Tribune-Courier News Editor
Lisa Carter will represent the Marshall County Fiscal Court in any investigation of the county Refuse Board.
Judge-Executive Mike Miller made the announcement at the Aug. 21 meeting of the Fiscal Court. Miller said while Carter is an employee of County Attorney Jeff Edwards, the Kentucky Bar Association determined she had no conflict of interest in the matter.
Edwards recused himself as his late father Galen Edwards was a member of the Refuse Board. County Commissioners Misti Drew and Terry Anderson have called for an investigation into the board’s conduct. The two commissioners said the board allowed a third party to take several thousand dollars worth of recyclable materials without compensation.
Miller said commissioners and the Refuse Board approved of Carter in the matter.
“It’s a win for all of us because she’s already on the county payroll,” Miller said. “We spoke to attorneys in Paducah and Hopkinsville, and we thought they were both nice and capable, but would have cost the county $150 per hour, plus travel.”
Miller said Carter was researching state statutes and regulations about refuse board conduct and scrap metal recycling and could present a report and recommendations at the Sept. 4 Fiscal Court meeting.
“Whether or not the court will agree with her findings is another matter,” Miller added.
In other business, commissioners approved a $113,960 offer for a new ambulance for Marshall County EMS. The only bid came from Osage Ambulance.
EMS director Bryan Cutsinger reviewed the bid and found it met or exceeded all specified needs.
“This bid came in lower than we expected,” Cutsinger said. “And it’s a good bid because we can remount the ambulance module on a new chassis when the one it’s on wears out.”
Miller told commissioners a decision to lease a blacktop patching unit had been improper since the total price of the lease would exceed $20,000. The Fiscal Court voted to accept bids for a similar machine.
The Fiscal Court approved $500 sponsorship grant for advertising and expenses for the Aurora Country Festival and an $11,550 expenditure for the road department to buy a new dump truck bed.