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Letcher Fiscal Court reverses vote on fire dept.’s insurance; assigns committee members

said that while each department needs insurance, they have other individual needs such as paying utilities, equipment costs and other necessities. Meade said he is very satisfied with the umbrella plan provided by a London company which covers six county departments.

Judge/ Executive Adams invited two insurance agents to the meeting. Herschel Blanton represents Patton-Chestnut-Binder Insurance of London and Michele Barnett with Roeding Group Companies, which is associated with the Kentucky Association of Counties. Adams said he had hoped each group would make a presentation of plans and present a bid. Blanton said he had not prepared a blanket coverage plan because his company already provided umbrella coverage to six departments and they were all aware of PCB’s plan.

Barnett made a short presentation that covered the basic needs of the departments but when she finished, most of the departments said they were satisfied with their current coverage under PCB of London. Bill Meade said he knew Kingscreek would not want to change and several other fire chiefs who were present said they would take the other proposal to their boards, but agreed that they would probably stay with PCB. PCB currently provides coverage to all the volunteer departments in the county except Jenkins, Fleming-Neon, Letcher, and Whitesburg, which are structured differently.

Adams asked Barnett if she would like to return with a modified proposal to reflect what she had learned in the meeting and Barnett said she would. However, Meade and others indicated that they would be unwilling to change coverage.

In other business, the court voted unanimously to hire Bobby Eldridge as fiscal court clerk. Eldridge will take notes and record court meetings. The court also voted to set committee assignments for court members. Committee assignments are:

Community Centers and Senior Citizens: First District Magistrate Jack Banks, Second District Magistrate Sherry Sexton, District Four Magistrate William “Cheddy” Smith, and Senior Citizens Director Debbie Slone.

Building and Grounds: Deputy Judge/Road Foreman Jason Back, Sanitation Coordinator Mike Gover, and Third District Magistrate Maverick Cook.

Recycling: Judge/Executive Terry Adams, First District Magistrate Jack Banks, and Sanitation Coordinator Mike Gover.

Budgets, Audits, and Personnel: Judge/Executive Terry Adams, Second District Magistrate Sherry Sexton,

Fifth District Magistrate Bennie McCall, and County Treasurer D.J. Frazier.

Law Enforcement and Jail: First District Magistrate Jack Banks, Second District Magistrate Sherry Sexton, Jailer Bert Slone, and Sheriff Mickey Stines.

Fire Protection and Emergency: Judge/Executive Terry Adams, Fifth District Magistrate Bennie McCall, Emergency Management Director Paul Miles, Deputy Judge/Road Foreman Jason Back, and Broadband Board member Harry Collins.

Parks and Recreation: District Four Magistrate William “Cheddy” Smith, Third District Magistrate Maverick Cook, Parks and Recreation Coordinator Richard Brown and Part-time Parks and Recreation Manager Derek Barto.

Economic Development: Fifth District Magistrate Bennie McCall, Second District Magistrate Sherry Sexton, Third District Magistrate Maverick Cook, and Broadband Board member Harry Collins.

Broadband: Judge/Executive Terry Adams, District Four Magistrate William “Cheddy” Smith, and Broadband Board Members: Roland Brown, Tina Sparkman, Chris Bates, and Harry Collins.

Insurance: Judge/Executive Terry Adams, Fifth District Magistrate Bennie McCall, and County Treasurer D.J. Frazier.

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