CVB Director Jennifer Kirchner presented a financial report for January to September 2012. County Judge-Executive Harold McKinney had requested Kirchner give a report to promote more “transparency” regarding the expenditure of county funds.
As of September, the CVB had a surplus of $1,600 due to low operating and personnel costs.
“These financial statements are looking very good,” McKinney said. “I can see somebody (at the CVB) is paying attention.”
Magistrate John¿Caywood lauded Kirchner’s efforts but expressed concern about ongoing problems with malfunctioning street lighting at portions of Second and Main streets.
“That gives a terrible impression whether people are living here or touring here,” Caywood said.
The areas in question belong to the city of Danville, and McKinney said he will again raise the issue with city officials. Caywood said he believes there is “no excuse” for the ongoing dimness in parts of the downtown area, especially since the city spent money to prepare for October’s vice-presidential debate at Centre College.
“We’ve got to take care of things 365 days a year,” Caywood said.
In other business:
- Magistrates unanimously approved Sheriff Marty Elliott’s request to purchase a fully outfitted 2012 Dodge Charger from Bob Allen Motor Mall at a cost of $26,813.
“I think that’s a good price,” McKinney said.
The vehicle will be used as a police cruiser and replace one of the current vehicles that has more than 100,000 miles on it. Elliott pointed out this was the first time in more than two years that county funds have purchased a police cruiser; other recent vehicle purchases were made using seized illegal drug proceeds in accordance with state guidelines.
- Magistrates unanimously approved Boyle County Emergency Medical Services Director Brad Ellis’ request to slightly increase ambulance transport charges in accordance with changing Medicare payment guidelines. The current scale, which has not changed since 2007, ranges from $350 to $750 depending on the type of transportation and medical services required. Under the new scale, which would not take effect for about six months, ambulance transport services would range from $450 to $825.
McKinney also lauded Ellis and his team for their work.
“At least once a month, someone calls me and says you did a good job,” McKinney said. “(EMS) is not only treating patients with compassion, but also understands the families need to be treated with compassion.”