During the committee reports of the regular fiscal court meeting Tuesday, Magistrate Junior Maiden spoke about the upcoming little league season. He reported there is work being done as far as preparing the fields. He also said they are helping work on a press box in Middlesboro.
Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock said over the past few years, the panel has doubled the efforts in little league. He also explained they had to cut back on the money they have been able to give the organization.
Brock said the lower amount of money can be offset by doing other work for little league such as taking crews to cut grass and assisting with building projects.
“There are other ways to help these groups other than financially,” said Brock.
The magistrates also discussed lighting at the Arjay and Brownies Creek parks. There are plans of getting some lighting in the areas. Brock commented on the conditions of the parks saying he was proud of the conditions. He said there has not been any vandalism at the parks.
The court also approved a pay increase for Bell County Emergency Management Director and E-911 Coordinator Ben Barnett. His pay rate was changed to $39,800.
Brock said because of all the work Barnett does as management director and E-911 coordinator, along with performing IT work, the county has been able to eliminate a position. He also pointed out half of Barnett’s salary and benefits are refunded to the county through the state EMS office.
A change in pay rate was also approved for Bell County Animal Shelter Director Patsy Bracken. Her rate was changed to $12 an hour. The board hired John Epperson as a part-time EMT at $7.25 per hour as well.
Other business taken care of during the meeting included the acceptance of Sam Baker Lane into the Bell County Road System in District 5 and the acceptance of checks from Becky Blevins, clerk.
The fiscal court approved checks from Bell County Sheriff Bruce Bennett during their regular meeting on Tuesday. The checks totaled $109,556.65. The fee account amount for the checks was $80,377.65 while the property tax money collected was $19,950.28.
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