WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (6/26/13) - Webster County Fiscal Court met in a brief session Monday morning in Dixon. In the absence of Judge Executive Jim Townsend, magistrate Tony Felker of Providence was appointed to preside over the meeting.
Magistrates heard the second reading of the county’s 2013-2014 budget, set at $14,168,956. The amount had already been submitted and approved by the state. The court voted to approve.
Webster County Treasurer Paula Guinn reported that the two rollback trucks from the solid waste department hat the county had sent to auction sold for $140,000 and $145,000. After all of the auction fees were paid the county made $265,000. The replacement trucks, purchased under an emergency order from Judge Townsend , cost the county $303,000.
While discussing county roads, a matter that came up earlier in the month was once again in question. At it’s last meeting the court discussed a trouble spot on Hester Winstead Road in the Slaughters area. The county had scheduled to pave the road, but at one point along it’s path there is a large tree growing right up against the asphalt. The property owner has refused the court’s request to remove the tree.
Ried Haire, former Judge Executive of Daviess County was at the previous meeting, and told the court, “I’ve run into this kind of things several times when I was in your place. The question you have to ask is, if someone hit that tree, would the county be responsible? Would they sue the property owner or the county? I don’t know what your county attorney would say, but that question pretty clearly dictates whose responsibility the tree is. If it’s an obstruction, the county has a responsibility to remove it.”
County Attorney Clint Prow was present Monday, and he was in agreement.
“I’ve not been out to see the tree, but if its in the right of way, then it’s our tree,” he said. “There could be liability if the tree is in our right of way and we don’t remove it.”
Prow also reported that he had spoken with the property owner, who expressed a desire to work with the county on this matter. But ultimately, he said, “The road is where the road is, and that’s our right of way.”
Another issue from previous meetings was the railroad crossing on Main Street in Sebree. At the court’s request, Sheriff Frankie Springfield had contacted CSX about the dangerously- rough crossing and faulty crossing gates.
He reported that an attempt had been made over the weekend to repair the rough crossing, and that CSX said they were issuing in a work order on the gates.
The court then approved the Green River Health District’s 2013 tax rate for the Webster County health department for 2013. That rate will be set at 2.75 per $100.
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