Ballard County Detention Center: Seized funds to be used for purchasing more security camera equipment

Jason Paul, KPI Staff

Wickliffe – During the recent Ballard County Fiscal Court Meeting, Ballard County Attorney Vicki Hayden and Jailor Mike Horn requested from the magistrates to consider using $1,900 (contraband) seized from inmates to purchase more security cameras and equipment to be used at the Ballard County Detention Center (BCDC). The magistrates voted unanimously to grant Hayden’s and Horn’s request.

Director of Ballard County Emergency Management Services Travis Holder gave the Emergency Management Services report. Holder stated that by the end of the week, the new truck that is going to be used for the rescue boat that will be stationed in Wickliffe will be taken to and be kept at the Fire Department in Wickliffe. Holder informed the magistrates that he is applying for a couple of grants. One grant, The Homeland Security Grant, will be used to purchase tasers and portable breath tests (PBT) for the Ballard County Sheriff’s Department.

James Campbell of Animal Control gave his report. Campbell said that Creatures Great and Small helped Animal Control remove seven dogs from one location and four dogs from another location. Clarke continued by stating that Creatures Great and Small travels to New York every six weeks and gets 95% of the dogs adopted out. Clarke asked the magistrates for authorization to purchase a two-dog kennel for the truck. Clarke brought in a bid from one person and two web site pages with prices for dog kennels for comparison. It was decided that more information needed to be gathered prior to making a decision.

Next on the agenda, James Campbell gave the Solid Waste report. During the “Free Day at the Recycle Center” Campbell estimated that 34 to 35 trucks dropped off waste and recyclables.  Old computers were dropped off as well as cardboard. The Recycle Center sells the cardboard, aluminum and other metals.  Judge Executive Vickie Viniard stated that the Ballard County Recycling Center has been mentioned at state meetings that she has attended. Viniard continued by saying that she has heard, “If you want to see a good recycling center, you need to go to Ballard County.”

Viniard let the magistrates know that Ballard County was awarded a Conservation Grant in the amount of $7,500. The magistrates voted unanimously to purchase two trailers from Pac-Van to be used at the Recycling Center.

The magistrates went into a closed session to discuss land acquisition.  No actions were taken after the magistrates came out of closed secssion.

The next Fiscal Court meeting will be held on October 15, 2013 at 9:00 am.