Fiscal Court discusses vehicles, alerts and gates

By Theresa Armstrong -

County residents will see changes to the “One Call System” used to broadcast messages when severe weather is imminent or an emergency must be sent throughout the county.

Kim Miller, Supervisor of the E-911 center, presented the changes to the Grayson County Fiscal Court during the Friday, July 15 meeting.

“With the current system, when a one-call is sent throughout the county it takes about 20 minutes for every resident to be notified,” said Miller. “Sometimes the severe weather alert has passed and the alert has expired.”

The change in the system will decrease the alert time from 20 minutes to 11 minutes.

The “One-Call System” has been used for things other than weather at times. For example, if there is a missing child or elderly person, an alert can be sent to the residents in that area.

“The “One Call” was very beneficial in the recent plane crash near Rough River when an Owensboro doctor went missing,” said Emergency Management Director, Ernie Perkins. “We were able to gather and pass along correct information. This helped us locate the plane.”

In other business:

*Daniel Hornbeck was appointed to the Grayson County Tax Board.

*The Fiscal Court granted approval for the Grayson County Detention Center to purchase two new transport vans.

“Some of the vans we are currently using have more than a half-million miles on them and need to be replaced,” said Jailer Jason Woosley.

*The Fiscal Court gave the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office $15,000 that was received from the insurance company. The monies were from an accident that a sheriff’s vehicle had been involved in.

Sheriff Norman Chaffins thanked the fiscal court and said the money would be used to purchase a vehicle to patrol the lakes.

*Several members from the Linwood Estates were present complaining about an old public road that was currently blocked by a resident with a gate and a pile of brush.

After much discussion, Chaffins read KRS 525.140 saying you could not block a public road.

The Fiscal Court voted to have County Attorney Clay Ratley issue a letter to the resident saying he had seven days to remove the gate or he would be cited to court for a misdemeanor.

As of press time Friday the gate was still standing.

By Theresa Armstrong

Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.

Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.

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