First reading of alcohol ordinance set for Nov. 23
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
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With a resolution that was unanimously approved, the Trigg County Fiscal Court, at their meeting Monday evening, announced their intent to have an alcohol ordinance approved in the very near future.

Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries said the fiscal court will have a first reading of the ordinance at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 at the Trigg County Recreation Complex, with the second reading to take place during the first part of December.

“There could be up to 60 days timeframe after the final passing of the ordinance” before the first liquor licenses are approved, said Humphries. “The beer licenses will be … much easier to put in place.”

Although the meeting was well-attended, there were no comments from the public when the time came.

“This resolution is … to lead the way to allow the fiscal court to make ordinances for” the sale of alcohol, said Humphries. “This is just a formality.”

In other business, the court also unanimously decided to set a salary ceiling of $24,000 per year for the new director of the Trigg County Recreation Complex. The current manager, Jerry Radford, announced his resignation last month, and his last day is Monday, Feb. 1, 2010.

Trigg County Magistrate Larry Lawrence said that the new manager will hopefully have about a month to work under Radford before his last day on the job.

Humphries said although the position is a salaried one, there will be comp time if the manager works more than 40 hours in a week, as summers are generally busier than winters.

A salary range of between roughly $18,000 and $24,000, depending on prior experience, was also suggested by Trigg County Magistrate Kevin Terrell. It was also said that the salary could go up if the county decides to hire the manager on for another year next October.

The court gave the county’s transportation committee approval to award a bid for the National Resource Conservation Service grant so that they can start before the next fiscal court meeting, where final approval of the bid will be voted on.

At the last meeting, the court unanimously approved a 25 percent matching grant with the NRCS to remove 10 log jams in the county, costing $14,871.

Humphries said the transportation committee will look at six or seven different contractors when it meets at noon Friday.

“This is supposed to be completed by Dec. 1,” Humphries said of the debris cleanup.

Although no action was taken, Humphries also discussed WKDZ Radio’s emergency alert program, wherein the radio station sends text messages to those who sign up. Such messages relate to severe weather, road closings and other emergencies.

The court also unanimously approved a corrected copy of the annual standing orders for Trigg County Clerk’s deputies. The clerk can spend $186,300 on fees for deputies, assistants and other employees, to be spent on full-time and part-time salaries and wages as well as overtime wages and vacation and sick leave.

The next fiscal court meeting will be held at the courthouse basement at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16.

City council: At its meeting Tuesday, the Cadiz City Council discussed applying to have the city reclassified from fifth class to fourth. This meeting occurred after press time for this issue.
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