This was the first meeting attended by Magistrates Jeff Broadbent and Rick Nelson and new Trigg County Attorney Randall Braboy. New Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam was also present.
Mike Wright, who replaced Shannon Knight on the court in the November election, was sworn in and started serving last year.
Before the meeting officially started, Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries gave a message to the incoming magistrates about their duties and responsibilities, and asked that they try to make it to every meeting.
“Many of us have done this before, some for the first time, it makes no difference,” Humphries said. “We are the eyes and ears of the citizens in this county. It’s a very daunting task … It is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly, and I’m sure that you don’t and won’t take it lightly.”
Humphries also asked the magistrates to “be alert and attentive” to the questions and concerns of the constituents in their respective districts and in the county.
Tommy Hanberry was hired on as the Trigg County Road Supervisor for another four years and Randy Wade was hired on as the Trigg County Emergency Management Director, also for another four years.
Humphries praised both Wade and Hanberry and remarked that Hanberry has “done a remarkable job” in the many years he has served as road supervisor.
Humphries also swore in Wade and Volunteer Rescue Chief Barry Fox.
Among the other county employees that were rehired were Treasurer Lucy Oliver, Fiscal Court Clerk Ruth Anne Mitchell, E-911 Coordinator Kim Wiggins, Solid Waste Coordinator Jesse Thomas and Recreation Complex Manager Eldridge Rogers.
In the judge’s comments portion, Humphries announced that Jan. 20 will be the last day for Wiggins, who is resigning as the E-911 coordinator because she is moving out of the area.
The fiscal court unanimously appointed Joe Rogers and Jody P’Pool to three-year terms on the county’s University of Kentucky Extension Board and also unanimously assigned magistrates to the county’s Parks and Recreation, Building and Grounds, Budget, Transportation, and Emergency Services Boards.
The fiscal court also voted for a continuity of government. Humphries said the agreement will “allow the fiscal court government to move on” in his absence, whether that absence is because of illness, a business trip or something else. Until this year Magistrate Lacy Bush, who did not seek another term last year, was the person designated to take over.
Magistrate Donnie Tyler will step in, followed by Larry Lawrence, Barry Littlejohn and Jon Goodwin.
The court also unanimously approved an affiliation agreement between the county and the county’s Emergency Management and Rescue departments in case a disaster happens or a declaration is put in effect.
In other business, the court approved sureties bonds for the magistrate and the judge executive, and most of the magistrates agreed to perform marriages if need be. Broadbent asked if that meant they were obligated to preside over weddings. Humphries said there was no obligation, as he has turned down couples he thought weren’t ready for married life. Nelson, Tyler, Wright, Lawrence and Goodwin agreed to do so.
“Congratulations to the new guys in the room,” Goodwin said during the magistrates’ comments portion. Braboy thanked everyone who helped him move from his old office to his new one in the courthouse.
The court also approved its monthly bills. Notable bills include $8,178 to Greenfield Building for upgrades to the courthouse, $1,149 to Cadiz Auto Body for repair work to a Trigg County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle and $3,403 to Key Oil Company.
The fiscal court will meet next at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, as Martin Luther King Day is on Monday, Jan. 17.