Ambulance service scrutinized
by Stephen Scalf
During this past Friday's (May 10) meeting of the fiscal court, representatives of the ambulance service were requested to attend to address a complaint about the quality and professionalism of the service provided.
The incident in question occurred when a local doctor's office called for ambulance transport for a woman who was complaining of a possible allergic reaction stating that her throat was swelling shut.
According to the patient, Mrs. Pat Sonia McCarty, the paramedic claimed they couldn't leave the county because the other ambulance was already out transporting another patient; however, the McCartys wanted to be transported to Lexington.
Mathers Fund issues finally resolved
by Stephen Scalf
After literally years of concern over the management of the Mathers Fund, all matters were finally resolved during last week's fiscal court meeting.
As reported previously in The Courier, a judge had already ruled that:
It is legal to pay for the administration of the fund out of proceeds from the fund without violating the intent of the will that established the fund.
The use of the fund to provide scholarships for graduating seniors (under the age of 19) is also in keeping with the intent of the will.
All other modifications, such as distributing proceeds from the fund regardless of color or race is also a legal requirement, in spite of specific directions in the will to the contrary - that when Dr. Mathers appointed a government body as the administrators of the fund, the laws that govern that body take precedence.
Several months ago, Magistrate Steve Hamilton had raised concerns about the three women who were paid to administer the fund (Wanda Dotson, Dana Price, and Reva Fuller) having received a pay increase without fiscal court authorization.
All three women asserted that the pay increase had been directed by former Judge/Executive Larry Tincher; however, he denied ever having authorized the payments.
Road sign theft still plaguing county
The Nicholas County Fiscal Court recently purchased a sign machine and blanks to allow the county to produce its own signs.
A short time later, the county crews installed over 60 new signs.
Within days, approximately half of those signs had been stolen again.
"This is a matter of safety," Judge Pryor stated. "Those signs are there primarily to direct emergency crews, and are a convenience for others."
Magistrate Jeff Randolph stated that if someone really wants a sign, the county can make them one at their cost to avoid having to replace signs that are being stolen.
Both The Carlisle Courier and The Carlisle Mercury offer rewards for information leading to the conviction of individuals who steal road signs.
All should be forewarned that stopping sign theft is receiving greater attention, with the fiscal court and law enforcement eager to catch perpetrators and to put an end to this persistent problem.
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