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Magistrates set up formal committees; will seek recovery funds

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By The Staff

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - To make sure everything is done properly, Bullitt Fiscal Court members set up a series of committees.

    Magistrate Eddie Bleemel made recommendations on two committees to deal with the budget, finance, roads and contracts.

    He then set up a committee to study the county’s allocation of over $6 million in stimulus bond money.

    According to Bleemel, the two magistrates’ committees will meet quarterly - January, April, July and October.

    The magistrates’ committee on budget and finance will now meet on the first Tuesday of each quarter at 1 p.m.

    The committee on infrastructure (roads) and contracts will meet on the third Tuesday of each quarter at 1 p.m.

    To conform to the open meetings requirements, the public is invited to any committee meeting.

    However, Bleemel said that if any other member of fiscal court attended, it would be a violation of those standards and the meeting could not be held.

    County attorney Walter Sholar told magistrates three weeks ago that he would see a problem with having a quorum of fiscal court members in the same room discussing a topic, even if no votes were held.

    The final committee would include state Rep. Linda Belcher, Economic Development Authority executive director Bob Fouts, EDA chairman Happy Cahoe, magistrate Joe Laswell and Pioneer Village mayor Gary Hatcher.

    The bond funds have been made available for job creation and economic development.

    A story last month in The Pioneer News outlined the concerns of the EDA that the county had not moved forward with forming a committee to seek the funds.

    The funds must be applied for and received by the end of 2010.

    County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts voted against the committees stating that she had not been notified prior to the meeting.

    She thought only the county judge could appoint members to committees.

    Sholar said that fiscal court could create committees and appoint the membership.

    Statutory committees set up by the county judge can only be filled with recommendations from the judge.

    Bleemel said he was concerned about losing the bond money since the judge’s office got a letter in September 2009 and not taken any action.