But while the reappointments of Lawrence and Cundiff were unanimous, Magistrate Kevin Terrell provided the sole “no” vote for Gross, and that vote was 5–1. Magistrate Shannon Knight as absent.
Terrell said he didn’t like the direction the hospital was going in with regard to spending and debt, and a vote for Gross would, in his mind, be a an implicit approval of the status quo. He also said the hospital is $7 million debt and is looking at more.
“It might be time to take a step in a new direction for the hospital,” Terrell said, adding that “you can’t borrow your way” out of debt.
“The hospital is one of those entities that struggles continually because it is critical access,” said Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries. “It could hardly ever hope to make a lot of money.”
Humphries also said that a year ago, the hospital was “on a slippery slope,” but is in a better position now
The fiscal court unanimously agreed to award blacktop road contracts to Pennyrile Asphalt over Rogers Group. Pennyrile Asphalt bid $193,191.36 for the portions of six roads that will be repaved, while Rogers Group bid $196,941.
Humphries said the county has $205,385 of state flex funding to use, so they might decide to repave part of another road in the very near future.
At their last meeting, the fiscal court agreed to have 0.23 miles of Cadiz Mill Road, 1.29 miles of Blue Springs Road, 0.7 miles of Oak Grove Church Road, 1.31 miles of Gresham Road, 0.38 miles of Gentry Gray Road and 0.34 miles of Deepwood Estates resurfaced.
The fiscal court also unanimously approved, on second reading, a change to the county’s transient tax ordinance. Effective Jan. 1 next year, hotels will have to pay their transient taxes on the 20th of every month, as opposed to quarterly.
In other business, the court approved a litter abatement agreement, an interlocal cooperation agreement, the first reading of a finance agreement ordinance and transfers from the general fund of $100,000 to the sheriff’s fund and $50,000 to the jail fund.
The court also paid its monthly bills. Notable bills include $168,288 to Marathon Petroleum for chipping and sealing, $19,650 to Christian County for jail services, $18,299 to Rogers Group, $7,381 to the Cadiz Post Office for the mailing of tax bills and $3,539 to Hang and Shine to window treatments at the Trigg County Justice Center.
Humphries announced that offices will be closed on Friday for the Trigg County Ham Festival, and that the next fiscal court meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Trigg County Extension Office. There will be a dinner there at 5 p.m.