judge Stith and Magistrate Billy Sipes said they were hopeful they’d be able to report some “big news” soon regarding the county’s search for a new grain elevator to replace the previously established Consolidated Grain and Barge facility.

Meade County’s new full-time EMS director, Corissa Walters, briefed the Court on her progress so far since her start date of June 1. They have approved the hiring of five more part-time EMTs as well as three more paramedics for the county. She said that, because of savings they will realize on a new upcoming truck purchase, they were able to purchase new radios for the crews. Additionally, using some of the saved funds and the $10,000 donated by Scotty Brown, EMS was able to purchase three automated chest compression devices. Walters said they’ve started to meet with potential new Medical Directors as well.

The Court also heard the first reading of a planning and zoning ordinance that would reduce the minimum lot size for a single-family dwelling in zones R-1, R-2 and R-3 from 1.2 acres to 0.9 acres. They approved the first reading unanimously.

The Court entered a closed session, and after returning, Magistrate Gary Chapman made a motion to approve up to $30,000 for a deposit on a piece of property. The motion was seconded by Magistrate Eli Dix and passed unanimously. Judge-Executive Leslie Stith announced that a special meeting would be held at 9 a.m. on June 24, and the July regular meeting of the Court would be held at 7 p.m. on July 20 instead of July 13.

In other business, the Court voted unanimously to:

– Approve the minutes of their previous meeting on May 11.

– Accepted the budget presented by the Meade County Public Library.

– Reappointed Tina Stith as the secretary to the Payneville Fire District Board.

– Reappointed William Vowels to the Flaherty Fire District Board.

– Reappointed Wayne Stull to the Battletown Fire District Board.

– Appointed Adam Whitford to the Ekron Fire District Board.

– Opened and accepted the bid from Joe Mangin for the county’s IT Director for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The bid reflected a $1 per hour pay raise as well as an additional week of vacation compared to last year.

– Approved the hiring of two new full-time EMTs.

­– Approved the second reading of the 2021-2022 budget, totaling $22,733,985.