In other business:
The fiscal court approved a proposal for Palmer Engineering to survey Wilderness Trail for $55,000.
Leftover state funds for a previous road project will be used to pay for the survey and the fixing of “a couple bad spots,” Judge/Executive Kent Clark said.
County Fire Chief Jim Cox announced the purchase of 13 sets of outer protective clothing funded by a $26,000 homeland security grant.
Through a similar grant awarded last year, the department was able to buy 10 air packs, refurbish a thermal-imaging camera and buy a cascade air system that can be used by all three local governments’ firefighters.
Grant funds also refurbished the mobile safety trailer, used at schools and churches to teach safety and to demonstrate how to get out of burning home.
The county fire department responded to 435 fire calls last year, the chief said. The runs included 51 structure fires, 23 vehicle fires and 34 forest fires.
Cox announced the Kentucky Division of Forestry burn ban went into effect Feb. 15 and will continue through April 30. Burning is not permitted within 150 feet of wooded areas between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. under the ban.
Sheriff’s Deputy Michelle Albertson said there have been “quite a few questions” about the home-incarceration program, which has prompted a meeting scheduled for 11 a.m. March 29 in the fiscal court room in Richmond.
The meeting will gather attorneys, the sheriff’s department, fiscal court, pretrial officers, the county attorney’s office and others to go over “how we work, what the rules are and why they have to go through judges for everything they need,” Albertson said.
"Every time we turn around, attorneys are calling us and we’re trying to tell them, ‘We’re only the key-holders — we don’t say when to open the door and when to close the door, only judges can do that,’” she said.
Phyllis Adams with Children’s Champions presented an update on the program. She spoke about a number of bills before state legislators designed to protect children.
"You can be assured that our school system is already ahead of the game and doing some of the things going into the law,” Adams said.
Clark read aloud the proclamation designating March as Be a Children’s Champion Month.
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