County property owners to be billed for fire protection
by Alan Reed
Dec 26, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Senator Jim Bunning’s Field Representative Rachel McCubbin introduces herself to the Trigg County Fiscal Court, offering assistance with passports, veterans’ affairs, Social Security and other issues pertaining to the Federal government.
Senator Jim Bunning’s Field Representative Rachel McCubbin introduces herself to the Trigg County Fiscal Court, offering assistance with passports, veterans’ affairs, Social Security and other issues pertaining to the Federal government.
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Volunteer fire departments again dominated the business of the Trigg County Fiscal Court at their December 18 meeting with the second reading of a dues collection ordinance for the Cerulean VFD and discussion of land for the Montgomery VFD at the Recreation Complex

Judge/Executive Stan Humphries called on County Attorney H.B. Quinn to read the dues ordinance that calls for a $30 cost for every property owner in the district and $55 per business. No more than one fee would be charged regardless of how many properties or businesses were owned. The ordinance capped increases on dues at a maximum of four percent annually. Magistrate Donnie Tyler moved to pass the second reading with Lacy Bush providing a second. The second reading passed without opposition or comment from the public.

Humphries said that he now considered discussion on leasing one-half acre of Recreation Complex land to the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department for a substation to be closed because of a stipulation on a 1980 grant from the United States Department of the Interior. The stipulation mandates that all land at the Complex be used for recreational purposes. “This has limited our ability to talk to the VFD about using the land. Any mistreatment of this could see not only the county but the state penalized, so we’ve decided that this is no longer an active matter.”

The Judge/Executive added that he encouraged leaders of the fire department to speak to other landowners in the area about arrangements for a substation on privately held land.

“One possibility that to me is not a viable option is to buy a half acre elsewhere and declare it for recreational use. This is a two-year process and not in the time limits discussed by the fire department. Also the price of property is very high when we have plenty of property out there.”

Magistrate Larry Lawrence said, “This was brought up in the paper last week. I think it is unfair to the Fiscal court and to the public that the news was not published through the proper channels.”

Magistrate Kevin Terrell told the Trigg County Recreational Complex Board of Directors of the decision on December 10. The Cadiz Record reported upon this announcement made in an open meeting.

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