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ONLINE ONLY: Fiscal court approves first annual inspection for radio tower

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By Shannon Brock

Spencer County's radio tower is due for inspection and, at its meeting Monday morning, the Fiscal Court voted to have that inspection performed by the company that installed it.
Judge-Executive Bill Karrer told the court that the tower is under warranty, so, if during inspection, any items covered by the warranty are found, they can be repaired.
The cost of the inspection will be $1,200.
Magistrate Jerry Davis asked if this was the first time the tower had been inspected.
Karrer said the tower is to be inspected on a yearly basis and noted that the first-year inspection is an important one.
Davis read portions of a Qk4 engineering report that said the tower should be inspected after wind gusts of 40 mph or higher. Davis listed several dates over the past year on which wind gusts of 40 mph or greater had been recorded, and said the tower should have been inspected after those dates.
Karrer responded saying that the guy wires on the tower had been looked at on multiple occasions throughout the year, but said this inspection is more thorough and includes a climbing of the tower.
Magistrate Hobert Judd asked if the inspections of the guy wires had been recorded. Karrer said they had not. Judd suggested that be something the county keeps track of moving forward.
The inspection of the tower by Antennas Unlimited for $1,200, was approved with five votes and Davis abstaining from the vote.

In other business...
• County Attorney Ruth Hollan said that she had been asked by Magistrate Mike Moody at a previous court meeting to see if the Fiscal Court had any authority on water prices set or raised by Taylorsville Water Works or the City Commission.
"Absolutely not," Hollan said.
Moody then asked about the court's authority or relationship to the levee.
Hollan said she has been attempting to locate the county ordinance that created the levee commission, but hasn't been able to find it yet — the ordinance was created in the 1930s, she said.
The question had come up of whether the levee commission could vote to disband and leave the county responsible for the upkeep of the levee, however, Hollan said because the commission was established by county ordinance, it cannot disband itself.
• The court voted to table its discussion and approval of its fee office budgets until its Dec. 16 meeting. At this time each year, the court reviews and approves the county clerk's salary budget, the sheriff's salary budget and both offices' income projections. The court received copies of each of the budgets except for the income projection for the sheriff's department. The sheriff's office is in the middle of property tax collections and would have a better idea of its income projections in two weeks, Karrer said.
According to documents provided in the media packet for the meeting, Hesselbrock is requesting to raise her deputies' total salary by 3 percent, from $260,635.32 to $268,454.38. Stump is requesting his deputies' total salaries be decreased by approximately 5 percent, from $782,033.10 to $738,994.
Contacted Wednesday, Stump said the requested amount does not include the salary of the county's mechanic. Conversations have taken place in recent Fiscal Court meetings to remove that salary from the sheriff's department and back into the general fund, and Stump said it is ultimately the court's decision.
The clerk’s and sheriff’s offices are fee offices and Kentucky Revised Statute 64.530(3) states that “the fiscal court shall fix annually the maximum amount, including fringe benefits, which the officer may expend for deputies and assistants.”
This means the court sets a maximum overall amount, but does not set nor tell the clerk or sheriff what she or he is to pay each individual employee.