County approves $10 business licensing fee, sets $11 million budget

ERIC WALKER/ The Mayfield Messenger

County resident Danny Foy (right) questions Judge-Executive Jesse Perry (far left) and members of Graves County Fiscal Court during a meeting Monday night concerning items proposed in the court's 2019-20 budget. Most of Foy's questions were answered by newly-appointed treasurer Codie Courtney; however, Foy expressed disagreement with the court concerning the hiring of an intern to perform special projects at a cost of $4,000.

Graves County Fiscal Court has approved an ordinance amendment that would impose an annual $10 fee on all business activity in the county.

Commissioners Todd Hayden, Tyler Goodman and Richie Galloway voted unanimously in support of the proposal during a fiscal court meeting Monday night at the Graves County Courthouse.

Judge-Executive Jesse Perry said the main purpose of the move involves oversight of those offering services to local residents and whether or not they are legitimate and reliable.

Perry noted the possibility of “outside” contractors coming into the area that could be offering questionable services.

“We are trying to make sure that if you have a business in Graves County that you are trying to help,” Perry said, noting an official record of contractors and others providing services in the county could be used as a public reference tool to help avoid scams.

Registration connected to the licensing fee could help to alleviate some of the risk.

“We can track who you are,” he said. “It would help us a lot to be able to do that.”

Perry noted that the fee is nominal, comparing the $10 levy to the $100 minimum annual charge imposed by the Mayfield City Council.

Also during the meeting, commissioners approved — on second and final reading — the court’s $11,001,496 budget for fiscal 2019-20.

Preceding the budget discussion, the commissioners heard a request from county resident Danny Foy regarding questions of concern between the 2018-19 and 2019-20 budgets. Among other inquiries, primarily answered by Graves County Treasurer Codie Courtney, Foy questioned the county’s hiring of an “intern” at a cost of $4,000 that did not appear on the budget in 2018-19.

Perry said the court has decided to hire an enterprising young person to do special-designated work for the county, similar to that performed previously by Zach Heath. Heath served as the county’s temporary roadway asset manager and was paid through the Graves County Road Department budget to inventory county roadways for mapping and maintenance purposes. Perry did not specify during Monday’s meeting what any future intern would be assigned. Foy noted that the county did not have an intern on the payroll for the previous year, which Perry acknowledged.

Also during the meeting, commissioners Hayden, Galloway and Goodman approved the appointment of Codie Courtney as the county treasurer for another four years.

In other actions, commissioners:

• Accepted bids for provision of materials and services for the coming year.

The list includes Waggoners BP for fueling services, Barclay Metal for piping, Federal Materials for concrete, Smith Contracting for both bituminous asphalt and cold mix, Marathon for emulsified asphalt, Vulcan Materials for rock and Max Arnold and Sons for oil services. There were no bids for recycled asphalt.

• Awarded a one-year contract to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield through the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) for provision of employee health insurance for another year.

• Accepted a bid from Advanced Health Care for provision of medical services at Graves County Jail. In addition, a bid was accepted for provision of food services at the jail from Tiger Correctional Services at a cost of $1.43 per tray. The plans were approved following a recommendation by Graves County Jailer George Workman.

A record of all bids and costs incurred is available for public inspection from Graves County Treasurer Codie Courtney during regular hours in the judge-executive’s office.

Also during the meeting, commissioners:

• Appointed Jeff Wilson to the Mayfield/Graves County Park Board as a “community member.”

• Approved, on first reading, an administrative code update required by the state.

• Approved a salary schedule for county employees as required by the state.

• Approved an agreement with the Graves County Health Department in support of Graves County Alliance for Substance Abuse Policy/Prevention (ASAP) as they seek a federal grant to continue operations fighting drug abuse for the coming year.

• Approved several proposals from Courtney and Workman regarding payment of monthly bills and various housing/canteen reports at the jail. Workman noted that monthly jail population counts have been averaging around 160 inmates.

Also, commissioners unanimously approved — on first reading — a request from Cynthia Elder of the Mayfield Grave County Tourism Commission to remove a part of the county’s transient tax regulations that does not require a levy be paid when customers staying in local hotels stay for more than 30 days.

Elder said the commission could have collected about $1,000 in funding over the past year if taxes required exceeded the 30-day limit.