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‘The city gave zero’
With no comments other than one made in obvious dissatisfaction by Conway, the fiscal court voted to accept the Lawrenceburg-Anderson County Economic Development Authority’s budget.
Stressing the word Lawrenceburg, Conway noted that the city council did not include EDA funding in its current budget.
“The city gave zero,” Conway said.
The fiscal court has provided $10,000 annually to EDA, while the city’s contributions have dropped from $5,000 in 2009-10, to $1,000 last year and nothing in the current year.
EDA’s total budget is $65,025 for 2011-12.
Blue lights for coroner
Coroner Mark Tussey requested and was given permission to use blue flashing lights on the county’s coroner van, along with his and his assistant’s vehicles while conducting official coroner business.
Tussey pointed out that the state House and Senate earlier this year approved blue lights for coroners, and said taxpayers will not have to pay for the lights.
Following nearly five months of debate, the fiscal court voted to purchase a new tractor and boom mower for just over $80,000.
Magistrates debated which brand of tractor to buy, and even had sales representatives attend a fiscal court meeting and conduct a demonstration in the county park.
In the end they purchased a Challenger tractor on the recommendation of highway foreman Billy Powell Catlett.
Voting no was Magistrate Kenny Barnett.
Cornish request draws laughter
During the “other business” section of last Tuesday’s meeting, Magistrate David Ruggles passed along a concern levied by former judge-executive Steve Cornish.
Cornish is concerned about his side of Powell Taylor Road becoming part of the county’s 6th District due to reapportionment, Ruggles said, adding that Cornish said he would be forced to drive all the way to the Hickory Grove Fire Station to vote.
Cornish’s residence is currently in the 2nd District.
That drew a terse response from 6th District Magistrate Kenny Barnett.
“As far as I’m concerned, the 2nd District can have him back,” Barnett quipped, which drew laughter from those in attendance.