By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer
The Madison Fiscal Court on Tuesday morning approved a lease of maintenance equipment at the Battlefield Golf Club.
The old equipment lease expires in 2014, club director Clay Hamrick said. The new lease, with Jacobsen Turf and the Wolf Creek Company, would help the county avoid paying a price increase instituted by the Environmental Protection Agency on purchases of engines ranging from 25 to 75 horsepower, which encompasses the majority of the club’s maintenance fleet, Hamrick said.
The increase will take effect in 2014 although Hamrick said he didn’t know when. Because the increase won’t go into effect next year, the court can upgrade equipment this year without needing to pay extra, saving the court about $30,000 on the initial purchase, he said.
The overall cost of the lease is $296,000, with payments scheduled every six months. Each month will cost about $9,138, Hamrick said. Payments begin in May.
Hamrick also said the new lease may save money on manpower as well. In place of five push mowers, the club will lease two riding mowers, possibly eliminating the need for two seasonal maintenance positions.
In addition, Jacobsen agreed to give the club a three-year warranty on the equipment.
Magistrate Greg King said he was against forming a partnership with Jacobsen. The court’s last contract was with the company in 2007, and King said the contract should be opened up for bids. He also said the court should be more informed when there’s a possibility of cutting jobs.
Judge/Executive Kent Clark said the court has tried bidding the contract before, but “it doesn’t work,” and if the court had bid out the contract they likely wouldn’t have gotten a similar deal.
Hamrick said he received the contract on the first of December, and this meeting was the earliest he could bring it before the court.
King was the only dissenting vote on the decision, saying again the contract should have been put up for bid.
Display monitors to help navigate county courthouse
Visitors to the courthouse at 101 W. Main St. or the courthouse annex, 135 W. Irvine St., will soon get assistance finding the services they want if they are unsure of where to go in the buildings.
Information Technology employees will soon be installing display monitors featuring a layout of the courthouse. According to county IT Director Chris Iseral, the monitor will display each room with a list of the main services each offers. They will be color coded as well as numbered. The offices for elected officials also be will highlighted so they can easily be found.
Iseral said the monitors will be on display at the front and rear entrances to the courthouse. The front entrance of the annex building directly behind it will also have a monitor. He also said there is potential to expand the use of the monitors to give more information, such as directing people to the family court building or Madison Hall of Justice where district court is located.
In other business, the court:
• Heard an update presentation from Craig Williams, community liaison to the Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board. Williams said he had not visited the court since February, and he highlighted changes at the Blue Grass Army Depot since then. He also briefly mentioned a trip he took to The Hague, Netherlands, to discuss Syria’s entry into the international treaty to destroy chemical weapons. For more details, he recommended people come to the CDCAB meeting 1:30 p.m. today at Eastern Kentucky University’s Perkins Building.
• Passed an ordinance fixing a clerical error in election precincts. County Clerk Kenny Barger said a street denoting a precinct boundary was misnamed Reba Drive instead of Concord Road, as it was supposed to be. The change will make a portion of the area of Catalpa Loop part of magisterial district three instead of district four.
• Hired Meghan Tucker to the IT department’s Geographic Information System. Israel said Tucker is filling an existing position created by an employee who left.
• Hired Chris Kidd as a full-time mechanic at the Battlefield Golf Club. Hamrick said the position has been vacant since a former employee was let go earlier in the year.
• Reappointed Johnny Webb to the sanitation department
• Reappointed Wanda Pennington to the utility board
• Reappointed Marcella Hayden to the Madison County Sanitation District
• Reappointed Robert Farmer to the planning commission
• Announced the next Fiscal Court meeting will be 9 a.m. Dec. 23, a Monday, at the county courthouse in Richmond.
Seth Littrell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-6623.