By Al Owens
Meeting in regular session Monday the Lewis County Fiscal Court heard the second reading of an ordinance renewing the Adelphia Cable franchise for District One and then adopted the ordinance.
Lewis County Attorney Clayton “Buddy” Lykins, Jr. asked about getting a local access channel. Adelphia Government Affairs Manager Carla Deaton replied that she would look into that possibility.
The court also gave second reading and adopted an ordinance establishing regulation of sexually oriented businesses and their employees in the county. No such businesses currently operate in the area.
The court received only one bid on the voting machines upgrade made necessary by law. The upgrades will enable the handicapped and visually impaired to vote at the polls without assistance. The bid came in at a total of $84,920. The bid was accepted contingent upon approval by the state. The state will reimburse the county for 100 percent of that cost.
The court agreed to sponsor an application on behalf of the Lewis County Industrial Authority for a Community Development Block Grant of $250,000 to be applied to the upgrade of the spec building at the Industrial Park at Black Oak. The upgrade is a Lewis County Economic Development project that would prepare the building for use by prospective manufacturers.
The court adopted a resolution for refunding of the Courthouse Facility Bonds, Series 2000 at a lower interest rate.
It also approved a resolution adopting the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The system assures the effective interaction of all the first responders to any emergency in the area.
The court approved the annual parking lot lease agreement with Farmers Cooperative Insurance Company at a cost of $1200.
The court gave first reading to an ordinance requiring a basket or like device to catch fecal waste to be installed on any horse drawn equipment used on public roads in the county.
The court approved the formation of a board for the health, welfare and safety of the public in the event of an influx of evacuees. They would currently be from the area ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The board would consist of County Judge Executive Steve Applegate, Lewis County Sheriff Bill Lewis, Lewis County Emergency Management Director Carl Chaney and Lewis County Public Health Director Bob Bentley.
The court approved the new county tax rates complying with the state compensatory rates.
The tax rate on real estate is 12.6 cents per $100 of assessed property value. The rate for intangible and personal property will be at 14.10.
The tax rate for the Board of Education is 41.0 for real estate, 41.4 for intangible and personal property and 49.0 for motor vehicles and watercraft.
The tax rates for the Helen H. Rayburn Public Library of Lewis County is 3.20 for real estate, 4.60 for intangible and personal property and 1.47 for motor vehicles and watercraft.
For the Lewis County Health Department the tax rates are 3.40 for real estate, 3.80 for intangible and personal property and 3.80 for motor vehicles and watercraft.
The tax rate for all the Fire Department Districts is set a .10 per $100 of assessed property value.
For timberland and forest acres the tax is .03 per acre.
The tax rate for the Lewis County Conservation District is 4.2 for real estate, 6.16 for intangible and personal property and 3.12 for motor vehicles and watercraft.
The court adopted a resolution for the county to sponsor an application for a Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) up to $200,000 for the purpose of acquiring property for a recreation park. The Lewis County Boys and Girls Club may also be able to erect a building on that property.
The court also approved a professional services contract with the Buffalo Trace Area Development District at a cost of $40,000. The fee will come out of funding already provided for the Health Department project.
The court approved an amendment to the Interlocal Agreement for Economic Development funding related to construction of the new health department building. The agreement already included the county government, the city of Vanceburg and Concord. The amendment adds the Lewis County Health Department as an agency involved in that partnership.
At the request of Peoples Self Help Housing the court moved to proceed with the process to add Fuller Road to the county road system.
The court also amended the personnel policy to permit a pay incentive for extreme overtime for Road Department employees.
The court approved the treasurer’s report and all the claims and transfers for the General, Road and Bridge and Jail Fund accounts.
After a brief closed session the court reconvened and moved to amend the contract with Northern Contours regarding environmental cleanup.
Applegate announced that the county has received Homeland Security Funds totaling $288,000 and has also received $68,500 for an animal shelter.
Applegate said that the chip/seal project has been completed and was well done.
He informed the court that a meeting has been scheduled with Adam Howard and Senator Mitch McConnell on Sept. 20 regarding the closing of the Garrison Boat Dock. The prospect of keeping the dock open looks encouraging.
The next regular session of the fiscal court will be on Monday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the third floor courtroom of the Lewis County Courthouse.