The Fayette County Commission held its annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Fayette Civic Center. Prior to the start of the meeting, Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman issued the oaths of office to the four commissioners who won seats during this year’s election. They are as follows: Commissioner Shane Hughes, re-elected from District 2, Commissioner John Underwood, re-elected from District 6, newly-elected Commissioner Wesley Jacobs from District 4, and newly-elected Commissioner Robert Townley from District 5.
The Fayette County Commission voted to hire two substitute workers for the Fayette County Aging Program during its Oct. 19 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commissioner Joe Acker made a motion to hire two workers for the program, and the motion was approved unanimously. The two substitute workers will be used to fill in at any of the Aging Programs within the county when needed.
The Fayette County Commission approved its fiscal year 2021 budget during its Monday, Sept. 28 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. During the past few weeks, the commission has held several work sessions to try to ensure a balanced budget that could be approved prior to Sept. 30. The budget that was approved at the meeting showed significant cuts to several departments due to lack of sufficient revenue for funding.
The Fayette County Commission discussed position vacancies and other items at its Sept. 14 meeting, as they continue to work toward adopting the fiscal year 2021 budget later this month. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren said that he asked that position vacancies be placed on the agenda for discussion.
The Fayette County Commission voted unanimously at its Aug. 10 meeting to hire Preston Jones as the county’s new maintenance supervisor. All commissioners were present for the meeting, which was held at the Fayette Civic Center since the meeting was changed to morning from afternoon. Phillip Rushing had been temporarily hired to fill the vacancy as maintenance supervisor until a new employee was hired. Commissioner Barry Corkren made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers to hire Jones as the new supervisor. The motion passed by unanimous consent.
The Fayette County Commission discussed raising the retirement benefit of Tier I employees to the level of Tier II employees during a work session that proceeded its July 13 meeting. All commissioners were present for both the work session and the meeting. Tier II employees are employees that were hired on or after Jan. 1, 2013. These employees perform the same tasks as Tier I employees, but pay a higher amount into the retirement system while receiving less in benefits at retirement time.
The Fayette County Commission discussed the sheriff’s department budget during its June 8 meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren was absent due to medical reasons, with all other commissioners present. Commissioner Joe Acker said that at approximately two-thirds of the way through the fiscal year, the sheriff department has used about 93 percent of its budgeted funds for the year. He said that while the sheriff’s department budget is over, the budget for the jail appears to be on-target.
The Fayette County Commission hired a new director for the Senior Citizens Center in Berry during its May 26 meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren was absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. The meeting opened with Commission Chairman Mike Freeman stating the commission needed to hold an executive session to discuss a legal matter. Commissioner Joe Acker made a motion to enter executive session, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers. The commissioners present unanimously voted to enter executive session.
The Fayette County Commission approved purchases and made several changes to its personnel policies during a special called meeting held in the Fayette County Courtroom on Thursday, May 7. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman told the commissioners that the air conditioning/chiller system used at the courthouse annex is completely worn out and could not be repaired.