On July 9, the Fiscal Court held a meeting where they approved a proclamation in Honor of Edmonson County Middle School Academic Team. The proclamation proclaims “Whereas, The Chairman of the National Academic Championship has declared the Edmonson County Middle School academic team the Junior National Academic Champion and; Whereas, Edmonson County Middle School academic team was one of two unbeaten teams and were named the champions after four National Bowl Tournaments concluded and ; Whereas, Edmonson County averaged 414 points per game while the closest competitor averaged 393 points per game and; Whereas, Edmonson County ended the season with 91 wins and only 4 losses. Placing either first or second place in each of the 12 tournaments in which it played and; Whereas, The Edmonson County Middle School Academic Team consists of Head Coach, Greg Grey, Assistant Coaches, Nick Skaggs, Alan Florence, Robin Grey, Most Valuable Player-Jonas Miller, Team Captain-Brody Johnson, Players-Meredith Hennion, Taylor Dooley, Madison Atkins, Haleigh Lindsey, Derek Jaggers, Emma Sackett, Evy Bolton, and Principal Brandon Prunty and; Whereas, winning the National Academic Championship is a significant meritorious achievement which made Edmonson County proud and as indicative of the goals you are capable of attaining throughout your lives. Your exemplary performance reflects great credit upon all of you, your families, and Edmonson County. Now, therefore, I, Judge-Executive Wil Cannon, do proclaim July 10th, 2018, to be observed as Edmonson County Middle School Academic Team Appreciation Day in Edmonson County, Kentucky”. Each member and coach of ECMS Academic Team was presented with a copy of the framed proclamation. Principal Brandon Prunty also received one.
Foreman of The Edmonson County Road Crew, Ray Page reported the road crew had finished some blacktopping in district four and five. The blacktopping in district three began at the beginning of the week. Mowing is ongoing in district five. The mowers are coming down Nolin Dam Road in the next couple of days and on to Poplar Springs Road by the end of the week. After servicing the mowers, they will be on another side of the county.
Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle reported all the Full-time police officers now have a new vehicle. Also, each car now has a new mobile computer and printer for citations and other paperwork. Doyle said it was a big expense but was paid for with forfeiture money. He reported a couple drug busts and recovery of a stolen ATV. Also, the sole district judge is now Judge J.B. Hines. Judge John McCarty will be in a new district.
Jailer, Hank Vincent reported 16 county inmates incarcerated now in Hart County Detention Center with one person on home incarceration. One inmate hospital visit, with a one night stay. He also discussed ongoing vehicle issues.
John Kiernan, administrator of Edmonson County Parks and Recreation thanked everyone who volunteered at the Freedom Fest this year. It was a huge success. He also said Freedom Fest 2019 will have more games for children. August 10th, 2018 will be Parks and Recreations Movie Night at Chalybeate park. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for fun and games. The movie starts at 8:00 p.m. The movie is “Kicking & Screaming. The soccer board will also be in attendance to register for Youth soccer.
Boy Scout Troop #597 was on hand to observe and attend a public meeting to earn their Eagle badge.
Approved was a Class Action Lawsuit which is a lawsuit filed against the Federal Government by several different counties in different states for nonpayment of money in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Edmonson County is entitled to this money because the county can’t collect property tax for Mammoth Cave National Park because it is federal property.
Also approved was a request to start advertisement to fill the position of Animal Control Officer in Edmonson County.
Rhonda Clemmons of Edmonson County Tourism updated the court on how the Houchins Ferry comment period is still open. It will close on July 20, 2018. Also, Trail Town Day is September 22, 2018, and a celebratory annual cookout will be held around the square. Clemmons also spoke about needing volunteers to adopt a day at the Edmonson County booth at the state fair in Louisville, Kentucky. The state fair is August 16-26, 2018. Anyone interested can contact her.
Barbara Fitzhugh from St John’s Thrift Store and Vickie Walker from Edmonson County Senior Food Pantry updated the court on some upcoming important dates. On July 26, 2018, there will be a truckload of produce for free at 9:00 a..m at the thrift store for residents of Edmonson County. On August 8, 2018, everyone who brings two canned goods to the Hot Rods game will get a discounted ticket of admission for only $5.00. The cans collected will go to the Edmonson County Senior Pantry. On August 17, 2018, the WKU Mobile Unit will be at the community center giving all types of free health test and answering any questions for Edmonson County residents over 55. They will have hotdogs, chips, and drinks.
The next Fiscal Court meeting will be July 23, 2018.