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County has no interest in further negotiations over SE fire facility

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - When the soil conservation district board submitted its budget to Bullitt Fiscal Court, there was some hesitation in approving its reception.

In fact, under state law, if the county doesn’t accept the budget, it must provide reasons for the denial and suggestions on how to make it work.

In its budget, the agency requested $108,984 in county funding. The original budget presented by County Judge Melanie Roberts included $55,000, which was what was previously given.

In the revised budget presented by magistrates John Bradshaw and Joe Laswell, the agency would receive $75,000.

County attorney Monica Robinson said if the magistrates rejected the agency’s budget, there must be written findings of fact.

Roberts requested Bradshaw talk with conservation district officials to work on the differences.

The magistrate said he would work on the situation. And then he will get Robinson to present a letter outlining the changes and the reasons behind them.

In other business:

*After an executive session, Robinson said it was the county position that it would not be entering into any offers or negotiations to do anything with property currently housing Southeast Bullitt Fire Department.

The fire department has operated a firehouse on the Highway 245 property for years. The two parties signed a lease in April 1985 for $1 per year.

If the fire department leaves the facility, it would revert back to the county.

Southeast Bullitt is constructing a new facility near Plen-Mar Subdivision off Highway 245. It will be ready to open later this year.

*The lease was finalized between the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Bullitt County with Bullitt Fiscal Court.

The two agencies will share space in the old health department building with the Bullitt County coroner.

Either party has a 90-day termination policy and it is good for three years.

Freida Howe, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said there was no request for any funds to perform the renovations.

Coroner David Billings questioned fiscal court members on his ability to purchase internet and phone service for his portion of the building. He also needs to purchase a FAX machine.

Due to the sensitive nature of information shared by his office, Billings only asked that the machine not be shared with others.

Lou Ann Moore, president of the Chamber, agreed. She felt the coroner’s FAX machine should be located in a secure area.

The court members approved securing internet and phone service. In terms of sharing the electric costs, magistrate John Bradshaw agreed it could be one meter divided by the amount of space used in the overall facility.