Fiscal Court approves budget at busy meeting

Published 2:02 pm Wednesday, June 21, 2023

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At Tuesday’s Jessamine County Fiscal Court meeting, the magistrates and Judge-Executive David West gave the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 budget its second ordinance reading and in the process made the county’s governing financial document official and finalized.

Two members of the Fire District’s Board of Trustees were approved for reappointment by the Fiscal Court: Donald Day and Roderick Long.

The Fiscal Court also approved several planning and zoning items and heard an update from West relating to county constables’ use of blue lights.

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Planning and Zoning

Several new roads in recently developed subdivisions have been approved as county roads by the Fiscal Court.

These roads include Crawford Creek, Poor Ridge Lane, Wild Turkey Court in the Watkins Reserve subdivision, The Oaks Boulevard, Mahin Trail in the Oaks at Cave Springs subdivision, and Trinity Oaks Crossing.

The Court also approved two foreclosures. One on 138 Sims Dr, and the other on 220 Catherman Dr.

Constables want blue lights black

In February, the Fiscal Court made a major decision to prohibit constables from using blue lights. According to a prior Journal article, the magistrates who voted to prohibit constables’ blue light use did so because constables are not required to complete the Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) that are required of other law enforcement. Judge West informed the Fiscal Court that Constables have requested the state government to return their blue lights. A court case was filed on the matter on June 16. Until that court case is settled, the Jessamine County Fiscal Court will not make any further decisions.

Other News

The Fiscal Court, like the cities of Nicholasville and Wilmore,  approved the updated regional hazard mitigation plan. The plan has not changed much in terms of which natural disasters the county must be prepared for, but approving this updated plan does allow the county to apply for grants for emergency and hazard relief and planning.