Commission approves interlocal agreement for fire protection

Commission approves interlocal agreement for fire protection

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 9:06 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
The Obion County Commission has given a final seal of approval to an interlocal agreement for county-wide fire pro-tection.
The commission voted unanimously at its session Tuesday morning to give final approval to the agreement — which had one minor change in wording after the commission voted at its Oct. 18, 2010, meeting to approve the agreement.
The change in wording indicates the rural fire subscription fee will be collected by the county clerk’s office rather than the trustee’s since. Under state law, the trustee can only collect taxes and not fees.
Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire told commissioners the agree-ment has also now been approved by all of the cities involved.
“It’s been a long time coming,” McGuire said.
The agreement is among the communities of Hornbeak, Kenton, Obion, Rives, Samburg, Troy and Union City, as well as the Obion County Emergency Communications District (E-911) as the fire dispatch agency for all municipalities in the agreement and Obion County.
South Fulton intends to provide rural fire service outside its city limits as directed by its city commission in a designated fire service area and is not a party to the interlocal agreement, according to the agreement.
The municipalities have agreed to provide rural fire service outside their established town and city limits and to expand their rural fire service areas as indicated on a map which defines the areas in which the present municipal fire departments provide rural fire protection. Each municipality agrees to implement a standard sub-scription rate, with indi-vidual properties classified by a parcel number as listed on the county tax assessor’s map/tax card and a separate subscription fee to be charged for each parcel/address for which the customer desires to have rural fire protection coverage.
Commissioners had also voted at their October 2010 session to put the issue on the ballot at the next county election to let constituents decide if they want a fire tax or fee, but McGuire told Obion County Budget Committee members during their Jan. 3 session that he does not believe the county can have a referendum on a tax.
In other action during Tuesday’s 40-minute-long meeting, which was opened with prayer led by commissioner Sam Sinclair Jr. and with the Pledge of Allegiance, the commission:
• Honored longtime employee Linda Breeden, who retired Dec. 31, 2010, from the Circuit Court Clerk’s office, where she had worked since 1981 (see related photo, Page 2.)
• Approved McGuire’s recommendation to give the Goodyear access road to the City of Union City. He said the road was given to Obion County in 1978 and he proposed giving it to the city since the city owns property on both sides of the road.
• Approved several changes to the county’s road map, including extending Deer Haven and McDonald roads and deleting the Goodyear access road, South Caudle Road and Mitchell Road.
• Approved waste pickup and hauling agreements for the county’s rural residents. The agreements are with Barker Brothers and Alan’s Industrial Waste Services, both of which provide the service to rural residents depending upon location.
The agreements include a new regular rate of $17.92 per month, up from $17.14; a new senior citizen rate (for customers ages 62 and older) of $13.18 per month, up from $12.90; and an additional cart rate of $8 per month for both regular and senior citizen rates.
• Approved a $600 amendment to the Solid Waste Fund to cover one-time payroll merit supplements approved by the commission in November.
• Approved a trio of amendments to the County General Fund, including an $850 amendment for the Obion County Health Department for new expenses in this fiscal year’s budget; a $175 amendment for the assessor of property for audit services; and a $19,900 amendment to cover the payroll merit supplements approved for all county employees, with the exception of nursing home employees.
• Voted for repairs to be made to the roof at the Obion County Health Department. McGuire explained that new air conditioning duct work was recently installed and cracks resulted when workers walked on the 15-year-old roof, with water now leaking down the building’s back walls.
It is estimated it will cost $34,960 to repair the roof, according to McGuire, who added that he is still awaiting word on whether any portion will be paid by insurance or any liability by the contractor.
Some commissioners questioned the contractor being responsible since the leaks resulted after workers walked on the roof and McGuire said he will have the county attorney research the matter.
• Approved a resolution to enter into an agreement to authorize West Kentucky Rural Telephone Cooperative Corp. Inc. right-of-way use of county property, roads and alleys for construction of a fiber optic network system. McGuire said the agreement only affects Yorkville Phone System customers in the Mason Hall area.
• Approved appointments to several committees, positions and boards, including the Agricultural Committee, Budget Committee, Court-house Committee, county historian (Allen Nohsey), Museum Board and Solid Waste Regional Planning Board.
• Approved several notary public applications and one personal surety bond, with commissioners Jerry Grady and Danny Jowers voting against approval of the surety bond.
• Was reminded by McGuire that February is a good time for various committees to meet since the commission does not meet in February. He said the Finance Committee should meet within the next month to discuss a couple of issues.
All 21 county commissioners were present at Tuesday’s meeting.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 1.19.11

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